Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 401-500

Well – here we go – my final 100 reasons for why I want a Fiat 500. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series (read earlier posts here, here, here, and here). I’m sad to see it end, I’ve got to tell you!

Then & Now (source)

401. I like the Fiat 500 as much now as I did when I originally learned about it.

402. I know more about this car than any other car.

403. I have had some interesting Fiat 500 conversations with people I never would have otherwise talked to. That’s been kind of cool.

404. I still don’t own a Fiat – even though I’ve written over 400 reasons for wanting one.

405. Fiat hasn’t paid me to write these posts.

406. Fiat hasn’t given me a t-shirt for writing these posts.

407. Fiat hasn’t given me a mug for writing these posts.

408. It might not come as a surprise but Fiat hasn’t given me a car for writing these posts.

409. I wouldn’t be opposed to accepting a donated Fiat if anyone has an extra one.

410. Maybe some of the people who have purchased more than one Fiat (as mentioned here) would want me to take one off of their hands.

411. I would join the Fiat FreakOut.

412. “FreakOut is a weekend packed with adventure. We get together, talk FIAT, eat, drive FIAT, talk FIAT, hang out, relax, talk FIAT, drive FIAT, meet new friends and old, talk FIAT, have big parking lot parties late into the night, again talking FIAT” (source)

413. Some might think that I’ve already got the freak(out) to go with the Fiat.

414. Fiat FreakOut exhibit A.

415. Fiat FreakOut exhibit B.

416. Fiat FreakOut exhibit C.

417. Fiat FreakOut exhibit D.

418. This year’s Fiat FreakOut (this past weekend) was in Nashville, Tennessee.

419. I don’t know anyone who went but if I ever go, I’m sure I would meet loads of people.

420. A one year membership to Fiat Lancia Unlimited is $35USD.

421. I wonder what’s in the Fiat Lancia Unlimited membership welcome packet.

422. I really should have been invited to the the Fiat FreakOut. Don’t you agree?

423. You can look at photos from the Fiat FreakOut event in Nashville here. (No photos of me this year. I wasn’t there.)

424. @Fiat500Canada hasn’t stopped following me on Twitter even though it sometimes seems like I’m taking up way too much of their time.

425. @FiatUSA has been a supportive Twitter follower. They are so kind with all their RTs and #FFs. Thanks @FiatUSA!

426. @Fiatontheweb encourages me too and I appreciate their RTs & #FFs too. Grazie.

427. Fernando Alonso likes Fiat on Facebook.

428. I think I could trust Fernando Alonso.

429. Fernando Alonso is a Formula 1 race car driver.

430. There it is again – in Letters to Juliet.

(Thanks for sending this photo my way Erica.)

431. There’s a Fiat app.

432. Look at all the people who have drawn on the Fiat 500.

433. I wouldn’t draw on mine if I owned one.

434. At the time of writing this post, 187, 692 people liked FiatUSA on Facebook.

435. At the time of writing this post, 4, 397 people liked Fiat 500 Canada on Facebook.

436. At the time of writing this post, 175, 819 people liked Fiat on Facebook.

437. At the time of writing this post, 175, 151 people liked Fiat 500 on Facebook.

438. At the time of writing this post, just over 500 people liked Fiat Lancia Unlimited’s Facebook page.

439. I actually haven’t “liked” any of these pages on Facebook…yet.

440. But I do read these Facebook pages (much too frequently to admit).

441. I would drive my Fiat 500 to the mall. My favourite in Toronto is Sherway Gardens.

442. I would drive my Fiat 500 to White Oaks & Masonville malls in London.

443. There are so many potential photo opportunities with the Fiat 500.

444. And I know where I would post the photos (see #434-438).

445. I’ve talked about the Fiat 500 with various bloggers.

446. Erica and I, for example, have had numerous discussions. We are going to win the lottery. Then we’re going to buy each other Fiat 500s.

447. Erica put the Gucci Fiat 500 on her wish list.

448. I think it would be much sweeter if Fiat gave each of us hard working bloggers a Fiat 500 sample. Yes, a sample.

449. Fiat 500 is the perfect sample size.


450. The Fiat Lancia Unlimited forum page has lots of interesting bits of information.

451. I’m thinking of putting “Wanted: Free/discounted Fiat 500” in the “Stuff Wanted” section of the forum page.

452. It would be kind of cool to be a member of an Italian car club.

453. Who are these girls? And where is the Fiat Playa?

454. The Fiat 500 looks good – even in the rain (example).

455. The majority of the Fiat 500s are white if you Google Images Fiat 500. It’s a sign, right?

456. Have you seen this Fiat 500 music video? Get ready!

457. Watching the video makes me want one even more. (Hmm…the power of advertising, right?)

458. Watching the video makes me think of the tv show, How It’s Made. I love that show!

459. I would buy these Fiat sneakers:

Fiat sneakers, $109, Yoox

460. The number of Fiat footwear options available surprises me (see #351).

461. I would probably spend as much money on Fiat footwear as gas.

462. Check out Kelly Beall’s (of Design Crush) report of her recent adventure with Nissan. Sounds like Nissan treated this fabulous blogger quite well. Hint, hint Fiat!

