First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

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    First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions
    The Car Connection
    January 17, 2011
    By Nelson Ireson


    For just $15,500 you can buy yourself a slice of Fiat's proper return to America--provided you're willing to row your own cogs, at least at first.

    After the recent salvo of live shots from the Detroit Auto Show, the latest on Fiat's pint-sized 2012 500 is that the first units to show up in the U.S., due late February, will come in manual transmission flavors only. For the 101-horsepower 1.4-liter Multiair engine fitted to North American-spec cars, that means a six-speed manual.

    Later in the year, in March or April, the six-speed automatic transmissions will begin to arrive, according to Fiat's North American brand chief Laura Soave.

    Once the full Fiat 500 range is here, we'll have a choice of three trim levels, 14 exterior colors, 14 materials combinations for the seats, two interior tones, and a range of Mopar accessories. Yep, Mopar parts on a Fiat.

    For the price and what you get, however, the Fiat 500 ought to make buyers looking for the sport and compact size of the Mazda2 or Ford Fiesta think about the possibility of owning Italian.

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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Just slap a "RWD" tag on these suckers and maybe you'll quiet down the "Where are all the manual trannies??!!" and "Where are all the RWD manual-trannie cars??!!" crowds, eh?
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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Yay! Good News! Viva El Manual!

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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Any info on the corrosion warranty ?
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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Quote Originally Posted by plane View Post
    Is it really legal for new cars to have manual transmissions?
    It shouldn't be. How can one be expected to update facebook while drinking a latte and fixing their hair AND shift gears, all at the same time? This is irresponsible of Chrysler / Fiat. Lawyers, rev up your lawsuits!
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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Fiat 500 trannies: more info @

    http://fiat500usa.blogspot.com/2009/...r-6-speed.html

    http://fiatamerica.net/content/7-spe...trans-fiat-500

    I've heard manual only for the first 1,000 units "prima edizione"

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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Very cool but apparently a true stick requires too much attention for the average American. A 6 speed in a car that size would probably be pretty fun to drive. But at least the autos aren't far behind.

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    Re: First 2012 Fiat 500s To Arrive With Manual Transmissions

    Length and coverage of factory warranty?

    Fuel milege estimates? Crash test?

    Has Fiat joined everyone else in the new century with timing chains?

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