• Sep 28th 2009 at 2:31PM
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2010 Fiat 500 Abarth SS - Click above for high-res image gallery

It looks like the 300 might be joined by a 500 in Chrysler showrooms. According to Chrysler CEO and head of sales for all Chrysler Group brands, Peter Fong, the Pentastar will be in charge of Fiat 500 distribution in the States, and unlike the ill-fated Chrysler TC by Maserati, the tag isn't expected to read "Chrysler 500 by Fiat." Because of its relatively low volume, Chrysler doesn't see the need to build a separate dealer network for the retro runabout. Instead, Chrysler dealers will just be adding a Fiat 500 corner in their showrooms.

According to Autoweek, about 80 percent of Chrysler dealers are currently offering Dodge and Jeep lines as well as Chryslers, so adding Fiat shouldn't be too difficult. Chrysler will start building the 500 at their Toluca, Mexico plant in late 2010 or early 2011 according to AW's supplier source. Of the 100,000 units Chrysler plans to build in Mexico, one-third are expected to go to Brazil, who has a free trade pact with Mexico, and as production ramps up, Chrysler is expected to offer the entire 500 lineup eventually. That means we stand a good shot at seeing the hatchback, convertible, wagon and Abarth versions here in the Colonies. We'll take an Abarth SS. No, a Giardiniera. Can you build us an Abarth SS Giardiniera, please?

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just love the look of this thing. Abarth SS please!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is the italian version of the car configurator, for the 500 and Grande Punto:

      In Italy there's no Abarth version of the 500C yet, but I think it will arrive:
      autoblog.it says it will probably debut next spring, estimating a pricing at about 22k Euros (base Abarth, i.e. 135bhp, not esseesse).
      The Mini Cooper cabrio (n.a., not turbo, with 120bhp) costs more than 24k
      • 6 Years Ago
      The instant the Fiat 500 Abarth goes on sale in the US, I am going to buy one. That car is just too cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You and me both, Black with SS option please. SRT-4 will paid off just in time too :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone out there know it they will offer the 500C as an Abarth? On the Fiat UK site you can not configure the 500 to be an Abarth, so no clues there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 500 that's smaller than a 300...nice, that's like having a half dollar that's larger than the current dollar coin.

      Me, I could care less as long as it's over here before I'm finished counting to a five hundred.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Despite the terrible coin metaphor, you are still off. This car will be called the Fiat 500, not Chrysler 500. IF they were under the same brand you "might" have had something, provided they started selling the 200 as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And the dime is smaller than a penny or a nickel. Go figure,
        • 6 Years Ago
        The U.S. dollar coin has been smaller than the half dollar since 1979. Or is that your point and you're being ironic?
      • 6 Years Ago
      priced right I might want to buy one and replace my daily driver, I was a hair away from getting the Smart fortwo lol but bailed out on the plan that couldn't carry a 3rd person..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm also kind of curious what kind of incentives these are going to have. I can't imagine it'll be like the usual Chrysler 20%+ type incentives, but anything would be helpful. I'm trying to figure out how much a 500 Abarth Essesse would be here, and by cross-referencing a few prices in the UK it seems like the 16k GBP for the 500 there would translate to around $17.5-18k considering an MK6 GTI goes for around 22k GBP.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Colonies? Fiat is Italian not British.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and the comment mentions colonies as in the US Colonies which would have little to do with either Britain or Italy.

        quote from the story,

        - "That means we stand a good shot at seeing the hatchback, convertible, wagon and Abarth versions here in the Colonies." -
      • 6 Years Ago
      And so it starts.

      We bailed them out to save U.S. jobs, the first car to come is built in Mexico. Good job Obama.

      Secondly, Fiat never wanted Chrysler - they want access to the U.S. market. You will now see the American brands going away and Fiat and Alfa coming in.

      The American people were under the impression this Fiat would be at least sold as a Chrysler - not sold in their dealerships.

      What a screw. You can keep it Fiat. Pint sized waste of money. Now give us back our bailout money.

      Have you noticed NO American companies have really benefited from the bailout? Who is better off? Is GM? Ha! They are on life support.

      Have the Europeans walked away stronger? Absolutely.

