For Fiat aficionados, the good news is that the 500 minicar will be available in Fiat showrooms well into 2020. The bad news is this cute little car’s run is just about over. Fiat Chrysler announced in September that the 500, all-electric 500e and Abarth models will be discontinued. The larger 500L and 500X, as well as the sporty 124 Spider, will wear the Fiat badge well into the Italian brand’s American future.
Unlike Mini and Volkswagen, Fiat was late to the retro-minicar game. Styled to resemble the original 500 of the 1950s and ’60s, the 500 arrived in the United States in 2011. Times were good for Fiat, at first. Sales soared to 43,772 cars in 2012. But the numbers plummeted every year after that, bottoming out at 5,370 last year. Barring a run on discounted 2019 models that remain in stock, sales will not reach that level this year.