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I'd love to see Fiat back in the US
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Posted by Ari [Email] (more from Ari) on Tue, 20 Jan 2009 19:15:06 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: The return of Fix It Again Tony, Noel [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 20 Jan 2009 11:06:30
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I believe they talked about the possibility of getting some Fiats back into the US. The biggest barrier Fiat has to the US market is establishing a dealer network.

Fiat's today aren't the Fiats of yore - Fiat is a major competitor in the European car market, in sizes that would be great in the US. The US saw Fiats a cheap cars way back when gas was cheap. Gee, could the US use fun, interesting cars with good performance and great gas milage? I think so.

I had a bunch of Fiats, and I loved them. Did they take work? Sure did - most cars did in those days. Back in the late 70/early 80s, if I were looking for an inexpensive nothing-fancy sedan, yes, a 124 sedan or a Brava was a lot of maintenance for not a ton of reward. But at the time you could get a cheap sports car (124 spider, X-1/9) that returned a lot in terms of some tinkering. Heck, that was part of the fun.

I'd love more options. I'd love to see Fiat, Citroen, and Renault bring in their premium small cars. I've driven cars in the UK that I'd buy in a second over here in the US. And maybe it would force Ford and GM (assuming they're still around) to compete by bringing in some of their premium small cars.

In the US, premium means bigger. And premium means sedans. I'd love to have premium hatchbacks (can you tell I'd love to see the return of the 9000?) back in the US like you see everywere in Europe.

Welcome back, Fiat!

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