Fiat has reached another production milestone. Its plant in Tychy, Poland, has built one million units of its 500 compact model ever since it made a comeback in 2007. It’s worth noting that the return of the Volkswagen New Beetle in 1998 marked the revival of the retro compact model. In 2001, BMW followed by reoffering the Mini brand.
The Tychy factory also rolls out the Fiat Panda, the Lancia Ypsilon, and the Ford Ka, which shares a platform with the 500. If we include the 500 units built in Toluca, Mexico for the market in North American, this means that the iconic model has a production total of about 1.1 million units. It took Fiat less than six years to achieve this target, proving just how popular this model is throughout Europe and in more than 83 countries where it’s offered.
The 999,999th car built is a diesel-powered S model that’s on its way to Italy. On the other hand, the 1,000,000th car is an Abarth that’s also intended for Italy, while car numbered 1,000,001 is a 500C Lounge to be shipped to Germany.
This mixture proves just how diverse the 500’s trim levels and configurations are. The 500L crossover, the latest version of the 500 model line, is produced in Kragujevac, Serbia. This is the plant that previously rolled out the low-cost Yugo subcompact, which is a modified license-built Fiat 127.