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Milestones: 500,000 Fiat 500 Models

The current generation mini took only 31 months to get there.

by on Apr.08, 2010

The Fiat 500 is currently on sale in 83 countries, and is coming to the U.S. next year.

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.

Chrysler to Develop New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle

Fiat 500EV said to demonstrate benefits of alliance.

by on Mar.22, 2010

Lithium ion battery pack in the Fiat 500EV.

Chrysler Group LLC today announced its plans to engineer and manufacture a dedicated electric vehicle using the tiny Fiat 500 platform.

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.

“The alliance with Fiat presented new opportunities to merge Chrysler Group engineering knowledge with new platforms and the Fiat 500EV is an outstanding example of our efforts,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President Engineering–Chrysler Group LLC. “The Fiat 500 is a small, lightweight platform perfect for integrating electric-vehicle technology.”

Beginning in 2012, Chrysler will manufacture the Fiat 500EV for the United States market. All powertrain engineering and vehicle development will take place at Chrysler Group headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

No dearth of supply for upcoming EVs. Supply of buyers is another matter entirely.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch, but will be competitive with similar electric vehicles in the market.

Last year Chrysler announced the company’s intention to build the Fiat 500 with a combustion engine for North America.

The vehicle will debut in late 2010.