463. Anne Sage (of The City Sage) also travelled to Seattle (courtesy of Nissan) to explore the 2012 Nissan Versa. Read about her driving experience here. Hint, hint, Fiat.

464. I just love how Nissan has treated these bloggers. Hint, hint Fiat.

465. Maybe I should rethink the Nissan Versa?

466. What does anyone know about the Versa?

467. Oh, but it would be so hard to turn my back on the Fiat 500 after 500 reasons!

468. There was complimentary espresso and gelato at the Fiat FreakOut this past weekend in Nashville.

469. See #422.

see #468. (source)

470. How often does someone create a list of 500 things?

471. It must be pretty special if I’ve devoted this much of my time (and space) to writing about it.

472. I would drive to Toronto’s Little Italy in the Fiat 500.

473. I would drive to Woodbridge, Ontario in the Fiat 500.

474. I would definitely take my uncle for a spin (and to the Woodbridge Fiat Thursday night car gathering).

475. Mackenzie would sit in the back seat.

476. Apparently a 6’5″ man fit comfortably in the Fiat 500 (as reported on Facebook).

477. I don’t think I know anyone who is 6’5″ but it’s handy information to have.

478. Has anyone met a 6’5″ Italian?

479. I think my uncle is 6′ so I’m sure he’d be comfortable.

480. I like this Fiat DIY but I don’t want to settle for it:


481. A mini paper car just doesn’t compare to the real thing.

482. I’ll make two of these paper Fiats for my nephews.

483. They’ll crush them within minutes, I’m sure.

484. In the summer, I would drive my Fiat around cities (I like to travel, if you didn’t already know!) and check out local ice cream shops. Gelaterias, if you will.

485. In the fall, I would drive my Fiat around the countryside and take pictures of the colourful leaves.

486. In the winter, I would drive my Fiat to the curling rink.

487. In the spring, I would drive my Fiat with the windows rolled down – in preparation for summer.

488. The Fiat 500 is a four season car. Good thing because we have four seasons where I live.

489. I gesti italiani – the gesture language of Italians. I love that Fiat has a link on their Facebook page about this.

490. It’s probably unsafe to gesture and drive at the same time.

491. Although, for most Italians, I’m sure gesturing just comes naturally (whereas texting, for example, takes serious concentration).

492. I used the Fiat 500 typehand tool to create this:


493. There remain seven reasons to complete this list. Woah.

494. The Fiat 500 is “bumper-to-bumper cool” (source).

495. Yes – i do know what bumpers are.

496. Read about the safety tests the Fiat 500 goes through here.

497. I LOVE this How To section on the Fiat UK website. Although, changing a wheel still intimidates me.

498. That’s why I have CAA.

499. In the UK, there’s a Fiat rewards program. Awesome.

500. It’s my birthday today. Best reason of them all!

Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 301-400

Okay – so I gave everyone a break last week and decided to not write a Fiat 500 related post. White Cabana was beginning to look like a blog devoted to Fiats rather than one devoted to design in white. My family was getting especially annoyed with all my babbling about this car and I can imagine that some White Cabana readers may not be as entertained by my Fiat 500 posts as I imagine they are (I do try to entertain you though).


For those of you following this blog and my tweets, you already know that I am a big fan of the Fiat 500. I wrote about my initial interest for this speedy little car in this post. Since then I began a series of Fiat 500 posts related to reasons why I want one of these cars (one, two, three). I have even taken one for a test drive and even though it was red, I loved it. I don’t own one (yet) but I do think that when I do buy a car this is the one for me.

Today, in the fourth installment of this series of posts, I list reasons 301 to 400 for why I want a Fiat 500.

