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nolalou
10-05-2011, 11:58 AM
According to the FIAT USA web site, there are 2 now models in the works that may make it to the USA by 2013. One is an MPV that looks to be based on the 500, called the Ellezero. (to be built in Serbia for the European market). Here's an artist rendition: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-cLm_ZNKrfQ0/Tox1q98dg2I/AAAAAAAAJcI/ULQckkXYLR8/s400/Fiat_Ellezero.jpg

The other is a Jeep version of the Panda Cross, seen here: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nDwU6d1ufWo/TovJuXHjY2I/AAAAAAAAJbo/MaGUPfPwn2I/s400/Fiat_500_USA-Panda4x4Cross.jpg
According to the FIAT site: " Fiat confirmed its intention to install the latest version of one of its three main vehicle architectures at its Mirafiori plant in Torino, Italy. Outfitting the factory will begin in 2012 and production of the first nameplate, a Jeep SUV, is expected in the second half of 2013. This Jeep model may also be built and sold in the US."

Fiat500USA
10-05-2011, 12:35 PM
According to the FIAT USA web site, there are 2 now models in the works that may make it to the USA by 2013. One is an MPV that looks to be based on the 500, called the Ellezero. (to be built in Serbia for the European market). Here's an artist rendition: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-cLm_ZNKrfQ0/Tox1q98dg2I/AAAAAAAAJcI/ULQckkXYLR8/s400/Fiat_Ellezero.jpg

The other is a Jeep version of the Panda Cross, seen here: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nDwU6d1ufWo/TovJuXHjY2I/AAAAAAAAJbo/MaGUPfPwn2I/s400/Fiat_500_USA-Panda4x4Cross.jpg
According to the FIAT site: " Fiat confirmed its intention to install the latest version of one of its three main vehicle architectures at its Mirafiori plant in Torino, Italy. Outfitting the factory will begin in 2012 and production of the first nameplate, a Jeep SUV, is expected in the second half of 2013. This Jeep model may also be built and sold in the US."

Thanks for checking out the story! Couple of clarifications, that was published on the (my) independent Fiat 500 USA Blog, not Fiat USA website. The "Mini" Jeep is based on the larger chassis used by the Alfa MiTo and Fiat Punto. The Panda uses a smaller chassis and is not "scheduled" to come here. I used the Panda to illustrate Fiat's four wheel drive expertise.

ciddyguy
10-06-2011, 10:48 PM
Thanks for checking out the story! Couple of clarifications, that was published on the (my) independent Fiat 500 USA Blog, not Fiat USA website. The "Mini" Jeep is based on the larger chassis used by the Alfa MiTo and Fiat Punto. The Panda uses a smaller chassis and is not "scheduled" to come here. I used the Panda to illustrate Fiat's four wheel drive expertise.

Damn Chris, your clarification disappoints me, I was hoping for the Panda, but now that I have read your clarifications, which I noted in the initial article on your blog, it said a larger platform, perhaps the Mito (which I love the looks of BTW) to be used instead so perhaps something B segment instead of A segment perhaps?

Fiat500USA
10-07-2011, 12:05 AM
Damn Chris, your clarification disappoints me, I was hoping for the Panda, but now that I have read your clarifications, which I noted in the initial article on your blog, it said a larger platform, perhaps the Mito (which I love the looks of BTW) to be used instead so perhaps something B segment instead of A segment perhaps?

Yes. the MiTo is coming along with other "B" segment cars mentioned for Chrysler and Dodge. A caveat: these plans can change because of the pending collapse of the European economy.:dejection: