SEAT, S.A. is a Spanish manufacturer of automobiles that was established in May 1950 and based in Martorrel, Catalonia, Spain. This subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group manufactured the SEAT Alhambra, which is a large multi purpose vehicle or MPV that was produced since 2006.
The name Alhambra is derived from Spain’s famous monument, the Alhambra of Granada. This car is a five door multi purpose vehicle at has a front engine, front wheel drive layout and was assembled at the AutoEuropa Plant of the Volkswagen Group in Palmela, Portugal. The first generation Alhambra, also known as the Mk1 Typ 7M was produced in the years 1996 until 2010 and is available in several transmissions including a six speed manual, a five speed automatic, and a five speed tiptronic automatic.
Its key competitors in the market include the Mitsubishi Space Wagon and Toyota Previa. The second generation SEAT Alhambra was also called the Mk2 Type 7N, which was produced since 2010. A four wheel drive version of the Alhambra was revealed in February 2011. A notable achievement of the Alhambra is its acceptance of a five star rating in the year 2010 from the European New Car Assessment Program or the Euro NCAP. It has also been recognized as the Best MPV on the Market in 2011 by What Car? Magazine, UK Fleet World Honours, and Diesal Car magazine. This award was once again earned in the years 2012 and 2013 from the What Car? Magazine.