2011 Fiat 500Posted: September 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2011 New Car Models, Fiat | Leave a comment »
The Fiat 500 (cinquecento) is a car produced by the Fiat company of Italy first between 1957 and 1975. Launched in July 1957 it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Almost 4 million cars were manufactured between 1957 and 1975.
The Fiat Nuova 500 is a city car (inspired by the old Fiat 500) build by Fiat since 2007. The car is currently produced in Tychy, Poland (for European market) and in Toluca, Mexico by Chrysler Group ( for American maket). The four-seater, three-door hatchback 500 is almost designely identical to the 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500. With this new Fiat 500, the Fiat returns in the U.S. market after 30 years since the Italian automaker sold its last car in the U.S.
The new 2011 Fiat 500 brought back fond memories in Europe but in the States it is a virtual stranger. Fiat believes that the Fiat 500 is the perfect ambassador to re-open relations with the US and Canada. The US Fiat 500 is not exactly the same as the car sold in Europe. To pass more stringent crash regulation in the US, the 500 has a new rear structure and a slightly different torsion-beam rear-suspension design. Other differences between the U.S. and European versions are mostly related to comfort: wider and flatter seats, more sound-deadening material and the addition of an armrest for the driver.
The modern version of the Fiat 500 is the symbol of true Italian design and is a perfect expression of what the world expects of Italian cars.
said Laura Soave, Head of Fiat Brand North America.
The new 2011 Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact hatchback available as a hardtop or 500c convertible. The hardtop body style is available in Pop (starting at $15.500 MSRP), Sport (starting at $17.500 MSRP), and Lounge (starting at $19.500 MSRP) trim levels.
Differentiating the Fiat 500c convertible from the hatchback model is a slightly longer windshield and a multi-position power-retractable cloth top. The 2011 Fiat 500c is available in Pop (starting at $19.500 MSRP) and Lounge (starting at $23.500 MSRP) trim levels.
Standard equipment on the 2011 Fiat 500 Pop includes 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package (standard on the Fiat 500 c ) adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Fiat’s Blue&Me Bluetooth phone connectivity and an iPod/USB interface.
The 2011 Fiat 500 Sport gains 16-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspensions tuning, retuned steering, a roof spoiler, foglamps, sport seats and cloth/vinyl sport upholstery. The Safety&Convenience package includes automatic climate control, a compact spare tire and heated front seats.
The 500 Lounge reverts to the Pop’s mechanical tuning and includes its optional packages as well. Also included are 15-inch alloy wheels, exterior chrome accents, foglamps and a fixed glass roof.
The 2011 Fiat 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder SOHC 16-valve MultiAir engine that produces 101 hp at 6500 rpm and 98 lb-ft of torque at 400 rpm. This engine was named ,,Best New Engine of the Year” in 2010 in Europe. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Pop and the Sport and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Lounge and optional on the other trims.
The estimated EPA Fuel Economy for 2011 Fiat 500 is 30 mpg city/ 38 mpg highway for 5-speed manual transmission and 27 mpg city/ 34 mpg Hwy for 6-speed automatic.
The 2011 Fiat 500 comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, driver knee airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.