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How attractive it would be to set up an Alfa Romeo factory in Spain! That must have been what those responsible surely thought when they created Fadisa, Fábrica de Automóvil Diesel S.A., in the city of Ávila in 1956, with an initial capital of around 80 million pesetas, which was doubled very quickly. Behind this initiative was Francisco Franco'...

How attractive it would be to set up an Alfa Romeo factory in Spain! That must have been what those responsible surely thought when they created Fadisa, Fábrica de Automóvil Diesel S.A., in the city of Ávila in 1956, with an initial capital of around 80 million pesetas, which was doubled very quickly. Behind this initiative was Francisco Franco's brother, Nicolás, which makes one suspect that the initial ideas were even more ambitious, much more than materially possible.

The production of passenger cars was soon inadvisable, as it would have required much more industrial shuffle. In fact it would have directly collided with Seat.

What was wanted and produced in Ávila was the Alfa Romeo Autotutto van, a model much loved by Italians due to its good performance and versatility. The preparations took three years, a time it took for the facilities to be ready to start production. Some buildings were erected occupying some 28,000 m² on the outskirts of the walled city, specifically in Las Hervencias, next to the national highway to Madrid, less than 100 kilometers away. Even so, its location draws a lot of attention, since Ávila, with its then scarce 15,000 inhabitants, was not a very conducive place to raise a vehicle production. However, even today the vans of Nissan Motor Ibérica, the successor of these facilities, are manufactured there.

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