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Some comments from North American drivers
I am very jealous of your car! I wish they sold them in the U.S. That
car would be a hit for sure.
I am insanely jealous you own one and i don't. However, i take comfort in
knowing lampredi designed whats under my hood.
Real bummer can't get one in the US. Love my Spider though.
I have fallen in love with a car that I'm not even sure that I'll be able
to get in Canada, BUT, I'm trying really hard to find a way.
An import agent in California has written to me stating that the licence
fees, retrofit, and import costs may send the price of this thing through
the roof, but I have asked him to try and nail down some numbers for me to
consider - SO I may still get it.
[Not quite... -Marc]
Of course I love the car. Can't someone find the loopholes in the DOT
rules to bring them through without the average guy going broke? Doesn't
Fiat see what the American market is like now? As long as they provide a
quality vehicle for a reasonable price they can give the Miatas, Z3s,
and Mercedes SLK a run for the money.
Oh, OHHHH, I have got some news for you. I have received this information
from a very reliable source. Fiat may be coming back to the U.S. They will
be importing a Coupe the first year, and then likely a Convertible the next
year. I'm not sure exactly what models, but there is hope then that I just
might be able to get a new Fiat in the next few years. They will not be
going through Bricklin or anyone else. They will be using Independent
Dealers such as Alfa Dealers. So the one Dealer that we have that would
be doing this in our area would be a Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Dealer.
[Not entirely true... -Marc]
I want a car with some style (for when my Spider gets too old!)!!!
Bring the Barchetta to the U.S.!!!!
Fiat will never come back to the US...The sight of another 124 Spider rusting
away, timing belt clanking on the hood...I loved my 124 until it broke in
half....then I bought an Mr2..... Long Love Alfa.....
I just bought a Spider, and yes I wish Fiat would import the New Spider
to Canada. Luv your car!
[this is from an employee of Fiat USA, kindly forwarded to me by a friend]
Thank you for your inquiry about Fiat. Unfortunately, the company for the
time being will not be operating in the U.S. market, instead focusing on key
emerging markets such as Brazil and Argentina where growth potential is
greatest. Fiat's new "centerpiece" model in this initiative is the Palio,
otherwise known as the "World Car" because of the extreme flexibility of the
vehicle's production process (different models can be produced off the same
platform, with consistency across international markets).
I will share your comments with our headquarters in Italy, where I'm sure
they will be much appreciated. Again, thanks for your interest in Fiat and
best of luck with your Spider.
External Relations Manager
P.S. If you haven't already, you might want to check out a nice Fiat
enthusiasts' home page at www.mirafiori.com
Every time I see the car, I drool uncontrollably. I can't wait until
Fiat comes back to the U.S. You can count on me to be on of the first
Nice page. I wish I could buy a Barchetta in the US.
Hello Marc, you lucky dog! I'd love to have a Barchetta. On the other hand
I have owned four X1/9s and two 124 Spiders. At the moment, I own a '81
124 FI 2000 and a '81 1500 FI X1/9.
Fiat no longer will import into the US, and I'm stuck in a backwater known
as Dallas, Texas. There is an effort being started by the Fiat/Lancia Club
of North Texas to.... repair the error concerning our import problem.
I completely agree that FIAT should make another attempt at the U.S.
market. But, they HAVE TO understand that they are entering with a
serious handicap, that being that they are Italian. [...]
If FIAT returns they really need to make a SERIOUS effort, delivering
half baked good won't cut it. If we recieve the Barchetta (Oh, please,
please, please) we'll need to get something that is AT LEAST comparable
to your wonderful car!!!
I want a Barchetta!!! Unfortunately they don't sell Fiats in the US.
My first car was a 74 Fiat 124 Spider Sport and it was a lot more fun to
drive than my sisters Miata. The Barchetta is a beautiful car and I think it
would sell great in the US. I wrote a letter to Fiat on the Fiat official
home page telling them that. Maybe if more of the Fiat fanatics over here did
the same, Fiat might listen.
I can;t wait to graduate so I can afford this Italian WONDER
Barchetta is a better design statement than any of the German roadsters
Since the first time I saw the Barchetta in Switzerland, I have been trying
to get one for myself.
I live in California. I want to know if it is possible to get one.
And if so, how?
I have a 124 Pirir Farina Spider 2000. Where can i find out more
information about this car. Oh the Barchetta looks like a kick ass car! How
much did it set you back?
Every day when you get in your Barchetta, please take a moment and thank the
heavens that you live in a place you can actually BUY one of those. I would
be first in line for one if they'd ever have the sense to send 'em over here!!!
