I've been driving small cars most of my life, from the junkyard-special '60s Ford Falcon my Dad thought would be a great first car* through two MGBs, a Suzuki Samurai (love! Yeah, I know, I'm weird; but that little beast was willin' to try anything I asked of it) and my current string of three Hyundai Accents (cheap, dependable ...easily totalled).
So perhaps you will understand when I admit that the Fiat 500 -- coming to the 'States in December -- has done stole my heart. Sure, it looks like a steam-iron with ambition...but it's a kewl steam-iron!
Undoubtedly priced right outta my league. (You can't buy a new car for what I paid for my last three put together). But it sure is kawaii. When it comes to lovable, they've got it fixed.
* It kind of was, though I have not seen a "three on the tree" manual transmission since.
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