Fiat 500 Thinks It's American Now!

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Photo: Chris Doane Photography
Oh the Fiat 500, the car that basically carries the whole brand with it due to its cute looks. The Italians previewed this car in March 2007, when they celebrated 50 years since the launch of the original Cinquecento.
Built on the Fiat Panda platform, this car has been a true success story for Fiat, having sold 1.5 million units since its launch. Recently, it’s been taking the North American market by storm and thanks to well placed and fun ads is a hit in the otherwise dull small car segment.

But just like the Italian emigrants of old, it didn’t take long for the 500 to start thinking it’s an American in the true sense of the world, even though it’s designed in Italy and built in Mexico. The photo was taken by automotive photographer Chris Doane.

He usually spends his days spying on cars we’re not supposed to see. So logically, this is a car owned by some Chrysler employee who thinks he’s funny or is actually patriotic. If we’re not mistaken, this is not the standard 500, but the newer 500T, which has a turbocharged 1.4 but isn’t as powerful as the full Abarth.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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