Fiat will increase production for the 500
It seems that the Fiat 500 is a big success and the 500 units aren’t enough compared to the big request. This is why the company decided to increase the production of the mini car. The Tychy plant will build between 65,000 and 67,000 units this year, and 140,000 units a year starting in 2008.
The 500 was launched only three weeks ago and the 500 units planned for the first year were sold out. “As of yesterday, we had received 57,000 dealer orders for the 500, of which 51,000 are from Italy and 6,000 are from France,” Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said.
To build more 500s, and to make room for the second-generation Ford Ka that launches in autumn 2008, Fiat will expand the Tychy plant. The plant’s annual capacity will rise to 500,000 units by the end of 2008, from 285,000 units now.
Source: Automotive News