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.
Already functional and being able to offer the needed comfort, the new Fiat 500L can also be described as cool. It comes with that distinct Italian style coupled with a truly unique appearance. In addition, it also manages to interpret that exclusive ability of the brand to design and create vehicles that are not only innovative when it comes to form but also for substance.
The substance in particular is then made to a concept that focuses on “space-efficiency.” This is what sets it apart from even the most innovative models that the brand has released. Many of the familiar features the 500L is long known for is still present. The design of the body for example does not use the tight lines and edges but instead makes use of the more “gentler” shapes.
Fiat calls this as the non-aggressive and “placid” object which is able to express that needed charm. It also predicts a layout that is seen to be more balanced when it comes to the environment and the urban landscape. When the 600 Multipla was first released, it started the concept of what is now known as the compact people carrier. The 500L does the same as it provides a new interpretation for Fiat’s Simply More principle which is then employed on the Multispace model.
In fact, the 500L not only manages to not only reformulate the compact car class for the contemporary family but does so in an emotional manner. To do this, the brand made sure to develop certain of the stylistic details of the 500 and in an unparalleled manner. In developing the new 500L, it is clear that the basis of the whole project is the iconic nature of this range, specifically the personality and the force of the model’s design.
All one needs to do was simply look at it. Considering that this latest model was developed using the brand’s new B-segment platform, it is clearly an advanced vehicle that is able to attract a wider range and more diverse group of customers.
It is also one that manages to bring standards to a new level as it relates to interior space, as well as comfort. Because of this, the new 500L is a vehicle that is highly functional and is able to communicate with the driver. This new model also has that quality that appreciates as the years pass.