Friday, November 19, 2010
Detour: Fiat 500 USA
Every once in awhile we detour off cycling into another subject area...
The United States version of the Fiat 500, an Italian and European market success story, was revealed yesterday at the Los Angeles auto show. Fiat is no newcomer to the USA market having established a Fiat manufacturing plant in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1908.
The iconic Fiat 500, known lovingly as the "Bambino" but officially at the Nouva (new), was introduced in 1957.
The new Fiat 500 was introduced in 2007, and now the Fiat 500 USA is arriving in the USA.
The USA version of the Fiat 500 has undergone many modifications to meet market requirements: a redesigned body structure to increase resistance, a new suspension system, more than 20 modifications to reduce noise, vibrations and harshness, re-designed brakes and ABS system, fuel tank size increased to 10.5 gallons, improved heating and cooling system, newly designed seats, new steering wheel controls and a recalibrated steering effort.
The Fiat 500 USA price starts at $15,500 for 1.4-liter engine developing 101 HP. The Fiat 500 USA price list for the various options will be available at local dealerships.
The Fiat 500 USA is manufactured in Mexico.
A bicycle, minus wheels, does fit inside (best take your bike to the dealership to make sure).
Now back to regular programming....
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