Another milestone in the history of the Fiat 500 and the Fiat Auto plant in Tychy, Poland, where the car is manufactured, occurred late in March as the 500,000th current generation model rolled off the production line.
The 500 in question was finished in “Funk White” and is powered by a 69 horsepower 1.2-liter engine.
The 500 is currently on sale in 83 countries, from Italy to Brazil, South Africa to Japan. A Mexican built 500 is due to go on sale in the U.S. in both gas and electric versions, starting in 2010 as a 2011 gas model, and 2011 as a 2012 electric vehicle.
The Fiat 500EV debuted earlier this year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, where Chrysler did not conduct any press conferences for the first time in decades. (See Chrysler to Develop New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle)
The latest generation Fiat 500 has reached the 500K spot 31 months after its launch. The biggest ten markets for the first 500,000 cars are: Italy (244,755 units), France (58,425), the Great Britain (51,445), Germany (48,319), Holland (13,682), Switzerland (10,765), Spain (10,103), Belgium (9,548), Japan (9,030) and Austria (8,648).
Fiat says 80% of customers choose the top of the range versions, the Lounge and Sport. The original cinquecento debuted in 1957 and stayed in production for almost 20 years.
The current 500 lineup has two versions – coupe or convertible – six configurations (Pop, Lounge, Sport, Rock, by Diesel and PUR-O2), two gasoline engines (a 69 horsepower 1.2-liter and a 100 horsepower 1.4) and two turbo-diesel engines (75 horsepower 1.3 Multijet and a 95 horsepower 1.3 Multijet II). Manual and automatic transaxles are available. There are also Abarth 500 and Abarth 500C performance versions.