Mass Motorisation in Spain

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Sociology (Pitzer)

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mass motorization, Spain, automobiles, automobile ownership


Until the late 1970s an authoritarian State’s commitment to a policy of economic self-sufficiency motivated the creation of an indigenous automobile industry. The mass production of automobiles began in 1950, when a government agency, the Instituto Nacional de Industria, sponsored the creation of the Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (SEAT). The Spanish government used SEAT as a basis for further industrial development by mandating the maximum use of locally produced components. This requirement helped to spur the development of a supplier industry, but at the expense of high production costs and poor product quality.


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