Both the Fiat 500 hatchback and convertible are disappearing for the 2020 model year. This includes the 500e electric and 500 Abarth, so if you are thinking of picking up a Fiat 500, your options are about to be severely limited.
Although the Fiat 500 is ending production for 2020, don’t expect it to disappear overnight. The current inventory will see them hanging out on dealer lots into 2020, it’s just a question of how long into the new year they’ll stick around.
Launched back in 2011, the Fiat 500 sold 46,999 units at its peak back in 2012 and then sales slowed. A lot. Through June of this year, all of 1,692 units were sold in the U.S. making it anything but a hot seller.
Slow sales likely played a factor in deciding to discontinue the model that relaunched the brand stateside. It is, however, Fiat’s most recognizable model and it’s not even the brand’s worst seller.
The slowest seller so far this year is the 500L, which sold only 399 units through June. Second worst goes to the 500X crossover with 500 units followed by the 124 Spider with 1,484 units. The entire Fiat lineup is selling less than what the 500 once managed all on its own.
Fiat hasn’t said anything about a possible replacement for the 500, though the rumor mill is hot for the idea of an EV taking its place at some point. There’s also just as strong a chance that a replacement isn’t coming at all.
Small cars aren’t exactly on a hot selling streak in the U.S. right now. Automakers are discontinuing their smaller models in favor of crossovers and large SUVs instead. Sales of small cars are slow enough here that Smart, after first reducing its lineup, is pulling out of the U.S. altogether.
The good news is, if you still want a Fiat, you’ll still be able to get one, just with more limited choices. The models continuing into the 2020 model year include the 500X compact crossover, 124 Spider sports car, and 500L tall hatchback. If you want a 500, however, best speed up your timetable.