Seat Ecomotive range expands

* Altea and Altea XL models * New Leon Ecomotive * CO2 emissions from 99g/km...

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What Car? Staff
10 September 2009

Seat's green brand Ecomotive is getting bigger.

Three new Ecomotive models will be shown at the Frankfurt motor show next week all-new versions of the Altea and Altea XL, and an updated version of the Leon Ecomotive.

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All three new Ecomotive models use the same engine the latest VW Group 1.6-litre 104bhp turbodiesel with common-rail fuel injection.

They have a display that indicates the most efficient point to change gear and a system that recovers energy when the driver lifts off the throttle or uses the brakes. Low-friction tyres also cut down on drag, and therefore fuel consumption.

The Altea and Altea XL both emit 119g/km of CO2, but the Leon goes further, thanks to the addition of an engine start-stop system that lowers emissions to just 99g/km.

All three new models are due to go on sale early in 2010. Prices have yet to be confirmed.