      Look around people, your industry and your brands are going overseas. Budweiser, chrysler, dodge, jeep, all our food is manufactured by international mega corporations. The only thing still here is Boeing - barely, hollywood and music.

      America is dying and your savior Obama is leading the push.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh brother, where to start.

        The Toluca plant was already building the Dodge Journey and PT Cruiser. The latter is being phased out (albeit on a delayed schedule), and the 500 will take its place. This is not about new jobs being moved to Mexico.

        I have never, ever seen an article stating that the 500 would be sold as a Chrysler. I'd like to see your sourcing.

        Your speculations about what will happen in the future are just that--speculations. They do not prove anything.

        What does imported food or the sale of Budweiser have to do with the bailout or with Obama?

        And GM may yet crash and burn, but without the bailout they'd probably be liquidated right now. So yes, I'd say the company is better off than it would have been otherwise.

        Please stick to verifiable pieces of information, not personal imagination and innuendo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would Obama have anything to do with American companies outsourcing? If Obama stipulated as part of the bailout that American companies had to stay in America, use only American labor, and American materials and parts, that would be called protectionism and we'd get a huge backlash from overseas companies. Remember, they ALMOST did this with General Motors and using American-only steel.

        Plus, look at all the foreign companies that are STILL pouring dollars into the American economy by opening up factories everywhere. It's not just American cars that are built here. Jobs are jobs, no matter who provides them. General Motors who will be announcing tons of new models over the next few years will probably be building many if not all of those cars in the US. The 500 isn't the first car to come after the bailout, and it's one car. Not only that, but it's hardly going to run up mass sales numbers. It's a niche car, like the Mini. When they start making Ford Tauruses and Chevy Malibus in Mexico, then you can start complaining.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure I'll be seeing them all over Atlanta soon. I don't anticipate ever buying one, but if my girlfriend were looking for a car, I'd strongly encourage her to give it a look.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I saw one in Auburn Hills last week. Must have been a Chryseriat exec. Cute but damn is it tiny. Not for me but I'm sure it'll do well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd go to a Chrysler dealer for a car, but I'm seriously considering the 500 Abarth essesse or the MiTo depending on engines, pricing, and driving impressions.

      That said, it's going to be tough because I'd never trust a Chrysler dealership to service an Italian car, and I'm going to have to bring it to my private mechanic meaning the warranty won't have much value to me. I know people can be trained and everything but I don't really forsee a company like Chrysler really giving people all the resources and training they need to properly service Fiats and Alfas.

      Hopefully though it's a moot point because it seems like as of the last 3-4 years both Fiat and Alfa have really ratcheted up their reliability to roughly the same level as most other european manufacturers. If they can match the reliability of VW's MK5's I'd be pretty happy.
        • 6 Years Ago

        You can't just take your car into any facility for repair. The law states that the manufacturers must provide the aftermarket access to their CPUs and service info but they do their warranty exclusively through their retail franchises.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lots of shops not affiliated with a manufacturer will do warranty work for you. I think tha'ts a law if I remember correctly. The manufacturer can't force you to use their dealerships in order to have warranty work done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AB, I'm with you on the 500 Giardiniera Abarth.

      Every now and then, I configure a 500 on Fiat UK's site...and it just makes me wish 2011 would come sooner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know Europe will get the Abarth 500C, but as for us...who knows?

        And are you sure that the Abarth is a dealer-installed kit package? They don't come that way from the factory?
        • 6 Years Ago
        me too - but I can never figure out how to make it an Abarth, let alone an Abarth Esse Esse.

        Maybe the Abarth version you can only order at the dealer, and it is not configurable. I realize the Esse Esse is a kit you stick on the Abarth 500.

        Any idea if they will be offering the 500C in an Abarth version?

        My understanding of the difference between the standard 500 & the Abarth 500 - in the engine - is a stronger bottom end and a remapped ICU. That is it for the motor, and that get's you the extra 30+ hp.

        Also, I understand you can only put the Esse Esse kit on an Abarth 500, because it has the bottom end (crank etc) to handle the upgraded hp to 160+.

        True?? I pray for a 500C Abarth.
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