The Fiat Cinquecento rides again. And what a ride it’s having already!
The first 3,500 Fiat 500s to be imported to Germany were sold within days and Fiat Germany boss Manfred Kantner is confident of finding customers for up to 15,000 annually. “This car is not simply a new Fiat model”, he told Germany’s Spiegel magazine. “It is a statement which underscores the competitiveness of the entire company.” ~ YEARENDER: Catch me if you can baby Fiat, the year’s must-have car from Earth Times
The car was named “Car of the Year 2008.”
But what I’m interested in hearing more about is “By then (2009) a generation of frugal two cylinder, turbocharged engines should also be ready.”
I learned a long time ago that lightly turbocharging a small engine could not only bring it more horsepower, but could increase efficiency at the same time, meaning gas mileage. Until this time, the use of turbochargers has been limited to increasing horsepower on already powerful sports car engines. This could be a very interesting paradigm shift.