Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, or more commonly referred to as Fiat, is the largest Auto manufacturer in Italy. It was founded by Giovanni Agnelli with a group of other investors, in 1899. In America, back in the 1930’s and 1940’s the Fiat Topolino, known as "Little Mouse" was as famous as the Volkswagen KDF which is better known today as the Beetle. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Fiat’s popularity in the United States was just fair. By 1984 due to Fiat’s continued poor reputation for quality and its inability to keep up with the ever more stringent emissions regulations, Fiat completely pulled out of the American marketplace.
During the early to mid 2000’s, Fiat invested heavily in developing new, air emissions technology. The 2008 bankruptcy of Chrysler, allowed Fiat the opportunity to acquire controlling interest. That acquisition, coupled with their newly developed air quality technology, opened the door for Fiat’s return to America in 2012, with a new generation of cars.
The new models are small and stylish, and include the 500, the 500 coupe, the 500 convertible, and the zippy 500 Abarth. They also developed the fully electric 500e, and the slightly larger 4-door 500L.