Originally Posted by Brian Burrows
How do we feel about the new FIATs?
From an industry / trade perspective, they saw the success of Mini, (and the high price/profit) and gate crashed the party.
This did impact Mini sales for a couple of years, but when the cars turned out to be mediocre in dynamics and build, coupled with traditional Fiat dealer service and residual values, they have now settled back into a cute curiosity.
I think they're a great design piece and every bit as convincing as the Mini, but without the engineering execution that comes from a parent company such as BMW.
I'll add to that for a sense of balance that the first generation of Minis were lacking in quality and tended to be worn out by 60k miles. Later ones '06> are a very good car, if still very expensive for the amount of metal (plastic).