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    Rumorpile: Is The Next Fiat For The US This Crossover?


    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    January 2, 2011

    If there is one thing Fiat needs in the US besides sales is another model. And if a report from Inside Line is to be believed, we could be seeing a new model next year.

    Inside Line reports that Fiat is readying a new small crossover code-named Ellezero. Ellezero will be based on Fiat's SUSW (Small U.S. Wide) platform, which also will underpin a new compact Jeep crossover. Design will borrow from the 500 with it's rounded look. Power will come from the 1.4L engine found in the 500.

    The new crossover will make it's debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

    Source: Inside Line

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    Fiat needs to sell the Bravo here if it really wants to see decent sales numbers.

    Let Dodge offer traditional coupes and sedans and have Fiat offer hatches. Win/win situation, espeically if more Chrysler dealerships are allowed to pick up Fiat.

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    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    January 2, 2011

    If there is one thing Fiat needs in the US besides sales is another model. And if a report from Inside Line is to be believed, we could be seeing a new model next year.

    Inside Line is not to be believed.

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    Lets see hmmmmmm :scratchchin:

    "If there is one thing Fiat needs in the US besides sales is another model."

    "Design will borrow from the 500 with it's rounded look. "

    "Power will come from the 1.4L engine found in the 500."

    It will be bigger & wider than the 500

    The 500 doesn't sell.

    :stupid:

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    The roof on the green thingy in the illustration appears to be from a current production model..sure looks familiar

    It's from none other than the Mini Countryman.

    2011-MINI-Countryman-001.jpg

    So if this article is to be believed, Fiat wants to be an Italian Mini for the North American market. Ohhhhkayyyyy then ...

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    FIAT = Failure In America Twice!!!

    Fiat had garbage product the first time, they continue to think they can offer the same crap in Europe here. People who have bought the 500 have unloaded them as they do not hold up and the dealership in Kirkland WA has a ton of auto's both new and used 500 on the lot.

    Fiat has no Idea what americans want and they clearly have not seemed to do any market research.

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    67impss, running or just overseaing chryCo's is differant than what the FIAT division is doing. Chry is in far better touch with America today than Fiat. I stand by my comment that they are out of touch with what America wants in regards to their Fiat division. History of auto magazines have clearly stated what they feel should be brought to America and Fiat sends what most people are not interested in. Stopping by the Kirkland Fiat dealership, it was amazing to see the sales people actually ask me if I wanted to test drive a Jeep, Chrysler or Dodge product even though they came out of the Fiat show room.

    At least here in the Pacific NW home of the green tree huggers, FIAT does not go over very well with the buyers.

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