According to The Detroit Free Press, a plus-sized version of the cheeky little Fiat 500 is heading to the Geneva Motor Show in March. Olivier Francois, head of the Fiat brand, has reportedly confirmed that a five-door 500 will be shown in Geneva, and that the new vehicle will be sold here in the United States starting in 2013.

Sound familiar? About one year ago, we reported that Fiat was working on a four-door (or, five-door) 500 internally known as Project L-Zero. This larger 500 was specifically being designed to round out the automaker's portfolio here in the U.S., though at the time, it was unclear whether or not the vehicle would be sold in other markets. Judging by the fact that the five-door 500 will debut in Switzerland, we can only assume that worldwide consumption is in the cards.


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      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now how about a pickup truck conversion....
      Carlo Sirna
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will NOT be a 5 door Fiat 500 in ANY WAY. It will be a much bigger vehicle that (maybe) will inhert some design clues. it will be a "real" car for everyday use (at least for the european standards). Actually it will have more or less the same size of an Audi A3 (4,25 meters long) It shouldn't resemble too much a 500, by looking at these pictures posted today: http://www.quattroruote.it/notizie/auto-novita/fiat-ellezero-la-multispazio-sbarchera-negli-usa For the non-italian speaking: the article states that the version sold in USA will be even bigger and will provide seats for 7 persons. Saying that this car is the 5 doors version of the 500 is like saying that the BMW Z4 is the cabrio version of the X6 just because they share the same design clues.
      Ramiro Leonardo Pina
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here you have the spyshots of the fiat: Outside: "http://www.alvolante.it/news/foto_spy_fiat_ellezero-572051044" Inside: "http://www.alvolante.it/news/fiat_ellezero_interni-586416"
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ramiro Leonardo Pina
        Double A pillar?! Those interior shots are of a van...
          GearheadGeek
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lorenzo
          Well, the article Carlo Sirna linked says it's going to be a "multispazio" which is a sort of microvan, like a Mazda5. It looks like it'll have 4 hinged doors, though, so it won't get the sliding-door stigma that makes people think "minivan."
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      well, it would have been nice if they included an image of the 600 - like the one here: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_XEEIzU0UA1M/S-q4LUv1wJI/AAAAAAAASiI/O_VzmdTpIdg/s1600/001.jpg
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      and here: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_XEEIzU0UA1M/TRvPYq3IuGI/AAAAAAAAUnQ/j957zeqvD6Y/s1600/001.jpg
      donnieorama
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car no one wanted--now with more doors!
        Phontsolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
        The car YOU didn't want. You DON'T represent ALL of America. Even though YOU might think you do.
          GearheadGeek
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Phontsolo
          @donnieorama: You're obviously not reading the whole story on current sales then, because 20k units through few dealerships (most of which didn't open until mid-year) is not too bad.
          donnieorama
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Phontsolo
          I'm going by current sales, Admiral.
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        GearheadGeek
        • 2 Years Ago
        And so, you shop with your dollars and let the rest of us shop with ours. At the very least, cars like this will push the Japanese and domestic manufacturers to offer better-equipped models of small cars, rather than the bleak econobox offerings that have been the norm for the last 20 years. Just because you don't want one doesn't mean the rest of us should be deprived of the option.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        I would have a Fiesta over either of those two, but thefact of the matter is that the 500 (and Cooper) are premium versions of their segments, you pay more to look cool in something hip and more luxurious, but doesnt take as much gas or real estate as a normal sized car. It's like why would anyone want a Golf when a GTI when other cars of its price segment could leave it behind on a dragstrip? Because it has build quality, interior features, and exudes class in a way that a Civic Si simply cannot. Of course the downside is that most people buy cars by the cubic foot, and if a city sized car costs more than a midsize, sales are not made, and the car remains in a bit of a niche.
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        stclair5211
        • 2 Years Ago
        No no no. That doesn't fit with Obama's utopian dream of making us just like Europe. Get used to this and rationed cheap a$$ crap healthcare and higher taxes and high cost of living and riots and austerity plans. Life as we know it from now on will change unless you do something to stop it.
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        your priorities are all messed up
      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering it's just fat 20-somethings buy this spit bucket, it's a good idea to bring the 4 door here. Bring it and zombie porker 20somethings will flock to it as the txt.
        You guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        You know, I didn't want to agree with you, but now that I think about it... the Fiats I've seen around have all been driven by fat guys with glasses.
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      lspensieri
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought 2 FIAT 500 approx. 7 month ago, one for me and one for my daughter. WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. One manual and one authomatic. These cars are an absolute pleasure to drive and they have more space inside then they appear to have looking from outside. Even the back seats are sufficient to accomodate my 200lb frame. The trunk can hold 8 shopping bags confortably. (without collapsing the back seats) The engine is flexible, smooth, responsive and powuerful to keep you at steady 80 up and down the hills of NY. These cars are beautifull and eye turning and constant " What a beautifull car " comments everywhere. This car is quiet (expecially the manual) and confortable that I will soon take it on a trip from NY to LA and save a lot of money on gas too. By the way on both cars we get higher milage than FIAT declares. In short and dispite the gelous "nay sayers" these cars are, absolute "Italian Classic" and that's exactly the way they should be presented and promoted. Or even better "Italian Beauty". The reason why they haven't sold as projected is only because the promotional campaign, TV and radio, was a total abbortion. They did more damage than good to this beautifull Italian car. Everything That's Italian Sales. Long gone are the days of LFAT. Fiat is the owner of Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari "Haloo!!!" and the CINQUECENTO is the direct offspring of all this tecnology and class.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      and here: http://steeringnews.com/fiat-500-mpv-david-obendorfer
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe that Fiat needs at least a four year gestation time to gain traction in the United States. This five door will do nicely to fill out the Fiat line, but that should not lead to too many additional Fiat products. I also feel that Fiat should NOT bring Alfa Romeo vehicles to the states during this time. Fiat should be satisfied with the heavily modified Alfa platforms that will underpin future Chryslers, Dodges and Jeeps to satisfy the use of Alfa products in the states. Fiat should go slow and concentrate on their Chrysler division and the North American built products headed for global distribution through Fiat/Lancia Maserati for the near term future and spend developmental dollars and marketing efforts on these products.
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