The 2012 Fiat 500, which has an EPA rating of 38 mpg on the highway, will get a ranking near the top of the non-hybrid small car mpg standings, although it falls short of the 40 mpg milestone. Production began on manual transmission versions in January 2011 at a Toluca, Mexico factory. Production of the automatic version started on Jan. 24, 2011 and the car will start arriving in larger volumes in March 2011.
The 500 will get its best gas mileage equipped with the five-speed manual transmission: 38 mpg highway, 30 mpg city and 33 mpg combined.
Those mileage figures put the 500 in the same league as the Mini, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Fit, which all compete in the small-car segment that’s getting crowded quickly. Fiat expects most 500s will be sold with a six-speed automatic transmission, rated at 34 mpg highway, 27 in the city and 30 combined.
Some of the 130 Fiat dealers are starting to receive versions of the car for marketing purposes and to show to customers. Laura Soave, head of Fiat North America, in an interview at the media launch, said that about 40-50 of the 130 dealerships will be open by the end of March 2011. Work is being completed on the facilities of the rest and are scheduled to open by year-end.
The much awaited Fiat 500 will soon to arrive in the U.S. The Cinquecento, which is born in Italy and perfectly customized for America, is both vibrant and engaging. As seen in these images, the Fiat 500 Sport exemplifies Fiat’s intelligent and stylish design.
Similar to the original Fiat 500 that first appeared half a century ago, the new Cinquecento maintains its timeless value as it embraces individual expression as well as opportunity that are infused with first-rate craftsmanship.
The Cinquecento presents distinctive versions for the people of North America. These are designed for those who believe that fashion and style can go together with functionality and practicality. To match its sport-tuned suspension, the front and rear fascias of the Fiat 500 are athletically designed with a bigger grille plus flared aerodynamic treatment.
To further enhance its sporty appearance, the Cinquecento includes new body-side sill cladding between its unique 16-inch aluminum wheels that come with mineral gray pockets. Performance Red brake calipers, glossy black shadow-line window trim and a chromed exhaust tip complete the vehicle’s athletic look.
In addition, a SkyDome power sun roof is available for the Fiat 500 to allow a wider view of the outdoors. The Fiat 500 will also offer the Lounge and Pop models that have distinctive exterior cues as well as various equipment options. The Fiat 500 Sport is powered by a world-class 1.4 liter engine incorporated with Fiat’s state-of-the-art MultiAir technology.
This technology considerably reduces emissions and at the same time, improves fuel economy as well as power delivery by a maximum of 10%, as compared to similar engines.
The technology, interior features and driving dynamics were intelligently tailored to meet the needs of the North American market. This will provide buyers with a stylish, high-value alternative to their small cars. The new Fiat 500 in the Pop, Lounge and Sport models will be ready for ordering at the latter part of the year while the new Fiat 500C (cabrio) will be available in spring 2011.