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And now for a car I have been waiting over a year to drive! Yes, this week the all-new 2012 Fiat 500 is in my possession and I intend to drive a lot and have some fun doing so. It already has attracted a lot of attention and rightly so — it is just so darned cute. In fact, today on my journey home I spotted a woman shooting video of me driving down the highway in the Fiat. Can’t say I’ve noticed that before.

This vehicle is small and it starts at somewhat of a small price as well, at just $15,995. You can easily get yourself into this little gem for under $20,000 out the door, and there are plenty to choose from on the lots as well.

Day by Day Review: 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge fiat daily car reviews
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For those reading as a consumer, here is some background information. The Fiat 500 is brought to you by what we in North America know as Chrysler. Originally it was thought that this car would be called the Chrysler 500, as they had Chrysler badges on them during the autoshow rounds. Fiat, which has a majority stake in the Chrysler brand, has landed itself in North America, with the 500 being the first, but hopefully not the only, Fiat vehicle to hit our shores since 1984.

Many North Americans still have not-so-fond memories of the “Fix It Again Tony” brand from decades ago, but like many other manufacturers, Fiat has evolved and can now, hopefully, provide a much more reliable experience and build a strong brand here once again.

The 500 is available as a coupe or convertible; my coupe tester is a Lounge, or top of the line, model, equipped with leather seating, cruise control, climate control, power moonroof, backup sensors and heated seats. The Fiat 500 aims to be a premium small car without the premium price charged for, say, the Mini Cooper. Let’s find out this week if it is worth it!

2012 Fiat 500 Lounge
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $23,475

For more information on Fiat and the 500 visit Fiat Canada

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