• fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 5/21/2011 10:29am PDT

    Great writing. I enjoyed the way you handled all the info.

  • Bill Burke Posted: 5/22/2011 9:01am PDT

    I'm not a fan of econo-boxes, but when my wife nearly feel off her seat at the sight of our first Fiat 500 proclaiming, "oh is that cute,I love it", I knew Fiat and Chrysler had the right car for this market. I believe that this partnership has chosen the right method of introducing only a few Fiat badged cars into America and relying on the Fiat/Alfa/Lancia platformed Chrysler vehicles to carry the bulk of Italian sourced product, substancially modified by Chrysler, into the Western Hemisphere. Fiat does not need many stand alone models to reap financial benefits from its Chrysler investment or its Fiat showrooms, many of which are owned by Chrysler dealers. Real Chrysler products which integrate Fiat platforms is what is needed here.

  • B-Man Posted: 5/22/2011 4:01pm PDT

    I really can't wait ta see what is to come of the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta turned in to 2013 Dodge Caliber thingy. The 2011 Alfa Romeo 6-speed manual Giulietta is said to have the classic handling characteristics of the Alfa Romoe sports cars of old, including the 60's-something Giulietta. I would be concerned about what Chrysler would do to the car in a negatibe way, really.

  • Bill Burke Posted: 5/23/2011 8:47am PDT

    B-Man, One look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger and the rest of Chryslers new offerings should dismiss any concerns. The key to the Fiat partnership is to have Chrysler have free reign over all design of these vehicles and use Chrysler adopted mechanics such as engines. I'd be quite optimistic about the results. Chrysler should transition these platforms into essentially American vehicles for our market tastes and Chryslers traditional styling.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 5/24/2011 5:04am PDT

    With the manual transmission, get in 30 MPG city and 38 MPG highway is pretty impressive for a car that people are likely to buy without concern for fuel economy. Unfortunately, the automatic has much worse MPG.

  • georgeboyter avatar georgeboyter Posted: 5/24/2011 9:28am PDT

    I sat in the new Twin-Air Turbo and the Convertible in Turin last week. If I had to choose it would be the Convertible - it has a magical promise of fun about it. Great design features and colours.