Car History 4U

History of SEAT Motor Cars / Automobiles

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  • 8.13.11. SEAT  

    • SEAT, which was formed in 1950 by the Instituto Nacional de Industria with Fiat assistance, stands for Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Saloon/Sedan Car Company). 

    • In 1953 the company produced their first model, the SEAT 1400. 

    • This 44 hp (33 kW) four-door saloon car had a top speed of 75 mph (120 kph). When production ceased in 1964 over 98,000 had been made. 

    • Models produced in the 1960s include the 800, 850, 1500 and 124.  815,319 of the 800 models were made between 1964 and 1967

    • SEAT produced its one millionth car in 1968. By 2003 this figure had risen to more than 14 million. 
    • During the 1970s SEAT produced the 67 hp (50 kW) 1200 model (1975 to 1980) and over 1.5 million 131 models (1974 to1984). Other models produced at this time include the 127, 128, 132, 133 and the Ritmo. 

    • Fiat’s assistance ended in 1981 and was replaced by a cooperation agreement with the Volkswagen Group. 

    • Up to 1981 SEAT cars resembled Fiat models. The 1982 Ronda model was the first car produced by SEAT without assistance from Fiat.  

    • Other cars produced during the 1980s include the Fura (1981-86), Panda (1980-86), Marbella (1986-98), Malaga (1985-92) and Ibiza. 

    • Three generations of the Ibiza model were made between 1985 and 2007.   

    • SEAT became a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 1990

    • Models produced between 1990 and 2007 include the Arosa, Cordoba, Leon, Toledo, Alhambra and the Altea.  

    • In 2008 the company introduced the 1.4 litre, 170 hp (127 kW) Bocanegra (4th generation Ibiza) concept car. 

    • 2008 models include the Leon Cupra, Cordoba, Toledo, Alhambra and the F Series Leon, Ibiza and Altea.
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