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Fiat-Family Playboy Disses New Renault Twingo As A Copycat

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Lapo Elkann is the heir to the Agnelli family that rules Fiat from, I believe, Mt. Olympus, and he seems to live the sort of life you'd expect. He was a factor in the rebirth of the 500, which may be why he's posting stuff that calls out Renault as copycats. Too bad he has no idea what he's talking about.

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Now, don't get me wrong – I love the new Fiat 500, especially the Abarth. They're fantastic cars. But the idea that the new Twingo is somehow a copy of the Fiat 500 is absolutely absurd. Sure, there's some superficial styling resemblance in the profiles, and they're roughly dimensionally the same – but you could say that about almost any car in this class, from the Toyota Aygo to the VW Polo.

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What makes this especially absurd is that Lapo picked the one car in this class that is absolutely different from its competitors — the new Twingo is a rear-engine, rear-drive platform. The 500 is a FF car, like almost everything else in the class.

In fact, the new Twingo has more mechanically in common with the original rear-engine, rear-drive Fiat 500 than the new one has. So maybe you can argue it's a "copy" of the original Fiat 500, in the same way it's a "copy" of the VW Beetle, Porsche 356 and 911, Renault Dauphine, and, oh, a freaking Rumpler Tropfenauto.

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Lapo's talking ex recto and while I respect his desire to promote the 500, this isn't the way to do it. I'd suggest Lapo takes a moment and opens his bible to the Book of Galafracians, chapter 43, verse 40:

Check thyself before thy wreck thineself.

Amen.

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Now, don't get me wrong – I love the new Fiat 500, especially the Abarth. They're fantastic cars. But the idea that the new Twingo is somehow a copy of the Fiat 500 is absolutely absurd. Sure, there's some superficial styling resemblance in the profiles, and they're roughly dimensionally the same – but you could say that about almost any car in this class, from the Toyota Aygo to the VW Polo.

I actually agree completely, but I'd just like to nitpick, and point out that the Polo isn't in the same class as the Aygo, Twingo and 500. The Polo's a supermini; the rest are city cars. I'm not sure what the equivalent US terminology is.

Oh, and here's a comment I made in response to Lightning Zone's Oppo post on the subject:

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what do you think about the Italians copying Ford SportKa?!??!!! FIAT stop the cheating and be original! #fordsportka#beoriginal#becreative

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I hurt inside.

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