There are now 1.1 million examples of the new Fiat 500 cruising the roads of 83 countries, one million of them made at the Fiat's Tychy plant in Poland, the rest in the Fiat plant in Toluca, Mexico. It's taken 69 months since the car's 2007 launch to reach the milestone, the capstone hatchback being an Abarth 500.

Where does that fit into the historical context? We'll never know, since you can't really compare. But if we played with the numbers, according to Automania, Fiat built 3,893,294 of the original 500 (and variants) from its inception in 1957 to the last model being sent off in 1975. If we average the output over time, and assume an even 18-year production run, the total production divided by 216 months is about 18,025 cars per month, which would make for 1,243,725 cars in 69 months.

On the other hand, the first two generations of the early 500 didn't equate to a million units in eight years, so congratulations Fiat. There's a brief press release below with a few more details on the achievement.
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ONE MILLIONTH FIAT 500 ROLLS OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE AT TYCHY

19/04/13 -- The one millionth Fiat 500 produced in Poland has rolled off the Fiat Auto Poland production line at the Tychy factory today (19 April). This iconic model, launched in 2007, is marketed in 83 countries around the world including Italy, UK, Brazil, South Africa, Poland, US and Japan. In addition to Poland, since 2011 the Fiat 500 has also been produced at the Mexican factory in Toluca, thus bringing total production to 1,100,000 units.

Destined for the Italian market, the record-breaking example is a powerful white 135 HP Abarth 500 1.4 which, like all those produced so far, represents an 'almost unique' piece, thanks to the thousands of possible combinations of versions, colours, trims, engines, fuel systems and equipment. Of the more than one million units produced it is difficult to find two identical Fiat 500s.

To confirm the wide range of customisations, the number '999,999' Fiat 500 produced by the Polish factory is a 95 HP S version 1.3 MultiJet, in red, for an Italian customer, while number '1,000,001' is a light blue Fiat 500C, Lounge trim level, equipped with the 69 HP 1.2. It will be delivered to a German customer in the next few days.

Tychy's prestigious milestone, achieved in just five years and nine months from launch, marks another page in the story of Fiat 500, an all-Italian invention that has won over the public and international critics, as demonstrated by more than 40 international awards and 325,000 fans on the official Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/fiat500.

A true icon of Italian style, the Fiat 500 was recently revamped with the 2013 range, introducing new body colours, new versions such as Colour Therapy, and other style details which enhance the fun-loving spirit of the car. The Fiat 500 currently offers many trim levels – Pop, Colour Therapy, Lounge, S – and engine versions, including 1.2, 0.9 TwinAir, 1.4 16V, and 1.3 MultiJet 16V.


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      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ha, (a)more from Poland. Clever.
      RJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      So with 2013 not yet over, production looks to be >165,000 vehicles a year. Not bad.
      JHOFF
      • 1 Year Ago
      1 Millionth is an Abarth.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shouldn't that car on the right be green instead of blue?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos Fiat.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      at 139.6 inches in length if one were to put 1000000 end to end it would stretch 2203 miles or a little less then the length of the usa between SC and CA
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      1 million idiots who bought these! Let the downvoting begin.
        Bobby_Sards
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        My favourite market segment are the overweight wealthy 50 year olds who can afford any car they please, but still get the fiat. Good for the wallet? Certainly Idiotic? Absolutely
          Shiftright
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bobby_Sards
          Really? Cuz in So Cal I see people of all walks of life, shape, age and sizes driving them because, like the original and others like the Mini, it's a classless car. I've even seen a few celebs cruising around in them . Maybe people buy them because they're smart enough not to buy more car than they really need. Or maybe they buy them because they're brilliantly packaged, fun to drive, economical and oozing w character.
        RJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Kind of like customers served as witnessed by the ticket dispenser by your girlfriend's (or wifes) bed.
      edison234
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like only caucasian men and women built them.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edison234
        The plant is in Eastern Europe Sherlock. What would you say if the plant was in Japan? "Hey, where are all the white people?"
          Nicholas
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shiftright
          Naw shiftright, he would never say that. It's only rayciss to him if all the people are white.
        Fazzster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edison234
        Less sunlight here as compared to the Mexican FIAT plant......plus they don't get that siesta in the middle of the work day to take in some extra rays.
        banan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edison234
        american educational system at its best, polish people are white?
        Jules
        • 1 Year Ago
        @edison234
        What if I told you that the caucasus is a day's drive away from Poland
      • 1 Year Ago
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      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get it. People want to drive a teeny tiny car. Fiat makes one to fulfill that need. What I don't get is why it costs more than $10K.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Because it has to meet the same safety standards and have the same basic standard equipment as as bigger cars (often more in the 500's case), have decent quality, reliability and because needs to make money to survive as a company. Also, it's small on the outside but quite roomy on the inside (more than a Mini)
          lasertekk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shiftright
          Regarding Fiat 500 reliability, see German ADAC report were it BEAT all home grown machinery in class. Also see True Delta data with the same outcome.
      Mike Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      1,000,000 pieces of junk . . .
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Lee
        Going by your photo, you should know this new Fiat '500' isn't as bad as those built in the '50s. It's been a decent, reliable car.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      not one black person in that pic lmao
        Tim
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Don't you just love racist people. I didn't even notice what the people looked liked
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I thought Telsa fans had brains.
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