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Chrysler shows off Fiat 500 Sport for North America

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Chrysler shows off Fiat 500 Sport for North America

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 14th 2010 at 10:50AM

Chrysler has officially pulled back the covers on the American version of the Fiat 500 Sport. The pint-sized hatchback will be dueling with the Mini Cooper on our shores in short order, powered by none-other than the Fiat 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair four-cylinder engine. The Pentastar hasn't released power figures for the American version of the powerplant, nor do we know official fuel economy numbers. However, don't expect output to vary too much from the 135 horsepower available from the 1.4-liter in its European guise.

Chrysler says the Fiat 500 will be available starting later this year. Buyers should be able to opt for one of three models initially – Sport, Pop or Lounge – though the company hasn't mentioned what kind of differentiation we'll see between the three. We do know that Sport trim will feature a nifty sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels and painted brake calipers.

Starting next year, a convertible version of the adorable Italian will make its way to our shores as well. You can find the full press release after the jump.

[source: Chrysler]

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The Fiat 500 Sport – Arriving Soon to America

September 14, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The reborn and reimagined Fiat 500 is arriving soon to America. Born in Italy, perfectly tailored for America, the Cinquecento is as vibrant and engaging as it is fit and nimble. The Sport model, featured in these images, illustrates Fiat's smart and stylish design aesthetic. Like the original Fiat 500 a half-century ago, the new Cinquecento continues its timeless value while embracing individual expression and opportunity – all infused with world-class craftsmanship.

The Cinquecento offers unique adaptations for the North American market and is designed for individuals who demand that style and fashion can coexist with practicality and functionality. Matching its sport-tuned suspension, the Fiat 500 Sport features athletically styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment. Between its unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, the Cinquecento incorporates new body-side sill cladding for an enhanced sport appearance.

Completing this athletic vehicle's appearance are Performance Red painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim. The Fiat 500 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sun roof for an ultra-open view of the world. The Fiat 500 will be also available in the Pop and Lounge models with unique exterior cues and different equipment options.

The world-class 1.4-liter engine with Fiat's state-of-the-art MultiAir™ technology powers the Fiat 500 Sport. MultiAir significantly reduces emissions while improving fuel economy and power delivery by up to 10 percent when compared to similar engines.

The Fiat 500's technology, driving dynamics and interior features have been intelligently adapted for the North American market, and it will offer small-car buyers a stylish, high-value alternative. The all-new Fiat 500 will be available for ordering later this year in the Sport, Pop and Lounge models, followed by the all-new Fiat 500C (cabrio) in the spring of 2011.



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I hope they bring it here and make a Chrysler model based off of it, slightly bigger (but smaller than the PT), different styling, and name it the 100.

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Looks just as good as the European version. Can't wait to start seeing these!

Yep, i didn't lose anyting styling-wise with the US homologation.

It's a really cute little car; for you that are a design-driven person it will be an interesting object of study.

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Here's the US Version of the Fiat 500, Available for Order Soon


Today, the Chrysler Group lifted the wraps off the North American version of the retrotastic Fiat 500, which will be available for order in the States later this year in Sport, Pop and Lounge trims, followed by a targa-top convertible model (500C) in spring of 2011.

The North American market Fiat 500 will be built at Chrysler's Toluca plant in Mexico. All variants of Italy's answer to the MINI are powered by Fiat's 1.4-liter four-cylinder MultiAir engine that will be manufactured in the USA. Output and fuel economy figures will be released closer to the launch date.

The red-colored 500 Sport version featured in the photo gallery below matches a sportier-tuned suspension with a new bodykit that includes unique front and rear bumpers with additional air-vents, side skirts and a roof spoiler. The car's more athletic appearance is rounded off by special 16-inch alloy wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim.

Chrysler said the Fiat 500 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sun roof.

The Detroit automaker has said it plans to open Fiat dealerships in around 165 locations across the United States with the biggest small-car registrations, including include Chicago, Manhattan, Los Angeles and Boston.



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America, This Is Your Fiat 500

The Chrysler Group has just officially announced the Fiat 500 Sport will be coming to America, but what does this European-imported MINI-fighter include? Sportier styling, new wheels, and a speedometer measuring in "miles per hour" for starters.

The Fiat 500 has been tooling around Europe since 2007, but following Fiat's purchase of Chrysler and the gas crisis, a compact was needed in US. Enter the Fiat 500. Like the MINI, it leans heavily on the original design from 1957 but this new car is a thoroughly modern affair.

The car gets new fascias all around, 16-inch wheels, a giant sunroof other assorted baubles. We're hoping it also gets the the Euro-spec car's fantastic interior. The power will come from Fiat's brand new turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, but no word on domestic horsepower yet. Let the retro-fantastic mini-car wars begin!



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By Andrew Ganz

More than three years after it formally bowed in Europe, Fiat's reborn 500 is set to herald the Italian automaker's return to North America. Three 500 hardtop models will be available for ordering later this year and a convertible 500C will go on sale next spring.

Fiat hasn't been officially offered in the United States and Canada for nearly 30 years, although the brand has gained some traction south of the border in Mexico. In the U.S. and Canada, however, the 500 will be marketed as a niche lifestyle vehicle. Fiat hopes to learn from both the successes and the mistakes of other small car brands like VW's New Beetle and the MINI Cooper by offering a wide variety of personalization options.

Ever since it acquired 20 percent of Chrysler last year, Fiat has been touting the 500's return to North America. Finally, we have some details and a bunch of photos of the North American-specification 500.

North American 500s

The 500s - or Cinquecentos, as they're known in Italy - in North America will feature a 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder gasoline engine. Fiat hasn't detailed performance specifications for our 500s, although the numbers are expected to be similar to the 100-horsepower rating of European models. In Europe, the 500 makes its way to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds in models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic will also be available in North America. Look for combined fuel economy just north of 40 mpg.

So far, Fiat has only released details on 500 Sport model, which will include 16-inch alloy wheels, red-painted brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip and gloss black window trim. A sport-tuned suspension and uniquely-styled front and rear fascias further set the 500 Sport apart from 500 Pop and 500 Lounge models. An extra-large SkyDome power sunroof will be available.

We'll have to wait for more details before we know exactly what changes Fiat made to North American 500s, although the automaker said in a release that the "500’s technology, driving dynamics and interior features have been intelligently adapted for the North American market."

500s will be distributed by select Chrysler dealers, which still have another week to submit bids to become retailers.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 500's official on sale date.



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