The Fiat 500 model is undeniably an eye-catching ride and sets itself apart by being both fun to look at and drive. The Fiat is among the most iconic vehicles in the world, certainly the most recognizable in Italy, and it has served as a sort of symbol for Italy’s ingenuity and style. But how much do you really know about the little cars with big personality? Take a look below for a brief history on the bold, Italian car – the icon Fiat 500.
The Fiat 500 made its debut in 1936, and was nicknamed the Topolina – Italian for “little mouse”. It was one of the smallest vehicles being produced at the time, at its factory in Turin, Italy and it quickly out-shined its rival and competition, the German Beetle. The 500 instantly earned fans among the population of Italy both before and after World War II. The redesigned 500 which premiered post-WWII became a symbol of Italy’s incredible regrowth, and the economic boom that took place from the 1950s to 1960’s. Fiat redesigned their vehicle to adjust to the post-war changes, and they debuted the Nuova 500 (new 500). The updated Fiat 500 was a stylish and totally unique vehicle, with a remarkable silhouette that just asked for attention. It quickly became an icon in Italy, and sold over 15 million units from 1966 to 1971.
As Italians began to migrate to America in the 20th century, Fiat extended their sales reach and produced vehicles for loyal customers all over the world. The 500 is the most successful Italian vehicle, and in 2010 the Fiat 500 managed to sell even more vehicles globally than it did in its home country – a remarkable feat. The Fiat continues to be one of the most fashionable vehicles on the market, consistently debuting new packages and teaming up with highly-esteemed names in the fashion world to make for an even more luxurious look and ride. No other vehicle on the market provides as much style and character as the 500, with incredible designs and unique features. Want an example? Some Fiat 500L models can be equipped with an espresso machine, produced by another Italian hallmark Lavazza.
Since its debut with the historic 500, Fiat has gone on to manufacturer aircraft’s, military vehicles, railway engines and carriages. The Fiat brand remains one of the classic and renowned innovators for their work in creating the Fiat 500.
Source: Arrigo FIAT