2009 FIAT 500 Review

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500 by Callin
 — I Just Love this car alltogether it is very good all round perfect for town and perfect for a track Performance : acceleration is very good 0-60 very quick braking depends on how hard you hit the... Read More
Abarth Nouva 500 by Alexander
 — This Fiat 500 in specific is the Abarth Nouva. It has a good ride even though it is not exactly a Ferrari. To my point of view it has classical design and you can park it anywhere. It is very powerful... Read More
Wicked by Jack
 — stuning looking fairly fast it is a laugh to drive cheap to buy and run interior is very stylish very well built i recommend it ohhhhh....wicked good handling ,braking firm i havent had to pay for it ... Read More

2009 FIAT 500 Overview

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2009 FIAT 500

Following a successful path blazed by Volkswagen and BMW's MINI, Fiat has reintroduced a classic subcompact that achieved legendary status in the '60s, the 500. Announced in mid-2006 and launched in July 2007, the new 500, also known as the Nuova 500 or Cinquecento, was greeted by a quarter-million people at an event that also marked the 50th anniversary of the original 500's launch.

The new 500 gets built in Tychy, Poland, and like the new Beetle and particularly the MINI Cooper, offers a wealth of customization options that mostly impact looks as well as a very strong safety profile. Four trim levels, 12 exterior colors, 15 interior packages, and a variety of exterior decals  allow more than 500,000 individual combinations, so buyers can make the car very much their own. The new Fiat features seven airbags and offers ABS, electronic stability control, traction control, and a hill-holder feature, and it has earned top safety ratings in Europe.

The 500 comes with a 1.2- (68 hp) or 1.4-liter (99 hp) four-cylinder gas engine, the larger of which is available in turbo form (133 or 158 hp) in the limited-edition Abarth and Abarth SS trims, or a 1.3-liter (74-hp) four-cylinder diesel. It's not a speed demon, but the first year's worth of production, 58,000 cars, sold out within 3 weeks of launch in Europe, and the car won a number of European awards in 2007 and 2008.

Fiat has said it will bring the 500 to the U.S., but the current economic crisis has put those plans in question. Other stated plans include production in Italy and North America, a hybrid version, an even smaller, more-efficient engine option, and a convertible, which has already been caught in spy shots.

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