SEAT is shortage from Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo and is the largest Spanish car retailer. Born in 1950 with the help of Fiat, since 1986 has become a subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group. Ever since its beginnings, Seat has managed to produce and sell over 16 million cars worldwide, becoming an important competitor in the low-budget car sector.
Seat remains the only Spanish car manufacturer with the required infrastructure to create all its automobiles in-house, meaning there is a massive support for Spain’s annual GDP. However, there are plenty of interesting facts about Seat so feel free to improve your knowledge in the area.
About the legacy
Back in the 1950s, there were only three cars for every 1,000 people in Spain, so going into the automobile business was risky enough for a small company with zero infrastructure and knowledge. Nowadays, Seat has developed enough to build a sustainable infrastructure and offers thousands of workplaces for Spanish people in their factories near Barcelona.
By 2015, it is estimated that there are 593 vehicles for every 1,000 people in Spain, and this number is set to increase even more in the following years, meaning that Seat is still in a competitive sector with plenty of facilities to offer to their clients.
SEAT al Sol
The is probably the most ambitious in the area and is definitely one of the most interesting facts about Seat as it promises to use solar power to generate the required electricity for the Seat factory in Martorell to operate.
The project is now in its final phase and the company has already placed over 50000 solar panels on the roof of its Martorell factory. They cover the area of around 40 football pitches and are expected to produce around 15 million kWh per year, which means enough energy to put in production 25% of the current Seat Leon car production.
The company is one of the first to introduce solar panels on a large scale to reduce its costs and increase its productivity.
National and international recognition
Another cool fact about Seat is that until 1965 Seat only produced vehicles for the local Spanish market. Nowadays, Seat remains one of the best-selling cars in Spain also because of its local legacy and its affordable prices.
Currently, Seat exports its vehicles to 77 countries around the globe and the first country to deliver cars outside Spain was Columbia. However, it does not serve large geographic areas such as the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and India.
Moreover, in 2017, the company’s first SUV car, Ateca, beat the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque in its attempt to win the best mid-size SUV market.