History of FIAT

FIAT Milestones


1899 - Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (FIAT) founded.


1900 - First FIAT plant opens with 150 employees in Corso Dante; makes 24 cars.


1903 - First FIAT truck is created: 24HP.


1908 - FIAT Automobile Co. founded in the United States. The cost of a FIAT in the US was between $3,600 and $8,600, compared to US $825 for the popular Ford Model T.


1923 - Giovanni Agnelli became the CEO. Numerous car models were launched, among which the 509, the first car with four seats.


1934 & 1936 - Two cars were introduced: the "Balilla", also called "Tariffa minima" due to its low consumption of fuel, and the "Topolino", the smallest utilitarian car in the world, which was produced until 1955.


1945 - Senator Giovanni Agnelli died and the presidency of the FIAT was assumed by Vittorio Valletta.


1951 - With two new cars such as the 500 and the 1400, FIAT confirmed its commitment to research and innovation.


1953 - First FIAT diesel engine vehicle is introduced, the 1400 diesel.


1955 - The FIAT 600 was born, a big utilitarian car with a rear mounted engine.


1957 - The New FIAT 500 was presented; Cinquecento is introduced to the streets of Turin.


1960 - FIAT 500 began to be produced in the 'Giardinetta' version, a precursor of the Station Wagon style.  Moreover, these were the years of FIAT 1800, then 1300 and 1500.


1966 - Gianni Agnelli, the grandson of the founder, became President of the company.


1967 - FIAT model 124 won European "Car of the Year."


1969 - FIAT buys Lancia carmaker and half of Ferrari.


1970 - FIAT model 128 won European "Car of the Year."


1972 - FIAT 127 won European "Car of the Year."


1980 - A new utilitarian was styled by Giugiaro for FIAT called the Panda. Lancia Delta model won European "Car of the Year."


1982 - The car that would become the emblem of FIAT Auto's renewal was born: the FIAT Uno, which won European "Car of the Year" in 1984.


1986 - FIAT beats Ford to buy Alfa Romeo from the Italian government, making it Europe's largest automaker.


1989 - FIAT introduces the Tipo, voted "Car of the year" for its cutting-edge technical solutions.


1990 - Debut of the FIAT Tempra.


1991 - Debut of the new 500 model.


1993 - FIAT Punto introduced and later named "Car of the Year" in 1995.


1994 - FIAT expands to include it's first SUV, Ulysse.


1995 - Debut of the FIAT Bravo/ Brava, which later won European "Car of the Year" in 1996.


1996 - Introduction of the FIAT Marea and Marea WE.


1997 - Debut of FIAT Palio.


1998 - Alfa Romeo 156 won European "Car of the Year."


2000 - Banks urge FIAT to sell FIAT Auto to DaimlerChrysler. In July, FIAT prefers to sell 20 percent of FIAT Auto to GM for $2.4 billion in GM stock.


2001 - Alfa Romeo 147 named European "Car of the Year."


Jan 2003 - Gianni Agnelli dies; brother Umberto takes over as head of family holding; a year later, Umberto dies.


2004 - FIAT names turnaround expert Sergio Marchionne to be its fifth chief executive in two years. New "Panda" model named "Car of the Year."


July 2007 - FIAT unveils a new version of the Cinquecento in a return of the tiny, iconic car out of production for 32 years.


2008 - FIAT 500 won European "Car of the Year."


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