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    Fiat Throws In The Towel On 2012 500 Abarth Orders


    William Maley

    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    June 5, 2012

    If you were thinking about purchasing a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, you're out of luck for the time being. The Detroit News reports that Chrysler is telling dealers that it's no longer accepting wholesale orders for the new 2012 500 Abarth.

    When the Abarth went on sale in late April, over a thousand customers had put a deposit down. Fiat decided to up the amount from thousand to 3,000 Abarths to help with increased demand. Sources say the Toluca, Mexico plant building the 500 Abarth has reached its limit.

    So what does this mean for customers who place an order for Abarth now? They'll be waiting for the 2013 500 Abarths to roll off the line.

    "The Fiat 500 Abarth is unstoppable. Dealer orders for the Abarth dramatically exceeded the number of units we had scheduled for production. We had to schedule additional production to try and keep up with the demand. Most Abarth units are sold within one day," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Fiat Brand.

    Source: The Detroit News

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    WOW, they really are pushing hard to sell these little coffins on wheels. I know the performance version is probably truly hot right now for dealers to order up, but they do sit on the lots as seen by my local Fiat dealership.

    Might be hot in the news but not unstoppable. :P

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    didnt exactly pick some reputable spokespersons for them either...

    What you did not like BootyLicous Woman selling you the Fiat????? AKA JLO????

    I did think the brunette in the Abrath commercial was hot! :P

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    What is wrong with this picture...the ABARTH is supposed to be s ports car...I autocross...

    What happens with the Center of Gravity when the car is taller than it is long....I wouldn't want to race in one myself.

    The SCCA has put racing/auto-X restrictions on the Abarth and 500...as they are afraid of a possible rollover at an event.

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    the problem with your ideas of the 500 is that the car has a wide stance. from above the car is pretty much a square and smaller at the top. te car is built like a pyramid which is next to impossible to topple over. the rollover is not a real issue.

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    Considering that not too long ago we were debating whether or not the 500 was a failure or not, the fact the've sold more than they could build is very good news.

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    didnt exactly pick some reputable spokespersons for them either...

    What you did not like BootyLicous Woman selling you the Fiat????? AKA JLO????

    I did think the brunette in the Abrath commercial was hot! :P

    oh they were fine, thats not the person in question. im talking about the coke addict on house arrest... winning!

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    didnt exactly pick some reputable spokespersons for them either...

    What you did not like BootyLicous Woman selling you the Fiat????? AKA JLO????

    I did think the brunette in the Abrath commercial was hot! :P

    oh they were fine, thats not the person in question. im talking about the coke addict on house arrest... winning!

    :blink: Guess I missed something, what coke addict on house arrest winning??????

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    the problem with your ideas of the 500 is that the car has a wide stance. from above the car is pretty much a square and smaller at the top. te car is built like a pyramid which is next to impossible to topple over. the rollover is not a real issue.

    Rollover is a real possibility...however, in competition, one is supposed to know the limits of ones car and not exceed them in stupid ways.

    Considering that not too long ago we were debating whether or not the 500 was a failure or not, the fact the've sold more than they could build is very good news.

    I think the car will be a real success...MINI sells about 45,000 cars a year in the US, the fact that MINI sales really haven't dropped much and Fiat has found 30,000 new buyers says something.

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