This just in…
After 28 years, Fiat has returned to Kansas City. Fiat of Olathe just received its first new Fiat 500 car – a demonstrator – and hopes to complete its dramatic, new Fiat Studio and begin selling the new 500s in May.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, starting next week, locals can visit the dealership (Olathe Dodge / Chrysler) and test drive the car, says general manager Jeff Briggs.
"It’s a Sport model with a manual transmission and a sunroof and it’s grey," Briggs says. "And starting Monday it will be available for test driving during the weekdays. We’re not taking orders until May. They’ve only made 2,000 cars at this point and the vehicles are not available for sale yet."
That is, with the exception of the 10 area buyers (myself included) who signed up last fall to purchase a numbered, limited edition 500 called the Prima Edizione. Briggs expects those cars to be in and delivered in the next few weeks.
"There are seven buyers from Kansas City and three from Omaha," he says.
Look for Fiat of Olathe’s demonstrator car to make the weekend rounds at area malls and events in the coming weeks. Its Fiat Studio is expected to be completed and open in May.
The bottom line: With better mileage, more interior room, sexy Italian styling and a pricetag $4,000 lower than a less well-equiped Mini Cooper, look for the new 500s to be an ultra hot ticket.