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Fiat 500: Chrysler's salvation might be a hit -- south of the border

There are 11 comments on the CNN Money story from Sep 10, 2010, titled Fiat 500: Chrysler's salvation might be a hit -- south of the border. In it, CNN Money reports that:

The elfin Fiat 500, scheduled to arrive in U.S. showrooms before New Year's, will surely be a hit with some.

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Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#1 Sep 11, 2010
And the Fiat 500 could be popular north of the border as well. If the base price is 10,500 Euros, as it says in wikipedia, that equates to around $8500 here in the US, at the current rate of exchange. And since it gets 56 mpg I would expect it to be extremely popular.
Tony

Troy, MI

#2 Sep 11, 2010
Tom Loy wrote:
And the Fiat 500 could be popular north of the border as well. If the base price is 10,500 Euros, as it says in wikipedia, that equates to around $8500 here in the US, at the current rate of exchange. And since it gets 56 mpg I would expect it to be extremely popular.
Have not done any price research myself, but at $8,500 it should be a big hit. GM's new Cruze is coming out at $16K plus. The 500 is an unknown and support is suspect with only a few dealers, but for half the price it should sell very well. Now let the Chinese come in with something for $5,000 and we have a price war going.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#3 Sep 11, 2010
Expect Chinese manufactured imports from Domestic makers. The Chinese vehicles will not pass our regulations.

Since: Apr 07

ridgefarm Il

#4 Sep 11, 2010
JJFADS wrote:
Expect Chinese manufactured imports from Domestic makers. The Chinese vehicles will not pass our regulations.
I would expect the chinese to modify vehicles to pass our regulations. Whether or not the chinese can manufacture a vehicle
that meets our regs for 5000 is the key. But I think if a manufacturer drops all the options, AC, Power windows and door
locks, and just an am/fm stereo radio it could be done.

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Since: Jun 09

Dallas, TX.

#5 Sep 11, 2010
Tom, expect Chinese made vehicles imported into the US by domestic companies, nothing more at this time.
Giovanni

West Palm Beach, FL

#6 Sep 30, 2010
Tom Loy wrote:
And the Fiat 500 could be popular north of the border as well. If the base price is 10,500 Euros, as it says in wikipedia, that equates to around $8500 here in the US, at the current rate of exchange. And since it gets 56 mpg I would expect it to be extremely popular.
10,500 Euros is about 15,000 US Dollars.

Since: Jun 09

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#7 Sep 30, 2010
So is this going to sell under the Fiat nameplate or is it going to be re-badged as a Chrysler?
Truckin

Greencastle, PA

#8 Sep 30, 2010
Giovanni wrote:
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10,500 Euros is about 15,000 US Dollars.
It sure is.
ThomasA

Sterrett, AL

#9 Sep 30, 2010
Why about impact tests? Should this little critter be allowed on major highways without major protection from road monsters? Remember when the VW first came over? Basic cheap transportation with a 36hp motor. Base am radio was dealer installed. All the same except color. Then we destroyed the car by demanding more power, 40 hp and then 52. Then we had to have air conditioning, then a bigger interior and strut suspension. Our demands ruined what started out to be basic transportation for the masses. Same will happen to any import that comes here. Countries like Mexico need a cheap safe basic car to replace the motorcycles you see there with up to six people riding. We'll see how it goes . Couldn't be any worse than a Yugo!
Tony

Plymouth, MI

#10 Oct 1, 2010
ThomasA wrote:
Why about impact tests? Should this little critter be allowed on major highways without major protection from road monsters? Remember when the VW first came over? Basic cheap transportation with a 36hp motor. Base am radio was dealer installed. All the same except color. Then we destroyed the car by demanding more power, 40 hp and then 52. Then we had to have air conditioning, then a bigger interior and strut suspension. Our demands ruined what started out to be basic transportation for the masses. Same will happen to any import that comes here. Countries like Mexico need a cheap safe basic car to replace the motorcycles you see there with up to six people riding. We'll see how it goes . Couldn't be any worse than a Yugo!
Ms. Pluhar enjoyed the Yugo until the winds came up.
"Leslie Ann Pluhar gale force winds contributed to her 1987 blue Yugo's "jump" over the guard rail of the Mackinac Bridge to the Straits of Mackinac below..."
Truckin

Greencastle, PA

#11 Oct 1, 2010
Fix It Again Tony?

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