Date registered: Oct 2005
Vehicle: 107, 115, 116, 123, 124, 126
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As much as I laughed out loud when I heard Fiat of all companies was going to be the saviour of Chrysler, I've been thinking about it. It almost makes sense.
With the new CAFE and emissions standards just announced, Fiat may actually be the ideal partner. Chrysler's small cars are really shitty. The NVH is appalling. My daughter had a Neon and the cheapness was scary. They cannot make a fleet of fuel efficient cars that people will actually buy.
Fiat on the other hand actually makes some quite appealing cars that are well built and very efficient. Small cars are not an afterthought, as they are with Chrysler. It's what Fiat does, and evidently the quality has improved dramatically over the past 5 years.
The Fiat 500 diesel actually gets better than 56mpg. It meets the Euro 6 emission standards, not sure about the new US standards just announced. The 1.2 liter gas engine gets 46 mpg.
Well built, fuel efficient small cars are what Chrysler needs right now. I just don't know if two financially sick companies can help each other out of the ditch.