• Sep 3, 2010

Fiat 500 receives a model introduction – click above for high-res image gallery

We've been anxiously awaiting the availability of Fiat's 500 bubble bauble in the States for so long that we're beginning to feel like we're waiting for Godot and that the four-wheeled confection will never actually arrive at all.

But there appears to be hope on the horizon.

Earlier this week, Chrysler hosted hundreds of potential dealers at its Auburn Hills, MI headquarters as it is working to pull together a network, and it's understood that the automaker wants to sell 50,000 units per year through 165 dealers. While we think the Cinquecento is small and cuddly enough to pop out of a few strategically placed vending machines, Fiat will definitely need a cohesive countrywide network to sell its planned full lineup of vehicles. So where are they thinking about planting their flags? Fan site 500Freaks.com thinks they know, as they indicate they've gotten hold of a Chrysler-provided list of the best minicar markets in America.

Predictably, certain states like California and New York have an abundance of cities listed, while some states only have one, and others aren't represented at all. Click on the link below to see if your city of choice is on Chrysler's preliminary list. Appreciate the lead, Mike G!


[Source: 500Freaks]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly this car is aimed to replace the "New Beatle" demographic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog:
      Between this post and the Jaguar XJ one recently, you continue to showcase Elle MacPherson; this is a good thing. She should be in the featured pic for this post as opposed to the gaggle of women you show.

      Thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What no Winston Salem on the list? We get a Smart dealership but no Fiat?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone wants to follow Smart's sell strategy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Got Man-Hands?! That chick does!

      These pictures creep me out. I really hope that's not the best the UK has to offer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I recommend any city full of morons.
      This will sell quite well if they do that.
      What a POS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently, no one at Fiat/Chrylser did a lot of homework on this. They have Milwaukee, WI on the list but not Madison???

      Madison is the small car center of the state with more Mini's, Prius', hybrids and others sold per capita than anywhere else in the state.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OF COURSE the states are almost exclusively coastal-that is where the vast majority of all Americans live, within 100 miles of the coast; and also by extension where a small commuter car would gain the most benefit for the owner, in a crowded metroplex, like the virtually packed Boston-DC metroplex/Rt 95 corridor. BOS, EWR, PHL, BWI, DCA. That is the same reason the air shuttles run this corridor, because there is a population base to support it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, this may be new info released - but it is not really surprising news.

        And why does ANYONE think these women are models, they are not.
        This shot was taken as part of a Fiat 500 promo day with a bunch of the participating ladies standing outside a hotel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who likes small cars? CANADIANS! The Fiat 500 would do well in Canada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can say is they better bring the Abarth 500 with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll have the #6 from left please, with onion rings and ice tea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So many hookers, so little car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But because the car is a hatchback instead of a sedan, the hookers are all still alive, instead of dead in the trunk. Which is the whole reason so many people prefer sedans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh my God! Guys you should see Russia girls. They are better looking:), much better:).
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