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sakiss, always enjoy your posts. Two questions: When can we Americans expect to enjoy the 500 on our shores? Great youtube video, can you give a short overview of what was being said? My Italian is a lot rusty!
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As a long time Fiat and Alfa fan, it makes me sad that there have been so many great Fiats in the last 10 years and we never got them. Now this one comes out, and it's just torture. I can't stand the fact that I can't get one :(
 

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sakiss, always enjoy your posts. Two questions: When can we Americans expect to enjoy the 500 on our shores?
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According to Gruppo's CEO S.M. it will debut in 2010.

2008 Abarth
2009 500 Cabrio

Abarth 500 135hp(140hp ron98)
Abarth 500 SS (Supersport) 150hp(155hp ron98)

Presentation video
http://videos.tf1.fr/video/musique/fiat-500/0,,3485620,00-revivez-naissance-officielle-nouvelle-fiat-500-.html

-Verdict
See one, drive one and you'll want one.
http://www.channel4.com/4car/rt/fiat/500/2162/1

-In autobild they said that the the interior's material quality is even higher than Mini's.

-http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/209301/fiat_500.html

Fiat 5oo 1957-2007








 

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I can only say Gorgeous pictures. Read this:

All the new 500s are frugal on fuel, the diesel especially so with a 67.3mpg claimed figure for the official combined-cycle economy test. The 1.2 manages 55.4mpg and the 1.4 does 44.8mpg on this test, although as ever it would be surprising to see these figures matched in real-world driving.

Get this: They also include a five-year or 500,000km (300,000 mile) warranty. It will be interesting to see how many buyers reach 300,000 miles within the warranty period.

I want one more than ever. Not convinced that they will ever make their way to the States though.
 

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Well, I was just being flagrant about why Fiat left NA. There were several reasons they left most of which I'm too young to have experienced first hand, lol...

Yes, the X1/9 is defiantly one of the last cool cars Fiat built. Have they even made a RWD since? Personally I think Fiat peaked in the 70's; Lancia, too (037=sex). I suppose there are different definitions of cool. The Panda was kinda cool in a funky-4wd-hatchback way. I suppose the new 500 is cool too because it is stylish and cute, but it's not my kind of cool.
 

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I think that Lancia, while still good, began its decline in the 1980's. Yes, the Delta Integrale was cool but it wasn't as cool as the Stratos (1972-1973).
 

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Interesting that there aren't any Japanese cars on the European top 10 lists.

I wonder if the new 500 would make much of a dent in the States if it were brought over?
 

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Demand for the 500 is so great that Fiat has already sold out of the cars it plans to build this year.

Barely three weeks after the car was launched in Italy and only one week since it has been on sale in France, annual supplies of the 500 have already been exhausted.

Fiat originally planned to build 58,000 cars this year, but the carmaker has since decided it will build between 65,000 and 67,000 units before production ramps up to 140,000 at the company's Tychy, Poland, plant in 2008.

In order to acheive these goals the carmaker will need to expand the site and nearly double capacity from 285,000 to 500,000 annual units.

UK cars were meant to be here in early 2008, but it could now be summer 2008 before they actually arrive. (evo)
 

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Outlook
The Group’s results for the third quarter are in line with expectations and confirm the
positive trend of the first part of the year. The Group therefore believes it can continue on
its growth and margin expansion path, as set out in the 2007-2010 industrial plan.
In view of the results achieved in the first nine months, Fiat is moving up its full year
guidance:
• Group trading profit between €2.9 and €3 billion (5+% trading margin)
• Net income between €1.8 billion and €1.9 billion;
• Basic earnings per share between €1.40 and €1.50;
• Net industrial debt of approximately €500 million (excluding the impact of additional
share buy-backs).
2008 targets are confirmed.
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The managers responsible for preparing the company's financial reports, Alessandro Baldi and
Maurizio Francescatti, declare, pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 154-bis of the Consolidated Law
on Finance, that the accounting information contained in this press release corresponds to the
results documented in the books, accounting and other records of the company.
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Turin, October 24, 2007
 

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The return of Abarth
Officine Abarth - Punto Abarth

Abarth 5oo 960-980kgr 135/140hp 206nm
Abarth 5oo S 980-1000kgr 150/155hp 230nm

Mini Cooper 1065kgr 120hp 160nm
Mini Cooper S 1130kgr 175hp 240nm





Abarth Grande Punto SS 1150kg 180hp 272nm
Opel Corsa OPC 1203kg 192hp 266nm
Renault Clio RS 1240kg 200hp 215nm
Mini Cooper S 1130kg 175hp 260nm
Peugeot 207 RC 1250kg 175hp 260nm
 
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