Absent since 1984, Fiat reenters the U.S. market with style, the 2012 500C showing an eye-catching retro design.
The Fiat Cinquecento was a tiny car produced in Italy for almost 20 years, from the 1950s to the 1970s. Because it was extremely popular for Fiat, the company brought the nameplate back for a larger model that evokes the style of the original.
The new Fiat 500C has roved the roads of Europe for the past few years, and is now heralding the return of Fiat to the U.S. Although using the same sort of retro styling as the Mini Cooper, it's much cheaper, albeit with less performance.
The little curved front shows very little air intake capability, which is fine for the 875cc two-cylinder engine in European models, but might stifle the 1.4-liter four-cylinder of U.S. models, especially in hot climates.