The 2012 FIAT 500 marks the return of the Italian automaker to the North American market. Fiat has been absent from U.S. shores for 27 years, but given that the European giant recently became the corporate parent of the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands it was only a matter of time before some of its home market vehicles skipped across the Atlantic to land in show rooms across the United States.
Fiat has a lot riding on the Fiat 500, a subcompact automobile that will go a long way towards shaping American attitudes towards the Italian car company. This means that the automaker will do whatever it takes to ensure the success of the affordable entry-level coupe.
Let’s take a look at 10 things you need to know about the 2012 Fiat 500.