Obsessed with FIATPosted: May 23, 2011
Now, let’s be honest, I’m not really into cars. I don’t really like learning about them, I don’t remember makes/brands/model numbers and as far as car maintenance goes, well, let’s just say that I’ve got car washes under control.
I currently drive a Jeep and it’s the only car I’ve ever had. I really, really, really love it. But, now it’s getting old and it might just be time for me to invest in something smaller and more efficient.
In comes the FIAT 500.
FIAT 500 Pop
FIAT 500 Sport
FIAT 500 Lounge
The FIAT 500 made its début in North America just a few months ago. Founded in Torino, Italy, FIAT has been designing and manufacturing stylish and efficient cars since 1900. The concept behind FIAT was to design a car as beautiful as the hills, towns, and coasts it was built to explore. In 1957, the Nuova (new) 500 was marketed as a city car. Dante Giacosa, its designer, described it as a scooter with a roof. In 1972, the last model in the 500 series was made and production ended in 1975.
Now, after over 35 years since production of the original 500 ended, FIAT has brought a new and improved version to North America. Hip hip!
This zipity zip car just might work for me. The differences between the three models (Pop, Sport, & Lounge) don’t look to be much of a big deal (for my untrained eye, anyway) so I’d be happy with any of the three. I’ve rented Fiat cars on many occasions in Europe so I already know I like driving them. Not only that, it’s Italian. Need I say more?
If I do ever get a FIAT 500, I’d obviously have to get all the accessories to match! How perfect that this car company loves white just as much as I do! I think it might be a match made in car heaven.
First, I would get a tumbler for my latte. There are cup holders galore in this little car so maybe I’d have to get two – to treat my passengers to an authentic Italian beverage.
I would use the FIAT pen to write down my grocery lists and driving directions.
I’ll need this tote for my groceries. Wouldn’t my pasta, tomatoes and basil look good in it?
The super white FIAT watch (and the FIAT 500 car) would get me to meetings and appointments on time.
Although I don’t need cuff links, I would have to get them just because they’re extra cute. I’d probably make some sort of DIY project out of them. Maybe.
I’ll need the FIAT wallet for gas money. That’s just a given.
Now onto wardrobe. Well, first I would get some sort of cool driving gloves (but FIAT doesn’t make any). Then I would put some of the Fiat clothing into rotation – to make me feel like a hip Italian race car driver, of course.
And for my wee little nephews who will be passengers while I’m on babysitting duty, I would give them each one of these:
FIAT infant body suit, $12.95
So what’s stopping me? Well, it’s a major purchase. Major price tag. Major decision. Oh – and it still makes me sad to think about giving up my Jeep.
If you understand Italian, you might enjoy the videos and additional information provided on the FIAT Italy website.
For a review of the FIAT 500 from someone more experiences than me, click here.
Photos of FIAT Pop, Sport & Lounge, and FIAT merchandise courtesy of FIAT USA.