Ciao, little car. Your stay was fun while it lasted.
The Fiat 500 marked the Fiat brand’s return to the United States nearly 10 years ago, but sadly, it won’t be sticking around for another year.
Fiat has announced that both the gas-powered 500 and all-electric and 500e will be discontinued in the Land of the Free after the 2019 model year.
The small hatchback was a causality of the SUV craze, with sales collapsing by 44-percent in 2018 and by 38 percent in the first half of 2019. Even so, it is Italian marque’s most popular model in the country, accounting for nearly 35 percent of all sales.
Sales numbers for the 500e were not disclosed, but late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne once asked customers to not buy the EV because the company lost money on each unit sold.
The departure of the Fiat 500 and 500e leaves the 500X crossover, 500L hatchback and 124 Spider as the only models in Fiat’s US lineup, but one wonders how long they will be around.
2020 Fiat 124 Spider Gets Slick Scorpion Sting Graphics
The stylish package celebrates 70 years of the Abarth brand.
Fiat has announced a new “Scorpion Sting” appearance group for the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider, and it looks slick.
For $395, you essentially get an Abarth scorpion hood decal and side stripes in Rosso red.
The Rosso red scorpion hood decal celebrates the 70th anniversary of Abarth, while the Abarth scorpion badge pays tribute to founder Karl Abarth, whose astrological sign was Scorpio.
For those looking for an even more customized look, there is also an Abarth Veleno Appearance Group that adds red exterior mirror caps, red lower fascia lip and red front tow hook, Abarth-branded carpeted floor mats, and a bright foot rest for $495.
In related news, Fiat has decided to discontinue the 500, as well as its associated Abarth model, in the United States. That means the 124 Spider Abarth is now the only vehicle in Fiat’s lineup to wear the Abarth badge.
Fiat 500L Goes Extra Black For 2019 With Urbana Edition
Yes, the 500L is still sold in North American, and it’s just gotten darker.
Fiat has brought back the Urbana Edition for the 2019 500L Trekking trim in hopes of enticing more people to buy the ostensibly forgotten five-door, five passenger MPV.
Outside, the 500L Urbana Edition comes with a blackout theme complete with dark 17-inch aluminum wheels, door handles, body-side moldings, fog lamps, side mirrors and fascias.
Buyers can choose from five exterior paint colors — Black, Bronzo Metallizato bronze, Bianco white, Grigio Scuro gray, and Verde Bosco green — four of which can be matched with a black contrasting roof.
Inside, the dashboard dons a copper 500 logo and the seats are upholstered in black leather with copper contrast stitching.
Power for the 500L Trekking comes exclusively from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque, transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 500L has struggled to find success in the United States. Last year, Fiat delivered just 1,413 units in all of 2018, representing a 15 percent drop from the volume in 2017.
Deliveries of the Fiat 500L Urbana Edition begin in spring 2019, with pricing starting at $23,920. Have you been enticed to get one?
Fiat Is Developing New 500e Electric Car
The electric Italian supermini is getting a second lease on life.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed that it’s working on a new 500e, one built on a dedicated small Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) platform that that will provide better all-around performance.
The Fiat 500e is arguably the cutest electric vehicle market on the market, but it was built to comply with U.S. fleet fuel economy standards and not necessarily to sell en masse. Things will likely be different with the second generation model. stated:
“Mirafiori will represent the first installation of a full BEV platform applied on the new Fiat 500, capable of scaling to other applications worldwide,” stated FCA CEO Mike Manley. “Additional investments across our Jeep, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat brands will realize the benefits of existing plant capacity as well as scale and sourcing efficiencies from a common vehicle architecture, and Plug-in Hybrid Electric propulsion (PHEV) system, while preserving traits unique to the brands.”
Not much else is known about the next Fiat 500e, but it’s likely to remain a cute electric vehicle. What are you hoping to see?