2.5million 500 models have now been produced at the Stellantis plant in Tychy, Poland. The record-breaking model, ordered by a customer from France, is a 500 Hybrid equipped with a 70hp mild hybrid engine.
With 2.5million units produced, the 500 has broken the Polish factory’s record for total single-model vehicle production, ahead of the second-generation Panda (2,168,000 units) and the Fiat 126p (2,166,000). Produced in Poland since 2007, the Fiat icon was met with great success in international markets, so much so that it has reached customers in over 100 countries across the world. Almost 80 per cent are sold outside Italy, making it the most international car produced by Fiat. The main markets, besides Italy, are the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and countries as far away as Japan. 500 has even reached markets as far afield as the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Saint Martin, Senegal and Ghana.
The Fiat 500 ended 2020 as the European leader in the city car segment with an impressive best ever market share of 17.7 per cent, having increased its share in the segment by three percentage points. Since the debut of the first generation in 1957, over 6.7 million 500 units have been sold worldwide. This serves as confirmation of the extent to which the Fiat icon has become part of the collective imagination of generations of drivers: of different ages, tastes and nationalities.
It has also become one of the most awarded cars in the world, as evidenced by the over 60 international trophies bestowed since production began. These include the prestigious ‘Car of the Year 2008’, ‘EuroCarBody 2007’, ‘Auto Europa 2008’, ‘World Car Design of the Year 2009’, ‘Golden Compass 2011’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Car in the World’.
The secret of its worldwide success lies in its continuous evolution, while remaining true to its own identity. Success is also due to the many special series launched in recent years, showing that the Fiat 500 has always been a trendsetter, with the ability to reinterpret itself in partnership with other iconic brands – from fashion to luxury sailing, from the arts to the world of sports – breathing life into truly unique versions, and exploring uncharted territory for a city car. These versions include the striking Diesel, Gucci, GQ and Collezione editions, linked to the world of fashion, the extraordinary Riva in the world of luxury sailing, the original Anniversario and 560, to celebrate the original 1957 car, and the 500 Mirror and the 120th Anniversary, in the realm of connectivity.