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The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by 93Regina » Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:55 pm

Fiat announced Sunday that the 500 hatchback won't live on after 2019
in the U.S.

All derivatives of the diminutive 500 will be discontinued, including
the cabriolet, high-performance Abarth and the pure electric 500e.
Fiat’s 500 spinoffs— the 500X crossover and 500L four-door—will
continue to be sold in the United States for the foreseeable future,
as will the Mazda MX-5-based 124 Spider.

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/112 ... -in-the-us



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by kallekula » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:52 pm

Its a sad day indeed 🙄 ...
Why are there no French cars here?? I mean i have never seen a Peugeot, Renault or Citroen here, ever. Wonder why they didnt sell here. Not that i miss them im just curious.

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I used to own this 50cc scooter made by Peugeot. The model was called SpeedFight2.
I put a 70cc cylinder on that thing, bigger carb, new transmission gearing etc etc. That thing ran dude! Very fun little scooter. Good quality too!



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by 93Regina » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:46 am

kallekula wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:52 pm
Why are there no French cars here?
WHY AREN'T FRENCH CARS SOLD IN AMERICA ?

Also, Chicken tax for light trucks being imported.



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by kallekula » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:37 am

Thank you for the link Sir, interesting reading!
I think out of all French cars the only one I have kind of a soft-spot for is the discontinued Peugeot 205 GTI with the 1.9 liter engine. Classic boyracer car! :D
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I imported one of these from Germany to Sweden (where this specific turbo model was never sold new) a long time ago. They are/were very popular in the UK. Lots of tuning products for these cars, the Ford Escort RS Turbo :) Beautiful little car which can be made to go pretty fast with little effort.
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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by June » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:43 am

kallekula wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:52 pm
Its a sad day indeed 🙄 ...
Why are there no French cars here?? I mean i have never seen a Peugeot, Renault or Citroen here, ever. Wonder why they didnt sell here. Not that i miss them im just curious.

EDIT:
I used to own this 50cc scooter made by Peugeot. The model was called SpeedFight2.
I put a 70cc cylinder on that thing, bigger carb, new transmission gearing etc etc. That thing ran dude! Very fun little scooter. Good quality too!
Because in the early part of the 1980s and probably late 1970s Renault for example put out turkeys like the Renault Alliance. My best friend in high school had a brand new Alliance which had a piss poor build quality and had to be towed twice while we were together. She barely had it a year before her father replaced it with a new Mercury Grand Marquis. The Alliance radio worked when it wanted to, the thick plastic molding running the passenger side at the edge of the headliner to door openings was broken into two pieces while being installed at the factory and was just left like that and delivered to her broken. I noticed it immediately and the dealer did replace it.

After college when she bought her first car she bought Honda. Her children grew up around Japanese cars being the norm as the majority of Millennials. So to get the loyal Asian car buyers to switch the French manufacturs would have to walk on water...

Same era Peugeot cars were also lacking. I remember riding in a Peugeot sedan the size of a 850 and I could not wait to get out of it. It was a good looking car, but interior was falling apart and the a/c was seriously lacking.

Even worse was the LeCar! Truly awful car for the American roads.

The CITRON at least through the later 1970s were absolutely wonderful cars. I drove a really neat 2 door sporty model one time and fell in love with it. The iconic 4 door with the air ride rode so smoothly and good a/c also well built and reliable. Both CITRON cars I mentioned belonged to the same family. The problem with the CITRON was the price and the lack of dealers.

So all but the CITRON were readily available... CITRON just didn't try over here. June


Edit, my point is during the late 70s through the mid 80s when American cars were junk, the available French alternatives were junk too sending a huge number of Americans to the cheap, gas miser, well built Japanese cars. I do think if CITRON had actually tried to market their cars here, a chunk of those who went to the Japanese in the mid to late 1980s just might have gone to CITRON.

To this day I still would love to own one of those 4 door CITRON cars. I can't remember the model name.
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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by crlande » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:55 am

Good. Horrendous quality. They are helping to kill Chrylser and the Jeep brand. Adios!



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by jimmy57 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:20 pm

First the Smart and now the Fiat 500. I hate to say this but I think American buyers may not be fond of teeny weeny cars.



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by 93Regina » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:16 pm

jimmy57 wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:20 pm
First the Smart
Smart is now the Smart EQ fortwo,



The perfect type of power trip.

For navigating your city, or escaping it altogether, the 2019 smart EQ fortwo features a high-tech interior, customizable style and impressive electric performance.

https://www.smartusa.com/



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Re: The Fiat 500 is dead in the US

Post by brunocerous » Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:48 pm

I saw a Fiat 500 getting towed on the side of I-287 last week and thought what it shame that such a cute car could cause such headaches.

I owned a 2009 Mini Cooper, and that thing was super fun to drive, much like a go-kart on steroids. Parking was AMAZING, even on SoHo on weekends.

RIP, Cinquecento.


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