The Fiat 500 2011 mini-car is a three-door hatchback that mixes Italian style with a fun-to-drive personality and comes with good gas mileage as a bonus. Highlighting the international nature of the auto business, while the Fiat 500 2011 specs sold in Europe are built in Poland, for the U.S. market they’ll be built in Mexico—and sold at selected Chrysler dealers.
The Fiat 500 2011 offers unique adaptations for the North American market and is designed for individuals who demand that style and fashion can coexist with practicality and functionality. The Fiat 500 2011 coupe comes in Pop, Sport and Lounge trim levels, while the convertible comes in the Pop and Lounge variants.
The Fiat 500 2011 will be sold in three, maybe four, versions in the U.S. The base model is the three-door hatchback, and the 500c cabriolet is the same car fitted with a cloth roll-back roof, giving open-air driving without the loss of structural rigidity that comes from a top that fold down completely.
The 2011 Fiat 500 Abarth is the hot-hatch version of the Fiat 500 2011, courtesy of a turbocharged engine that puts out more than 130 horsepower, stiffer suspension, and 16-inch sport wheels. Fiat has also shown an all-electric version of the Fiat 500 2011, the 500e, at various auto shows, but no production plans have been announced.
Matching its sport-tuned suspension, the 2011 Fiat 500 Sport features athletically styled front and rear fascias with a larger grille and flared aerodynamic treatment. The world-class 1.4-liter engine with Fiat’s state-of-the-art MultiAir™ technology powers the Fiat 500 2011 Sport. Between its unique 16-in. aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray painted pockets, the Fiat 500 2011 incorporates new body side sill cladding for an enhanced sport appearance.
Completing this athletic vehicle’s appearance are Performance Red painted brake calipers, a chromed exhaust tip and gloss black shadow-line window trim. The Fiat 500 2011 Sport also features an available SkyDome power sunroof for an ultra-open view of the world.
All Fiat 500 2011 models use a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that Fiat will also build in North America, to be shared later on with new models from Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep. 2011 Fiat 500 fuel economy figures should be around 28 or 30 mpg city, 35 to 38 mpg highway—similar to those for the Mini Cooper. The first Fiat 500 2011 models will arrive at dealers at the end of 2010.
Fiat 500 2011 Competitors
Like the Mini Cooper it competes with, the Fiat 500 2011 harkens back to a beloved national automotive icon from the Sixties. In this case, it’s the Fiat 500 that was built from 1957 to 1975. And like the Mini Cooper, the new Fiat 500 2011 is larger, faster, far better equipped, and immeasurably safer.
Another potential competitor for the Fiat 500 2011 is the Audi A1, also a three-door mini-car, that was announced early this year, although it may not be sold in the U.S. The 2011 Fiat 500 Abarth competing with the Mini Cooper S, courtesy of a turbocharged engine that puts out more than 130 horsepower, stiffer suspension, and 16-inch sport wheels.
The Fiat 500 2011 is not, in other words, a competitor for econo-box models like the Hyundai Accent or Toyota Yaris; it’s a lifestyle choice, a style accessory that also happens to be fun to drive and easy to park in tight urban areas. The 2011 Fiat 500 pricing hasn’t been announced but the Fiat 500 2011 price will likely start around $16,000 and top out several thousand dollars higher.
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