Abbreviation stemmed from Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, as well as in Latin means "let it be". Imitating the Genesis show, episode 1 - "Let there be light", a group of businessmen who bought the plant in the early 1910s, said: "Let there be cars." And there they were.
The first car under the brand FIAT was released sometime in 1901. Designed by a talented engineer Faccioli, a car like the coach, was equipped with a 2-cylinder Boxer engine obsolete capacity of 3 hp The development team has asked Faciolli create the front of the car engine. Faciolli answer was unexpected: he resigned.
As with any company would have made, a replacement was found in the blink of an eye. Enrico went to work, and within a year he introduced a new 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, developed using technology borrowed from Mercedes.
As time went on, the company has gained in popularity, and although it became more and more with each passing day, they are still not completed their long-term development and research activities. After many experiments with 4 and 6-cylinder engines, in 1912, FIAT was ready to release his first automobile mass production - "Tipo Zero".
Before the war came to an end, and FIAT plunged into a new production of parts for airplanes and tanks. Post-war, however, brought Fiat big sales - by 1926 Cavalli model 501 was released in the amount of more than 45,000 units. After experimenting with some luxury models with large engines, Fiat resumed development of its highly popular models. The result is a model 509, lightweight car that topped all sales records FIAT that time: more than 90,000 units were sold in 1929.
A series of new models that matched or even surpassed the popularity of the previous ones, was released. The most notable was the model 1932 Tipo 508 Ballila. Equipped with engines 995 kub.s. 25 hp or 36 hp, the car has been adopted by foreign manufacturers. Issued under a different brand cars Ballila successfully sold in Germany, Czechoslovakia and France.
In just a few years before the Second World War, the FIAT has released a "model-centenarians" Tipo 1500 and 500, the latter of which remained unchanged until 1948. When the war began Fiat enjoyed even greater popularity thanks to its best-selling models of the time, 500 and 1100 known as Millecento. Although no significant improvements have been made in the post-war years, the Italian company has achieved remarkable threshold of 1 million units of the 600-th model -. Sold with Topolino model.
However, Fiat ceased to grow. Launched in 1957, two-cylinder model Nuova 500 was made in the amount of more than 3 million units. To continue the series of popular models, the FIAT 124 model released in 1966 - a car that has become one of the most widely known, immediately after the 500 model. Do sports cars Fiat had its share of recognition, especially in the Dino V6, equipped with a 1987 cc Ferrari engine with double overhead camshaft.
Speaking about the Ferrari, it was later attached to the Fiat, to be precise, in 1969. In the same year, it was acquired Lancia. Transformed into a large group, in 1971, he seized the FIAT Abarth. Currently, Fiat is developing a new range of sedans and city cars, and he achieved great success in selling models 500 and Punto.