I am a three-time Fiat owner.
I almost said 'three-time loser", because that company's reputation was so bad after its various forays into North America, the last of which ended some time in the early 1980s.
But my 600 (my first car!), and subsequent 124 sedan (terrific car) and 128 sedan (not bad) were generally very respectable.
So I was among the happier people to learn that Fiat had inked the deal with Chrysler.
The marketing plan for which if any Fiats may come here hasn't been announced, but I have driven and been driven in several Fiats over the past few years in Europe, and they are outstanding.
But my sources tell me that is hogwash; if it doesn't come here it will be because of a marketing decision, not a technical regulation.
Bring it on, sez I.
Reports from Chrysler's factories indicate that Fiat is already hard at work getting their production people up to speed on the Fiat way. Fiat was resurrected just a few years ago under the helm of Toronto-raised Sergio Marchionne, and if he can pull off at Chrysler what he did at Fiat, he'll be a genuine hero.
And just the other day, I spotted an old Fiat driving down Yonge Street in Willowdale. I think it was a 126, an early-'70s replacement for the beloved old Fiat 500.
The car looked to be in terrific shape, and had an Ontario plate, although this model was never to my knowledge imported here.
If anybody knows anything about this particular automobile, please let me know.
Meanwhile, check out this video of a drag race between a Fiat 126 versus a Porsche 911 turbo: Watch the video
OK, so maybe the Fiat wasn't completely stock.