Fiats for America (but not Canada)

Autoblog says the much-loved Fiat 500 may come to the United States pretty soon, but we Canadians are outta luck:

…According to Motor Trend editor Todd Lassa, Fiat’s cuddly 500 is being discussed for possible fast-tracking for American showrooms “in well under 18 months.” Interestingly, 2010 is the target US launch date that has been floating around for some time now, but now thanks to the Chrysler-Fiat arrangement, there now seems to be an obvious distribution conduit.
According to MT’s source, the retro-minded bubble bauble would arrive in Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep showrooms powered by a 100-horsepower four-cylinder engine and sporting a new front fascia disguising a reconfigured bumper strike beam. Interestingly, Lassa says that the car may be sold only in the U.S. and not Canada because the latter has slightly different impact standards that could be tougher to meet. …

What interesting cars we’d get over here, if only the United States, European Union, Japan and other industrialized countries would harmonize their auto safety and emissions standards. Autoblog Green lists some other Fiat models they’d like to see at their local Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep dealer: the Bravo, in particular, would make a nice replacement for the Dodge Caliber. I’m not sure any of them would make good Chryslers, though. (The Linea is too small to replace the much-maligned Sebring.)
Amazingly, there’s a guy in Halifax with a Ritmo Abarth (aka Strada) – and he’s driving it in the middle of winter, salted roads and all.

Damian P.


3 thoughts on “Fiats for America (but not Canada)

  1. I’m guessing the “500” does not refer to engine c.c. unless it’s 15,000rpm – which would be of interest.
    (I think I wrote before of my dad’s “Fiat foray follies” of yore. Oh my, they were bad cars.)

  2. Cinquecentos are awfully cute but I can’t imagine they’d hold up very long in our salt-and-muck-strewn winters. There used to be a few Fiats around here in the old days (Unos, Pandas and Stradas) and you could practically see them rust in real time.

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