The one millionth Fiat Panda rolled off the production lines of Fiat Auto Poland in Tychy yesterday. Destined for the Italian market, the specific version was a 1.2 litre red 4x4.
Production of the current Panda began in the Tychy plant in south Poland during May 2003, and the first cars went on the market in mid-September of that year. Panda’s extraordinary success soon made it European sales leader in its segment, (A), and its success has been continually endorsed by the many prizes awarded from readers and journalists, including the prestigious Car of The Year 2004.
On the back of all this acclaim, the Panda has been in constant demand, which has prompted a consistent growth in output: from 86,046 units (second half of 2003) to 262,178 units in 2006. For 2007, some 270,000 cars are planned.
Fiat’s Tychy plant is one of the most modern car factories in Europe, producing the Panda, the 600 and the new Fiat 500. Currently 4,200 people work at Fiat Auto Poland and 1,400 cars are produced at the Tychy plant every day. In 2007, an output of 366,000 units is planned (58,000 more than 2006). Investment in the production start-up of the new Fiat 500 has led to 500 new jobs at Tychy.Published 7 September 2007