Fiat is planning to lay off about 1,500 workers at its Tychy, Poland plant, which has a total of 5,600 workers. Fiat said that the plant’s output won’t reach 350,000 cars this year and will fall to lower than 300,000 in 2013, compared to more than 600,000 cars in 2009. Fiat said that the layoffs are caused by the declining auto sales in Europe.
The production of the Panda (the best-selling minicar in Europe) is to be moved from the Tychy plant in southern Poland to Fiat’s factory in Pomigliano, near Naples, Italy. Output of the old-generation Panda will halt at the end of December. However, Tychy will still produce the build the Fiat 500, Ford Ka and Lancia Ypsilon.
Last Friday, a spokesman for Fiat Auto Poland said that we will know how many jobs will be lost after talks with trade unions are concluded in the first half of January. Fiat Auto Poland is the largest car manufacturer in the country.
Fiat makes the announcement amid the sudden decline in Poland’s economy. In the third quarter, the economic growth slowed to 1.4 percent of gross domestic product, while the country's unemployment rate is seen to have increased to 12.9 percent at the end of November from 12.5 percent in the previous month.
Fiat launched the 500 designed by Dante Giacosa on July 4, 1957, at the end of a cycle signifying a rebirth after a devastating war followed by a fundamental renewal of Fiat's product range. This opened up the next decade’s cycles of success, which was a period that many consider among the brightest in the company's 100-year history. The similarities matching the new Fiat 500 are obvious. It marks an end to the amazing cycle of rebirth of last few years, but also, thanks to its design and technical features, it symbolises the never-ending spark of expansion. And so, history begins once more.
To relegate the new Fiat 500 phenomenon to just merely a sentimental re-envisioning would be disparaging. Fiat did not endeavour to engineer a vehicle that just resembles a 500 but one that was a Fiat 500. The new Fiat 500 creates opportunities for a ground-breaking process in many surroundings that are very important to today's drivers, plainly charting its motivations as they relate to Fiat’s future brand positioning. The 500 recognises the primary concept’s form and function, as would be expected, evoking the feelings and recollections that make an icon everlasting, elevating them above their category’s limits.
But, most importantly, we must first emphasise how the new model advances this product class for the first time.