-- I spoke with Jiyan Cadiz, Manager of Media
Relations regarding the 2012 Fiat 500.
Fiat 500 is built in Toluca, Mexico with a 1.4-liter
gas engine with a MultiAir technology which reduces
emissions while improving fuel economy. It has 16
valves with one camshaft. The eco drive technology
demonstrates the automaker's commitment to environmental
responsibility. "The fuel economy is well above
30 mpg," Cadiz said.
Fiat has been out since 2007 elsewhere in the world,
but the 2012 Fiat 500 will sell here in the United
States in the first quarter of 2011. In 2012 there
will be a full electric 500.
are fourteen different interior colors and fourteen
different exterior colors. There is fixed glass roof
unlike a sunroof which opens up. However the
automaker does offer the powered sunroof also.
interior design has Italian styling with an artistic
blend of clean lines and a leather-wrapped steering
wheel and an instrument panel that features a
central LCD monitor with a TomTom navigation system
with Blue&Me handsfree communication.
are three models, Pop, Sport and Lounge. The Pop model
starts at a cost of $15,500. The Sport model begins
at $17,500 and the Lounge model is elegant inspired
with premium features that begins at $19,500. All
Fiat 500 models will come with a standard four-year/50,000
mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and four years of unlimited
roadside assistance. In addition, the new Fiat 500
includes a three-year/36,000 mile maintenance program
that includes wear-and-tear items and trip-interruption
Fiat, safety has always been a top priority, therefore
the new 2012 Fiat 500 features seven standard airbags
and reactive head restraints which activate during
rear impact. This helps minimize injuries by reducing
the gap between the head restraint and the passenger's
returns to the L.A. Auto Show and reveals three 500's