That's what Wards Auto is reporting, quoting Fiat North America chief Jason Stoicevich at a launch event for the Fiat 500L. Stoicevich noted that – setting the EV aside – the Golden State is Fiat's largest US market, accounting for about one out of seven Fiat dealerships in the US. Add in an affordable, likeable electric model and you've got the recipe for success. Fiat announced its $199-a-month lease rates in April.
California has been good to limited-production EVs. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that Honda had sold out of its Fit EV, while a Ford executive recently said its plug-in hybrids were "flying off the shelves" in California.