Fiat 500 Article-Coming to America

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Fiat 500 Article-Coming to America

Post by 77X19 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:18 am

http://www.leftlanenews.com/fiat-500-co ... erica.html

Sign me up!!
Only thing better than one Fiat in the garage is a second one.
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Post by Denise » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:25 am

That would be simply awesome. Ron isn't a Fiat fan, but even he has been trying to figure out how to buy one and ship it home. I have vowed never to buy a new car again, but for some reason this little car has caught my attention.

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Post by 77X19 » Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:16 pm

I like its styling as well-I was thinking my daughter would use it when she goes to University in three years time. It's part of that 5 year plan thing.




PS-Hey Denise, I don't for the life of me remember the thread this was on but I found your spiders color of duct tape at the below web site.lol
http://www.duct-tape.com/#DUCT_TAPE
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Post by Denise » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:24 am

Thanks! Shurtape has a factory about an hour away. I'll just have to stop by and get a roll. :D

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Abarth model of 500

Post by 77X19 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:48 pm

Walter Lima
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Post by Denise » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:28 pm

Oh Gee! Why'd you have to show that? That's a cute little scooter.

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Post by Danno » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:22 pm

so a day after you made this post there were several links to articles like this:

http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/11/25 ... -boss-say/

basically the short of it is: A fiat would be nice, but who ya gonna buy it from? They don't make dealerships to sell only ONE car!

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Post by 77X19 » Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:39 am

Always the optimist I see-The glass is half full here.
Besides, businesses are in business of making money. If there's a market for them here, they'll find a way.
The original 500 was built for the masses-same strategy will work here. Other models will follow once a footprint has been established.


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Post by juppy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:19 am

I'll be open to offers for mine at Freakout, lol! :wink:

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Post by Denise » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:26 pm

Does that mean you're bringing your new car over, Jim? Is the steering wheel going to be on the correct side?

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Post by juppy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:35 pm

The (name yet to be decided) new 500 will be there and then we're going to tour the East Coast in it after (New York, Washington, Boston, New England etc)

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Post by Chris Layton » Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:01 pm

I know there will be one in my garage if they come back ! I hope we get the Abarth models over here as that is just too cool not to have ! 8)
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Post by Denise » Thu Nov 29, 2007 4:22 pm

juppy wrote:The (name yet to be decided) new 500 will be there and then we're going to tour the East Coast in it after (New York, Washington, Boston, New England etc)

Jim


If I bring Fred's cousin, can I drive it? :D

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Post by juppy » Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:09 pm

Of course you can...

We might not autotest it thou, lol!

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Post by 77X19 » Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:44 pm

Follow up article for your reading pleasure:

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has indicated that the United States may receive the newly designed Fiat 500. “Sooner or later it is a possibility that the 500 will arrive on the American market,” he said, adding “but it will not happen now, probably after 2010."[10] There have been rumours that the 500 would be badged as an Abarth in the U.S. to give the car a more upmarket feel. This would suit Fiat Groups stance on selling cars in America. They want people to purchase an Italian car because they want one, rather than buying one because they're cheap. This explains why the Fiat/Abarth 500 would be likely to be sold through a premium dealer. There is even the possibility that it may be sold through Ferrari/Maserati dealerships. Traditionally, Americans don't buy small hatchbacks, however Mini has shown that small cars can be successful in the U.S. With an impending energy crisis it seems likely that there will be rapid growth in demand for small cars in the U.S. As a result, the 500 could prove very successful if it's launched in the correct manner. Latest sources have shown that the 500 is unlikely to arrive in the U.S until the second generation is launched in 2013.
Fiat is planning to expand the 500 range far beyond the current hatchback model. The first new version will be the Abarth 500. Powered by Fiat's 1.4 multiair turbo engine, the Abarth will be available with a standard 135bhp engine, or a hard-core 160bhp 'ss' version.
A project called "500 wants you" was launched by Fiat as part of a major online advertising campaign. The project uses the Internet to involve the public in planning the evolution of the new vehicle. The official 500 internet page has been visited by over four million people.
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