301. I love talking about it. And writing about it too.

302. It’s a perfect car for summer driving.

303. I would drive myself to the pool to cool off this summer if I had a Fiat 500.

304. I would bring my nephews too.

305. My license plate would be right at home on the Fiat 500.

306. Fiat added cup holders to the 500 before bringing it to North America (source).

307. The rims are emblazoned with the Cinquecento logo. Love this attention to detail.

308. It’s midnight and I’m writing about the Fiat 500.

309. It’s midnight and I’m also reading about the latest in Fiat 500 news.

310. It’s midnight and I’m wondering why I decided to begin this series of posts.

Fiat Art – Toronto Auto Show

311. Grazie means thank you in Italian. I’d say this if I got a discount on a Fiat 500.

312. A Fiat 500 requires stylish driving shoes. I’ve got plenty ready to go.

313. My sunglasses are ready to be worn in a Fiat too.

314. I could drive to Bayfield, Ontario in a Fiat 500.

315. I’d drive through the Hamlet of Varna on my way to Bayfield.

316. And I’d be sure to slow down in this 50km/hr zone (see #315).

317. Erica (@ECmothdesign) loved my last Fiat 500 post.

318. Erica (@ECmothdesign) thinks Fiat should discount the car for me/us.

319. Erica (@ECmothdesign) thinks we’d both look darling in them.

320. Erica is a smart, stylish and successful woman. I think Fiat should listen to her.

at the Montreal Auto Show

321. I could buy a Fiat 500 bocce set to match the car.

322. I don’t really know how to play bocce ball.

323. But I could learn.

324. I learned how to play Scopa a couple of weeks ago.

325. I’m getting back to my Italian roots one game at a time.

326. It would be nice to have an Italian-designed car to carry around my Scopa cards & bocce ball set.

327. How many decks of Scopa cards would fit in the trunk? Any guesses?

328. How many bocce ball sets could fit in the trunk? Any guesses?

329. I could also carry around the Scopa cards in this handy seat compartment (see photo below).

330. I’m not sure a whole Bocce ball set would fit in this compartment (see photo below).

Fiat interior

331. The Sport has 16″ cast aluminum wheels.

332. To tell you the truth, I can barely see the difference between the 15″ wheels on the Pop & Lounge and the 16″ on the Sport.

333.The Sport has a rear spoiler.

334. I’ve never had a car with a rear spoiler before.

335. What’s the point of a rear spoiler anyhow? Anyone know?

336. The Sport has fog lamps.

337. I’d have to figure out how to turn the fog lamps on. And then I’d drive in the fog.

338. Bright chrome door handles is a standard feature on the Sport.

339. I figure I could check my make-up in the shiny handles. Right?

340. I still don’t know what red brake calipers are. Anyone?

341. I’m still surprised that air conditioning is an optional feature. I think this isn’t right. But I still like the Fiat.

342. The Fiat 500 Sport has TomTom navigation.

343. I’d have to figure out how to work the navigation technology.

344. Hmm – seems like I have to learn a lot what with the navigation & blue tooth technology.

345. Since when did driving a car get so complicated

346. The head rests can be tilted forward & backward. Woah. Wild.

347. It has keyless entry. So cool.

348. It also has a tire pressure monitoring system. I’d love this!

349. I already know how to put air in my tires.

350. One less thing to learn if I got a Fiat 500 (see #337, 343, 349).

Fiat boots

351. I would have to get these boots. Not sure I’d wear them but I’d have to get them.

352. The Lounge has a vehicle information centre.

353. What is a vehicle information centre?

354. Twitter followers have lots of good things to say about the Fiat 500. @Milnoc did this Fiat 500 review.

355. Yes – people on Twitter are still sending me Fiat news.

356. I find it really interesting that automatic transmission is an option on so many cars in Canada…including the Fiat 500. Don’t most people drive automatic?

357. Seems to me like car companies – including the Fiat 500 – are just suckering people in to make more money with the automatic transmission feature.

358. I know how to drive standard and automatic so would it be wise to invest in standard to save some money?

359. Two of my uncles like the Fiat 500.

360. The Fiat 500 gives me lots to talk about with said uncles.

361. This week I’ve been teaching both of my nephews (1 and 2 years old) to say Fiat.

362. My dad has changed the words of Jingle Bells – instead of “one horse open sleigh”, he sings “Fiat 500”. My 2 year old nephew laughs at this. And corrects him. Sweet, right?

363. My nephews would look so cute in Fiat apparel. They look good in white.

364. On my last four trips to Toronto (driving on the 401 for two hours) I have only seen one Fiat 500.

365. My sister thinks this is weird (see #364).

366. I think it’s kind of weird too (see #364, 365) but I’m trying not to think about it.

367. If I had a Fiat 500 I might be the only one driving from London to Toronto on a regular basis.

368. Talk about prime advertising opportunity (see #367).

369. Oh – and I’d drive from Toronto to London too. That’s a lot of kms worth of advertising time.

370. If Scott Schuman (of The Sartorialist) snaps a photo of it – it must be cool.

photo by Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist)

371. I’d probably need to keep a regular supply of biscotti in the Fiat 500. For guests. And for me too.

372. If I had a Fiat 500 I could stop writing these posts (sometimes in the middle of the night – when I’m losing sleep over all of this car stuff).

