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500,000th Fiat 500 rolls off the production line

500,000th Fiat 500 rolls off the production line (copyright image)

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30th March, 2010

Another important 'milestone' in the history of the Fiat 500 and the Fiat Auto manufacturing plant in Tychy, Poland, where the car is manufactured, has been reached. The 500,000th Fiat 500 rolled off the production line last week. The car was finished in White and powered by a 1.2 engine with Start&Stop.

On sale in 83 countries around the world, the Fiat 500 has reached this historic figure in only 21 months from its launch. The largest ten markets for the first 500,000 cars have been: Italy (244,755 units), France (58,425), Great Britain (51,445), Germany (48,319), Holland (13,682), Switzerland (10,765), Spain (10,103), Belgium (9,548), Japan (9,030) and Austria (8,648). It is noted that 80 per cent of customers choose the top of the range versions (the Lounge and Sport).

This new production 'milestone' has confirmed its reputation as an Italian style icon, capable of winning the hearts and minds of the public. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has received the prestigious EuroNCAP 5 star rating.

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This production figure and the model’s popularity are the result of the 500 project’s ability to generate new versions. This was demonstrated by the debut of the 500C, the original cabriolet version of the 500 that pays homage to the 1957 soft-top but comes packed with solutions in terms of build, engines and passenger comfort.

The range offers a choice of two versions (saloon and Cabrio), 6 configurations (Pop, Lounge, Sport, Rock, by Diesel and PUR-O2), 2 petrol engine (a 69 HP 1.2 and a 100 HP 1.4) and 2 turbo-diesel engines (a 75 HP 1.3 Multijet and a 95 HP 1.3 Multijet II), all Euro 5 and available with either manual or sequential robotised (Dualogic) gearboxes. The Fiat 500 has also inspired a number of Special Editions and show cars, from the 500 by Diesel to the Barbie® show car. And the fascinating, high performance Abarth 500 and Abarth 500C too. In brief, the Fiat 500 is a “platform” for a whole 'family' of cars.

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