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Chrysler auctions first Fiat 500 in Canada for $85,000

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With all the anticipation surrounding the Chrysler/Fiat tie-up in the United States, it’d be all to easy to forget that Canada will be part of Fiat’s return to North American shores as well. After all, that’s where Sergio Marchionne’s from, and where some of Chrysler’s underutilized plants are expected to be retooled to build Fiats for the North American market. The True North (strong and free as it is) also got the very first Fiat 500to reach the Atlantic’s Western shores in a charity auction that absolutely (though figuratively) blew the doors off the retro mini’s list price.

Donated by Chrysler Canada for the 17th annual Venetian Ball in Toronto, a specially-badged Cinquecento went for a whopping $85,000 Canadian. Pricing hasn’t been announced for these markets yet, but we’re going to assume that’s safely several times more than the car itself is worth, Prima Edizione or no Prima Edizione. Proceeds from the charity auction go towards the services provided by Villa Charities, an organization that seeks to help the elderly and mentally disabled in Toronto’s Italian-Canadian community. Further details in the press release after the jump.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 21, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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Fenice Milano strikes again with blinged-out Fiat 500C

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Top down or ground up? If you’re going to launch an over-the-top design statement, you’d better to both. So, hot on the tails of the Diva edition Rolls-Royce Ghost, Fenice Milano has released a similar treatment for the far more humble Fiat 500C called La Dolce Vita.

Like the Diva, the Dolce Vita is dominated by more gold trim than one might expect to see in an entire Mansory showroom. 24 karat, no less. Fenice has also tweaked the titchy Cinquicento’s mechanical bits with an ECU reflash, new intake and exhaust systems and some suspension tweaks, the latter presumably to compensate for the extra weight of all that bling. Inside, the open-air cabin has been redone in teak, gold and leather, with a redesigned dashboard incorporating a rather Mini-like oversized central gauge. Details in the press release after the jump, high-res photos in the gallery below.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - October 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

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Cities under consideration for Fiat 500 sales outlets listed?

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We’ve been anxiously awaiting the availability of Fiat’s 500 bubble bauble in the States for so long that we’re beginning to feel like we’re waiting for Godot and that the four-wheeled confection will never actually arrive at all.

But there appears to be hope on the horizon.

Earlier this week, Chrysler hosted hundreds of potential dealers at its Auburn Hills, MI headquarters as it is working to pull together a network, and it’s understood that the automaker wants to sell 50,000 units per year through 165 dealers. While we think the Cinquecento is small and cuddly enough to pop out of a few strategically placed vending machines, Fiat will definitely need a cohesive countrywide network to sell its planned full lineup of vehicles. So where are they thinking about planting their flags? Fan site 500Freaks.comthinks they know, as they indicate they’ve gotten hold of a Chrysler-provided list of the best minicar markets in America.

Predictably, certain states like California and New York have an abundance of cities listed, while some states only have one, and others aren’t represented at all. Click on the link below to see if your city of choice is on Chrysler’s preliminary list. Appreciate the lead, Mike G!
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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - September 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

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Report: Fiat wants to sell 50,000 500s in the U.S. through 165 dealers

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Chrysler is set to debut its American-spec Fiat 500 at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show with the first examples being sold near the end of 2010. During the 2011 calendar year, Chrysler hopes to sell 50,000 of the Mini Cooper fighters, including the 500 Cabrio, which goes on sale sometime in 2011.

Built in Toluca, Mexico, the 500 will be sold through a network of 165 dealers across the United States, mostly in cities that have the largest small car markets. Will Chrysler be able to move 50,000 of the new Fiats? That’s mildly ambitious, since the Mini brand only moves about 50,000 Coopers annually. Still, consider our fingers crossed.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - September 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm

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Report: Fiat 500 Abarth Speedster in the works

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We’ve been hearing about the supposed introduction of the Fiat 500 to American shores for so long that the car may grow stale before the first one touches soil on our side of the Atlantic. Chrysler and its parent company, Fiat, seem to have grown keen to that very possibility, so to stir the pot somewhat, the two have gotten together and released a few scant details about a performance version that’s also headed our direction.

As we’ve already heard, the 500 Abarth will pack around 134 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 0-60 run of around 7.6 seconds. If you’re thinking that those numbers aren’t exactly devilish, fear not – the Abarth-tuned cars will also pack reworked suspensions to help them carve up tarmac like a turkey dinner.

That’s cool and all, but the biggest news is that Fiat is actually mulling an Abarth Speedster – a unique new model that is rumored to borrow heavily from the 1959 Zagato Abarth 750. Expect a shorter roofline as well as a folding soft top if the car comes to fruition. No one knows exactly which engine Fiat would snug down into the little topless wonder, but rumor has it that a 163-horsepower version of the same 1.4-liter four-pot is a definite possibility. Sounds good to us.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - July 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

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