373. I would write other Fiat 500 related posts. Obviously.

374. What music would you recommend I listen to while driving this car?

375. Just browsed through the Fiat 500 Canada Facebook page. Nice photos. I’d definitely add a few of my own.

376. I’m going to try and go to the Fiat (and other cars) meet-up in Woodbridge, Ontario tonight that @MaranelloFiat told me about. I’ll post about it if I go.

377. If I had my own Fiat 500, I’d probably take it to the Thursday night meet-up.

378. And I’d have a gelato at La Paloma.

379. If I had a Fiat 500 I’d drive it to Leslieville (Toronto) and have a yummy pizza at Lil’Baci.

380. Pizza, just like the Fiat, makes many Italians proud to be Italian.

381. I generally go for a simple margherita pizza. I wonder what the Fiat folks go for?

382. I wonder if any of the Fiat folks know how to make pizza.

383. I’m getting side-tracked with my reasons, I know. What do you expect? I am coming up with 500 reasons afterall.

384. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Toronto to visit Johanne.

385. I would drive my Fiat 500 with Johanne to the next LG Fashion Week in Toronto.

386. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Kingston, Ontario to visit friends.

387. I would drive my Fiat 500 to Ottawa to visit my friend (and loyal White Cabana reader) Shannon.

388. I might even drive my Fiat 500 to New York City to visit my family.

389. It would be easy to drive and park around NYC.

390. There was a red Fiat 500 in the movie Letters to Juliet.

Letters to Juliet

391. I haven’t seen this movie…yet.

392. The fact that there’s a Fiat 500 in this movie makes me want to see it.

393. I think the actors drive a red one in the movie (thanks Erica for the tip).

394. The Fiat 500 has been a great conversation starter.

395. Did you ever play that game, (Name a colour) punch buggy, no punches back? My sister and I did every time we saw a VW bug (the original). It occupied a lot of our time on summer road trips to Florida. I wonder if there’s a similar game for Fiat 500s? There should be right?

396. For any Fiat 500 Canada product related concerns you can call 1-800-521-9900.

397. Maybe I should call this number (see #396) to discuss my concern about my growing Fiat 500 obsession.

398. Did this person really buy three white Fiats?

399. Apparently Fiat is going to release a larger version in Canada in the spring. I don’t want the larger version.

400. I have mixed feelings about the fact that there are only 100 more reasons to list in this Fiat 500 series of posts. Any recommendations?

Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 201-300

Yes – I’m still obsessed with the Fiat 500.

Since I wrote my first post about this little Italian car here, I have read loads of reviews, snapped photos of it up-close and taken it for a test drive. I’ve also been learning more about the Fiat 500 through the Fiat Canada, Italy and USA people on Twitter.

If you’re a regular reader of White Cabana (which of course I hope you are!), then you will have read my first 200 reasons why I want a Fiat (here and here). Today I’m listing reasons 201-300. Happy Monday reading everyone!

Okay, andiamo (let’s go):

201. It’s just 3.55 metres long.

202. I think my Jeep might be 4.5 metres long. Big difference.

203. The Fiat 500 is the first compact car to achieve a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP impact tests.

204. Because I’m worth it (in the words of L’Oréal).

205. Although my car fanatic uncle thinks a Honda Civic is a great affordable car, it’s just not for me.

206. A standard feature of the Sport is cruise control.

207. I love cruise control. Especially when I’m driving from London to Toronto on the 401.

208. Another standard feature is a chrome exhaust tip.

209. I don’t think I’ve ever paid attention to an exhaust tip before.

210. It’s customizable.

Fiat 500 in Bianco Perla (pearl white)

211. An available option on the Sport are heated seats.

212. Don’t you think heated seats should be a standard feature for Canadian cars?

213. Another available option on the Sport is a security alarm.

214. Again, don’t you think a security alarm should just be a standard feature on cars?

215. You can plug in your I-Pod.

216. I spend a lot of time talking about it.

217. I spend a lot of time reading reviews about it.

218. I spend a lot of time blogging about it.

219. I want to spend a lot of time driving it.

220. I want to stop crying at gas stations because of this:

221. Apparently this wouldn’t happen with the Fiat 500.

222. It is often the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning.

223. I think I need a Fiat 500 intervention or something.

224. I really like the @fiatontheweb people.

225. I also like the @FiatUSA people.

226. I also like the @Fiat500Canada people.

227. The two strangers I met at the bar last weekend had good things to say about the Fiat 500.

228. Yes, that’s right, the Fiat 500 is a great conversation starter at bars. Who knew?

229. I want to talk about my actual Fiat 500.

230. I want to stop talking about my dream Fiat 500.

231. If I don’t get a Fiat 500, I don’t know what other car I would get.

232. I don’t want a Ford Focus even though people have recommended it to me.

233. Tonya thinks I should get one for my birthday (July 25th).

234.@JenSpinner thinks my reasons are “quite adorable”. Thanks Jen! I think the Fiat 500 is adorable!

