While American drivers may know Fiat principally (if not exclusively) for the 500, overseas the Italian marque offers a much broader range of products. But the Cinquecento has developed into a vastly more successful product than the rest of its lineup, so the Italian automaker has been rapidly replacing its slow-selling models by expanding the 500 family.

The original 500 hatchback has since been joined by the 500C convertible and larger 500L – not to mention the 500L Living seven-seater, 500e electric hatchback and numerous Abarth models. And soon, the Sedici is expected to be replaced by a new 500X. But that's not the end of it.

A new report from Auto Express indicates that Fiat is preparing to replace the slow-selling and rapidly aging Punto with a new five-door version of the 500. The model could adapt the current Punto's platform rather than stretching the 500's, but would carry the same retro styling as the rest of the Cinquecento range, slotting in between the three-door hatch and the larger 500L. Of course, the Punto was never offered Stateside, but as part of the 500 family, it figures to stand a better chance.


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      Richard Ryan Martin
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't see this ending well. The 500's retro styling cues don't work on the 500L, and they won't work on a Punto-sized car either.
      damienreiduae
      • 11 Months Ago
      Milking the 500 badge for all it's worth.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @damienreiduae
        Just like BMW did with Mini, but Fiat haven't gone too far yet. Mini's Paceman and Coupe are not very compelling offerings (pure styling statements), but the Clubman and Countryman are quite successful because they're much more useful.
      Andrew Pappas
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fiat was making solid decisions right after the bankruptcy/takeover/merger/whatever. Now they seem to be a bit grasping at straws.
      ferps
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fiat is making the same mistakes as Mini. Taking the "cute" 500 and trying to stretch it into different shapes and sizes is a recipe for disaster.
        superchan7
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ferps
        I last heard BMW-owned Mini has been a runaway success.
        Matt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ferps
        How is it a mistake? Maybe from an enthusiasts stand point but Mini is making boatloads. Yeah the coupe and the roadster haven't sold well but I see more countrymans then regular and the paceman will probably do fine
          ferps
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Matt
          It's true that the Countryman is selling, as is the original Mini hardtop. The other models barely sell in volume numbers: http://www.motoringfile.com/2013/12/05/mini-usa-sales-down-13-for-november/
      mookieblaylock
      • 11 Months Ago
      concentrating everything in the US with the cutesy 500 look , ok
      thedriveatfive
      • 11 Months Ago
      I just hope they dont make an SUV version like mini did. OMG its bad looking.
      SpikedLemon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Seems unlikely to kill off the Punto nameplate. More likely to have a similarly sized 500 beside it.
      superchan7
      • 11 Months Ago
      The 500 is Fiat's only truly modern car and even that dates back to 2007. The Punto, as someone else said, dates back to 2005. That's just not good enough for 2014 with the new Mini One/Cooper and a host of competitors such as the popular Fiesta.
      DCbound
      • 11 Months Ago
      You're beating a dead horse with more versions of the 500. It's not what Americans buy. Bring out a modern 124 Spider or X1/9 with 250 -300 HP.
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