The retro compact craze started with the Volkswagen New Beetle in 1998, followed shortly thereafter by BMW’s revival of the Mini brand in 2001, and Fiat bringing back a revival of its iconic 500 in 2007. Since its introduction, Fiat’s plant in Tychy, Poland has produced 1 million of them. In addition to the 500, the Tychy plant also produces the Fiat Panda, the Lancia Ypsilon, and the 500’s platform twin, the Ford Ka.
The production total does not include 500’s produced in Toluca, Mexico for the North American market, which would bring the 500 production total to approximately 1.1 million units. This production milestone was achieved in just less than six years, highlighting the model’s popularity across Europe, and over 83 countries where it’s sold.
Highlighting the diversity of trim levels and configurations available on the 500, car number 999,999 is a diesel-powered S model headed to Italy, car 1,000,000 is an Abarth also headed to Italy, and car 1,000,001 is a 500C Lounge destined for Germany. The most recent variant of the 500 model line, the 500L crossover, is built in Kragujevac, Serbia, the plant the previously produced the low-cost Yugo subcompact, itself a modified license-built Fiat 127.