Thursday, July 16, 2009

A new twist on the movie title, "Gone in 60 seconds." How about, "Built in 55 seconds?"

OK...that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Zdzislaw Arlet, director of the Fiat 500 plant in Tichy, Poland recently told the New York Times that they are rolling a new Fiat 500 off the line every 55 seconds. At that rate, minicars should be taking over the world.

The Fiat 500 is one of the few success stories in the automotive industry this year, and the Tichy plant is one of the keys to its success. The plant employs 5,000 people, and 1,700 new employees were hired last year. We may be in a recession, but don't tell Fiat.

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