Friday, July 06, 2007

The new, new Fiat 500

The Zastava 750 - distinctly un-Croatian.So it has been launched. What started off as an industry rumour has ended up a finished product. According to Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, "the new Fiat 500 will be the iPod of cars". I hope so. These relaunches of classic models have been a mixed affair. The new Mini is a fantastic little car, but then the new Volkswagen Beetle is dull and completely undeserving of the association.

I'll reserve judgement on the new 500 until I actually see one, but it can't be any worse than the last "Cinquecento" Fiat put out. I'm tempted to go to a dealer over the weekend and see if I can get a test drive - just for fun!

On a slightly different note, the photo in this post looks like a Fiat 600, right? Wrong! Apparently this is a Zastava 750 and my father took this photo in Croatia. It is a re-badged Fiat 600 and the "750" refers to the engine capacity, as the later models had 767cc engines.


used vans girl said...

Having owned an old style VW beetle and the new model which is my current vehicle, I disagree with your unfair comment about them being dull!! Given the choice of going back to the noisy basic beetle I owned 15 years ago or my new new dull model I know which one I would pick... How can you not love a car with such personality and soul?

Greg Harvey said...

Thanks for your comment. But:

How can a modern, reshaped base-model VW Golf possibly be considered to have "personality and soul"?? ;-)

* just the author's opinion!