Eager to get your hands on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth? Get in line, and be warned: you're going to have to wait.

According to The Detroit News, Chrysler has stopped taking wholesale orders on the 2012 model year 500 Abarth. According to sources within the automaker, customers who plunk down the money for the hotted-up 500 right now will be put on the 2013 model year waiting list, with those cars expected to arrive in the fall. In a statement to the Motown newspaper, Chrysler officials simply said that the number of orders received "exceeded the production run of this model for the 2012 model year."

Chrysler had originally planned to build about 1,000 Abarth models for the 2012 model year. However, those cars were all spoken for by the end of April – the Abarth's first month on sale – so the automaker upped production to 3,000 units. According to the Detroit News, this was the maximum number of units that the Fiat factory in Toluca, Mexico could handle.


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      2o6
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think a lot of people don't understand the Fiat 500. It's actually pretty reasonably priced, and although the 1.4L isn't as fast as some competitors, it has a certain "soul" about it. It encourages you to wring the snot out of it, and rewards you for doing so. It's a lively little unit.
        belfagor
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2o6
        2o6, in America we still buy cars "by the pound", bigger is still better and small = cheap good luck dislodging that mantra from the collective brainmass I know it sounds a bit off topic, but I found this explanation to a lot of aberrant behaviors in this country, so I'll share: "Sometimes I really wonder why the US has such a higher percentage of backwards freaks, compared to the rest of the developed world, and why their ridiculousness flies unchecked. And then I remember that it was the religious and other extremists expelled from England who populated this country first (after killing off the locals, of course). Natural selection bottleneck + generations of inbreeding can do wonders to a population."
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      glad they're selling so well. GO FIAT!
      Relyat08
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn! I almost got one too! Ended up with a 500 sport instead, but now I really wish I had the Abarth.
      Matt Mossberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      glad these are doing so great. i see alot of 500s in san diego and like others said it has a soul to it.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why only make 3000?? If the demand is there for more, MAKE MORE!
        dimo3j
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        Didn't the article say "According to the Detroit News, this was the maximum number of units that the Fiat factory in Toluca, Mexico could handle." That's why I would presume...
      vinny
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is more than a car, it's a happy-machine. Perfect, belfagor.
      belfagor
      • 2 Years Ago
      happy to see such a smart car do well, to the chagrin of the kill-joy naysayers I own one and it is more than a car, it's a happy-machine. Use it as your daily errand-runner and I promise you'll come home with a smile on your face. Drive one and you'll understand.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @belfagor
        belagor, how is it in the highway? Can you fit people in the back? I know it's not particularly designed for it, but I'm curious. Had my eye on it since last year. (and thinking of a city car between this and a mini)
          belfagor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          we're a family of four and my kids fit OK in the back. They'll complain by the time they're teenagers, we'll see... fun to drive and I can park it everywhere
          2o6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          Highway manners are actually pretty good. It obviously has some flaws due to a short wheelbase and tall height, but it does pretty well. Rear seat is obviously small, but it's surprisingly roomy (it's a bit bigger than the Mini Cooper).
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Small, low power cars will never sell in America. Right? Right? Why are you looking at me that way.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing says performance like a fiat doing zero to sixty in seven seconds.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not get a Prius C? It costs the same, is more powerful, gets better fuel economy and looks equally bad. I don't understand what people see in small crappy european cars.
        PDX:ST
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Why not get a Prius C you ask? Because it's a Prius. I don't understand what people see in small, crappy Japanese hybrids.
          Robert Nixon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PDX:ST
          how is the Prius with about 100hp more powerful than the turbo Abarth with 160hp?
      brucec039
      • 2 Years Ago
      God bless metrosexuals and secretaries.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brucec039
        God bless ignorant people. On a site for enthusiasts, no less.
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes sense. Test drove one last week. Awesome little car. Not for everybody, but 'fun to drive' is an understatement when behind the wheel of this little guy.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dan1malk
        You need to go drive a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 5spd if you seriously enjoy fun to drive cars that also have horsepower. Not trolling, but car guy to car guy. It's quite the wolf in sheep's clothing.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Sheep's clothing? I think the 2-foot tall wing on the back kind of gives it away....
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