Fiat is one of the earliest and greatest names in cars, dating from the founding of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino in 1899. In the past, his racing cars were the envy of all nations. Later, the Fiat Topolino was as famous as the Volkswagen KDF in the 1930s and ’40s. The 1950s Fiat put many of Italy on wheels with the hugely popular 500, sparking the “Italian Miracle” a renaissance of European consumer products.
Unfortunately for the company’s interest in the United States were mixed. Here is the Fiat 1500, won over a fair share of fans in the middle of the 60s, and the early-’70s, the Fiat 850 (Spider and Coupe) became popular among college students. However, the Pininfarina-designed Fiat 124 sports car has the most to keep the image of the Fiat life in America, such as cars like the front-wheel-drive 128 and midengine X1 / 9 ultimately failed. Even Lancia, Fiat’s premium brand dry quickly after an introduction in the mid-’70’s. Finally, Fiat’s poor reputation for quality and its inability to deal led to increasingly stringent emissions regulations that the Italian company to withdraw from the US market completely in 1984.
In 2000, General Motors has a stake in Fiat as part of a joint venture to create a new generation of small, affordable cars for Europe. financial problems GM’s led to the unraveling of the agreement in 2005, but Fiat has invested GM money wisely in a new air emissions technology. When the bankruptcy of Chrysler occurred in 2008, Fiat has a chance to return to the US in 2009, Fiat has a controlling interest in Chrysler.
The 2017 Fiat 500, debuted in 2012, was the first of the new generation of cars Fiat stateside come. Staying true to its heritage, the new 500 is very small, nimble and stylish. In addition to the 500 coupes, there is the 500 convertible and hot-rod 500 Abarth further requested those looking for a small car with lots of personalities. More recently, Fiat has expanded its lineup with the full electric 500th and family-friendly, four-door 2017 Fiat 500L.