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    Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    The last time you could buy a new Fiat in the U.S., Michael Jackson's Thriller music video played endlessly on MTV, cellphones were as big as bricks, and Ronald Reagan railed at the Soviets while dispensing jelly beans from the Oval Office.



    The Italian brand's stylish small cars vanished from the American landscape 27 years ago, victim of growing Asian brand sales, low gas prices and a reputation for vehicle breakdowns. Few expected Fiat to return.
    Yet, it's back. Fiat Automotive this month again will sell a Fiat-brand car the small, retro-styled Fiat 500 coupe that's been a hit in Europe since rolling out in 2007. Fiat-controlled Chrysler will oversee sales of Fiats in the U.S.
    Fiat reintroduces itself to U.S. with 500 model - USATODAY.com



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    One woman in the age group where Fiat expects to find its sweet spot, Vanessie Christensen, 23, thought the cars are too small. "I do a lot of sports, and they would never work for me," the surfer said.
    Get a SUV.


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    Guess I'd have to get the sunroof model for my head to stick out the top.



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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post


    Guess I'd have to get the sunroof model for my head to stick out the top.
    Is that the rear view or side view of the car?


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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    Good luck. I have a hard time believing they'll sell many. Glorified Yugos.



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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post


    Guess I'd have to get the sunroof model for my head to stick out the top.
    I would never be able to squeeze myself into that...


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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    To be followed shortly by a news story about Fiat leaving the US market due to poor sales.


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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I would never be able to squeeze myself into that...
    Hit brakes = knock out headlight



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    Great vehicle for driving in blizzards. Just pick it up and put it in the back of a pickup. It adds weight.


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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    My first car was the 124 spider -- loved that car when it ran!!!



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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    If that thing has a backseat, I would probably have to pull a Police Academy and rip out the front seat and drive from the back.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    If that thing has a backseat, I would probably have to pull a Police Academy and rip out the front seat and drive from the back.
    My thoughts exactly.




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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    I'd rather have a Fiat 500 than any of the other offerings from Chrysler right now.

    I've never sat in a 500 but I've driven a Fiat in Italy and I was surprised how much head/leg room it had for such a small car. I'm 6'2 and I had plenty of head room. This was a diesel version that got nearly 50mpg. The bad thing about the 500 is that they probably won't bring a diesel version and it will struggle to get 35mpg.

    If you really want to question my manhood, I just rented a car for a trip I'm taking to Italy in 2 months and the name........Fiat Panda. Now that's G



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    Are those donut tires?


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    Re: Fiat Returns to U.S. Market

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post




    Guess I'd have to get the sunroof model for my head to stick out the top.
    Actual size photo of car


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