The vice president of Fiat communications in Italy, Richard Gadeselli, has confirmed the Fiat 500 is coming to the USA. The time frame is about 18 months and the cars will be sold through Chrysler dealers. Gadeselli is quoted in Automotive News saying..."The Fiat 500 -- we see that, like the Mini, as a sort of boutique car that we think we can sell in good numbers on the East and West coasts in the same way that Mini has been successful in the U.S."
He also states the the Fiat 500 will be the only model badged as a Fiat product. There are reported to be six other cars Chrysler will introduce based on Fiat models. What Fiat will do is to provide chassis and Chrysler will design their own cars around them.
"There is a misconception out there that Chrysler is going to build the Fiat Bravo, just stick a different badge on it. They will be Chrysler products. They will be specific to Chrysler. The vehicle architectures will be based on our stuff, and there will be some powertrains. The vehicles will be U.S. vehicles, designed for U.S. customers by a U.S. company."
So it's official, 18 months. Mark your calender!!