More EV\'s the better. I drive mine every day at 25% of the running cost of an ICE version.
Next yr gas will be $4.50-5/gal and they will be very popular.
I had a Fiat 500 in the 1960\'s, great little car ,, I expect the latest version will be as much fun but environmentally friendly unlike mine which had a big Webber carb and custom exhaust from Abarth
Suman M Subramanian
While I hope to see the 500/500EV at U.S. dealerships soon, I hope it won\'t be branded as a Chrysler - that would detract from its exotic appeal and be similar to GM\'s mistake of rebranding the Chevy Cavalier as a Cadillac Cimarron back in the \'80s. Then again, I\'m trying to think if any of the previous attempts by Detroit to sell European models over here with European badging (e.g. Opel GT or Mercury Merkur), have been particularly successful compared to rebranding (e.g. U.S. Ford Contour, which was identical to European Ford Mondeo). Maybe rebranding as a Chrysler or Dodge would in fact translate to higher sales numbers with American buyers, though I\'m a member of that group who\'d prefer to buy it as a Fiat.
Suman M Subramanian
Come to think of it (to append to my previous comment - don\'t see any comments posted yet), the Mini Cooper is branded in the U.S. as a Mini, not a BMW, and it seems to be selling quite well. Frankly, Chrysler should therefore brand the 500 as a Fiat, since it will appeal to the same buyer who would consider a Mini.
Fiat 500? Chrysler 500? Dodge least as a Dodge 500 it ties in with it\'s MUCH larger 300 stablemate.
Gareth James
Yes the Mini is a Mini in the UK and Finland as well! They maybe sold from dealerships alongside BMW ones but you do not see a BMW sign on a Mini! It is a Mini. Pure and simple.
Great for feul economy, I just hope Suburban drivers look down (not back)....
Bill Kim
I sincerely hope they bring it over with the Fiat 500 badge intact. Badge engineering it as a Chrysler with associated body work changes would be a crime against humanity.
Ulisse Bartolomei
The Fiat patent fraud. About the Fiat hybrids, the technology double clutch with electric motor between has been stolen by a patent that Fiat Company has never wanted to purchase, but only shamelessly to copy. This hybrid solution will be the basic technology with Chrysler\'s electric and hybrid car program. Please give a look in my blog where her \"vitality\" and boldness of the Fiat planners it appears in all of evidence: If the industries can afford unpunished to copy the ideas and defending it need very expensive trial, to which target need the patents? How our young people can find intellectual courage if the economic potentates crush the rights of the single ones? How to defend the rights of private inventors? Whoever is about to ask for a patent or wants to propose a proper patent to a great firm I suggest to give a look to my experience with the Fiat, to get able to operate with best adroitness. Thanks and good time to everybody. Ulisse Di Bartolomei
Captain Obvious
I'd rather have a diesel. It's freakin' cold here and I need a heater.