Fiat 500 pricing, dealers announced
Fiat announced this week that its 500 subcompact will cost $15,500 -- almost $5,000 less than its main rival the Mini Cooper. Fiat also named 130 U.S. dealers who will initially sell the car. Locally, they include Fiat of Seattle, owned by AutoNation; Fiat of Kirkland, owned by Greg Rairdon; and Fiat of Tacoma, owned by Phil Bivens. The 500 is scheduled to go on sale next month as the first Fiat in the U.S. since 1983. It will debut as a three-door hatchback, with a convertible version planned for 2011 and an electric version slated for 2012.
--The Associated Press & NWautos staff
Chrysler hints at return of Barracuda
Retro cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have been strong sellers, and now Dodge brand boss and designer Ralph Gilles has hinted that Chrysler may be bringing back the Plymouth Barracuda. Although Chrysler shuttered Plymouth, some models from the line -- such as the Prowler -- still exist as Chrysler models. The Barracuda (shown at right from 1965) is a relative of the Dodge Challenger, which has also had success as a modern muscle car.