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Fiat To Introduce Extended 500 At The Geneva Motor Show

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On: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 2:08PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fiat To Introduce Extended 500 At The Geneva Motor Show

Fiat hasn't exactly made big waves with its return to the US market.  Fiat sold less than 20,000 500 models - not even half of the 50,000 that it originally planned on. Sergio Marchionne tried to turn headlines from failed product to misculated goals when he called the 50,000 goal "incredibly naive," expressing that he was happy with its actual performance; but some still believe it was one of the biggest product flops of 2011.

Whatever the case, Fiat is surely hoping that a larger 500 model might win the hearts of Americans and international buyers. It will unveil a long wheelbase 500 at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

While the 500 competes with the likes of the Mini Cooper and Smart ForTwo, the 500L (the L is for "Large" if you didn't guess) will be aimed at larger Mini models like the Clubman. The 500L will include four doors instead of two doors and will offer seating for five. Dimensions will be close to or identical to the European-spec model (163.0 inches long, 70.1 inches wide, and 65.4 inches tall), according to Car and Driver.

Fiat hasn't specified the engine options but will give more information about its 500 MPV at its Geneva presentation on March 6. The car will be built in Serbia rather than in Mexico where the 500 is built. It will launch in the US in 2013.

Fiat released the first pictures of the 500L last week. Personally, I think the 500's styling looks better in a longer, more practically sized vehicle, but that could be just because I have no patience for tiny clown cars. I do think it makes a more natural transition than the Mini Clubman thanks to the Fiat's curvier, more natural roofline.

We'll hear more about this one in another month or so.

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Stephy21 | 9:59AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

I think Fiat should just make a full size sedan and they wouldn't have problems with their sales.


Sami18 | 10:13AM (Tue, Feb 7, 2012)

Hopefully this car will be a better hit than the Fiat.

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