Overgrown Fiat 500 Launched

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
overgrown fiat 500 launched

Fiat launched a seven-seat version of its Fiat 500, a car that used to be known for its cramped space in the original model. Called the 500L Living (as in Living Room …), the seven seater “is about a meter longer than the classic 500,” writes Reuters.

The car gained 20 centimeters on the Fiat 500L, on which it is based. The MPW is “essentially a stretched version of the 500L,” writes Autoexpress. “That allowed engineers to squeeze in a third row of seats, but don’t expect acres of space back there.”

Other expectations are pretty big: “We expect to sell about 20,000 to 30,000 of them in Europe in the next 12 months,” Gianluca Italia, Fiat brand chief for Europe, Middle East and Africa, told Reuters.

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  • AJ AJ on Jul 06, 2013

    I know a number of families with three kids, and having three kids really does limit the car choices beyond a minivan. However I'd still have concern about putting a lot of kids in a small car. I'll be curious to see how it does in safety tests?

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    • Cornellier Cornellier on Jul 07, 2013

      @Marcelo de Vasconcellos European parents are less worried about colliding with bubba's full-size pickup.

  • Sgt Beavis Sgt Beavis on Jul 06, 2013

    Just think, you can use that 3rd row to torture people that secretly despise.

  • MaintenanceCosts Removing hardware that is already present in a physical machine you bought is theft. Someone affected should sue Tesla for conversion.It's just one more example of the sort of sharp business practices that you expect with Elmo at the helm..
  • Theflyersfan Needed an updated picture of Philadelphia to replace the rather nice ones above.
  • Arthur Dailey Any vehicle with a continental hump, even if vestigial, gets a thumbs up from me.
  • KOKing Actually a place called Sector111 in Temecula, CA was importing them for sale in the US starting around 2012. A friend had a shop right next door, and I recall seeing the very first one the owner imported for himself, and would bring it out to promote at various local events. Also shows this thing's been around for a while.
  • KevinB A $300 fine for me would be an "ouch". For someone else it may mean the electric bill doesn't get paid and there won't be enough gas to get to work.