Brief History of Dodge Dart Spanish and Barreiros Diesel
The emblem Dodge Dart has been topical recently with the introduction of the new Dodge compact sedan for the US. But the Chrysler Corporation Dart is a name with a lot of meaning and tradition in the Spanish automotive industry. Without going further back in 1965 the construction began in Villaverde Dodge Dart Spanish, fruit of the effort and ambition of Barreiros Diesel S.A., a company that had begun his wanderings with a bus line, converting gasoline engines and diesel after revolutionizing road transport industry in our country.
The situation in Spain was quite delicate to embark on an adventure of this caliber. Eduardo Barreiros still tried to overcome the commercial isolation in which Spain was plunged the dictatorship and He established a successful agreement with Chrysler for, among others, Dodge Dart Villaverde. Due to the prevailing protectionism in Spain by that time most of the pieces of Chrysler provided in a kit that later would be assembled in the factory Barreiros in the neighborhood of Madrid.
Imagine the impact it had at that time the assembly in Spain two luxury vehicles, quite expensive and larger displacement engines that have seen here so far, as were the Dodge Dart and 3700. For the first time in Spain starting to assemble, in a mass production line, a vehicle equipped with a six-cylinder and 3.7 liters. As one would expect, given the trajectory of Barreiros There would also be room for a Dodge Dart Diesel, slow and cumbersome, but diesel and ultimately economic.
Unfortunately Barreiros history did not end anything right. The Dodge Dart is now venerated any lover of the classics was also the worst decision of life of Eduardo Barreiros. At that time the first market study of the automotive industry, an analysis that predicted a predicted no sales exceeding 6,000 units the first year and 3,000 the second was performed. However Barreiros had already committed to buy supplies for the assembly of more than 15,000 units.
Sales did not meet expectations and the entrance to the capital of Chrysler Group finished devouring the gigantic emporium created by Eduardo Barreiros from a small family business which operated a modest bus line in Orense. Eduardo and his family ended up losing control of the company and Chrysler saw a golden opportunity, which also failed to take advantage, in that Spain introduced that hardly was motorized.
Once again and as always we talk about rooted in Spain as classic as the Dodge Dart, If you want more information, data and evidence of the time is always good to use Pieldetoro. We can even find a comparison of Superhighway what they define as "car driver" facing the Dodge Dart and Seat 1500.
Finally I recommend the documentary history of Barreiros (on youtube).
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