One millionth Fiat 500 rolls off the line
They may not be made in Italy anymore, but for many people around the world the Fiat 500 is the epitome of Italian style. And there are now 1,000,000 of them in the world. In fact it’s actually more like 1.1M, since the one million milestone celebrated recently only counted the cars assembled in Fiat’s Polish factory in Tychy, not the 100,000 assembled at their factory in Toluca, Mexico.
The official millionth car is a white 135 HP Abarth 500 1.4 due to be sold in Italy. The 999,999th is a 95 HP S version 1.3 MultiJet, in red, also headed for Italy. The next one off the line after the millionth is a light blue Fiat 500C, Lounge trim level, equipped with the 69 HP 1.2, heading for a lucky customer in Germany.
The Fiat 500 model has received more than 40 international awards and it’s taken the Polish factory less than six years to hit the million mark. The model currently offers so many different options that there’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ car any more. Four trim levels – Pop, Colour Therapy, Lounge, S – and four engine versions, including 1.2, 0.9 TwinAir, 1.4 16V, and 1.3 MultiJet 16V, are just the start of the personalisation possible.