MADRID (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's Spanish unit SEAT said on Tuesday it will unveil the prototype of a new model, called Altea, at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
"The new model is a sports minivan. The prototype presented in Frankfurt will be a sample of the model that will be with dealers in the spring of 2004," a company spokesman told Reuters.
The new model will share some components with Volkswagen's Audi A3 and will be produced in the SEAT plant in Martorell, Barcelona. Production will start at the end of this year, the spokesman added.
The prototype will be 4.3 meters long (14.2 feet), similar to the Renault Scenic and Opel Zafira, and will have a two-liter, 150-horsepower engine.
SEAT aims to produce 65,000 Alteas a year, bringing the Martorell plant's production to 500,000 vehicles a year.
The International Motor Show IAA starts on September 11 in Frankfurt.