235. Small is hot! (Thanks @JenSpinner for sending me the link to this article.)

236. I want to drive the Fiat 500 to garage sales this summer.

237. I want to drive the Fiat 500 to the beach this summer.

238. I want to drive the Fiat 500 to Bayfield this summer.

239. I want to drive to Toronto in the Fiat 500.

240. I love this Fiat 500 commercial:

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241. I devote a lot of my time to the Fiat 500 Canada website.

242. I would drive it to the next Canadian Design Blogger meet-up.

243. I would encourage Fiat Canada to sponsor the next Canadian Design Blogger meet-up.

244. I would definitely buy this book: Fiat 500: The Autobiography

245. I would buy this book too: Fiat 500 by Alessandro Sannia

246. I might as well buy this one while I’m at it: Fiat 500 by Lorenzo Ramaciotti & Gianni Cancellieri

247. I wonder how Zucchero would sound in the Fiat 500.

248. I might put some San Pellegrino in the cupholders.

249. You could fit a matching Fiat bike in the trunk:

The Fiat 500 & Fiat bicycle

250. Apparently it has a pollen filter.

251. The seats are structured so that it’s like they are giving you a hug. Aw.

252. I would drive over to Caviar 20 to say hello to Troy.

253. I would drive over to La Merceria to say hello to Sandra.

254. I wonder how many boxes of Alessi products would fit in the trunk.

255. Panoram Italia might be interested in a “Fiat gives blogger a car” story. Just sayin’.

256. Another available option on the Sport is a subwoofer.

257. I don’t even know what a subwoofer really does – I don’t think I need this. It’s a cool word though.

258. I’ve never needed to say the word subwoofer in Italian.

259. Apparently subwoofer is altoparlante per suoni bassi (in un set stereofonico) in Italian. Woah.

260. I like this Fiat 500 commercial:

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261. I would drive to the bookstore (see #244, #245, #246)

262. I could post my driving outfits on Fashion in Motion.

263. A standard feature on the Sport are “red brake calipers”.

264. “Red brake calipers” means absolutely nothing to me. Any ideas?

265. The Fiat 500 is made/assembled in Poland & Mexico.

266. I’m a fan of Poland & Mexico.

267. Although, I do wish it was fully made in Italy. That would make it really extra Italian.

268. Because why shouldn’t I feel like I’m in Italy on my morning commute?

269. Fiat and fashion go together.

270. Exhibit A (re: #269).

271. Exhibit B (re: #269).

272. Jordana and fashion go together too.

273. Exhibit C (re: #272).

274.The Fiat 500 took the top spot in the small category for customer satisfaction in the 2011 JD Power and Associates survey (read more here).

275. If I’ve done the conversion correctly, if you want to buy a Fiat 500 Sport in Bangalore, India the cost would be approximately $32,000 CAD.

276. The price in Canada for an outfitted Sport is about $25,000 CAD.

277. Interesting to comparison shop across countries, that’s forsure.

278. You can download Fiat 500 wallpapers for your computer.

279. You can also download Fiat 500 screensavers.

280. The interior buttons look good.

Fiat interior buttons

281. The Pop has 35 safety and security features.

282. The Sport has 16-inch aluminum wheels.

283. The Lounge has chrome interior accents.

284. I heart Fiat.

285. According to Fiat Germany, the 500 wants me.

286. The feeling is mutual.

287. Can Fiat help me make this happen?

288. Fun, vintage, refined – three adjectives that describe the Fiat 500. I like these words.

289. The Fiat 500 has knee bags. Cool.

290. My grandfather owned a Fiat Balilla.

Fiat Balilla (image)

291. My grandfather also owned a Fiat Belvedere.

Fiat Belvedere (image)

292. Fiat fans run in our family. (Did I say that already?)

293. Re: Safety: “Despite the highly compact nature of the design, the tapered bumper structure and rounded front profile award the new Fiat a high standard of pedestrian protection” (via Fiat 500 India).

