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Fiat to bring four-door 500 to North America, call it “600″

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Sources: Fiat to bring four-door 500 to North America, call it “600″

05/19/2010, 3:11 PM BY MARK KLEIS

Fiat intends to introduce a four-door version of its 500 minicar for the 2011 model year – and if sources at the Italian automaker are correct, the practicality-oriented compact car will make its way to North America, possibly bearing the name of “Fiat 600.”

Leftlane first reported in April that inside sources suggested a four-door version of the diminutive 500 might be in the works, and now sources at a French outfit, L’Automobile, are suggesting that the car will in fact be coming to market in 2011 under the 600 (Seicento) moniker.

Should Fiat bring a four-door version of its 500 hatchback to market, it would not be the first time. Fiat offered the Seicento in Europe from 1955 to 1969, making its return more believable than some rumors coming out of Europe’s magazines and blogs.

A four-door Fiat 500, as awkward as it might sound stylistically, will compete against the enlarged Mini range that includes the extended-length Clubman and the four-door, SUV-esque Countryman. The design is expected to mostly mirror the current two-door hatchback’s retro look – with the addition of two doors and an extended back seat area.

The longer and wider four-door 500 would be built exclusively at Fiat’s Mirafiori plant in Italy – the same plant where the Seicento was first built – while North American-spec two-doors will be built at a Chrysler plant in Toluca, Mexico, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010.



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