Not Sold Here: Seat Ibiza

There are certain cars that become world famous simply because so many of them have been produced. In America, one of the most famous cars ever built is the Ford Model T. In Germany, the Volkswagen Beetle is the car everyone knows. Japan has produced more than 40 million Toyota Corollas worldwide. And over in Spain, the most commonly produced automobile is the SEAT Ibiza.

Most folks in the U.S. have never heard of this car, but SEAT has produced more than 5.4 million of them since 1984. It’s a supermini car, or what we could call a subcompact in the American market.┬áIt is sold in Mexico, which is where this one came from. With a base price around $11,000 USD, the Ibiza is similar to the Nissan Versa, another subcompact made for the global market.

The SEAT Ibiza isn’t a terribly interesting car. It’s not limited production, doesn’t have any unique or exclusive features, and it’s not a top performance machine. The only interesting thing about this car was that I saw it driving around in Phoenix, Arizona which is noteworthy because this car is not offered for sale in the United States.

Don’t quote me on this as I am not a lawyer, but I believe that foreign citizens are allowed to bring their cars into the US for personal use for a period of one year. The car must not be sold during that time, and is required to have liability insurance through a US provider. It’s interesting that we don’t see more cars from Mexico and Canada driving around our roads. You never know what you might spot just by keeping your eyes open!