On this day in auto history – March 19th

Fri 19th Mar 2021

It was on this day in 1900 that Fiat opened its very first plant in the Corso Dante region of Turin.

Founded a year earlier by a group of a Turin-based businessmen, the company’s first factory employed around 100 staff to make just 24 cars.

Despite its humble origins, Fiat quickly became renowned for the talent and creativity of its engineers and within five years it was producing over 1000 cars annually before it was floated on the Milan stock exchange to great demand.

By the 1970’s, Fiat had more than 100,000 employees in Italy alone whilst Fiat-branded cars are now also built in Brazil, Argentina, Poland and Mexico.