I understand retro design. I'm familiar with the idea of capturing the essence of cars that went before. As I said, I own and drive small cars and actually really like them.
It's just that the Fiat left me completely underwhelmed.
Maybe it's just that there was too much hype here (and other places) for any car to live up to the billing, and the reality paled beside all the enthusiasm and worship.
But I think it's just that the soft, blobby shape doesn't appeal to me personally. That's what I mean when I say it looks like a dinky car for a toddler. It has absolutely nothing to do with the size. Cars designed for really young children typically aren't sleek or shapely. They're just round-ish blobs without corners so the young kids can easily manipulate and not hurt themselves (too badly) with. So that's what I thought of when I see the Fiat, and it's just not my cup of tea.
I know I keep saying this here, but generally Canadians driver smaller cars then Americans, and our tastes are slightly more European than our neighbours to the south (although that has started to change over the last few years). As an example, wagons sell relatively well here when their sales crash and burn in the States. So it's not that the car looked wrong on the roads. To be honest, the only reason I even noticed it is we were coming up behind it and the badge caught my eye. Otherwise I wouldn't have likely paid it too much attention. (That plus the fact I'd just had a discussion a couple days before about the fact I hadn't seen any Fiats on the road yet.) Actually it so didn't stand out on the road that I had to point to it and say, "hey that's the new Fiat," and as I said, I was in the car with people who really know their cars.
I'm an aware enough motorist to know which brands of cars are around me at pretty much any given time, so I would have noticed it and registered it, but it certainly isn't one of those cars that just automatically catches my eye and turns my head whenever I see one.
For the record, I'm with you 100 per cent about SUVs. Can't stand them. Don't understand them. Don't like riding in them or driving them. Hate the fact that you can't see around/through them when you're behind them in a small, low-to-the-ground car.
Last edited by Toronto Spider; 26-08-11 at 04:39.