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America, This Is Your Fiat 500

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The Chrysler Group has just officially announced the Fiat 500 Sport will be coming to America, but what does this European-imported MINI-fighter include? Sportier styling, new wheels, and a speedometer measuring in "miles per hour" for starters.

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The Fiat 500 has been tooling around Europe since 2007, but following Fiat's purchase of Chrysler and the gas crisis, a compact was needed in US. Enter the Fiat 500. Like the MINI, it leans heavily on the original design from 1957 but this new car is a thoroughly modern affair.

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The car gets new fascias all around, 16-inch wheels, a giant sunroof other assorted baubles. We're hoping it also gets the the Euro-spec car's fantastic interior. The power will come from Fiat's brand new turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine, but no word on domestic horsepower yet. Let the retro-fantastic mini-car wars begin!

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Geo Metro Man

What's sad is that it will be labeled a chick car and thus very few straight men will be willing to buy one. I kinda want one, but the image would be a bit of a worry even for me. That's why I wish they were also importing the regular Panda on which it is based.