October 12, 2012

10-million vehicles produced in the former FSM and Fiat Auto Poland factories

The ten-millionth vehicle produced in the 41-year history of the two Fiat industrial sites in Poland, the former FSM (Fabryka Samochodow Malolitrazowych) factory in Bielsko-Biała (1971) and the Fiat Auto Poland factory in Tychy (1975), came off the assembly lines.
The vehicle, a Fiat 500C Lounge painted Corsa Red and fitted with a 1.2 petrol engine, is earmarked for the German market.

Development of the automobile industry in Silesia started in 1971, when the first Syrenas rolled-off the assembly lines of the former FSM factory in Bielsko-Biala. After the production licence was acquired from the Polish government in 1973, the Fiat 126 started to be built at that same factory, while construction of a new factory commenced in Tychy. Production began in the autumn of 1975. From the end of 1971 until September 2000, when production was moved to the Tychy factory, 1,722,596 vehicles including the Fiat 126, 127, Uno, Siena and Palio Weekend models exited the Bielsko-Biala factory.

Vehicle production was launched at the Tychy factory in September 1975, when the first Maluch (Fiat 126p) rolled-out of the doors. Over the years, the Fiat Auto Poland plant in Tychy has been transformed to become one of the most modern and technologically advanced in the international automotive industry thanks to investments tied to the launch of new models. One example is that today its organisation is compliant with WCM (World Class Manufacturing) standards, and the vehicles produced here come in at the top of the reliability ratings. Proof of that lies in two models that have come off these lines - the Fiat Panda and the Fiat 500 - both of which have been awarded the prestigious Car of The Year title.

During its 37 years of business, the Tychy factory has produced 8,277,404 units. It belonged to the old FSM until May 1992, and today is one of Fiat's factories. Fiat models produced here were the 126, the Uno/Innocenti, Siena, Palio Weekend, Cinquecento, Seicento, Panda and the 500 (including Cabrio and Abarth), as well as the Lancia Ypsilon and Ford Ka. The Ducato, Punto, Bravo/Brava and Marea have also been assembled here.


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