Ibiza ST is a creation of SEAT design chief Luc Donckerwolke, who used to design for Lamborghini

Seat is going light on the details for the forthcoming Ibiza ST (Sports Tourer). They've released this sketch and that's about it, so far.

What do we make of it?

Well, first off, it is about time that Seat start leveraging some of the talent and know-how of the VW Group to benefit their brand, which some can accuse VW of having neglected on occasion since they declared that Seat would be a "sporty" marque potentially aligned with Audi and then left it at that. So here they're putting some Audi sportback styling flair into an ST version of the Ibiza which seems a smart and logical fit.

And there's more VW Group input via SEAT's design chief Luc Donckerwolke, formerly of Lamborghini, who has ushered the ST along. You can see elements of his Arrow Design concept at play and the ST's styling looks inspired, but the references to the A3 sportback are obvious, which isn't a bad thing at all, though.

No details on what the Ibiza ST will be sporting under the hood but chances are it will be some variation on the the VW Group's 1.4 liter TFSI engine that has seen its power output dialed up to 180 hp and 250 Nm of torque on the Ibiza Cupra model. The 1.4 TFSI is also currently available in the Golf with an output rating of 160 hp. The ST will also likely see VW's 7-speed DSG transmission too.

Hyundai unveils plug-in hybrid concept car

South Korea - Hyundai has unveiled its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle concept car at the Seoul Motor Show. Named Blue-Will, the vehicle promises an electric-only driving distance of up to 64 km on a single charge, and a fuel economy rating of up to 2.2 L/100 km.

Blue-Will is the fourth in a series of innovative concept vehicles from the Namyang Design Center, currently headed by Oh Suk-Geun, executive vice-president of design. “The innovative form language gives perfect expression to the advanced eco-friendly technologies found on Blue-Will,” Oh said. “At a time of rising concern about the environment and our energy future, Blue-Will demonstrates to eco-conscious car buyers everywhere that Hyundai has practical hybrid solutions that will appear on the next generation of vehicles.”

The Blue-Will concept uses an all-aluminum, 152-horsepower gasoline direct-injected 1.6-litre engine, coupled to a continously variable transmission and 100 kW motor, which is the heart of Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive architecture. The fuel tank is under the rear seat for improved luggage space, alongside a lithium ion polymer battery which can be recharged using household current. The car can drive on the gasoline engine, the electric motor, or both as conditions demand.

This parallel hybrid drive architecture will be the foundation for future Hyundai hybrids, starting with the next-generation Sonata in the U.S. Hyundai said it will become the first automaker in the world to apply lithium ion polymer in a mass-production vehicle this July, when the Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle goes on sale in Korea.

The Blue-Will also contains a panoramic roof with dye-sensitized solar cells that do not impede visibility. The cells provide a trickle charge that helps operate a cabin cooling fan, reducing interior temperatures when the car is parked in the sun. Energy from hot exhaust gases is captured by a thermal generator fitted to the exhaust manifold, which converts the heat into electrical energy to help power auxiliary systems.