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julian
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Posted - 09 Feb 2018 :  02:36:29  Show Profile  Visit julian's Homepage  Click to see julian's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-fiat-500-hatchback-abarth-chicago/

Read it and weep!

In the USA (at least) the Abarth models become just a trim level option - all new cars sold (except the possible electric version) will have the same 1.4 multiair turbo engine - the only difference will be front and rear bumper, suspension, ECU map, seats and badges. Worse still, anyone with an earlier Abarth (pre-facelift) will now find the only obvious difference is the badge as the new Fiat 500 facelift gets the old Abarth kit *as standard*.

All credit for streamlining production to reduce costs but a massive no thanks from every customer.

I'm putting mine up for sale (seriously)

2009 Abarth 500

julian
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Posted - 28 Mar 2018 :  20:19:30  Show Profile  Visit julian's Homepage  Click to see julian's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Further to the above, Marchionne has recently been quoted saying that he is actively closing Fiat down in favour of the premium brands in the FCA family although the 500 will be kept going in Europe for as long as it keeps selling. Elsewhere in the world Fiat will remain an active brand (South America and South Africa in particular). It's taken 14 years but it looks like he is finally making it a real plan instead of just starving the brand into a quiet demise.

2009 Abarth 500
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