Just in case you had any doubt that Americans could re-embrace Fiat, Chrysler has announced that all 500 of the 500 Prima Edizione cars have sold out. The first of the Fiat 500 line to be imported into the U.S., Prima Edizione models were available in Rosso (red), Bianco (white) or Grigio (grey), and came only with the 1.4 liter, 94 horsepower motor coupled with a six speed manual gearbox. The diminutive 500 is hugely popular in Europe, where it’s compact size makes it an ideal choice for urban dwellers.
Sure, Fiat set modest goals by only importing 500 of the Prima Edizione cars, but Fiat fans snapped them up in hours. According to Carscoop, the waiting list for the Prima Edizione cars is over 1,000 buyers strong, which bodes well for sales of the regular Fiat 500. Select Chrysler dealers will begin receiving shipments of 500s (in Sport, Pop and Lounge trims) later this year, with the retractable top pseudo-convertible 500C hitting dealers next spring. There’s no official word yet on when we’ll see the Fiat 500 Abarth in the United States, but I’m hoping it makes its way here with the 500C.