The 10 millionth vehicle produced in the 41-year history of the two Fiat industrial sites in Poland, the former FSM (Fabryka Samochodów Malolitrazowych) factory in Bielsko-Biala (1971) and the Fiat Auto Poland factory in Tychy (1975), has come off the assembly line. The vehicle, a red, 1.2-litre petrol Fiat 500C Lounge will be sold in Germany.

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 left the Bielsko-Biala factory.

Vehicle production was launched at Tychy in September 1975, when the first Maluch (Fiat 126p) rolled out. Over the years, the plant in Tychy has been transformed to become one of the most modern and technologically advanced in the international automotive industry.

Over 37 years, 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 include the 126, 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 there.