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Little european cars are coming.

Tuesday, 17 February, 2009

While I hope it shall arrive by 2010 at the latest, the Ford Fiesta* is coming to North America for the 2011 model year. It is rumored to be a Spring introduction in 2010, but we’ll just have to see. We get the all-too-high-performance 1.6 TVCT engine only. It’s that car for the rest of the world in the size class below the Focus.

Review of the UK edition Ford Fiesta. It’s a little fuzzy.

In related news, Chrysler has inked a deal with Fiat to manufacture the current generation Nuova 500* and Panda* here on our continent if only they can con find someone to pay for shipping the dies. Presumably the two cars on the same chassis will be (God willing very) modestly restyled and badged as Chrysler and Dodge. Should fortune smile upon us, the 500C with a roll back type retractable roof will come in the first model year.

Review of the UK edition Fiat Nuova 500: Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “New Fiat 500- Video“, posted with vodpod

Review of the UK edition Fiat Panda: Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “063 Top Gear – Fiat Panda 4×4 vs. Man…“, posted with vodpod

General Motors is bringing its … um … well, the Volt uses really cool and complicated technology. Best of all the Chevrolet Volt is really expensive but GM will lose money on every one for decades.

Each of the three potentially profitable vehicles mentioned above will be assembled within the NAFTA countries, although premium editions (rag top, sport chassis) of the 500 may come from Fiat’s European assembly point in Tychy, Poland. Curiously, the 500 is also the basis for the new generation Ford Ka [sic] the size class below the Fiesta.

I am waiting to see the cover of Peculiarly Obsessive Motorist magazine with the Dodge Panda, Ford Fiesta and a conspicuously empty space for the Mexico-restricted (and awful) Daewoo Matiz which isn’t coming north any time soon.

The idea of a Dodge Panda Omni (?) with a tight little five-speed under a 1.4 actually makes me excited. I might even leave town from time to time.

* I link to Clarkson only because he is the most entertaining auto reviewer in the part of the world where they use something like our English, and these vehicles are presently available.

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