News is trickling out of the Serbian factory that's responsible for Fiat 500L production that work has stopped due to a delay in parts delivery. Fiat has been mum on the reasoning for the stoppage, which is going on its tenth day, according to Automotive News. "Production ceased on Wednesday and we still don't know when it will resume," said a spokesperson for Fiat's Serbian operations.

While Fiat isn't saying what the issue is, AN is reporting a number of workers for a local transport company are protesting over unpaid wages. They've blocked the road and rail lines leading towards the factory, preventing the delivery of parts for production.

If the stoppage continues, it's going to be bad news for the 500L, as its numbers have just started to pick up following its launch in June. According to a report earlier this month, sales cracked 1,000 units in September. A lengthy delay in production will also count as another blow for local Fiat dealers, which have struggled over small profits, a limited lineup and rumors that Fiat stores will not be selling the Alfa Romeo 4C as promised.


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      Inespugnabile
      • 1 Year Ago
      My favourite car in this segment is the Scion xD although it's 7 yrs old model and need to get replaced but with good rims still looks cool and sporty and it does not shows its effective age.
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      mycommentemail
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kill it with fire! Man I love me a quirky little car. But I think this thing is hideous in pictures AND in person (someone down the street from me owns one). I was so excited when I first heard the Italians were coming back. But now that I've seen what they are bringing... not so much anymore.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mycommentemail
        I agree. When I heard that the Italians were coming back, I was hoping they'd bring some little two-seat roadsters back with them. Those are what made them, and British automakers, so charming back in the day. The new crop of cute, European inspired city cars just doesn't do it for me. A new Fiat 124 Sport Spider and Alfa Romeo Duetto are what I would like to see from the Italians. They need to be small, light, affordable, and simplistic, and be manuals.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          In all fairness, the Japanese have been the only ones with cars in the segment I am talking about, and that's not saying much seeing as the Miata has been the only one in production since 2006. It could become a "European affair" once again if they still offered such cars. Many grew to love the old Ala Romeos, Fiats, Triumphs, and MGs of the day, and would most certainly embrace new iterations of those vehicles today, especially if they're not as temperamental this time around.
          Inespugnabile
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Two seat roadsters? LOL. That's a japanese affair today, cannot wait to see the Honda S660 and the Daihatsu Kopen 2014 on the road, Toyota is working on an even more affordable GT86 wich will be its minor sister.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      And not a tear was shed. Worst. A-pillars. Evar.
      Stinkyboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is impossible to see out the front. there are 2 pillars blocking your vision. the windshield is way too far forward. forward viewing blind spots? who designed this, Stevie Wonder?
        KEN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Those a pillars are clear glass. Very easy to see out of. That is a bad reflection.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat make very good cars. But, why in USA sell only Fiat 500-series? Why Fiat don't sell Fiat Linea, Fiat Panda or Fiat Bravo? Besides, why in USA don't sell Lancia automobile? New Delta and Ypsilon are enough good cars. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/%22_12_-_ITALY_-_Lancia_Y_and_Delta_grey_dealership.JPG
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Fiat thinks it can wait to buy Chrysler next year before they fix their product lineup in America, they have another thing coming. The Fiat dealers are fed up and before they know it, it might be a repeat of the 1980s for them in America all over again. Fiat is a great company with a lot of great ideas but they need to get their act together already.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      The crabs they come with seem painful especially for your passengers. I would not go for that option. LOL
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't this the same Serbian Factory that built the Yugo up until a few years ago?
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