Spain’s Expertise in Car Manufacturing

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

800px-Seat_600_CompeticiónSpain is Europe’s third largest country. It occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula at the western edge of the continent. Spain is known for its rich culture and unique history. Part of Spain’s history is its auto mobile production. As of today the automotive industry of Spain is still active and is a major player in the world’s automotive industry.

Currently, it is the world’s number eight car manufacturer. It employs approximately nine percent of the national population that is working. During the past few decades Spain ranked higher in car production worldwide. But, because of changes in their economy and policies in their government, almost all of Spanish car companies closed. This resulted in a drastic decrease in car production. Other Spanish car companies that did not close were bought by foreign companies.

The only remaining Spanish brand of car that is capable of mass production today is SEAT. SEAT stands for Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo. It was formed in 1950 under national authority with the assistance of different financial companies. It works as a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. The Volkswagen group is also composed of Audi and Lamborghini, other prominent automobile manufacturers of Europe.

The first car that SEAT produced in 1953 was called the SEAT 1400. It was a four door car that had a top speed of 75 mph. After its first car production they were able to produce more cars. They were also able to produce different models with the help of Fiat. In 1968 SEAT was able to make its one millionth car a rare milestone for Spanish car companies. As of today, their annual car production is at 500,000.

Some famous SEAT car models:
• SEAT 1200 Sport – this was called the Bocanegra which means “black mouth” because of its black plastic nose panel.
• Ritmo – this was first developed by Fiat and remodelled by SEAT produced in Spain.
• Fura – a super mini car that was available in 3 doors and 5 door models during its first release.
• Marbella – a badge-engineered Fiat Panda, remodelled by SEAT.
• Málaga – a four door saloon named after a southern city in Spain.
• Ibiza – named after the famous Spanish island Ibiza; made in three generations
• Arosa – a city car; two door hatchback model.
• León – a small family car built in 1998; was developed into three generations of 3 door hatchback and 5 door hatchback.
• Toledo – a compact car; was built in 4 generations.
• Córdoba – was the saloon, estate and coupe version of the Ibiza.
• Alhambra – a large seven seater car similar platform with Volkswagen Sharan.
• Altea – a compact multi-purpose vehicle, designed by an Italian, has similar features with Toledo.
• Exeo – a compact executive car; currently a flagship model of SEAT. A future model is currently being developed.

There were other famous Spanish brands of cars, composed of the Abadal, Authi, Barreiros, Biscuter, Elizalde, ENASA, Eucort and Hispano-Suiza. These different brands were able to create different models, unfortunately these car brands ceased production. Even though they have stopped production, they are still part of the rich and unique history of

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