• Oct 5th 2010 at 6:54PM
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2008 Fiat Seicento

Unlovable. That's the word that comes to mind when we gaze upon the Fiat Seicento, but with more than one million on the road, it's quite clear that there are people who disagree. The Seicento city car is a machine with a purpose: basic transportation at its finest (or as we see it, at its worst). Boasting a 0.9-liter engine with a meager 39 horsepower, the Seicento certainly won't win any races at the strip, but its a frugal machine that's easy on the wallet and maybe that's its key to success.

The Seicento is due for an update and Fiat engineers are already dreaming up ideas for its new city car. The company plans to develop a low-cost product that retains the Seicento's fuel-sipping nature, but takes urban motoring in a different direction. Basically, Fiat hopes to modernize the city car by introducing features seldom found in the segment, thinking that its efforts will result in even wider appeal. Fiat has no plans to offer its upcoming city car in the U.S. and that's all right by us, 'cause we'd much rather be planted in the driver's seat of its spunky yet sensationally popular Cinquecento (500) instead.

[Source: Autocar | Image: Rudolf Stricker – C.C. License 2.0]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      It seems ABG has never driven one? I had one years ago. Quick, cheap, glued to the road and always a parking spot. Just perfect for the city.
      Driving this was like driving a go-cart. I enjoyed it more than my other Mercedes. Just more fun! But what do I know.
      • 8 Months Ago
      My grandfather had one for almost 30 years. Very dependable, but not very fast. Great memories.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Back in 80s I owned a Fiat 127, and it also was fun to drive. Surprisingly good handling and as long as I stayed at city speeds it beat many much more powerful cars at acceleration (which surprised many). I haven't driven one of these Seicento cars, but if they have same kind of handling I can easily see why someone would want one as commuter car.

      I wonder if they could do the same as new Prius for new Seicento. Small battery and emotor in parallel to 500cc ICE. Small size of the car and low weight in addition of emotor benefits in stop and go traffic would make it perfect commuter car.
      • 8 Months Ago
      My mother has one (10 years old now), my sister got one as well for 8 years. Excellent city car, cheap, reliable, cute (not the sporty-like yellow one on the picture, but the normal one, in my opinion), fun to drive. Please consider that you could buy one new for 6,000 €.
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