Fiat will bring an Electric 500 to Detroit
The Chrysler stand at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit will showcase an electric version of the incredibly popular Fiat 500 European compact city car as well as a rebadged Lancia Delta midsize hatchback wearing a shiny Chrysler grille amongst others at the beginning of next year’s auto show circuit. Despite the presence of these Euro inspired new cars, the American automaker has no immediate plans of selling either vehicle in North America.
As part of the recent acquisition one corner of Chrysler’s booth will be dedicated to showcasing vehicles from the Italian automotive conglomerate Fiat’s luxury sports brands like the Ferrari 458 Italia and Maserati GranCabrio. While on the other will be a few of their more economical imports as well as a few examples of good old Detroit iron. Aside from the electric 500, Chrysler will also display in a Fiat 500 hatchback, a model that is set to go on sale later on in 2010, the 500C cabriolet which is scheduled to go on sale in 2011 and the sporty scorpion badged 500 Abarth. The North American Chrysler/Fiat 500 will be built at the American car builder’s plant in Toluca, Mexico beginning at the end of 2010 with an initial production run of 100,000 units per year.
Source: Automotive News