294. The Fiat 500 was designed by Fiat Centro Stile.

295. The Fiat 500 was built at the company’s Tychy plant in Poland.

296. Read more about Tychy, Poland here.

297. The rear features a chrome handle in the shape of a bicycle saddle.

298. I love how each country has different Fiat 500 accessories.

299. When I go to India, I would totally have to buy this:

Fiat 500 flash drive

300. My dad called me annoying over the weekend. I don’t think he wants to read another 200 reasons why I want a Fiat. I think he wants Fiat to deal with me.

Why I Want a Fiat 500: Reasons 101-200

Last week I began a new series of posts which will eventually list 500 reasons why I want a Fiat 500. You can read the first 1-100 reasons here. Lucky for me (and for Fiat), the reasons keep coming so here are the next chunk of reasons. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, email me or find me on Twitter. I hope this entertains you at least a little bit (many of my friends and family are getting annoyed with me now – and we still have 300 reasons to go – yikes!).

photo by Jordana

101. Si of French By Design approves (read original comment here).

102. There is an enthusiast club called Fiat Lancia Unlimited that I could join. (Thanks for this info TK!)

103. It would make my commute more enjoyable.

104. I’ve never had a brand new car.

105. I’ve never owned a Fiat.

106. I’ve rented a few though.

107. Pop, Sport and Lounge are great names, aren’t they?

108. I think I prefer the Sport. With a sunroof.

109. I never owned a car with Sirius satellite radio before.

110. Aren’t the side view mirrors nice?

photo by Jordana

111. The white one is nice.

112. So is the red one.

113. I’m a good driver.

114. I’m a good backseat driver too.

115. In @SashaG’s words: “Come on @FIAT500Canada …. Give her a car … or at least a TShirt!” I like the way he thinks.

116. I could write a picture book about the Fiat 500.

117. Wouldn’t London, Ontario look prettier with another Fiat on the road?

118. Fiats make the world a better place.

119. Silvia thinks that Fiat should donate a Fiat to me. (Read original comment here.)

120. I know some journalists who might be interested in a “Blogger Wins a FIAT” story.

121. Why should Justin Bieber get all the attention? Did you know that he now has a fragrance? Weird.

122. Did you know fiatare is an italian verb meaning without saying a word?

123. FIAT is actually an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.

124. I appreciate live art. It seems that Fiat does too.

125. I know that Sergio Marchionne is the CEO of Fiat.

126. I also know how to pronounce his name.

127. I’ve been to Fiat of London – the only Fiat dealership from Windsor to Toronto. Impressive.

128. I took the Fiat 500 for a test drive at Fiat of London.

129. I fit perfectly in the Fiat 500.

130. I look good in the Fiat 500.

photo by Jordana

131. Look at the above photo. I just gave Fiat of London free advertising.

132. Maybe Fiat of London would be interested in giving me a free car? Or at least a discount?

133. Driving through the construction zones in London, Ontario would be much easier if I had a Fiat 500.

134. It would make me happy.

135. I don’t want a Toyota Corolla (sorry K & P – but thanks for the suggestion).

136. There’s enough leg room for me.

137. Mackenzie thinks we’d look great in the Fiat 500 and, in her words, “we can model the car which will lead to more sales”.

138. More Fiat 500s on the road will lead to more sales too.

139. I like the dashboard.

140. I like the hands free bluetooth option. (Wait a minute, I don’t even know if my cell phone is bluetooth. Maybe I need a new cell phone too).

141. It’s got style.

142. My family would be happy because I would stop whining about how much I want a Fiat 500.

143. I would still talk about it – but I wouldn’t be as whiny.

144. A two door car would suit me fine. Well – three doors if you count the trunk.

145. It would be fun to drive to IKEA in a FIAT. Don’t you think?

146. I could probably fit a whole IKEA dining room set in the Fiat. Or, maybe not.

147. I could definitely fit a whole IKEA patio set in the Fiat 500. Especially this table & chair set.

148. I could paint my nails to match the colour of my future Fiat 500 car.

149. Are car mats included in the price of a new car? Or are they just thrown in?

150. It has four cup holders.

151. It has Bose speakers.

152. It has a trunk that would fit my luggage.

153. The back seats fold down.

154. I haven’t seen any on the road in London. I could be the first.

155. I’m also a fan of Chrysler.

156. My Jeep is from a Chrysler dealership.

157. My mom’s van is from a Chrysler dealership.

158. My family has given so much money to Chrysler over the years.

159. Maybe it’s time for Chrysler to give back?

photo by Jordana

160. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat, was born in Abruzzo, Italy.

