Fiat has delivered the first examples of its 500 for the U.S., 27 years after the firm last sold cars in the market. The first 500 examples of the American Fiat 500 are badged Prima Edizione and have all been earmarked for Fiat enthusiasts.
All Fiat 500 Prima Edizione models come equipped with a 100hp, 98lb-ft Fiat 1.4-liter MultiAir engine not yet offered on European versions of the 500, which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The models are available in three colors – Bianco, Rosso and Grigio – and come with a sequentially numbered VIN number with a badge on the dashboard that corresponds to this.
All Fiat 500s for the U.S. are built at Chrysler's Toluca plant in Mexico. After deliveries of the Prima Edizione models are complete, Fiat will begin sales of the 500 developed specifically for the American market, called Fiat 500 Sport. This gets softer suspension, subtly revised front and rear bumper designs, a slightly larger front grille and a revised aerodynamic package including wider sills. Pop and Lounge trim levels will be offered, too.
Sales of the 500C will start in the U.S. later this year.