Fiat Chrysler Poland turns out 12 millionth car

On Monday, the 12 millionth vehicle - a Fiat 500 - rolled off the production lines at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Poland (FCA Poland) plant in Tychy, southern Poland. Three days earlier the plant turned out its 500,000th Lancia Ypsilon.

The FCA plant in Tychy is the largest of the FCA Group's 13 companies in Poland. In 2018, the plant produced close to 260,000 Fiat, Abarth and Lancia models, most of which were sold abroad.

Since it settled in Poland in 1992, FCA has invested PLN 11.3 billion (EUR 2.6 billion) in its Polish operations, mainly upgrades at the Tychy plant. Today FCA is one of the major investors in Poland with close to 2,500 employees on its payroll.

Two models made by the plant - the Fiat 500 and the Fiat Panda, have won Car of the Year titles.

The plant opened in 1975 and first manufactured the Fiat 126, also known as the baby Fiat, a popular communist-era family car. In 1992, on the strength of an agreement with Fiat, the factory was renamed Fiat Auto Poland and began making several popular Fiat models, including the Cinquecento, the Uno, the Punto, the Seicento, the Bravo, the Panda and the Abarth.

From 2008 to 2016 it also turned out the Ford Ka.