The acronym F.I.A.T. stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, but the name FIAT means so much more. Founded in 1899, over the years the Turin-based company has become a symbol of Italy’s technological and creative enterprise, which have changed the country and the history of global mobility forever.
In 1936, the Fiat 500 A Topolino (literally meaning, “little mouse” and the Italian name for Disney’s Mickey Mouse), was born. At the time, it was the smallest mass-produced car in the world and the forefather of the economy-cars sector.
The Fiat Campagnola, which was used in a purely agricultural context, was equipped with a steel frame with longitudinal and transverse parts, it was an innovative car for its time and wrote one of the most important pages in post-war motoring history, crossing Africa from South to North in 11 days and 4 hours.
The first MPV ever produced came from Fiat production lines – the Fiat 600 Multipla. This simple family car was outstandingly functional, allowing it to carry four to six people or convert to a two-seater taxi version.
In 1957 the New 500 was an evolution of the revolutionary 500 Topolino, designed to respond to the need for a car that was both economical and practical. The new 500 took on the technological challenge of reducing the size of each component, while still maintaining its young, timeless and iconic spirit. In 2007 the new Fiat 500 entered the market as an icon – only this time with a new level of comfort and style added to its legendary compact dimension.