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Fiat News: Fiat North America's Head Wants A 500T Automatic

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By William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

February 10, 2013

The new 500T offers some of the performance of the hotted up 500 Abarth at a somewhat lower price - if you don't mind having the manual transmission only. Those who wanted the automatic with the turbo were just out of luck. However, Fiat North America's head would like to change that.

“The T with an automatic would be great. I want to do it. A lot of people think it’s wrong, like an automatic Abarth.” said Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat North America. “I need it yesterday. There are so many people [who] want that car.”

There's a reasoning behind Kuniskis statements. The chief competitor to the 500, the Mini Cooper, offers the option of an automatic transmission across the range. Yes, that does include the John Cooper Works model. Offering the 500T with the option of automatic transmission would likely bring more sales to the brand.

Source: Motor Trend

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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ocnblu    733

Shoot, this reminds me... I am forgetting about the 500L Man Edition. I need to add it to my list of candidates.

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dfelt    1,773

While I do not like this car, at least someone in the NA department knows that Americans are Auto, not manual. Auto will be needed to sell these cars.

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      -71%
      Charger
      6,937
      7,228
      -4%
      29,256
      33,573
      -13%
      Challenger
      6,591
      6,303
      5%
      22,316
      22,431
      -1%
      Viper
      56
      61
      -8%
      234
      198
      18%
      Journey
      8,401
      4,882
      72%
      42,801
      28,774
      49%
      Caravan
      9,817
      12,239
      -20%
      49,871
      50,296
      -1%
      Durango
      6,357
      5,411
      17%
      23,086
      25,504
      -9%
      DODGE  BRAND
      39,445
      40,488
      -3%
      173,508
      181,404
      -4%
      Ram P/U
      43,321
      40,264
      8%
      162,520
      153,562
      6%
      ProMaster Van
      2,701
      2,819
      -4%
      12,748
      11,121
      15%
      ProMaster City
      1,305
      1,833
      -29%
      4,638
      6,384
      -27%
      RAM BRAND
      47,327
      44,932
      5%
      179,906
      171,086
      5%
      500
      1,201
      1,504
      -20%
      5,221
      5,099
      2%
      500L
      115
      466
      -75%
      399
      1,728
      -77%
      500X
      758
      1,128
      -33%
      2,724
      4,386
      -38%
      Spider
      465
      0
      New
      1,426
      0
      New
      FIAT BRAND
      2,539
      3,098
      -18%
      9,770
      11,213
      -13%
      Mainstream Brands
      175,499
      188,946
      -7%
      685,191
      746,925
      -8%
                    Giulia
      634
      0
      New
      1,600
      0
      New
      Alfa 4C 
      43
      59
      -27%
      183
      217
      -16%
      ALFA ROMEO
      677
      59
      1047%
      1,783
      217
      722%
      MASERATI 
      1,265
      1,066
      19%
      4,553
      3,316
      37%
      Premium Brands
      1,942
      1,125
      73%
      6,336
      3,533
      79%
                    FCA U.S. Market
      177,441
      190,071
      -7%
      691,527
      750,458
      -8%
      FCA US LLC
      176,176
      189,005
      -7%
      686,974
      747,142
      -8%
      MASERATI
      1,265
      1,066
      19%
      4,553
      3,316
      37%
      [1] The Maserati Brand is distributed in the United States by Maserati North America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. All other brands listed in this release are distributed by FCA US LLC.
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