44 years ago, SEAT done a preference that would change a destiny forever. The association motionless to emanate a possess Technical Centre; this dream became a existence in 1975. The Technical Centre was recognised with a aim of ensuring a company’s progress, formulating a possess singular temperament and impression and constantly incorporating a many modernized record into their models.
This year, a SEAT Technical Centre (CTS) celebrates a 40th Anniversary. The centre noted a “before and after” for a association and for a automotive attention in Spain as a whole. Since a beginning, a CTS has made SEAT’s DNA and has turn a pushing force of a company, that is now a largest financier in RD in Spain. The association has invested 1.4 billion euros in this area over a final 5 years.
40 years of Research and Development
The CTS started operative in 1975 in a 130.000 m2 area with a workforce of 211 employees. Today a CTS is located in a 200,000 m2 area and has some-more than 900 engineers and technicians, and will strech around 1,000 by a finish of this year. Throughout a 40 year story a CTS has been constantly flourishing and evolving. It has not usually stretched a facilities, though a workforce has also quadrupled and other poignant centres and buildings have sprung adult in a surrounding area. The many critical of these is a Martorell factory, inaugurated in 1993, that is now one of Europe’s many complicated and tolerable factories, producing 2,100 units daily (443.000 in 2014). SEAT sells a cars in 75 countries.
The CTS is obliged for formulating a company’s many iconic vehicles such as a Leon, Ibiza, Toledo, Alhambra, Malaga, Marbella, Cordoba, Altea and Arosa, among others. Thanks to a CTS, all of these models follow a common growth routine that gives them specific impression and forms, all evil of SEAT.
The CTS has also grown judgment cars, that have possibly a unconventional impression or incorporate innovations compared to prior models. These vehicles form partial of a singular story and birthright of a car in Spain: from a initial Ibiza Cabrio (1986), and a following Proto TL and Proto C models (1990) to a 20V20 (2015), flitting by models such as a Marbella Playa (1991), Concept T (1992), Concept T Cabrio (1993), Cordoba Cabrio (1996), Bolero (1998), Formula (1999), Salsa (2000), Salsa Emocion (2000), Tango (2001), Cupra GT (2003), Leon Prototipo (2005), Ibiza Vaillante (2006), Altea Freetrack (2007), Tribu (2007), Bocanegra (2008), IBZ (2009), IBE (2010), IBX (2011), IBL (2011), Toledo Concept (2012) and Ibiza Cupster (2014).
As good as their work on vehicles and judgment cars, a CTS has also grown and implemented a many modernized technologies, environmentally accessible Ecomotive motors and in-car connectivity systems.
Unique with a full-range ability to rise vehicles
Thanks to a Technical Centre, SEAT is a usually association in Spain’s automotive zone that designs, develops, manufactures and markets a possess cars, as good as participating in some other Volkswagen Group projects.
The routine of formulating a car, from a initial thought to a mass-production, follows some specific phases: Design Process, Package Ergonomy, Design Feasibility, 3D Data Generation / Digital Mockup (DMU), Simulation, Prototypes and Validation.
The growth of a indication starts with a Design Process proviso in a SEAT Design Centre. Once a product to be grown is defined, a designers start a artistic work. In this theatre their impulse and creativity overcome over other aspects and they demeanour for a change between technology, design, creativity and functionality. Design is one of SEAT’s strongest points, and it always focuses on a drivers’ needs. Thanks to a origination of a SEAT Design Centre in 2007, one of a world’s many complicated and organic centres, pattern has turn a sign of temperament for a brand’s new models.
In together to this phase, a technical dialect analyses a designers’ work, labour a physique and a interior; they check a ergonomics and a technical feasibility and they settle a destiny qualification of a project. Once a model’s growth is defined, architectural conformity is analysed. In this phase, a aerodynamics, acerbity and a efficacy of a framework are also studied, as good as a cooling and atmosphere conditioning, among other things.
Before branch a practical indication into a earthy one, a CTS uses practical reality, protracted existence and public (Digital Mockup or DMU) tools. The Digital Mockup is a pivotal component in a growth of a brand’s vehicles as it allows contrast around make-believe in sequence to optimize a model. Using DMU technology, a CTS carries out a initial immobile and energetic poise simulations, both for particular components and a finish model, and submits these to practical crash-tests and other reserve tests.
Finally, before mass-producing and commercialising a vehicle, a CTS ensures a viability of a plan in a validation phase. In this stage, they lift out an downright and prudent process, formed on contrast and experimenting with a vehicle.
A demeanour into a destiny
Today a CTS is a “knowledge hub”, a place where a destiny of a car is tangible and a hurdles of a automotive attention are tackled. The CTS works to expect zone trends by pioneering growth processes. Its activity is focused on formulating modernized vehicles, though also on building technologies for smarter, improved designed, entirely connected vehicles that are even some-more environmentally responsible.
SEAT is already building and requesting a many modernized technologies in sequence to innovate in a 4 pivotal aspects of a automotive industry: rebate of CO2 emissions, a some-more innovative, organic and fit design, car connectivity and a prolongation of active and pacifist reserve measures or even unconstrained driving.
Regarding CO2 emissions, for example, SEAT has already reduced normal emissions by 21% in a final 8 years. This rebate has been achieved interjection to engine optimization, a introduction of Start/Stop Systems, improvements in aerodynamics and lightweight construction. Thus, 66% of a cars sole by SEAT in Europe have emissions underneath 120g/km. The association has already invested in choice powertrain systems such as Compressed Natural Gas, and commercialises a Leon TGI and a Mii Ecofuel, as is already good prepared to foster electrical vehicles.
Regarding safety, a Technical Centre has been building improvements over a final few years to optimize a active and pacifist reserve features, and it already incorporates modernized pushing assistance systems, and adaptive journey control technologies.
The pushing force in RD in Spain
SEAT is one of a categorical pillars of a Spanish attention and a categorical association in a automotive sector, that now represents 10% of Spanish GDP. SEAT represents around 1% of Spanish GDP and 4% of Catalan GDP. In fact, many tiny and middle companies count on SEAT’s production, that directly or indirectly, employs around 70,000 people.
Over these past 40 years, SEAT has turn a categorical industrial motorist during both a internal and inhabitant level, and currently acts as a engine for technological growth between companies, institutions, universities and suppliers of a company.
Did we know…?
• The CTS carried out 55,000 simulations and some-more than 1,200,000 exam kilometres in
the final contrast proviso final year.
• In 2014 a CTS worked on 360 projects and grown 58 prototypes.
• The CTS occupies an area of 200,000 m2. More than 900 engineers work there.