Posts Tagged ‘fiat’

Cute Convertible vs. Ugly Convertible – MINI Cooper vs. Fiat 500

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

This beauty contest isn’t hard to judge, folks:

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Hey remember when that girl asked you to go with her to San Francisco MINI to kick some tires and they were asking $38.5k for a convertible that had been sitting on a lot unsold for almost a year(!) and how SF MINI had the stones to ask for $3500 in “added dealer markup” on the Monroney?

Good times.

That San Francisco MINI dealership reminds me of an Apple $tore and not in a good way.

Oh well.

The New Fiat 500c Convertible Minicar is the Least Desirable Convertible on the Road

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Sorry Fiat, but an extra-large sunroof does not a convertible make.

As seen in the Western Addition near Alamo Square:

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I cry foul.

OMG, the Cute New Fiat 500 is Here! Finally! Direct From Toluca Mexico, Just $16K – Is It Cute Enough For You?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

It’s new, it’s you.

It’s the updated version of those old-school Fiat 500 cars you see about town.

Hecho en Mexico, it’s your 2012 Fiat 500:

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(Weren’t the boys from Chrysler using a Porsche Cayenne Turbo minivan film car to film these new Fiats in action on the Embarcadero not too many days ago? Yes, that’s my understanding.)

Anyway, here’s The Review.

All the deets:

United States:

The Fiat 500 had its US production debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and has been slated for a December 2010 production start: the production start date is December 13 as of now.

Fiat started the first North American preorders for the limited Prima Edizione version on July 10, 2010. As part of the annual convention of club Fiat Lancia Unlimited, Fiat North America head, Laura Soave, opened up the order books to these long time enthusiasts.

The North American version built in Toluca, Mexico, has same the trim levels as European 500: Pop, Lounge and Sport. The American version has some exterior differences compared to European version: a more rounded centre grille and a plastic lip that wraps onto the bottom of the spoiler and a reflector on the wheel arch edge, mostly to meet safety regulations. The American Sport version has a 1.4 litre Multiair engine, which is manufactured at Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance in Dundee, Michigan, United States. The cabriolet version 500C comes for sale a bit later in Spring 2011. The 500 Abarth is also confirmed for North American markets.The US 500 version was rated at 38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) highway by United States

And Lush wrote a song for this car back in the day. All right, shake, baby, shake:

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin
Looking now at your famous shape
They don’t make them like you anymore

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

When things are looking good there’s always complications
I can’t be with you so I’m at the railway station
Let’s run away and be so alive
Escape the drudgery of this nine to five

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
You know I worship from afar
Brake, baby, brake
How I wish you were my car

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
I will

If Your Mini Cooper Car is Too Big to Park in San Francisco, Consider a Fiat Cinquecento

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This cream-colored 1968 Fiat Cinquecento (500) L is just the thing for squeezing into parking spaces that are just too small for your new-jack BMW Mini Cooper.

Get a 500 and models will come visit you at your country estate and you’ll get all kinds of attention. Plus, this type of car was the subject of 500 (Shake, Baby Shake) from Lush, back in the day, so there you go.

See? The crowded sidewalks of Harrsion Street:

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The “L” stands for lusso (loo-ssaw), which means luxury, of a sort. (If only it had suicide doors…)

The nickname is bambina, but some people call it topolino, little mouse.

Shake, baby shake.

Tiny 1950′s-Style Fiat 500 Brings Good Feelings to Japantown’s Kimochi, Inc.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

I finally caught this tiny 1957-or-later Fiat Nuova 500 at rest. It was my white whale but it eludes me no longer.

(Mistakenly thought they called these things Topolinos (little mice), oh well.)

See it parked next to a normal car? Click to expand:

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Kimochi (meaning “good feelings,” or “feelings of respect and concern for the older generations“) Inc. is “a non profit organization dedicated to the well-being of seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area.” That’s where the 500 was parked.

Look for this orange cutie when you’re on the Streets of San Francisco. Zoom zoom.