Do you know how many 'mericans have started talking about Fiat in the past year? News about the Fiat-Chrysler takeover/alliance/whatever have gone past the suburbs' white picket fence gossip towards the hick part of the country, where I now reside.
One time this was such a hot topic that my neighbor Cletus lost almost a third of a NASCAR race in order to check out a news bulletin where there was an Italian dude with glasses from Fiat, who was speaking about the subject. Now, I know there are certain older fellows around here who remember that a couple of decades ago or so, Fiat was still present as a brand in the good ol' US of A.
I also know that most of them don't think very fondly of Fiat, especially after most of their Italian cars have spent more time sitting on the side of the road with their hoods open than actually being driven. Most of the guys I talked to about this brand still think that FIAT is an acronym for "Feeble Italian Attempt at Transportation", so you can imagine the stares I got when I parked a Fiat Bravo that sounds like a grass cutter in front of my porch.
After carefully knocking on every body panel I immediately knew this is nothing like the brick-like Panda one of my neighbors used to push in and out of his garage every Sunday back home, in Eastern Europe. This Bravo actually feels like a real car, not like that sorry excuse of a golf cart with an Asian bear name.
By the way, did you know that the Panda is the least racist animal? It's black, white AND Asian, at the same time! Haha! I made a joke! Anyway, the only bad part I could find about this car was revealed after my knocks on the center console. This is how I found out that it has a memory stick of some sort on-board which is made in cooperation with Microsoft.
Now, you can imagine the type of situations that little piece of technology might unleash in the long term. In a totally random manner, the car would suddenly stall and a white on blue message would appear on the center display saying something like: "The engine has experienced a serious error. Press the clutch, the accelerator and pull the hand brake to restart." Oh, did I mention I'm not that into technology and a member of the local KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) group?