U.S. bound Fiat 500 will get upgraded platform

The Fiat 500 will be available in North America with a 1.4L Multiair engine in the fourth quarter of 2010. According to a report by Inside Line, the U.S. bound Fiat 500 will ride on a new platform, which will also be used on the 2011 Lancia Ypsilon and the Fiat Panda.

The new platform will benefit from improved crash protection, reduced noise, vibrations and harshness and a lighter body – meaning the U.S. version of the Fiat 500 will be slightly better than its European counterpart. Europeans will not be getting the updated platform due to the cost involved with switching the underpinnings.

The new Fiat 500 will go into production in Mexico starting December 2010. The model will be sold mainly in metro markets at select Chrysler dealers. To sell the Fiat badge, Chrysler dealers will setup a dedicated location inside their dealerships.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: Inside Line