• Jun 26, 2009

Fiat 500C – Click above for high-res image gallery

With the rampant acquisition streak Fiat's embarked on, the Italian automaker has clearly emerged as a power-broker in the global automotive industry. The auto group has always been strongest in its home market, but with the ink on the Chrysler deal still wet and more mergers and acquisitions looming on the horizon, Fiat has reached a new milestone: for the first time in the company's history, it's sold more of one model outside of Italy than within.

The model in question, it should come as no great surprise, is the 500, with 54% of sales currently take place outside its home market. The retro hatchback has been selling like hotcakes in every locale it's been introduced, and is slated to come Stateside within a couple of years.

The announcement of the 500's international sales success came at the market introduction of its convertible version, the 500 C, which goes on sale next month in Italy, France and the UK, with more markets to follow. We've loaded a whole new crop of high-resolution images into the gallery below, and posted a video after the jump to satiate all your quaint Italian cabrio fantasies, so enjoy.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking little car and cute as well just nice for city roads to safe gas
        • 5 Years Ago
        What exactly is "safe gas" and where in the city are these roads to it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's saVe isn't it. I just got it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry Larry. I was so pissed off by the stereotypical knee-jerky 'Fiats are crap' response that I had to offer a controlled explosion. Have no fear, Fiats are no worse than the opposition, and a lot more charismatic.
      I'm happy you'll get the little 500 and all the Alfas by the looks...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "SMALL- FUNNY LOOKING- PRICEY FOR IT'S SIZE"

      Sounds like the Mini!
      And they will sell a lot of them in America. What a great little car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll get one in a heartbeat. It looks fantastic and will give Mini/BMW a run for their money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want one, and cruise along the riviera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take the Fiat 500 Abarth over a Mini--even if it had a cross-hair grille and called the Dodge Avenger...
      • 5 Years Ago
      You all realize that its a FIAT right? FIAT, the company known for making cutting edge technology cars that are less reliable than a V12 Jag with 4 carbs on it(I'm not joking)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Larry, I was joking.

        I own bloody Fiat; its six years old and its a great car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unless you live in Europe where you can actually drive one your comments are based on the past reputation, from when Fiats were in the states long ago.
        It is my understanding that Fiats these days are quite reliable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's true. Fiats are desperately unreliable and do nothing else but break down constantly; in fact everyone hates them to bits and no sane person would ever buy one, ever, because they are totel cr@p. There are practically none left in Europe, or Brazil, or Africa, or Asia; and the factories in Turkey, Argentina, India and Brazil are just derelict ruins with nothing but decrepit rusting obsolete machinery testifying to the fact that, now, Fiat is the sixth largest car maker on the planet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic?! It looks like a scrotum.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If your scrotum was missing a flap of skin, I'd be worried.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This convertible is cool because not only can you have the wind in your hair, but a bit of privacy as well, especially if you tint the windows. A regular convertible with the windows up never looks right to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Love this cabrio styling with rigid door/window frames. Seems a lot safer and more structurally sound.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MINI who?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is perfect for California! Bring this car over here....pleeasssse....
        Quantumphysics
        • 5 Years Ago
        The new Chrysler might turn out not to be so bad after all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that would be perfect for cruising PCH and the coastal canyons. Of course it needs to be the Abarth version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ HJC 2:

        1) "Fugly" is a matter of opinion. I think it looks great, inside and out.

        2) Won't sell well? I take it you've never been to Italy.

        3) Small? Not for folks who already have a car for everyday practicality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't understand you people..... This car is fugly.... This car will not sell in big #'s
        SMALL- FUNNY LOOKING- PRICEY FOR IT'S SIZE
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it anything like the 300c?


      *joke*
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