The Fiat 500 maybe be the most anticipated vehicle to hit the Chrysler showrooms—make that select Chrysler showrooms—for 2010. In fact, can’t wait to see the market reaction to the Italian MINI Cooper fighter. Reviews in Europe are strong and the line-up on that side of the pond is the same. The question remains about what will come to the U.S. market. The newest rumors—a four-door Fiat 500.

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

A four-door version would certainly be in-line with the MINI Crossover that was debuted earlier this year and could possibly make the car more viable for the U.S. market. At least it could make it less of a niche car and more of a common car. That said, the VW New Beetle has sold like hot cakes for years (slower during the last couple) and if you have ever ridden in the backseat of one you probably wouldn’t call it necessarily comfortable. The four-door version, code name L0, is planned to be built at the Fiat factory in Mirafiori, Italy according to Autoblog. For Europe, the car will be classified as a small minivan and rollout to buyers in the European market at the end of 2011.

Since we are fairly certain the Fiat 500 is making its way to the States, it would seem like a logical progression to see the four-door version here as well. If it were to come this way, the car is speculated to be built atop a new platform at the Chrysler plan in Toluca, Mexico making it easier and more cost effective to import for American consumers. It would also seem to open the door to sales in Mexico.

For now, we will have to settle for thoughtful contemplation of the Fiat’s to come, but have no fear there is more news brewing. Autoblog also reports that there might be another subcompact coming this way from the “Italian-American alliance.”


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