The SEAT Arosa is a city car from the Spanish SEAT, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, built between 1997 and 2005. Named after the municipality of Vilagarcía de Arousa in Galicia (Spain), it was only available as a three-door, four-seater hatchback. The Arosa was to a large extent identical to Volkswagen's own city car, the Volkswagen Lupo, and both cars were based on the Volkswagen Group A00 platform, a shortened version of the A03 platform used by the larger Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.
The Arosa was initially manufactured at a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, and only in May 1998 was the production moved to SEAT facilities in Martorell in Spain. The model later received a facelift in 2001. The Arosa replaced the SEAT Marbella in the Spanish brand's lineup, but was not itself replaced by any SEAT model when production ceased in 2005.
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