161. So was my dad (see #160).

162. It must be a sign (see #160 & 161).

163. My nephew has a Fiat. Well, it’s a toy.

164. Fiat fans run in my family.

165. Heck, Fiat fans are born into my family.

166. I like the (optional) sunroof.

167. I like the automatic/standard gear option thing. Not sure what it’s called but it’s cool.

168. The pedals work well.

169. The brakes work especially well.

170. The power windows come in handy on sunny and warm days.

171. The air conditioning kept me cool on the test drive last week.

172. Driving at a speed of 100km/hour is smooth. (Of course I didn’t go over – I’m responsible!)

173. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…shoes?

174. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…purses?

175. It would be nice to spend less money on gas and more money on…Fiat accessories?

176. I could make a Fiat 500-specific play list.

177. I don’t want to lower my car standards.

178. I don’t have a picture with me inside a Fiat 500 yet.

179. Sitting inside a Fiat 500 would make a great Facebook profile photo.

180. There’s even a 500 in the lights. It’s like a hidden treat.

photo by Jordana

181. Good things come in small packages.

182. I would pin a photo of my Fiat 500 here.

183. I would also post a photo of my Fiat 500 at work.

184. I would drive my Fiat 500 to work. Obviously.

185. I’m a hard worker.

186. I’m determined.

187. Doesn’t every hard-working, determined girl deserve a Fiat 500?

188. I’m beginning to learn a lot about cars.

189. The Fiat 500 is a good teacher.

190. The Fiat 500 is manageable.

191. It’s also quite a speedy little thing.

192. I see a future blog post (if I had a Fiat): Five Fun Fiat Adventures (for our Friday Five feature)

193. You can control the volume from the steering wheel. (I think this is a pretty standard feature nowadays but it would totally be a new thing for me.)

194. Driving it would make me feel like I’m in Italy (sort of) and I LOVE Italy!

195. I could stop making lists of 500. Who does that?

196. Surely I’m setting some kind of world record here.

197. I might have to consider getting these Gucci Fiat 500 driving gloves. Crazy, right?

198. I could drive back and forth to Toronto and spend very little on gas. This would be amazing!

199. I might take a panino with me. 😉

200. Why shouldn’t I want one?

Why I want a Fiat 500: Reasons 1-100

Okay – so this is a long post. Get ready.

If you’re a follower of this blog or of my Twitter feed, then you already know that I’m currently contemplating buying a new car. The front runner is the new Fiat 500 and all signs are pointing me toward it. It’s an investment though and on my student/blogger budget I’m not sure it’s really one that I should make. But – oh – my – gosh – I just LOVE it!

photo by S. Keinath

I thought I’d give myself a “fun” challenge – to come up with 500 reasons why I should get a Fiat 500. This list – which will continue over the next couple of weeks here on the blog – might also encourage someone (hello – FIAT – are you reading this?) to generously donate one to me. Hey, you never know, right? Crazier things have happened.

So today may I present the first 100 reasons (in no particular order). If you think of any others, please email me, leave a comment, or catch me on Twitter. Grazie!

