It seems as though many auto manufacturers get bitten by the retro bug at some point in time. Retro vehicles can provide a link to the past, while at the same time giving drivers a more modern vehicle with all the performance and safety that we expect from today's cars.
Prime examples of recent retro vehicles include the Ford Thunderbird, Chrysler PT Cruiser, VW New Beetle, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and the Mini. It looks as though at least one more retro vehicle is coming our way courtesy of Fiat. The Italian auto giant today announced that its tiny 500 will be making its way to North America and will be sold in Chrysler dealerships.
Earlier reports hinted that Fiat would make this move, but today marked the first official confirmation from Fiat. According to Richard Gadeselli, Fiat's VP of Communications, the Fiat 500 will land in Chrysler dealerships within the next 18 months. The vehicle will still be badged as a Fiat; however, six other vehicles based on current Fiat platforms will also arrive stateside wearing Chrysler-specific designs and badging according to Autoblog.
Fiat and Chrysler announced a strategic alliance in late January, and most recently, Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Despite Chrysler's current financial troubles, Fiat is hoping that its expertise with small car platforms will help to bring innovative and fuel efficient vehicles to U.S. drivers.
Chrysler was joined today in bankruptcy proceedings by its crosstown rival, GM, which the U.S. government is now taking a 60% stake (Canada is getting a 12% stake in the company, while auto unions will receive a roughly 17.5% stake). Ford has yet to take any bailout funds and is currently moving forward under its own power.
quote: Boycott ugly cars folks. Sooner or later, they'll pay attention and stop making them.
quote: The fact that the American car companies have fallen apart based on the very model you proclaim "everybody wants" is proof that you're wrong.
quote: Yea but what happened when the price went down? stockpiles of garbage slow as hell hybrids were sitting on lots where they belong.
quote: 100% instant torque at all RPM's. No revving like with the gas guzzlers.
quote: You'd be surprised at the nice amount of torque you get from an electric motor.
quote: a blast on your commute as well... and you get some sun too... very efficient.
quote: Toyota Yaris hatchback with manual tranny is your car. Can't get more frugal, reliable and cheap 4-seater today than Yaris.
quote: I’ve always wanted to buy a tiny car just to commute to work in.
quote: hey said the same thing about Korean-made cars, and now they're up to Japanese levels of quality.
quote: We need an affordable Italian car in this country again.
quote: And you know this how?
quote: Not to mention that the 500 has gotten very good reviews in the British press, and they have no qualms about totally savaging sub-par products.
quote: If US car makers made more cars like those, they probably wouldn't all be going bankrupt. Small cars are the future. Small cars are also safer than large cars once most people are driving them because there is less kinetic energy to absorb. It doesn't matter how many airbags you have, the route to safety is small light cars, or public transport.
quote: And when we have computers driving them for us, it will be even better.
quote: Hey redneck, if you knew your sh!t, you'd know a pickup is crap in the snow because there is virtually no weight on the back axle.
quote: It doesn't matter how many airbags you have, the route to safety is small light cars, or public transport. And when we have computers driving them for us, it will be even better.
quote: You idiots do that on everything from illegal immigration, to global warming fallacy, to racism, to taxation, to socialism...and whatever else.
quote: The bottom line for you Amiga is that you are sweating wealth envy.
quote: How many guys with doctrates in aerospace engineering do you know is on the bread line?
quote: When you grow up, develop some maturity
quote: Porsche drivers having small d*cks
quote: those idiots with the big 4x4s that never climbed a kerb
quote: you'll hear Billy Bob and his brother Billy Bob II use it down your local shootout bar
quote: I'd be most interested to see where your going with the racism line
quote: Its as well I've rocket scientists like you around to keep me right!
quote: I class stupid, xenophobic truck driving whites as Billy Bob and Billy Bob II, world of difference.
quote: You realise there is more countries in the world than the US of A?
quote: You ever traveled to any? Unlikely...
quote: You were the aerospace engineer right?
quote: Considering you're not from the United States, then you really have no idea of the lifestyle
quote: You realize that those countries mostly exist today because of the United States in WWI and WWII. Wait, what was that - you really did want to speak German?
quote: I have enough of an idea of the lifestyle, you can learn some from reading. You can also learn alot from their stupidity and lack of knowledge.
quote: Hey redneck, if you knew your sh!t, you'd know a pickup is crap in the snow because there is virtually no weight on the back axle. But, don't let me stop you deluding yourself.
quote: HA HA HA HA HA I'd be speaking Russian now. The US didn't win the war, the Soviets did. But I don't suppose you ever bothered to look into that in great detail before.
quote: You ever seen an Ariel Atom in the flesh? Or a Caterham?
quote: But a pukka 4x4 is not an SUV, never was, never will be. Many delude themselves into equating one to the other. A 2WD mini-van will do a better job, but does not sell as well. Illogical.