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.

2 comments:

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!