The ten-millionth vehicle has just rolled off the assembly lines at the Fiat works in Brazil – it was a Palio. During the month of May, Fiat Automoveis sold 60,628 units and claimed a market share of 25.5 percent. The balance sheet for the first five months of the current year also shows the automotive giant dominating the Brazilian market, its 24.6% share putting it in pole position ahead of Volkswagen and General Motors.
First opened in 1976, the Fiat factory in the city of Betim, approximately 200 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, is now the biggest car production facility in the world, boasting an annual capacity of 713,000 units. Fiat currently build 15 different models here, both cars and HGVs, mainly for the South American market. Around 3,000 new vehicles leave the factory each day.