Fiat 500 Gets Big

  While the Fiat 500 is still fresh in the U.S. market, it has been available in Europe since 2007.

 

While the Fiat 500 is still fresh in the U.S. market, it has been available in Europe since 2007. Yes, the 500 is arguably five years old. To be sure, there have been extensive modifications made to the original vehicle in order to make it meet the tastes of the consumers in the U.S., but if you were to see one from 2007 and another from 2012, chances are unless you are some sort of Fiatestia, you’d probably shrug.

All of which is to say that if you’re an Italian, the Fiat 500, cute though it may be, is somewhat long in the tooth, a phrase that isn’t often conjoined with cuteness.

Consequently, Fiat has been rolling out with different executions of the car, like the performance-oriented Abarth and the Cabrio for that free-spirited JLo in all of us.

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In Geneva next month Fiat will be premiering another interpretation of the car, the 500L.  

That’s “L” as in “LARGE.”

Admittedly, this is a relative term. This five-seat 500 is 162.9-in. long, 70-in. wide, and 65.3-in. high. To put this into context, the regular 500 is 139.6-in. long, 64.1-in. wide, and 59.8-in. high.

So it is large in the context of the ordinary 500, but as for your average sedan. . . .

Another interesting aspect of the 500L is where it is going to be built.

One might think that what seems to be a quintessentially Italian car would come from a place like Turin, that’s not the case. The 500L will be produced in the Fiat plant in Kragujevac, Serbia.

Of course, given that the 500s that people buy in the U.S. market are built in Toluca, Mexico, maybe that’s not such a stretch.

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