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Hi folks, my name is Chris, I'm the Web Publisher of Fiat500USA.com. I've been stopping by here for a while now and thought I should introduce myself.

I've been a Fiat enthusiast since 1972. That's the year my Dad brought home a Fiat 124 Sedan.



Until then, I didn't pay too much attention to cars, more into tank and airplane models and I thought US cars were the best and foreign were not as good. That changed when I read a book called "The New Fiat Guide", written by the legendary automotive writer Jan P. Norbye.

In this book, he stated the design and experimental work on the Fiat 124 would have been worthy of a car costing $10,000. Intrigued that a car company would care enough about its customers to offer the best in a car costing $1,500, I wanted to learn more about the Fiat company.

Years later, when that 124 Sedan was rear ended on a highway with me in the back seat, and I emerged without a scratch, I became a true believer in Fiat and the value of excellent automotive design.



That inspired me to major in Transportation Design in school and work in the Automotive industry for the past 30 years. While in school, I worked at an Italian car repair shop and have driven and owned many Italian cars.

Throughout the years, although I've been lucky enough to have access to many new cars, I've always preferred the cars from Italy.



The combination of performance and design suits my automotive taste which I'll sum up as: "No Boring Cars!"

With the introduction over with (thank goodness), let me say that my goal is to be able to contribute useful information here on this forum.

If anyone has questions on the Fiat 500 feel free to contact me here or on my site, and I'll do my best to get you answers.

My site, by the way, has a lot of the answers to questions posted here about the 500 and currently has about 1,200 Fiat related pictures, which you are welcome to post. Just remember to give credit when/where you post them.

I look forward to the discussion!

Best regards, Chris


 

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Great blog you have going on there. Have you considered publishing your stuff on this site too? You should contact the admin as I am sure they will be needing moderators and contributors soon.
 

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Great blog you have going on there. Have you considered publishing your stuff on this site too? You should contact the admin as I am sure they will be needing moderators and contributors soon.
Hi Gianni,

Thanks for checking out the site and the compliment. As for your suggestion, we'll see... ;)
 

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Hey Chris! Wish i came across this thread before.....but thanks for contributing to this forum! I see you answer a lot of my questions i post here and others, as well as providing us with latest news on the 500!

Keep it up! :)
 

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I've checked out your site. Lots of great information and it reminds me of my MINI Cooper site (Library of Motoring). I found the FIAT 500 dimensions there for a comparison I did with the MINI Cooper.

Do you have plans to move it off Blogger onto your own site? I'd like to help add content and help you organize it, if you want another admin/moderator/editor.
 

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Welcome, I've also spent many a fine hour perusing your fantastic site. Here's to hoping besides the 170 HP engine, the give us the 6-speed manual in the new Abarth!
 

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Hi Chris,

Wanted to let you know that I read through your site frequently. When I first heard the 500 was coming to the US, I found your site and it kept me up-to-date on developments. It was a great help, and still is.

Thanks,

Ryan
 
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