• Jun 11, 2007
According to an article in Automotive News, Fiat is considering exporting the new 500 microcar to the States sometime next decade. But instead of getting the rather moribund city car version, we're likely to be blessed with the Abarth 500, complete with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four. AN pegs output at 120 HP (or 135 HP depending on which article you read), but since the 500 plans to go head-to-head with the MINI, other reports have suggested that the lil' blown motor will be making upwards of 150 HP.

The launch of the Fiat will come soon after Alfa Romeo reestablishes itself in the U.S. in 2009, as the two dealers will coincide with each other, mainly in larger, urban areas.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh please! 1983 was 1983. A lot of cars back then were crappy rustbuckets! (And yes, my father owned a Strada, so I definitely know about the old FIAT). This new 500 looks fabulous, especially on FIAT's UK website. I would be first in line to buy one. At least this car has Italian style and charm. Between the 500 and oh, an Aveo, or an Accent or a Versa? Zzzzzzzzz. Even compared with a MINI? I'll take mine Italian, please. Please FIAT, come back, and bring a convertible spyder with you too!!!!! We have waited long enough here in the US!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Assuming it is reliable and lacks the biodegradability of the cars Fiat previously imported, the specs are vastly superior to the Smart car Mercedes is thinking about bringing in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BRING IT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      #18

      Poland. Fiat has had a factory there for over thirty years. It'll come down the same line as the Panda. Very good factory by the way.

      As for economy; the 1400 (100bhp) should be good for 35 - 45 (Imp) realtime, while the diesel should give something in the high 50s. These are the same engines as in the current Panda. The 500 has a slightly wider track than the Panda and a minimally longer wheelbase - to deal with the power output of the turbo. So it's slightly larger, but still four inches shorter than the Mini. (Just over an inch narrower and three inches higher by the way). Both cars are hugely larger than their originals, sadly, but now they have to be able to drive into concrete blocks and stuff, and have lots of kit, like central locking, stereos and climate control.

      The fuel consumption of the V2, arriving in three years, can only be speculative for now, although Fiat speaks of a 20% improvement over the current 1200cc motors, which give 69bhp. So, that'll be 30 more bhp and an economy improvement of 20%. Sounds good to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The problem with FIAT in the US was the dealer network. The fact that the cars had poor rustproofing was an ancillary problem. With the cars coming out of modern Ferrari/Maserati/Alfa dealers, getting good scheduled service shouldn't be an issue this time around.

      Plus, you know, it's not the 70's anymore.

      I like the Abarth model just fine, but I think they'd be well served to include some of the lower powered (read: more efficient) models here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm totaly for it, but a few words of caution. The Abarth will sell for over $20k in Europe, so the MSRP will be certainly in the mid twenties here. Fiat would only bring over a very small number to the USA to get around certain federal standards, so that tells me that out the door this little buggy would run around $30k if, and that's a big if, Fiat did bring it here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd buy one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have two questions and I don't feel like researching this my self
      1. Where is the engine?
      2. Which wheels are powered?

      150hp would be awesome but a V2 would be pretty crazy, I think I have read that that will come after the original launch.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1. Use of "moribund" was not exactly spot on.

      2. Even in city trim, I'd rather have this than a "smart".
      • 7 Years Ago
      That would be awesome. Is this being made in Poland or Italy. If it is made in Italy, it would be the next best thing to a Mini or even better!
      I think Fiat should have a Hyundai/Suzuki like warranty
      and be made well enough not to be known as Fix It Again
      Tony(Saparano).
      • 7 Years Ago

      Fiats have vastly improved in quality and reliability since the time they last were sold in the US.

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