• Nov 17, 2010
2011 Fiat 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Yesterday, we told you about the grand opening of Chrysler's swanky new Motor Village dealership in downtown Los Angeles – the first North American dealership to sell the Fiat 500. As part of its big opening-day ceremonies, Chrysler unveiled the U.S.-spec 500 ahead of its official reveal at this week's LA Auto Show. A variety of colors and trims were on hand, and being surrounded by all of these 500s at once only makes us more eager to get some seat time in the diminutive little Italian Job.

The first round of 500s will go on sale later this year, in Sport, Pop and Lounge trim levels. A wealth of colors, interior fabrics and wheels will be available, and you can see some of what Fiat has to offer in our high-res image gallery, below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Just give me an Abarth trim(something similar to it would be ok) with paddle shifting DSG(or the SMT) style trans, and I am sold. I know I may get flack for it, but a manual can be a bit*h on the 405 during rush hour.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That brings back memories. In 1990, I was living in the Valley & had just bought a Tercel with a 5-speed stick. It was my first manual transmission car, and I learned how to shift driving from Sherman Oaks to Thousand Oaks on the 101 during rush hour.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey... they used the words "Chrysler" and "Hip" in the same headline, without the word "artificial". It's a new day, America!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't the shifter seem too far away from the driver's position? It looks like you have to Reach to shift rather than having your elbow in a relaxed 90* position.
      Or is it just in the picture?

      Secondly, what's so special about this car that Min or Toyota ot Honda isn't offering? Just asking?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The US spec colors are very different (and better) from the Euro colors. I like it even more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ever drove a nissan micra and a fiat punto on the same day? fiat just makes better driving small cars usually.

        and the shifter placement is good for a car that size, not far from the driving wheel. not much space between the seats(and it's quite short throw).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope, the shifter is in actually the ideal ergonomic position. See previous gen Honda Civics, current Elements and past various Renaults and Citroens.

        "Secondly, what's so special about this car that Min or Toyota or Honda isn't offering?" : In the case of Toyota or Honda: Italian style and flair, in the case of Mini, style and flair a few grand cheaper.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Shiftright

        That shifter is in what I call the "minivan position".

        I couldn't care less about THIS type of ergonomics (the split keyboard, dumb kind). Just because it over time may help relieve a little wrist pain doesn't mean I can't type 140 WPM using a regular, non-ergonomic keyboard. An ergo keyboard is less functional, actually.

        I'm not a race car driver, but I have friends who autocross, and I don't know ANYBODY who would prefer this "ergonomic" shift layout to a regular, not minivan-inspired one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sweet interiors...So want!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The biggest issue with this car its horse power ( the lack of), I,ll have to agree with top Gear´s Richard Hammond who said "anithing with less than 100 hp, should be banned from highways".
      Trust me, I have driven this little car (im from Mexico), and just as soon as you get out of downtown and into the highway or on a hilll you are in trouble.

      Also around here its sold at 23000, dollars (yes, FIAT thinks its cool to charge you for THIS car in dollars).

      Down here this car as done nothing to MINIS market share, ill bet Ill be the same in the states.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 500 is one car I am truly excited to see stateside. Cant wait to see one in person.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get two. One to drive, one in the shop waiting for parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Track record here years ago and in Yurp now not very good. Truly been there (X1/9) and done that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^^^ Look, the idiot trolls have arrived, spouting off old cliches.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So I have I, in the same car you mentioned. I still have one in my collection going strong at 292,000. Still a blast to drive, considering it's now a 40 year old design. Cheers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Crap! I've always wanted to have a Fiat 500. I think they're awesome. Too bad because I just purchased a new Camaro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The dude likes his cartoon cars.

        Put the 500 at the same end of the spectrum with the Camaro and what's at the other end of the spectrum? Nobody cares, 'cause the other end is boring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this is US spec. What is the spec? What engine does it get?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the color coordinated dash! Is it real metal?
      I'd have to drive it before I'm sold on the shift location.
      Wish the speedo was less mini-ish, but hey, at least it's in the right location.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The first round of 500s will go on sale later this year, in Sport, Pop and Lounge trim levels."

      What the hell is a Pop and Lounge trim? I hope it comes with Coke and Vodka.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        I hate when the morons in marketing force the "hip" angle. Makes the car sound like it was designed for d-bags in shiny shirts. The car is awesome and appeals to the younger market on its own. Don't try to dumb it down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's BEEN the name of the trim levels; check out Fiat's euro site. They've got a few more variations, but these names haven't changed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like that blue. The copper/bronze is pretty nice too.
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