Fiat To Launch "Grande" 500 At Geneva Show
January 18th, 2012 3:39 PM Share
Fiat will uneveil a bigger, five-door model, possibly related to the 500, at this March’s Geneva Auto Show. The new car will be built in Fiat’s Serbian plant and was designed with the U.S. market in mind, according to Automotive News. Europe will receive the new model before we do, and hopefully Sergio Marchionne isn’t “ naively optimistic” about the car’s success in America. No word on whether or not it’s the Fiat Panda. We hope so.
Published January 18th, 2012 3:39 PM
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If not for Brazil, Fiat would cease to exist. Here's living proof. That thing is FUGLY! It makes the Fit look downright beautiful.
Some more production photos of the ElleZero at the Kragujevac plant are available at http://www.autoedizione.com/2011/12/13/scoop-serbian-pictures-reveal-fiat-project-ellezero/ As regards Serbia's Zastava assembly plant, history is not destiny. I don't think we'll see a recapitulation of the Yugo fiasco. As a Balkan German-Hungarian, with a mother from Croatia and a father from Serbia, I sincerely hope this effort will be a success. Serbia desperately needs good manufacturing jobs. One of the major causes of the Balkan War of the 90s was that when Slovenia and Croatia split off, Yugoslavia lost two-thirds of its economy. For my family, that resulted in 11 civilian deaths during the Battle of Vukovar and the total destruction of my mother's village of Bogdanovci. Mutual prosperity is the best way to avoid war.
If this is a 500, does it mean it's a better car than the 200 and 300?
Why don't they offer BOTH the Panda and the ElleZero here? It's not like they couldn't use the extra sales.