Spanish Car Brands

Spanish Car Brands

Most car brands in Spain aren’t too famous outside of their home country, and they are, therefore, mostly focused on selling in Spain. The car industry in this part of the world is fairly old, dating as far as late 19th century. Regardless, there aren’t too many automotive Spanish manufacturers right now, nor were there a lot of them in the past. Spanish car industry is relatively undeveloped and unexplored.

SEAT

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: May 9, 1950

Founder: Instituto Nacional de Industria

Headquarters: Municipality of Martorell, Spain

Parent organization: Volkswagen Group

Website: www.seat.ua

SEAT is by far the most successful Spanish car manufacturer in history. They’ve been established by the Franco’s government after the war, and their car enterprise dominated the peninsula ever since. Most modern Spanish cars were produced or developed by SEAT. In 1986, the company was acquired by Volkswagen.

Tauro

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 2010

Founder: Several Spanish and British businessmen

Headquarters: Valladolid, Spain

Owner: Pedro J Santos

Website: facebook.com/TauroSportAuto/

Tauro (a combination of ‘toro’ + ‘taurus’, means bull either way) is a producer of high-performance luxury cars. This company was started in 2010, and they’ve so far created four V8 cars using the American parts and some British technology. These cars have been fairly successful and known to be of high quality.

Santana

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 1956

Defunct: 2011

Headquarters: Linares, Spain

Successor: Santana Motor, S.A., en Liquidación

Website: www.santana-motor.es

Santana has formerly been a very large company with an international focus, one of the few companies of such caliber Spain ever had. Like SEAT, they appeared in 1956 and are responsible for many SUVs, as well as compact and super-compact cars. You can still find these cars all over Spain, but they unfortunately went bankrupt in 2011.

Minor brands

There aren’t too many big automotive brands in Spain, but there are quite a few smaller manufacturers as well as now-dead brands.

Spania GTA

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 2010

Founder: Domingo Ochoa

Headquarters: Valencia, Spain

Parent: GTA Motor Competición

Website: www.spaniagta.com

Spania GTA is a fairly successful F1 racing team. One of their side projects was the building of a powerful Spain-produced sports car fir for trek. In 2010, they came up with Spano, which turned out to be very effective on trek, but not too popular.

Hurtan

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 1991

Founder: Juan Hurtado González

Headquarters: Santa Fe, Spain

Owner: Juan Hurtado González

Website: www.hurtan.com

Hurtan is a modern producer of retro cars from Granada, and they’ve been at it since 1991. They have released seven models so far, each has been surprisingly successful for such a niche product. The cars include sports and luxury models.

Aspid

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 2003

Founder: Ignacio Fernández Rodríguez

Headquarters: Reus, Catalonia, Spain

Owner: Ignacio Fernandez

Website: www.aspidcars.com

Aspid is working on open-wheel cars (like the racing F1 models) fit for general usage since their birth in 2003. They’ve currently created two cars: a 2009 IFR and a 2013 Invictus – both look like F1 cars and have very powerful engines.

Hispano-Suiza

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: June 14, 1904

Ceased operations: 1936

Founder: Marc Birkigt

Headquarters: Barcelona, Spain

Parent organization: Safran

Website: www.hispanosuizacars.com

HS is one of the oldest car brands in Spain, with the rich history that starts back in 1904. Before the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) they mostly made luxury cars. Afterwards, they switched to aircraft, although in 2019 the brand decided to give cars another shot.

Tramontana

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: ~2005

Founder: Atelier Tramontana

Headquarters: Barcelona, Spain

Website: www.tramontanacorp.com

Tramontana is just one car produced by the company with the same name in 2007. It’s an expensive F1-style model. It doesn’t look significant, but the car is an important milestone for the car industry in this country – it’s reanimating.

Abadal

Spanish Car Brands

Founded: 1912-1923