Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fiat returns to the USA!

from The Wall Street Journal

Chrysler and Fiat finalized their government-brokered alliance a day after the U.S. Supreme Court removed the deal's last remaining obstacle. Chrysler will operate as Chrysler Group LLC, with Robert Kidder as chairman and Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne overseeing day-to-day operations.
FD : Last Seen as Luigi in the movie Cars.
Actor: Tony Shalhoub
Vehicle: 1959 Fiat 500
Cars don't come smaller, cheaper -- and stranger-looking -- than the Fiat 500.
First introduced in 1957 as the Nouva 500 (the "cinquecento" for "500" in Italian), the car was marketed as a cheap and practical roundabout car for Italians to deal with the congestion and tight parking spaces in many of their cities. It measured less than 10 feet in length and had the squat look of a car that had been squished between two large trucks.
Still, it was a big seller throughout post-war Europe and was patterned after the VW bug with a smallish rear engine that saved on gasoline. Luigi the Italian car runs Casa Della Tires, "home of the leaning tower of tires," and would love to outfit the hot-shot Lightning McQueen in a new set of whitewalls. Big-hearted, gregarious, and with infectious energy, Luigi makes friends with everyone who visits his shop.

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