History of FIAT

Here at  Corwin Alfa Romeo and FIAT, we want to remember how our fantastic brand came to be. FIAT's humble beginnings stretch back to the turn of the 20th century. The first FIAT automobile was produced in 1899 in Italy. In 1900, the first production facility opened in Corso Dante and produced 24 vehicles. Just three years later, the first FIAT truck hit the road with 24 horsepower under the hood.

In 1908, FIAT sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and made land in the United States. Unfortunately, the brand was unable to obtain a foothold and couldn't compete with domestic automakers. That didn't slow the Italian brand down, though.

In 1923, the FIAT 509 introduced drivers to the first four-seat car. It launched with a whole host of other cars. The mid-1930s saw two more unique models make their way to the road. The Balilla offered extremely high fuel economy, while the Topolino became the smallest utilitarian car to ever grace the road.

An automaker committed to innovation, FIAT revolutionized the industry once more in 1951 with the FIAT 500 and 1400. The models became top sellers thanks to their advanced features and high level of quality. Six years later, a redesigned FIAT 500 was introduced with various different models, such as the Giardinetta, which was similar to a station wagon.

The FIAT brand went on to innovate and the lineup continued to expand accordingly. The FIAT 124 took home European "Car of the Year" in 1967. The FIAT 128 followed suit with its own title in 1970. In fact, a FIAT model would go on to win European "Car of the Year" in 1972, 1980, 1982, 1989, 1995, 1996, and 1998.

While the Italian brand has largely remained in Europe for most of its history, Fiat made its way back to American roadways in early 2011. The introduction of the Fiat 500 was met with praise from enthusiasts. Test drive the latest Fiat models today at Corwin Alfa Romeo FIAT, a dealership that understands quality.


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