Stellantis’ Tychy Assembly Plant in Poland celebrated producing its 2.5 millionth modern day Fiat 500 or “Cinquecento” on Monday. Since the debut of the first generation in 1957, over 6.7 million 500 units have been sold worldwide. This serves as a confirmation of the extent to which the Fiat icon has become part of the collective imagination of generations of drivers of different ages, tastes, and nationalities.
With the celebration, the Fiat 500 has broken the Polish factory’s record for total single-model vehicle production, ahead of the second-generation Panda (2,168,000 units) and the Fiat 126p (2,166,000). The current generation of 500 started production in 2007 and has since gained much success in the European market and select markets around the globe, reaching customers in over 100 countries all over the world. Almost 80% are sold outside Italy, making it Fiat’s most international car and Ambassador of the “Made in Italy” slogan. The Fiat 500 continues to play an important role in key markets like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and even Japan. 500 has even hit such exotic markets as the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Saint Martin, Senegal, and Ghana.
The 2.5 millionth unit produced, was ordered by a customer from France. That customer choice the new 500 Hybrid is equipped with a new gasoline mild-hybrid engine that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1.0-liter engine family with a 12-volt Belt Start Generator (BSG) electric motor and a lithium battery that delivers 70 horsepower (51kW).
The Fiat 500 ended 2020 as the European leader in the city car segment with an impressive best ever market share of 17.7%, thus repeating the result achieved a year earlier, after having also increased its share in the segment by 3 percentage points.
While the FIAT brand has struggled in the United States and Canada, the Italian brand has been busy launching updated and all-new products in Europe and Latin America. Recently, the automaker announced that it discontinue most of its lineup from the American and Canadian marketplaces, with the exception of the compact 500X crossover. But recently the FIAT brand updated its 500 Series lineup for the European market.
For 2021, four trim-levels are available across the trio models with each trim-level with its own specific aesthetic features and content-packed equipment. The 2021 lineup consists of the following…
- Cult – A tribute to the 500 pop type world, for those seeking style and an icon without hurting their wallet.
- Connect – The trim for those looking for easy connectivity to stay always connect and showing off their stylish side.
- Dolcevita – The Dolcevita trim-level focuses on fans of the “glamorous” lifestyle and is inspired by the 1950s.
- Sport – This trim is targeted at younger buyers looking for a sporty driving experience and offers a more street aggressive look to the 500 Series.
To learn more about the global portfolio of Fiat 500 vehicles, you can visit FIAT.com.