Mass Motorisation in Spain
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.
© 2006 Manchester University Press
Volti, Rudi. “Mass Motorization in Spain,” The Journal of Transport History, 27, 2 (September 2006). doi: 10.7227/TJTH.27.2.10