Seat (Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo S. A.) – the Spanish company founded in 1950 specializing on release and sale of automobile cars. As founders of this product company are considered the National Institute of the Industry (NII) owning at the time of creation of 51% of actions, six banks, and also world famous Italian concern Fiat.
In 1953 the firm took the first step to success, and by the end 1954 about 3 000 cars descended from the conveyor. However the largest letters in history of the company entered date on May 5, 1955. This day was marked by opening of the first plant of 200 000 sq.m.
By 1956 scales of production reached 10 000 cars a year, and in 1957 the firm put the SEAT 600 model incredibly successful for those times on mass production. Development of the company, despite the appeared dividends, proceeded and found more serious scope.
In 1960 the 100-thousand car was released. Not each European company which was engaged in production of cars at the serious level could brag of such good result. In 1964 in Madrid the central office of automobile building firm then scales of production exceeded 300 copies of SEAT 1500 per day was opened.
The first export transaction took place in 1965: Seat sold about 1500 cars to Colombia. Then also work on new model 124 which since 1968 was issued in large quantities began. The sales volume of this car very quickly reached an indicator in 200 000 cars a year.
In 1969 the million SEAT car was issued, and the staff of firm grew to 20 000 people. Besides, absolutely new 5-door car of SEAT 1430 was designed and presented to the public.
In 1970 there were at once some modernizations: Seat 124 was released in the form of a compartment, and SEAT 1600 and SEAT 1800 were equipped with diesel engines. Export of a product of production considerably grew and made more than 15 000 cars. Same year release of sport cars began. Soon at plant the Department which was transformed to Seat Sport over time was organized.
1972 was marked by release of the first sports SEAT car which participated in the rally championship. At once after that achievements already quite famous company rose by one step up – the volume of the released cars in 1974 reached 2 million.
Since 1996, the versatile person of the increased capacity - Seat Alhambra unified with Volkswagen Sharan is offered to the buyer. And a year later the 11-million car made by the SEAT company descended from the conveyor. Thanks to activity of the unique technical center, production of cars in the last two years grew more than twice – with 5 to 11 various models. For that time process included the latest technologies: modern computer systems, the test equipment, laboratories on acoustics, vibrations, wear, climatic researches, researches of emissions, etc.
In the fall 1999 debuted the 3rd and 5-door hatchbacks of SEAT Leon. The new car was designed on the Golf IV platform. Leon became a new stage in development of the company as it was the first all-wheel drive car released by the Spanish producer. Also the economical SEAT Arosa model spending less than 3 liters of fuel for 100 km of run was issued. And in 2000 celebration of the 50 anniversary of firm didn't prevent to present the next novelty under the name SEAT Salsa which is completely developed by the Technical Center in Martorelle.
Besides the main direction, Seat achieved progress in motorsport, Large victories began in 1996. A bit later the factory team became the prize-winner of two stages of rally. And the third position on the most difficult rally in Kenya in 2000 only confirmed champion ambitions of the SEAT team.
Today the company develops in two directions: sports and "daily", offering a wide variety of models to admirers of the Spanish automotive industry. And far not far off those times when Seat conducted by the greatest concern Volkswagen becomes one of leaders of the European market of realization of cars.1 - 50 | 51 - 100 | 101 - 150 | 151 - 159
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