Spanish car manufacturer SEAT is celebrating an important landmark in its history this month: the 20th anniversary of the official opening of the Martorell production facility.
Before the inauguration of the Martorell factory, SEAT’s manufacturing capacity was concentrated in the Zona Franca, Barcelona, which opened its doors in 1950 and built its first vehicle, the 1400, in 1953. On 22 February 1993, King Juan Carlos I unveiled the plaque commemorating the official opening of Martorell, in the presence of the then new Chairman of the Volkswagen Group, Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is now Chairman of the Volkswagen Supervisory Council.
Martorell is one of the most modern car plants in Europe, today manufacturing all three versions of the Ibiza, the new Leon, the Altea and Altea XL, the Exeo and Exeo ST, and the Audi Q3. Since its inauguration, the Martorell facility has produced almost eight million cars from 32 product ranges, including the first-generation Toledo, the Inca van, and the Arosa city car.
The second-generation SEAT Ibiza and the Cordoba were the first models to roll off the Martorell production line. By December 1993, production rate reached 1,500 units a day, resulting in a total of 140,275 cars for that year.