A History of VW’s Spanish Car Plants, Part I: 1940–1989

  • A. J. Jacobs


In this chapter, provides a brief history of Volkswagen’s (VW’s) current Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo, SA (SEAT) division through 1989. It begins by discussing the then Spanish automaker’s Barcelona Zona Franca factory tie-up with Fiat. It then reviews the early history of British Leyland’s Authi Landaben joint venture plant in Pamplona, which SEAT absorbed in 1975. This is followed by sections reviewing SEAT’s breakup with Fiat and subsequent partnership with, and takeover by, VW of Germany. VW’s post-1989 control of SEAT is continued in Chap.  15.


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  • A. J. Jacobs
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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