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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

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Also I think Euro car makers should stop being so stingy and start putting Xenon lights by default as the Japanese seem to be doing.
From what I see the Fiat 500 lounge and Abarth models in the USA have xenon by default.
Most of the Toyota and Suzuki Range don't have them fitted as standard though (assuming you're on about HID Xenon's).

The one thing thats stopped me looking at the new Yaris Hybrid
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

None of the North American 500'5 come with HID lights
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None of the North American 500'5 come with HID lights
Only an EU option then. Interesting.
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

Hello,

Forgot to mention some other candidates:

Renault Twingo RS (if a new one becomes available in 2014)
Facelift 2014 Vauxhall Corsa

Thanks for all the comments. There seems to be a divide in sentiment towards a facelift or not. I am more often than not pro facelift rather than against
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

You just want to have what appears to be the newest car our there don't you....
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

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Hello,

Forgot to mention some other candidates:

Renault Twingo RS (if a new one becomes available in 2014)
Facelift 2014 Vauxhall Corsa

Thanks for all the comments. There seems to be a divide in sentiment towards a facelift or not. I am more often than not pro facelift rather than against
New Twingo RS could be interesting if it happens. Rear engined. The RS Clio has not been getting rave reviews so they'd have to get it right
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

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Easily rectified - and something I plan on doing on mine as the leather seats I have have a few light scuffs in the black paintwork on the rear of the rear seats.

Given that the rest of the boot is well trimmed, it's a bit 'tight' of FIAT not to have trimmed the seats - but I guess it's a way of keeping the car as profitable as possible.
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Easily rectified - and something I plan on doing on mine as the leather seats I have have a few light scuffs in the black paintwork on the rear of the rear seats.

Given that the rest of the boot is well trimmed, it's a bit 'tight' of FIAT not to have trimmed the seats - but I guess it's a way of keeping the car as profitable as possible.
Definitely on my list as well. If there were any on ebay (like the carpet mats) already to fit, (just add spray glue) I would buy them like a shot.

Maybe someone might be missing an opportunity here.
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Given that the rest of the boot is well trimmed, it's a bit 'tight' of FIAT not to have trimmed the seats - but I guess it's a way of keeping the car as profitable as possible.
It's not tight it's retro! I'd rather see more painted metal on the interior (like UP!) vs some of that nasty plastic.
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

There's an article on Autocar where they spoke to some bloke at Fiat and it seems they're only going to be changing the interior and in car technology in the future and keeping the exterior design.
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth for 2014? Possible changes / facelift?

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Also I think Euro car makers should stop being so stingy and start putting Xenon lights by default as the Japanese seem to be doing.
From what I see the Fiat 500 lounge and Abarth models in the USA have xenon by default.
led lights will soon be standard on all cars
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It's not tight it's retro! I'd rather see more painted metal on the interior (like UP!) vs some of that nasty plastic.
Where it makes sense - the black paint isn't very functional in the load bay of a car, just scratches off and looks shabby. I agree about the paint on the door surrounds, etc, but that's not going to be damaged in normal use!
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There's an article on Autocar where they spoke to some bloke at Fiat and it seems they're only going to be changing the interior and in car technology in the future and keeping the exterior design.
Makes sense. The car is unashamedly retro, but with a nice modern twist.

The MINI is getting somewhat too 'twee' now, it was pushing it when the original R50 came out, but compare it to the F56 MINI and the 'old' one looks just about acceptable!
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I wouldn't say it will be long though - a new mini is on the way which should prompt other manufacturers to keep up. Having said that it won't be today or tomorrow.
I thought a new version of the mini came out every month, it certainly feels like that. still waiting for the pickup but that has to be soon as they are running out of variations. The original Mini pickup was a cracker, I guess based on the current Mini it will be nearly as big as a Transit tipper.

Perhaps with the next model they will realise they are to big to be Mini & rebadge it the Maxi, has historic relevance after all
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I thought a new version of the mini came out every month, it certainly feels like that. still waiting for the pickup but that has to be soon as they are running out of variations. The original Mini pickup was a cracker, I guess based on the current Mini it will be nearly as big as a Transit tipper.

Perhaps with the next model they will realise they are to big to be Mini & rebadge it the Maxi, has historic relevance after all
You ever seen an old 500 next to a new one?
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