Seat celebrates its 60th anniversarySpanish carmaker turns 60 this month

14 May 2010

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Seat’s first car was the 1400 A rear-wheel drive sedan

Spanish carmaker Seat is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. Demonstrating that it's not drifting into its dotage, it says this year's new model launches will give it the newest product line up in its history. 

The Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo, S.A. was established on 9 May 1950, when an agreement was signed between the public Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI) organisation, seven large Spanish banks and Italian carmaker Fiat.

Over the past 60 years Seat has produced more than 16 million vehicles. The company has become part of the Volkswagen family, produced award-winning cars like the Seat Ibiza, embraced motorsport and adopted the Latin-based Mediterranean buzzword 'auto emoción.'


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Output at the Zona Franca plant in Barcelona was originally five cars per day

In 2009, the company built 337,000 cars. This year it will introduce an all-new Seat Alhambra and an ST version of the Seat Ibiza.

The British President of Seat, S.A. James Muir said, ‘Seat is heading on a clear course towards the next phase of its development. In the autumn, the Seat product line-up will become the newest in its history.'

If we spot any 60th anniversary related car deals, we’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime we wish Seat a very happy birthday. Or rather, ¡Feliz cumpleaños Seat!



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