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2011 Fiat 500 Heading to America in 2010

Posted in Chrysler, Fiat, General by Kurt Ernst | February 12th, 2010 | 3 Responses |
Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

Chrysler is looking for anything resembling good news these days, as the details of its merger with Fiat are still being sorted out. We knew that the US would eventually get the Fiat 500, but we didn’t know when and which models. It’s official: Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s SVP of Design, has announced that the Mini Cooper-challenging 500 will arrive in the US before the end of the year.

As with any announcement, there’s good news and bad news. First, the bad: we won’t be getting the 160 hp Abarth SS, at least not at first. Now the good news: we’ll be getting four models, including the standard 500, a convertible, a wagon and the 500 Abarth. The Abarth version will come with a 1.4 liter turbo motor, good for 135 horsepower in a car slightly larger than Barbie’s Dream Corvette.

I personally can’t wait to put one through its paces.

Source: Fox News

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3 Responses

  1. Now fettered to borderline basket-case Chrysler, expectations are low for FIAT rescuing them… but IMHO Marchionne is turnaround wizard who is going to impress one heck of a lot of sceptical people.

    And having driven recent FIAT vehicles while in Europe, rest assured that this is a company that produces cars of the utmost quality and in impressive designs- their current product is impressive indeed, going a long way towards explaining their increasing sales in the depths of a borderline depression.

    Just expect the unexpected from Marchionne… he’s worked miracles at FIAT, and he’s got a serious plan for Chrysler and some FIATs in this country. Competitors, underestimate this man at your peril-

  2. Mel says:

    Definitely book a test drive as soon as you can. :) The 500 is lovely to drive.

  3. benny says:

    i think it rocks
    500 will be amazing when it gets here

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