With the next-generation Fiat 500 expected to debut in 2015 with more of a global presence, there is a growing possibility that production of the cute little hatchback will be consolidated to a single plant in Poland. According to Automotive News Europe, Fiat plans to end production of the 500 in Toluca, Mexico, which is expected to better fill Fiat's European production capacity, free up more North American capacity and create a single Fiat 500 design for all markets.

Currently, Fiat builds two similar but structurally different 500 models for Europe and North America, and assembling just one version at the Tychy, Poland would allow it to cut costs for development of the new car. This would also help fill some of the capacity void that Tychy has suffered in recent years, building just 300,000 units last year compared to more than double that in 2009. The report says that while Chrysler's North American production capacity is near its limit, Fiat's European plants will be used to meet increased demand before a new plant is built in North America. As for Toluca, there is no indication as to what vehicle Chrysler would replace the 500 with at this facility, which also builds the Dodge Journey.


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      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Polski Fiat? Maybe they can find some Soviet steel, just for old time's sake.
      AlBongo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally. The Fiat we get here in North America will be made with quality and prestige. Seriously, having dirty fat American build my European car is just grotesque.
        Bus Driver Mass
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
        Ignorance does run rampant on here sometimes. The car is made in Mexico first off, not the USA. Secondly, what problems have there been with the 500 that's built in Toluca? I don't recall reading any. The article stated that cost saving and a "world version" 500 is more suited than two different variants. Please learn how to make knowledgable remarks, there's some people here on AB that will eat you up, spit you out and make you look like a plain fool for not having at least SOME knowledge of what you write.
          AlBongo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bus Driver Mass
          Dear people, when one refers to Americans, it can inlcude both people of the USA and Mexico as they are both part of NORTH AMERICA. As if Mexico was any better than the US, same lack of quality comes out of both countries. But I was merely saying that having an European car made anywhere else than Europe just isn't cool at all. How can the Fiat 500 be considered Italian if it is made in Mexico? Why then bother? If I am buying a German or British car, I take pride that it wasn't made in Plant-X in the US or Mexico. I love that Bavarian connection. Or the fact that my Ferrari comes from Parlermo. No one can deny the exotic aura a car made elsewhere then my own backyard counts for something.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bus Driver Mass
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @AlBongo
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          AlBongo
          • 1 Year Ago
          Dude, you take yourself way too seriously.
      Zachary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh man! If this had only happened before Fiat got their stuff together and everyone forgot all about pollack jokes this would have been a comedy gold mine on par with Yugo.
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      RJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes sense. Most 500's sold on other side of planet. Use a European plant for that. Take the North American plant, and use that for a more local product.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like a bad idea
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        in the past the polish built fiats (pandas) were much more reliable than the italian ones.
          Rick
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          where did you read that?
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would have been nice to hear of the Italian car being built in Italy. After all, their people and economy could use the jobs there.
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        I would also be nice to have a US car built in the US. I`d use American but it doesn`t quite work.
      Mario
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should have build in Poland in the first place!
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's just something about 'Polish build quality' that stirs my confidence in Fiat...
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        I hope you mean \"stir\" in a positive way. The Poles do great work in manufacturing things like firearms, ships, etc. And there\'s a lot of highly regarded auto manufacturing going on in Poland today as well. If not for being under the Communist boot heel for decades they would be a manufacturing powerhouse today, much like the Koreans.
          IBx27
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          Sorry for the ambiguity, I did mean it in a positive way. Italian reliability isn't the best when it comes to electronics especially, but it wouldn't stop me from wanting an Abarth the way I do.
      Bus Driver Mass
      • 1 Year Ago
      AlBongo, research my good man. Mercedes builds the M, R, and GL class in Vance Alabama. Starting 2014 it will build the new C class for NA also in 2015 they'll build a new Mercedes model as well. BMW builds all the X series SUVs and their variants in Greer South Carolina. So, if you are fortunate enough to own one of these fine AMERICAN BUILT, GERMAN vehicles consider yourself lucky. I'm a Canadian by the way, just throwing it out there.
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