Another small car bites the dust!
A Fiat executive has confirmed that the next gen (2020) Fiat 500 will be EV only.
Source: https://www.greencarreports.com/news...utive-confirmsFiat in the U.S. could not reveal any more information about the Centoventi or its production intent, saying it’s just a concept. But FCA chief marketing officer Olivier François told Top Gear something quite different: that it previews the strategy behind an all-new Fiat 500e due just a year from now—one that will be electric-only.
An EV-only option will not meaningfully reverse the 500's sales in the U.S., which have been plummeting:
U.S. Fiat 500 Sales vs. Mirage Sales:
Year Fiat 500 sales
2012 43,772 - 2013 36,375 2935 2014 33,708 16,708 2015 25,084 21,515 2016 15,587 22,226 2017 12,685 22,386 2018 5,370 24,316 2019 (Jan/Feb) 468 3362
You just have to look at what happened to the Smart Fortwo's sales when it went EV-only.
Mirage is poised to continue taking a bigger slice of a shrinking small car pie (eg. thread: RIP Nissan Versa Note - report says it's cancelled
Related thread: Fiat leaving U.S? Trying to boost 500 sales with turbo-only engine for 2018