I like how SEAT has gone the route of merging with VAG. When I was kid living in Spain, we had all sorts of cars like Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, SEAT, (before they became part of VAG) and I wasn't too impressed with their cars. They looked like Geo Metro's. But now that VAG's got their nasty paws all over this company, they are making cool European cars.
In 2003, when I made a pit stop in Spain (en route to Kuwait), I got to see my brother and he was sporting a SEAT Toledo. I wasn't sure if it was Gas or Diesel model. But it felt so smooth for being a little Geo Metro, that I remembered.
I'd like to point out something about the styling of these cars. They were designed for the European mentality and lifestyle, not the American ones. Does anyone remember one of the slogans for the Beetle in the 60's
"Ugly is only skin deep"