After less than two years of production, Fiat announced it built the 500,000th example of its new 500 yesterday at its plant in Tychy, Poland.
Thanks in part to a wide distribution market and popular demand, Fiat was able to reach the milestone in a scant 21 months. The 500,000th 500 was fitted with Fiat's 69-horsepower, 1.2-liter I-4, and painted "Funk White."
Although the car is sold in over 83 different countries, the car's most successful market remains Fiat's native Italy. Thus far, Italian customers have purchased more than 244,755 500s -- just under half of all cars produced.
The Tychy plant won't remain the sole factory building 500s, however. Chrysler's assembly plant in Toluca, Mexico, will begin building the retro-compact for North America this December, although early batches may be imported from Poland. Models confirmed for the U.S. include the regular 500, the hotter Abarth, the convertible 500C, and the electric-powered 500 EV.