• Apr 19, 2010

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In a couple of days, Fiat/Chrysler chief exec Sergio Marchionne is anticipated to officially announce plans to bring the Fiat 500 to North America. But if the diminutive hatchback strikes you as too small for American tastes, new reports indicate that a four-door version is in the works.

Set to be built at the Fiat factory in Mirafiori, Italy, AutoWeek reports that the four-door 500 – code-named L0 – will be classified as a small minivan in Europe, and arrive on the European market at the end of next year. If and when it comes Stateside, however, it will join the two-door, convertible and Abarth performance models, set to be built atop a new platform at the Chrysler plant in Toluca, Mexico.

In addition, the Italian-American alliance is reportedly considering bringing another subcompact built at the recently acquired Zastava Yugo plant in Serbia to North America in 2013.



[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "In addition, the Italian-American alliance is reportedly considering bringing another subcompact built at the recently acquired Zastava Yugo plant in Serbia to North America in 2013."

      Can you say YUGO 2 - Electric Boogaloo?

      If the word gets out to the American public we are being fed a Zastava car...no one wil buy it. We don't forget things like the YUGO. That thing turned out to be the worst vehicle ever imported to or sold to the American public! No one in any country should have been exposed to such poor build quality, ill-concieved engineering approaches, poor panel fit, non-existant rest proofing....Basically, No one needs a YUGO. Even at $3990!

      Fiat wouldn't have acquired the facility if they were doing good building cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do they always have to ruin cars when they bring them to the U.S.?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the 3 door. the 4 door looks ok. the ideal that America wants bigger is a shame. I do understand it. 3 whopper charlie can't get in one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno, i think a 4 door 500 is more hetero. The gay community doesn't worry about things like baby seats and getting the kids in the back. We will have to wait and see what gaywheels.com tells us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO this will not be a great car. The 500 2dr is (relatively) light, handles well and performs decently. The 500+2 would look goofy if just stretched, will weigh more, handling will be 'meh'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me, but I have difficulty picturing 4 useable doors on this car, as the cabin simply doesn't look long enough. About the only way I can see it working is with the rear doors being suicide-style, like the Saturn Ion or Mazda RX-8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news LOVE this little car! :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree even after the looking at the link that I would love to have even the 4 door sitting in my driveway! Here's hoping that it will come in an Abarth version as well! The only other thing I should mention is hopefully the weight can be kept down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's how 4 door will look

        http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100419/CARNEWS/100419860

        Still love it, MOM?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just looked at the linked article and the photo...

        Looks like it could be a car that drives much better than the Mazda5, and could be possibly called the next PT Cruiser, but with less suck in the engine and handling departments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why? What do you love about it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      noooooo... i am an American and i would rather have it 2 door that 4 door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My view is that if there's a backseat, there should be 4 doors. Form follows function. Even if there's absolutely no leg room (which let's face it, negates the form follows function philosophy) and the backseat essentially becomes a storage area, there should be a dedicated door (or 2 in this case).

      This is one of the main reasons I was so stoked for the M3 sedan. Too bad it's getting axed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But why build it in mexico?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car would be great if all my neighbors didn't have Suburbans and Excursions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Abarth or bust...
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