SEAT celebrates its 70th anniversaryMay 9, 2020
Although parties are banned, Spain can be festooned – SEAT today blows out 70 candles.
In the early 1940s, SIAT was born under the leadership of the Spanish bank Banco Urquijo. The company was founded with the goal of mass production of cars designed from the ground up in Spain. Due to a lack of knowledge and experience, it is not easy for a new car manufacturer to get off the ground, and, even worse, the Second World War completely covers production.
However, on May 9, 1950, everything changed when a foreign partner Fiat with the necessary knowledge appeared, which led to the creation of Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (SEAT). Then Volkswagen also showed interest in the partnership, but since the Spaniards are already familiar with Fiat cars, they preferred to work with Italians. The launch of the production line took SEAT for three years, and on November 13, 1953, the very first SEAT was born at the Zona Franca factory – the Seat 1400.
SEAT starts with a very low daily output – just five Seat 1400 models. Four years later, the successful Seat 600 appears. This compact car shares all its genes with the Fiat 600. Italians agreed to the deal, provided that SEAT will produce the car For the Spanish market only. This continued until 1973, when the Seat 127, replaced by the Fiat 127, replaced the 600 in 1972, and became one of the most popular models.
Когда в 1980-х годах SEAT и Fiat разошлись из-за финансовых проблем, Volkswagen снова обратился к испанскому производителю с предложением о партнерстве, но пройдет еще четыре года, прежде чем на договоре о сотрудничестве будет поставлена подпись. Тем временем SEAT уже начал самостоятельно проектировать автомобили, среди которых стоит отметить самую первую Ibiza 1984 года и последующую Malaga.
In 1991, the first Toledo was introduced, and in 1993, SEAT opened a new, larger and more modern plant in Martorell, near Barcelona, which immediately launched the production of the second generation Ibiza and the completely new Cordoba model.
1,500 cars are born every day, and in 1995, SEAT celebrates the 10,000,000th produced car. With the introduction of models such as Arosa, the new Toledo and Leon, the year 2000 was the best production year for the company. Over the next decade, the situation is gradually slowing, and in 2010 there were serious concerns about the survival of the SEAT.
Seat currently has three plants: in Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell. All production lines produce 2300 cars every day. The total production counter currently numbers 19,142,657 vehicles and 72,945 employees. The best-selling model is, of course, SEAT Ibiza: over 26 years, 5,861,728 customers have purchased the model. The upcoming production version of the all-electric El Born, according to autoweek.nl, ushers in a new era for the manufacturer.
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