: Anybody interested in the Fiat 500?

02-08-11, 04:09 PM
Seems as though this will Fiats first attempt to sell cars again in the U.S. While apparently a success in Europe, does this car make any sense in the American marketplace? Has anyone actually driven one of these cars?

02-08-11, 04:12 PM
I am very, very, very interested. We'll see how close it sticks to the promised price of $15k-$16k

02-08-11, 04:43 PM
Do not want.

02-08-11, 05:31 PM
Well, if we have Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, ISUZU, Honda, Toyota, Mazda and some other garbage brands in the U.S., it would not bother to have some good quality European cars too!

02-08-11, 05:56 PM
Best small car since Mini's reintroduction.

02-08-11, 06:47 PM
I'll be much more excited when Alfa Romeo comes back to the states soon, but I am glad we're getting the Fiat 500. It's a good car but it'll take awhile before your average American warms up to it.

02-08-11, 07:02 PM
Heck, bring them all over, even the lesser ones. Lancia, Skoda, Opel, Dacia, Citroen, Renault

02-08-11, 07:17 PM
Have any of you actually driven a 500 yet? Or is your opinion based on reports in the auto press?

02-08-11, 07:17 PM
the lancia delta is my favorite car in forza motorsport

02-08-11, 08:32 PM

02-08-11, 09:39 PM
I'm excited to see the Fiat 500 hit the states. The Mini Cooper did well when it was reintroduced to the American market, and this follows that same general theme, so I'd think this would do good as well. I hope this spurns a renaissance of exiled European brands to return.

02-08-11, 11:14 PM
I would love to tool around in an Abarth...

02-09-11, 10:26 AM

02-09-11, 12:09 PM
The double bubble Abarth Fiat Zagato was the premier small car of the 50s/60s. They were the shit. Some guy took one and turned the transaxle 90 degrees so he could mount a Mercury MK. 55H Quincy loop engine on it. He went unbeaten in the lower SCCA classes with it for several years. It looked weird with the outboard motor sticking up in the back end but it sure did go. A MK 55H was 45 cubic inch, put out 135HP on gas, and with the megaphone exhaust was deafening. It could be heard for miles. I saw it in Reno, Nevada about 1963.

02-09-11, 05:58 PM
I made a huge little mistake.