1. The Fiat 500 is Italian.

2. I’m Italian. Well – I’m actually Canadian but my parents are Italian.

3. The Fiat 500 comes in white. I like white.

4. The Fiat 500 is super cute.

5. The Fiat 500 is easy to parallel park.

6. It’s easy to back into a parking spot with the Fiat 500.

7. It takes less soap & water to wash it because it’s so small. Another good thing for the environment, right?

8. I would use the cup holder for a latte. Or a cappuccino. Or an espresso. Or…my favourite…a machiatto.

9. There’s a good chance I would be the first person in London Ontario to own a new Fiat 500.

10. It is good on gas.

The Fiat 500 on the London Eye

11. My dream would come true.

12. The Fiat 500 got a great review in the summer issue of the CAA magazine.

13. And in the New York Times.

14. I think Italian music sounds better in a Fiat 500.

15. I think my Italian would sound better in a Fiat 500 too.

16. I’d brush up on my Italian while listening to this in the Fiat 500. Si.

17. Has Fiat 500 ever donated a car (or given a big discount) to a blogger? We could make history together.

18. The size is perfect. I need a car to fit me, my purse, my MacBook and maybe a few groceries.

19. How much Nutella could fit into the trunk of the Fiat 500? I’m willing to find out.

20. Why should Oprah be the only person who gives away cars?

photo by Jordana

21. Check out the rims.

22. Mackenzie, a White Cabana contributor, is eager to be my first passenger.

23. I have two nephews who are the perfect sizes to ride as backseat passengers in the Fiat 500.

24. How much pasta (I’m partial to De Cecco) could fit into the trunk of the Fiat 500? I’m willing to find out.

25. I already follow Fiat 500 Canada on Twitter. They follow me too. Yay!

26. I don’t want to be yet another person who drives a Honda Civic.

27. I’m already planning my driving outfits.

28. I already have a few pairs of leather driving gloves.

29. It’s almost my birthday.

30. It’s almost Christmas. Kind of.

31. I’ve already taken several photos of me and various Fiats.

32. I’ve driven various Fiats in Europe.

33. I haven’t driven any type of Fiat car in Canada.

34. I know that un’automobile means car in Italian.

35. Una macchina also means car in Italian.

36. I also know that le chiavi means keys in Italian.

37. I already own Italian shoes, Italian purses, and Italian clothes. Now I think I need an Italian car.

38. I know how to make an espresso using this machine (I’m partial to Bialetti).

39. My dad has a Vespa. I’m jealous.

40. My uncle approves of the Fiat 500.

photo by Conanil

41. It looks good in the snow. And it drives fine in the snow too.

42. I’ll sleep better at night knowing that I have a Fiat 500.

43. I could add photos to this Flickr group. And this one.

44. It’s an everyday masterpiece.

45. Why does The Sartorialist (Scott Schuman) get to have all the fun?

46. This song would sound better in a Fiat 500.

47. I already follow Fiat Italia on Twitter.

48. I know that Fiat was founded in Torino, Italy.

49. Kyle traded one red paperclip for a house. I’m willing to trade one white paperclip for a Fiat 500.

50. I would put the Fiat 500 on Skype so my relatives in Italy could see me with it.

51. We need more Fiats on the road, don’t we?

52. My two favourite words in Italian are ufficio (office) and casino (no amazing direct translation but basically means a mess). I would throw these words into as many conversations as possible while driving the Fiat 500.

53. Who needs a Ferrari when you’ve got a Fiat 500?

54. Fiat is the best four letter word around.

55. The Fiat 500 would be so easy to park in my small parking space in my apartment building.

56. Have I mentioned how cute it is?

57. I would definitely listen to this song in the Fiat 500. Even though I’m Canadian.

58. People would be happy to stop hearing me talk about how much I want a Fiat.

59. The Fiat 500 is cuter than the Mini Cooper.

60. How beautiful is the interior of the Fiat 500?

Fiat 500 Interior via Fiat 500 Canada

61. The interior has the White Cabana stamp of approval.

62. So does the exterior. Of course!

63. I could join the Fiat club every Thursday at La Paloma in Woodbridge, Ontario. Thanks to my uncle and Maranello Fiat for telling me about this weekly party.

64. My pilates mat fits nicely in the trunk.

65. I would keep my latte – or iced latte – in this Fiat tumbler.

66. I’d probably hang white dice in the mirror. It’s kind of a tradition with me.

67. I could post a photo of me and my Fiat 500 on my Facebook profile.

68. FIAT is a great four-letter word. Possibly the best.

69. I would be happy to add a new key to my keychain.

70. It’s new.

71. I could blog about my happy car adventures.

72. I would write letters about my Fiat and mail them to my friends.

73. I would put a photo of me and my Fiat 500 on my Christmas cards.

74. Why should Europeans have all the Fiat fun?

75. I would use the #Fiat500 hashtag with pride.

76. Some people think you need a big car to carry around all your gear. The Fiat 500 manages just fine. Check out this Fiat 500 ski rack. I don’t ski but still.

77. Many not be the speediest car but it’s delightful. Watch this MotorTrend test drive video.

78. It would be fun to drive the Fiat 500 to the beach this summer.

79. What’s old is new again.

80. Even the engine parts look good in the Fiat 500.

This is what makes the Fiat 500 go. I think. Photo via Fiat 500 Canada.

81. I would take photos of it.

82. I would ask other people to take photos of me in it.

83. There’s even a Fiat 500 keychain.

84. I would drive it to the beach.

85. Maybe I could take it to a drive-in.

86. I would give it a name. Who names their cars? Anyone?

87. I could probably use this to keep the interior clean.

88. Four-door cars are over-rated.

89. It has a CD player. (I’m still working with a tape deck in my current car.)

90. I follow Fiat USA on Twitter. Don’t you?

91. The Fiat 500 has seven airbags. Safety is key.


92. I would draw a picture of my Fiat 500.

93. The power door locks work well.

94. The power windows do too.

95. My license plate would look good on a Fiat 500.

96. I have my driver’s license. Of course!

97. I would tweet about the Fiat 500 every day.

98. I’m pretty sure that if someone donated a Fiat 500 to me, it would make the news. That would be fun, right?

99. I think Caroline (from Paloma’s Nest) and I would be happy to make a commercial for Fiat.

100. It looks good – even in the rain.