Fiat's Polish unit eyes higher output than earlier expected
September 10, 2013
Polish unit of carmaker Fiat expects some 290,000 cars to roll off production lines at its Tychy-based plant in 2013, down from nearly 350,000 in 2012, but far better than planned at the beginning of the year, the plant's director Antoni Gren said Sunday.
At the beginning of 2013, Fiat Auto Poland expected the annual output to decrease to 255,000 cars and laid off 1,450 workers due to falling car sales.
Although the total production of the Tychy plant declined in January-August after the plant ceased to make the Fiat Panda Classic model, production of the key models, the Fiat 500, the Lancia Ypsilon and the Fiat Abarth 500, increased by about 17%. Since the beginning of the year the Fiat plant in Tychy has produced 200,719 cars with 99% of the entire production exported.
The Tychy plant has also manufactured nearly 37,900 Ford Ka cars.
The total output of the Tychy plant went down in the January-August period but the production of the key models (Fiat 500, Lancia Ypsilon and Abarth 500) increased.