Presenting: The 2011 Chrysler Fiat Cars

Now that the Chrysler - Fiat marriage has been consummated and the various individual stockholders such as the Indiana pension funds have been duly fornicated in this rush to turn over 55% of the company to the proletariat... er... UAW... let's look at the main cars in the Fiat stable which may be in Chrysler dealerships in early 2011 (and let's leave out the exotics like Ferrari). In these price comparisons, I've taken the prevailing European prices and converted them to US dollars. Although market conditions here are far different than in Europe, they should be fairly close to accurate:

FIAT 500 : Entry level base models would start at $13,774 while the most loaded models would sell for $24,118

FIAT BRAVO : Entry level base models would start at $16,987 while the most loaded models would sell for $26,933

FIAT DOBLO : Entry level base models would start at $14,759 while the most loaded models would sell for $17,908

FIAT GRANDE PUNTO : Entry level base models would start at $11,318 while the most loaded models would sell for $17,049

FIAT MULTIPLA : Entry level base models would start at $18,394 while the most loaded models would sell for $22,360

FIAT PANDA : Entry level base models would start at $9,478 while the most loaded models would sell for $15,741

FIAT QUBO : Entry level base models would start at $14,804 while the most loaded models would sell for $20,001

FIAT SCUDO : Entry level base models would start at $28,316 while the most loaded models would sell for $33,874

FIAT SEDICI : Entry level base models would start at $14,187 while the most loaded models would sell for $20,845

Now let's also consider Fiat's upmarket "sporty" marque of Alfa Romeo, which will also find its way into Chrysler showrooms:

ALFA ROMEO 159 : Entry level base models would start at $27,322 while the most loaded models would sell for $46,524

ALFA ROMEO BRERA : Entry level base models would start at $38,520 while the most loaded models would sell for $49,124

ALFA ROMEO GT : Entry level base models would start at $28,563 while the most loaded models would sell for $36,679

ALFA ROMEO MITO : Entry level base models would start at $18,185 while the most loaded models would sell for $24,732

ALFA ROMEO SPIDER : Entry level base models would start at $39,851 while the most loaded models would sell for $50,021

So what is this strange marriage all about anyway?

On this side of the pond is Chrysler, a company known for its Jeep and Dodge Ram groups as well as a few car success stories, the latest one dating back about four or five years. The rest of the lineup is stodgy, incoherent, awkward, and primarily damned by Dr. Dieter Zetsche's insistence that the interiors be moulded from Playskool plastic, and that build quality could equal that on Soviet era Ladas.

On the other side of the pond is Fiat, a company which had to hightail it out of the North American market in the mid 1980s chased out by the total abject failure of its automobiles to be able to deal with the climatic and roadgoing conditions of this widespread continent. Fiats in the early 1980s were tinny little underpowered windup cars which rusted down to dust before your very eyes and had the reliability of a nitroglycerin milkshake.

Continued in Presenting: The 2011 Chrysler Fiat Cars - Part II

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Ha Ha Ha but still sad!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

If you've ever driven a Fiat, especially one of the 1980s North American ones, you might think that I'm being overly kind! :)


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Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

Here is Spain the Seat is affiliated with Fiat and is a popular car. I am curious to see if Chrysler will do well with Fiat as a partner. Any ideas?


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Actually, Seat was purchased by Volkswagen from Fiat outright almost two decades ago. I think Chrysler is going to crash and burn with Fiat for all the reasons I list in these Hubs. I wish them the best but... I don't think it looks too good for them... :(


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Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

Really? And I thought they were still going with Fiat! Oh, well, I'm not into cars anymore, so I guess that one must have passed me by. Seems like U.S. automakers are on the ropes in more ways than one, though.

BTW, Seats are like tin cans with an engine. But they are popular!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Actually, Seat quality has skyrocketed since VW has implemented much higher QC. They did the same for Skoda which was once a huge pile of crap car, but now is pretty decent!


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Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

Well anything was better than the old Seats - literally when you closed the door it sounded like kicking a tin can down the street! I used to own an old Seat but now I don't have a car. I take rail or metro or bus and most of the time I walk, so my interest in cars is limited to the crazy drivers that infest Madrid!

Does the GM & Chrysler problem hurt Canada as well? If I remember right, both have or had plants in Canada. Does Ford also? I have read that most of the Japanese and Korean car makers now have plants in the U.S. but all that happened after I left there. Japanese cars are somewhat popular here, but many people who can afford the price & the cost of gasoline buy German cars. BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW of any year (there are solme old ones on the streets!), etc. Next come French, Belgian & Swedish autos, and a scattering of old Eastern Bloc autos that pour out black smoke. We see some few American cars as well, Chevys, Fords, Dodge, Chrysler & Cadillacs. Range Rovers are still popular with government agencies.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

One of the worst Seats had to be the Marbella. It was an old Panda (the one designed on an Etch A Sketch) which already was horrible enough quality when it was made by Fiat, but when the same tooling was used in Spain, it was a disaster!

All 3 automakers have major manufacturing in Canada and its devastating various parts of the nation, especially Southern and Southwestern Ontario which is strongly reliant on auto assembly.


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Ivan the Terrible 7 years ago from Madrid

That's too bad. we have been hit hard in our manufacturing sector as well, mostly larger companies. We were hit hard decades ago inshipbuilding, which used to be huge in the North, near Bilboa and other cities, but we have seen our jobs eroding over time. Now most of our jobs are in small business, store owners, tavern keepers, and the like.

My wife used to work for Rio Tinto and its many off-shoots, but we are retired now, and that is where the pension plans we have here really pay off! There are many free programs for travel & health spas for people in their "third age", which we are in now.

Hopefully things will be getting better in Canada & the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Geez, I wish I could get some free travel and health spa benefits! I'd go to the Terme Di Merano megaspa in northern Italy and never leave! :)

I don't see anything getting better any time soon in the North American economy. What we've seen in the last couple of months is a prototypical bear rally. The chasm is still in front of us! :(

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