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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
    Fuel economy trivia: the most interesting Fiat 500 to me is the you could get in Europe with the 0.9L 2-cylinder engine. I would have loved to try it.

    Of course, even less chance that would ever come to North America than the 1.0L Mirage!


    I drove one from Paris to Ancona IT passing thru Leon, Mont Blank, Milano, then back thru Rome to Paris. Its great on gas in town, but on the fway is awful. It does have power to keep up and overtake but will kill your wallet!


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    I heard the 500 had early reliability problems. Did that ever get solved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrybeaver View Post
    If you read thetruthaboutcars.com it sounds like the dealers can't give Fiats away. LOL The dealer closest to me hasn't budged on their lone 500 Abarth, but the dealer in Olean, NY has one for $15,499. Which is 8k off MSRP.
    My dealership has ONE new Abarth...and it's a 2016!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc321 View Post
    I never have been attracted to SUVs and I doubt I ever will be. They are so generic and plain-Jane.
    All my life I could tell make & model of just about any vehicle at a glance.

    In the past few years this has changed. Most of the CUV/crossovers just don't register in my brain. I just don't really care about them.

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    turbo 500 plan not working

    Sales of the Fiat 500 in the 3 months since they announced the engine upgrade:


    • March: 439 (down from 1671 in March 2017)
    • April: 335 (down from 1201 in April 2017)
    • May: 264 (down from 1240 in May 2017)


    Maybe the engine wasn't available right after the announcement, but those are Smart Fortwo numbers.

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    US: Fiat plan not working...

    No immediate withdrawal from the U.S., but the news is not promising:

    Fiat will soon begin the transition of becoming a Europe-only EV brand.
    Source: https://carbuzz.com/news/chrysler-wi...ead-in-america

    the company needs to identify places “where Fiat can play best.” Those places include Latin America, where the brand has a long history. As for North America, Marchionne said he doesn’t think the brand can “make it.”
    Source: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...-just-wounded/

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    Hm. I wonder what this means for Ram Trucks and the Jeep brand...

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    Apparently even MORE resources will be available to devote to the trucks/Jeeps/SUV's.

    That's the goose laying the golden egg for Fiat/Chrysler (and everybody else) these days.


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