• 1980


      The SEAT Panda is launched in 1980 and rapidly becomes the most fashionable utilitarian car in Spain: its interior is simple and practical and features removable seat covers, making them easy to wash. Its range is diversified with specific variations and limited editions, and appeals to the youth market segment.


    • 1982


      Industrial and commercial cooperation agreements are signed with Volkswagen on September.


      The SEAT Fura is launched. Its sports version, the Fura Crono, is a great success, and becomes the basis of a single brand competition: the Copa Fura.


    • 1983



      The SEAT Ronda is launched, it is the first car in SEAT’s history to be officially exported.


      Exports to Europe begin, with the first sales made in the Netherlands.


      The SEAT Marbella is the result of a transformation of the SEAT Panda: it becomes hugely popular, and maintains its appeal among the youth market.



    • 1984



      The first SEAT Ibiza model leaves the Zona Franca assembly lines on April 27th. It is a collaboration between SEAT and the Italian designer Giugiaro, the German engineering company Karmann and the prestigious German sports-car manufacturer Porsche. The car is considered a revolution within the SEAT brand – and the most charismatic car in the company’s history.



    • 1985



      The SEAT Malaga is launched as the sedan-version of the Ronda, with its outstanding boot capacity as one of its key selling points. It is considered family-friendly, and reaches the top of the SEAT range during the second half of the 1980s.


      SEAT's motorsport branch, SEAT Sport, is founded.



    • 1986



      Volkswagen purchases 51% of SEAT’s shares in June and, by the end of the year, increases its ownership to 75%.



    • 1989



      Construction begins on the Martorell plant.



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