Title

Mass Motorisation in Spain

Document Type

Article

Program

Sociology (Pitzer)

Publication Date

2006

Keywords

mass motorization, Spain, automobiles, automobile ownership

Abstract

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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© 2006 Manchester University Press

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