Fiat 500, no threat at all

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  1. Crashton

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    Love the badge. I had read about the Jerrari, but these are the first pictures I have seen of it. No very handsome, but I bet it hauls the mail.
     
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    Fiat future products: Look for more 500s - AutoWeek

     
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    Aren't they all imported???

    The Abarth gets an imported version of the 1.4-liter engine
     
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    Sort of like a countryguyman..... :D
     
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    Chrysler 'probably' won't reach Fiat 500 sales goal this year

    Chrysler Group LLC "probably" won't hit its target to sell 50,000 of the new Fiat 500 in North America this year after it took longer to open new stores than previously expected, an executive said.

    The company is intensifying 500 marketing efforts, including a planned promotion in Times Square in New York, Laura Soave, head of the Fiat brand under Chrysler, said in an interview. About 100 Fiat stores have opened in the U.S., including about 30 in July. The goal is to have 130 by year-end.

    "We have coverage now, so now is the time for us to turn this up," she said. "We've activated the smaller guerrilla- type marketing, but then these are the bigger events that are going to get us bigger awareness."

    The marketing push and added outlets should increase Fiat 500 U.S. sales at least 30 percent in August over July, Soave said Thursday in an interview at Chrysler's U.S. headquarters. Chrysler reported U.S. 500 sales of 3,038 in July, with a total of 7,982 for the year so far.

    Another 3,064 Fiats have sold in Canada this year through July. Chrysler is responsible for reintroducing the Fiat brand in the U.S. after an absence of almost 30 years. The U.S. automaker in March began selling the 500, with its clam-shaped hood that evokes the model's original design, at a starting price of $15,500 against Daimler AG's Smart and BMW AG's Mini small cars.

    Marketing expands

    A national 500 marketing campaign began in early July with advertising that included spots on the Internet and in movie theaters. Earlier this month, television commercials began airing that show a young couple going to a drive-in movie in a Fiat 500.

    This weekend, Soave will begin in Manhattan a series of marketing events. The company will park 36 of the cars in Times Square for guests to watch movies on the jumbotron, she said. "This is going to be our biggest signature event," she said.

    Soave plans similar promotions in Chicago, Miami and Santa Monica, Calif.

    On a smaller scale, Fiat has been sending 15 teams with 500s to drive and park around major U.S. markets, such as Los Angeles, to attract attention, showing off a new iPad application and handing out brochures. Chrysler also began in July offering financing as low as 1.9 percent for 36 months on the hatchback.

    CEO Sergio Marchionne, who heads both Fiat and Chrysler, wants to merge the carmakers to reduce costs and generate more than 100 billion euros ($142 billion) in revenue by 2014. Fiat gained control of Chrysler through the U.S. automaker's 2009 bankruptcy restructuring. Fiat last month increased its ownership stake to 53.5 percent on a fully diluted basis.

    Dealer delays

    Instead of using Chrysler's existing franchise stores, the automaker picked 130 dealers to open new U.S. Fiat showrooms. Chrysler had wanted those showrooms to open by February for a March marketing push. Only about a dozen were up and running by late February because it was taking franchise holders longer to get government permit approvals for their projects, Soave has said.

    "We lost the whole first quarter," Soave said. If the store openings had occurred as planned, the sales target would've been achieved, she said. Now, that will "probably not" occur this year, she said.

    Fiat is working on two more TV commercials to begin running in September along with plans to keep the Fiat marketing push going long-term to build the brand, Soave said.

    Source - http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110812/RETAIL03/308129853/1493#ixzz1Uqlca1IA
     
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    I still think this is good and won't hurt MINI at all. :Thumbsup:

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    They are being hurt by the lack of forced induction engines. It is as simple as that. :popcorn:
     
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    #168 Metalman, Aug 12, 2011
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    The Fiat lady, Laura Soave, is smiling because she drove her MINI "S" to work today....:D
     
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    And now you too MM.

    Et tu, Brute. :frown5:

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    Ya know..if only the 500 had a Supercharger...
     
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    Over here in Britain, the 500s seem to be doing well and appealing to the same young-to-middle-age female buyer as the Mini - the 'frock on wheels' market.

    The noticeable difference is just how much better the colours offered by Fiat are - I assume BMW's policy of offering mostly sober, indeed boring, colours is meant to try to preserve an upmarket image for the Mini. The adjectives bright, sharp and fresh cannot be used about any Mini colours, but they apply to lots of Fiat colours. It's a pity BMW can't remember the history of the classic Mini, which had some interesting colours - a 1970s bright orange or lime green would suit the Mini shape quite well.

    Not that I'm complaining, you understand - the colour choice was sufficiently dull when I bought mine that I couldn't even see the reason to pay for metallic paint, so that was a few hundred dollars saved.
     
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    Now this is more like it.....
    This ain't no Jlo....... Nice tattoo too....

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpi2IAec9Ho]FIAT 500 Abarth -- Seduction - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Wow, now they are starting to play for real. Reminds me of the Coupe twins commercial. Nice job.:Thumbsup:

    Jim
     
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    Have to admit....that's a good commercial :Thumbsup:
     
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    Nice commercial, but I do not get the whole front wheel drive car drifting in commercials these days. The Mazda 3 commercial would make you think it was an M3.
     
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    I think I will be using hand sanitizer after touching one of those Abarth's.... :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    #179 LIL PIGG, Nov 17, 2011
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    I agree
     
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    #180 grodenglaive, Nov 18, 2011
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    what tattoo?
     

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