While there are many more powerful, expensive, bigger and (to be honest) better value cars out there it’s the new Fiat 500 which takes the “Lucire Car to be seen in” prize this year. I saw a preview of this announcement a few weeks ago, thanks Jack, but it’s now on the Lucire site.
I’ve had a good look at, but not yet driven, the 500 and it’s styling is a remarkable homage to the original. It’s bigger, to fit all today’s “essential” toys and larger people!, but not grossly oversized like the new “Mini” .
It’s also an expensive, comparatively, lifestyle statement rather than the simple budget transport it’s predecessor was. I think that’s a pity but future twin cylinder editions may be closer to the original in spirit, and sound, rather than just style. There is also a possibility Fiat will do a more radical small car. Maybe that’s why they’ve saved the name Topolino.
The 500 is a neat machine and, as the price of petrol skyrockets, it’s nice to have a stylish, small, economical car with a sense of style. It’s one which I’d be happy to be seen in!
The Fiat 500 is Lucire’s Car to Be Seen in for 2008 – Lucire – The global fashion magazine
“The year’s most classless car, appealing to every segment” says Jack Yan..
500 picnic photo credit: Fiat New Zealand