Tychy car plant celebrates 2.5 millionth Fiat 500
The 2.5-millionth Fiat 500 rolled off the production line of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles car plant in Tychy on Monday.
The number was a milestone in the history of the little Fiat that has been made at the plant, which is now part of Stellantis, a French-Italian-American carmaker group, for 14 years, and is now exported to over a 100 countries.
It is also the most popular model ever made at the plant in its 46-year history, even surpassing the second generation Fiat Panda and the very popular Fiat 126p.
"Our famous 500 enjoys unflagging popularity on many European and global markets," said Henryka Bochniarz, a member of the supervisory board at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Poland, in a press statement, adding that models are now sold as far afield as New Caledonia and Ghana.
Last year, the factory produced nearly 121,800 Fiat 500s, compared to 179,700 in 2019. The main reason for the decline in production was a three-month downtime related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Tychy plant employs some 2,500 people. In all, the plant's production in 2020 reached 173,900 cars compared to 263,200 in 2019. The plant's annual production record stands at over 600,000 cars.