History of Fiat in Photos
FIAT, an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, was founded in Turin, Italy in 1899, and began manufacturing cars the same year. Owning a Fiat quickly became a status symbol, and in within twenty years the first American factory was built in city of Poughkeepsie in New York's Hudson Valley. FIAT vehicles continued to be popular over several decades, but faced competition from Japanese automakers as well as a switch in American buying habits in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Fiat completely left the North American market by 1984, leaving remaining sales to importers.
Photo: Megan Green