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Old 01-29-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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Default Fiat 500 MPV due in 2012


http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/fiat...Car%3F+News%29

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  • Fiat 500L five-door mini-MPV
  • Five- and seven-seat models
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A new MPV based on the Fiat 500 is likely to go on sale in 2012.

Speculation suggests the car will be called the 500L. The new model will be a five-door rival to the Citroen C3 Picasso and Nissan Note. It could come iin either five- or seven-seat layouts in Europe, with the latter being just 10mm longer than the standard model.

The 500L could make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, although Fiat UK has so far refused to confirm any details.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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Fiat SpA. has clearly recognized their expectations with sales figures for the 500 were not met. As a result, CEO Sergio Marchionne has been hard at work to rectify the situation. Part of his efforts includes expanding the 500’s lineup, which has resulted in a clear aim at the popular selling Mini brand—at least here in America—and other compact car manufacturers as well.
And supposedly, as part of these plans, word in the rumor mill is that Fiat is planning an MPV version of the 500 that is apparently to be dubbed the 500L. Over in Europe, the “500L” would directly compete against the Citroen C3 Picasso and the new Nissan Note.
Other details in this rumor include the possibility of either five- or seven-seat layouts for Europe with an extended wheelbase of 10mm.
Should this new 500 take form, we could expect it to debut in this year’s upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Fiat reportedly declined any confirmation, but it wouldn’t be illogical to think that America could see this potential new 500 variant as well to compete against the Mini Countryman.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:26 PM   #3
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The small pickup market in the US is pretty much wide open right now. And Fiat already makes this in Brazil:







See the Edmunds/Inside Line web site for more details and additional pictures of the Fiat Strada pick up truck:

http://www.insideline.com/fiat/strad...om-brazil.html

This seems like a good choice to bring in customers to Fiat dealers that you are not going to attract with the Fiat 500 and related variants with a similar retro-cute theme.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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I'd buy a diesel powered Strada or 500 today...
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:46 PM   #5
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How much longer until the Abarth is released? I keep seeing mule's on the highway.

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:49 PM   #6
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How much longer until the Abarth is released? I keep seeing mule's on the highway.

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They had one you could sit in at the Boston auto show...which is a very minor show.

My guess is it's a few months out.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:37 AM   #7
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I got the POP 500 and waiting for the Abarth to put them together in my garage!

Missing a subie but, FIAT is giving me a fun time while Subaru brings what Im expecting to come in about a year


BTW I havent post anything @ NASIOC in years wow!
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