• Apr 14, 2011
2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio – Click above for high-res image gallery

Good news, lovers of open-air motoring: Fiat has just announced that its diminutive little 500 Cabrio will be hitting the U.S. market "just in time for spring" as a 2012 model. That's a little nebulous, mind you, as the announcement doesn't specifically say when we should expect the droptop 500c to actually hit a dealership near you.

In any case, the North American 500 Cabrio mimics its European cousin with an electrically powered fabric roof that can be opened while driving at any speed up to 60 miles per hour. Unlike most convertibles, the 500 Cabrio keeps its fully-framed side windows, as the top slides back and forth on roof rails instead of folding down into a pile at the rear of the car.

Fiat will offer the 500 Cabrio with three different soft top colors, 14 exterior colors and 12 combinations of interior colors and fabrics. Customization is a good thing, no? We'll get our first live impressions of the 500c at the New York Auto Show next week. Hit the jump for the official press release and be sure to check out some fun-in-the-sun motoring in our high-res image gallery below.



[Source: Fiat]
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New 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

April 14, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Just in time for spring, the new Fiat 500 Cabrio introduces American customers to open-air driving excitement with beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology.

As a contemporary solution to the famous canvas roof on the original Nuova Cinquecento (500), the new 2012 Fiat 500c features a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top that is designed to deliver all-season driving pleasure with the top up or down. With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c's power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to 60 mph.

The Fiat 500c offers comfort for four passengers, three exterior soft-top colors, 14 exterior colors, 12 unique seat colors and material combinations plus a choice of two interior environments to allow customers to personalize "their own" Fiat 500c.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Whatever.... We've got a dealer here in Toledo, and thousands of Chrysler employees and family to sell to. The dealer has been open for a month now, and I've yet to see one on the road. Just checked the dealer website, and each and every car on the lot has dealer ADM of close to $2000 per car. As much as I like the car, guess what? I wouldn't pay over sticker for it when they have dozens sitting on the lot. I guess nobody here in Toledo is that desperate to drive a Fiat!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I LOVE the 500, especially now that I've driven a 5 speed Sport!

        I agree with you- adding 2K in ADM on an inexpensive car is ridiculous. But I see it as temporary. The PT Cruiser was the same way when it was new, and the 500 is produced in the same factory. A year from now I predict the same "incentives" that most manufacturers use to attract buyers.

        If you like the 500, and think a small car would work for you, test drive one. Big fun!
      • 3 Years Ago
      i've always like the 500. any idea if it will come to Blu&Me?
        • 3 Years Ago
        nice. most people don't know that it was one of the first telematics systems. has fiat made its plans public about rolling it out in chryslers?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Blue&Me is standard on Sport and Lounge models. In the $15,500 Pop model, Blue&Me is packaged with a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio and bluetooth control for $500.

      • 3 Years Ago
      umm, I think they mean NEXT spring - I think this is another one of those AB empty "articles"
        • 3 Years Ago
        No. It may be late spring or early summer before production is fully ramped up, but the 500C is definitely happening in the next couple of months.

        NEXT spring will be all about the Abarth!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is my Abarth?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Less than a year away man!

        I'm psyched too!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Technically, hasn't Spring already sprung?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Me want so bad
      • 3 Years Ago
      Classy just became classier. Not classy as in Rolls Royce classy, but classy in an Italian retro sense. I love the 500, and the California roof just adds to its presence. Love it!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just saw 1 today on turnpike, hollywood (FL) exit
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see that car selling pretty well especially out here in Los Angeles.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget San Francisco.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had no idea they were even being sold here yet until I saw one the other day (in Massachusetts). Neat car but the design in person looks a bit bland compared to something like a new mini cooper.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the concept of small efficient hatchbacks. However, i feel that it looks outdated already :(
        • 3 Years Ago
        Take a look at the Abarth 500 and tell me it looks outdated
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea i understand that but I just wish they modernized it just a bit more. Feel like it is similar to the 2005 mustang when it came out and how the newer 2009 (?) further modernized the throwback. I love all things retro but i want to see some creative flame surfacing and a little edgier or thin features on the front end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe because it based on a retro design? But that was the point, after all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 500 is like the MINI. Sometimes, you see a MINI that looks especially good; whereas, other times, it's nothing special. I saw probably 40 500's the last time I was in Paris. It's so customizable and the difference between the different trim levels is so large, that sometimes it's like seeing two entirely different cars, even though they're the same car. Put another way, sometimes the 500 looks fantastic; other times, "meh".
        • 3 Years Ago
        Flame surfacing on a 500? Ummm, eh, what?

        This is the one to have with the automatic trannie and just pootle about town in...fun!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a good thing they're not calling this a "convertible"-because it's NOT a convertible. It's really no more than a large sunroof.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put in one of Chrysler's new 290HP V6 and they will sell all they can build !
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