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Update: Fiat 500 Confirmed for US

Posted in Alfa Romeo, auto industry, Car Branding, Chrysler, Fiat, Foreign Cars, Newsworthy by Alex Kierstein | May 6th, 2009 | 1 Response |

Fiat 500 Abarth Edition

Fiat 500 Abarth Edition

Documents obtained by Edmunds that detail testimony by Thomas W. LaSorda, president of Chrysler, confirm some of RideLust’s own speculation as to which of Fiat’s models are coming stateside.

Fiat Panda - unexpectedly US-bound.

Fiat Panda - unexpectedly US-bound.

Here are the basics: according to LaSorda, Chrysler and Fiat will produce at least one car at a Chrysler plant, and it will use the Fiat C-Evo platform that underpins the Fiat Bravo. It will probably be a sedan, based on what we’re hearing from the industry buzz about this news, but it could also be the Grande Punto itself, which RideLust predicted might come over. The 500 will come, of course, but it’s unclear from LaSorda’s statement if it will be produced in a US factory. Interestingly, the Panda is a likely platform too, according to a similar document by Chrysler financial advisor Robert Manzo. Fiat engines are also going to play a role, specifically the 3.0L diesel and 1.4L gas engines.

Alfa Romeo MiTo - coming too!

Alfa Romeo MiTo - coming too!

Finally, several Alfa Romeos are likely to come over, including the MiTo (similar to the Grande Punto) and the new and as of yet unrevealed Milano. We’re VERY excited about the potential to get Alfa Romeo back. Let’s hope the 8C comes over too!

[Source: Edmunds]

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  1. roger moore (not) says:

    i have to say that the new 500 is really cool and in keeping with the spirit of the original, unlike the mini!

    i would certainly get one. :) (i love the original mini btw, one of my top 5 favourite cars)