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Fiat 500 Dead in the U.S.

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Fiat 500 Dead in the U.S.

Say goodbye to the Fiat 500 and the far less-popular 500e here in the United States and the rest of North America. Fiat Chrysler is wrapping up production of the tiny cars in Toluca, Mexico, so whatever arrives at dealerships between now and then is the last of the new inventory for the foreseeable future.

Of course, the Fiat 500 will soldier on in Europe and other markets. Americans never really took to the 500, or other micro cars like the Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ. All three of these tiny cars consistently underperformed, leading to them getting axed.

This leaves Fiat hawking the 500X crossover, 500L wagon, and 124 Spider roadster in the North American market. There’s already questions about the 124 Spider continuing after the end of the current generation. Funny enough the other titular brand for the automaker, Chrysler, is down to essentially only two model lines (technically it’s more, but that’s really splitting hairs).

Right now it’s not clear what the future of the Toluca factory will be. There’s a possibility Fiat Chrysler will shutter it, or another vehicle line could be established there.

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