Fiat: 500/500e, 500L, 124 Spider
We’ve been documenting (and in some ways lamenting) Fiat’s empirical demise here in the U.S. Its sales have fallen off a cliff year after year, and this move is a sign FCA knows that. In fact, the company nonchalantly announced it was discontinuing the 500L and the 124 Spider while talking up the changes to the 2021 Fiat 500X.
With the 500 and 500e’s departure, Fiat is now a one-car brand in the United States. Most people likely don’t care about the lumpy, bulbous 500L, but the 124 Spider is another story. The “Fiata” is a genuinely fun car, even with considering its tie-up with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. That’s also a great car, so if you were to base your roadster around another model, that’s definitely the one. The whole TFL office is genuinely sad to see the 124 roll out of U.S. dealers. Though, with Fiat’s overall performance, it’s completely understandable why the brand’s banking on the 500X to reverse its fortunes.