When you ask most Americans what comes to mind when you say Fiat, one word consistently came up: "broken." Now with Fiat making a re- entrance behind their fantastic 500, feelings are changing. Although the Fiat 500 has only been on US soil for about a year, it is already gaining momentum like a blue whale rolling down a hill. It has just been announced that the long awaited Fiat 500 Abarth will make its American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and go on sale in the first half of 2012 . This is a huge move forward because according to Inside Line, the initial debut for the Abarth models was supposed to be introduced in the first half of 2013.

When this hot hatchback hits the market its major competitors will be the venerable VW Golf GTI and the Mini Cooper S. The angle that the Fiat successfully utilizes is that over the years both of its competitors have gone somewhat soft and strayed quite far from their roots. In the Fiat Abarth, the lineage is as clear as day and also adds a touch of warm nostalgic familiarity. As soon as your right foot hits the gas, a direct channel to your adrenal glads will be opened. The exhaust note from this peppy 1.4 liter engine reminds us of a little Boston terrier behind a fence, it sounds big but it’s really not. These primal signals will serve as a reminder of how a ’hot’ hatchback can enrich your life.

We adore the little Fiat. Its sense of style, presence, and plucky attitude make it a must have vehicle. This admiration will be multiplied with the Abarth version of this venerable Italian hatchback. The Fiat 500 Abarth serves as a case in point for automakers; in order to move forward, one must often look back.


Source: Insideline

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  (1211) posted on 09.12.2011

I don’t think that Fiat would be a hit in US, unless there are fed up of using VW and Mini coopers on the road. But let’s see if it is worth to but for if Fiat match or surpass the engines of VW and Mini Cooper.

  (231) posted on 08.25.2011

Well, I don’t know on what will be the figure performance of the vehicle? I think the styling of the car is kind of outdated.

  (287) posted on 08.25.2011

I really don’t like the vintage styling of the vehicle. I would prefer to use a Korean car instead. I wonder if the Americans still want this production.

  (595) posted on 08.1.2011

That broken word will not be stuck with Fiat forever. Noticing the sales of Fiat cars in our recent times. I can say that they have now the momentum. If they can create a more impressive car, people will surely now consider that.

  (231) posted on 08.1.2011

The MINI and Fiat have one thing in common, both cars look so old and boring. I think this car manufacturer needs to focus in enhancing this major problem. Compact cars offer a better fuel economy and they’re quite a best selling car. This would be an advantage for the Fiat Abarth.

  (372) posted on 08.1.2011

Well, its better to test drive and noticed the changes of its performance rather than speculating for its outcome. I’m not really impressed with the power output and styling of this car. I still refer the reliability of Smart vehicle.

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