Since Fiat debuted their reborn 500 in 2007, the car has gone on to become an extraordinary success in Europe. And now that Fiat has taken a majority stake in Chrysler, the Italian automaker is hoping to re-enter the U.S. market. It is the first Fiat to be sold in the U.S. in 26 years and expectations are high. Now that Mini has confirmed that U.S. buyers are willing to buy smaller cars, the market has opened for something different, such as the 500.
The 500 offers nimble and precise handling with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. With a 1.4-liter Multiair engine, the US-spec 500 produces 101 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque. Fiat also added increased body strength and a reworked suspension in order to meet crash and safety standards.