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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

TBH I think it looks like a Micra with some Italian clothes on
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

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Be warned FIAT: If you make the prices too high for the 500, people like myself will wait for the cheaper Ford Ka badged version
KA's rust
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KA's rust
So do most cars which were first built (and haven't changed) over 10 years ago.
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

Mine dont rust, I don't keep them long enough
Anyway they only rust after the first 18 months or so!

I am hoping that the new Fiat built Ford Ka (to be built alongside the Fiat 500 at Fiat's Tychy plant) will use the same steel as the 500, but will just be moulded into a different shape. The Ford version will probably be cheaper too.
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

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Mine dont rust, I don't keep them long enough
Anyway they only rust after the first 18 months or so!
If looked after well they should never rust
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

A KA will never have the charm of the 500, as usual it's horses for courses.

The KA may turn out to be the sensible choice but will never attract the emotional response of the 500.
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So do most cars which were first built (and haven't changed) over 10 years ago.
Especially KA's.
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The KA may turn out to be the sensible choice but will never attract the emotional response of the 500.
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Will you let us know when you are given information about your "fiat500wants you" car, the price and specification and colours and engine sizes you get offered and delivery date they promise please.
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

I will post as soon as I hear anything. I have tried to maintain a dialogue by email with my contact from Fiat but received no reply to my last contact.

I have sent another email to Fiat, not relating to the online booking promotion, regarding release dates and specification and am currently awaiting a reply.

The last major contact from Fiat is copied below.

Good morning Mr/Mrs,

Iím Michael from Fiat Group Automobiles. Iím happy to confirm your reservation of the new Fiat 500.

The car will not be available in your country in July as in Italy, but in January. You will be contact later for more details on the car.


Although we need the choice of the colour today, to order the car, because it is a limited edition. Obviously you will not be obliged to purchase the car.

The colours available are:
- Red
- White
- Light blue
- Black

If you are still interested you can reply to this mail.

Followingly the details that we know at the moment for the new Fiat ď500 wants youĒ (limited edition):

- Remote control
- Abs
- Mirrors and glasses electrical workers
- Automatic air-condition
- Esp
- Circles in alloy
- Blue&me
- Mp3 Radio
- Roof in fixed glass
- Muslin wheel

You will know the price of the car only in the moment that you will go to the dealer to see the car. If you think that the price is too high, or if you donít like the car you can refuse it.

I wait for a kind answer.

Kind regards.

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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

Thanks for that

It sounds like a Lounge spec with automatic aircon (more-or-less)

As I recall (from either the French or Italian fan sites) the Europeans all got the 1.4 engine as well as a badge symbolising the limited edition all for a few hundred Euros more than a standard car
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

Thanks for the info ensonricky.

Do you have to have Black interior or were you given a chance to specify ivory interior bits (steering wheel, around the centre controls, radio etc) - I think they had a choice on the continent of ivory or black.

Light blue or red with ivory interior sounds superlush-delicious to me.

What colour combination have you gone for ensonricky, and have you been given the chance to testdrive one?

I wonder what will happen if someone who has ordered one of these "500 wants you" cars, decides they don't want it when they see it at their local dealership?

Maybe the dealer can then immediately sell it to someone who was too impatient to order one and join the queue.....I live in hope
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

I have dug up another email received from Fiat where I also asked for details of the UK and Italian launch events. This was the last communication of any variety received from Fiat despite trying to obtain further clarification of the dates at the time and since.

.................................................. .................................................. .........................

Probably the launch in UK will be anticipated in October (and that will be fine). If next week I would receive the official dates I will inform you soon.
For the moment we have no more details on the launch of the 500 in Torino, but as soon as I have more information I will contact you.

Thank you very much for your quick reply!

Have a good day.

Bye, Michael.

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I did request the white body although I would have preferred the pearl. That is the only choice in spec I have received so far. Regarding the upholstry I would like the blue ivory although I have not been been offered an option yet. From what I understand you cannot specify the blue/ivory seats with a black bodyshell although this does seem strange when you can specify about 500,000 other options.
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

Thankyou for that ensonricky.
I think that gives us clues about what the first RHD 500s to arrive in the UK will be like:
i.e.
1.4s NOT 1.2s
Black steering wheel and around heater/radio controls NOT ivory.
A limited range of colours initially, NOT the full colour palete.

Anything more exciting than that in the early months will be a bonus IMO.


I definately expect we will see a few white ones arriving for dealers to use as demonstrators:Fiat seem to have a thing about using white 500s and girls dressed in white for shows and launches.

I will try and wait for the 1.2s to arrive, but I will definately be taking a test drive in a 1.4 when they land in the UK!

I reckon you are going to be the first person on here to get a 500 ensonricky.
Keep us updated when you hear again from Fiat.
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Keep us updated when you hear again from Fiat
that will be some time next year then
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Re: The first official showing of the 500 in the UK

The 'first official UK showing' has taken place, (the subject of the thread ) while dealers are expecting to get their first cars in/by January 08.

To me that means it is all looking good, and we are on course for a 1 Feb 08 official launch date.
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