I had a 124 Spider when I was in college and would like another one. I don't
suppose Barchettas will ever be sold in the US???
How many time we have to wait in USA..
This car is a real DREAM!
Like your car. It's too bad, America is missing out on a car that could be a
to begin with, I have a fiat spider 2000 and i am browsing around in a
desperate attempt to find any and all additional information about my car
(parts,dealer,etc...) and now that i have seen what other beautiful cars fiat
has produced, i have become upset because fiat no longer maintains dealers in
the united states. after seeing your barchetta, i would love one as well ;)
it's absolutely lovely. please don't rub it in too much. it's alright, i
will live since i have other cars, but my fiat holds a special place with me.
hope your fiat runs forever.
I live in the United States, but I have spent a considerable time in
Florence, Italy. I am very impressed by the design of the car. I
currently own a 1983 Porsche 928s. But there is always room for
another sports car. I have tried to obtain a Barchetta in the States
or to have one shipped here and it is impossible. Do you have any
Too cool. I hope that I could be able to import one soon.
To answer the questions on your survey; I wanted to see a Barchetta
(sadly, we don't have that option in America) and I drive a 1968 FIAT
124 Sport Spider, hence my curiousity over the Barchetta. No matter
what anyone here in America says, I know that they are truly wonderful
automobiles, regardless of the difficulty in finding parts or a good
mechanic for the work that I cannot perform myself.
What a beautiful car. What is the retail?
I am in LOVE with the Fiat Barchetta, and though I am only 15, my
father promised me a red one for my 16th birthday. It is nearing
and I want to get as much info as possible about the car, because I
want it so badly. One of the things I like about it is that, like you
mentioned, it is so exclusive. No one has it at my school, or in my
city that I can see.
Time for true globilization. Let the consumer pick and choose.
I am going to smuggle one of these here into the U.S. Do you have
any tips on how to get past Customs?
I'm so jealous! Can ANYONE find out what it would take for FIAT
to return to the US? Maybe now that the dollar is getting stronger,
(So the price of the cars here would be lower...?
Do you know of anyone who has travelled to Italy, driven
a Barchetta around and then imported it back to the USA?
I would love to know how yo go about doing that.
It just makes me sick- the US is THE LARGEST NEW CAR MARKET IN
THE WORLD, and FIAT, with it's best product lineup in probably
25 years, doesn't want to play. About 2 years ago, they announced
a huge factory in Mexico, and 2 weeks later the Mexican economy
dropped 75%, so of course, they changed their minds. BMW and
Mercedes just LOVE having factories here in the southeastern US!
Best of luck with your wonderful car. I visited Italy a few
weeks ago, and LOVED watching a Coupe' rip down the autostrada at
about 200 kph!
I WANNA, WANNA, WANNA!!!
I think the barchetta would kick a lot of ass in the American
market. Fiat please for me. [Bmw 750-driver]
The Canadian Rock Group "Rush" has a song called "Red Barchetta".
My kids love the song, but had no idea what one was, now i want one
I am frustrated that I cannot purchase one in the USA.
I just returned from London where I saw a used silver Barchetta on the show
room floor. I fell in love with it! I've been interested in the BMW Z3
and the Miata, but the Barchetta looks slicker in every way.
There is no comparison with the others. And the used price (with 4K/mi) was
only about $27,000. If they were available now, I would push up my purchase
date to get one. I hope Fiat decides to sell them here, soon.
If you know anything, let me know.
Sometimes it sucks to live in America.
What do you think? Should Fiat re-enter the US market? Will this car
be a potential succes, next to the BMW Z3, the Mazda Miata and all those
old Alfa and Fiat spiders? E-mail
me with your thoughts and I will add them to this page.
What do the North American Car Magazines have to say about the barchetta:
Road & Track:
"Too bad Fiat's management has decided to ignore the U.S., which could easily
be the largest market for the Barchetta."
Car and Driver:
"Fiat has no plans to return to the United States. So unless you come to
Europe, you won't experience the most touchy-touch door handles extant."
"With minor faults rectified, the Barchetta could satisfy demanding North
American customers. [...] Oh, but if there were only an affordable Italian."
Finally, this letter was sent to and published by Road & Track:
The all-new Fiat Barchetta is a stubby, little, unexciting car. Besides, it
bears a name that earned a rather dubious reputation in the U.S. Even with a
Miata-like sports car, it would be a major mistake for Fiat to try to come
back to the U.S. market.
GENE S. SELIG