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The Rule of Three with the 2017 Fiat 500

New combinations and a price drop is new for 2017

December 8, 2016

The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests things that come in threes are more satisfying and more effective than other numbers of things.

Here is an Italian application of the ‘rule of three.’

The Agriculture Ministry in Italy set up strict guidelines to protect the real Neapolitan pizza from imposters. The regulations cover everything from pizza shape, depth and toppings to how it is cooked – in a wood-fired oven of course. Rule-abiding restaurants receive a special label attesting that authentic pizza can be eaten there.

They recognize only three types of real Neapolitan pizza: Marinara, with garlic and oregano; Margherita, with mozzarella from the southern Apennines and basil; and extra-Margherita, which requires fresh tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella.

The same can be said for the 2017 Fiat 500. FIAT is simplifying its lineup, offering just three trim levels: Pop, Lounge, and Abarth — across Fiat 500/500c and 500/500c Abarth models.

What this means for buyers is more flexibility in options. Fiat 500 options can now be combined with one another giving customers the exact features they desire. Optional equipment for 2017 Fiat 500 models is no longer grouped into collections, and can be mixed and matched for customers to fully personalize their vehicle.

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All three trim levels are also available with an automatic transmission, BeatsAudio premium sound system, a choice of 15 exterior colors, navigation and/or sunroof.

If the sunroof doesn’t offer enough open-air freedom, with just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c’s power-operated cloth-top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to a best-in-class 60 mph. Press the roof button again, and the roof will fold all the way open and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph). The best news yet? At $1,495, the optional cabrio makes the 500 the most affordable convertible in its class.

Keeping with the “rule of threes,” the Fiat 500 Pop, Lounge and Abarth are more affordable than ever.

  • Running footage and beauty shots of the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop.

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    2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

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    2017 Fiat 500c

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    2017 Fiat 500c

2017 Fiat 500 Pop

The Pop starts at $14,995 MSRP, a decrease of more than $1,000 compared with its price when it was originally introduced in 2011. The 500 Pop, designed for the individual who wants Italian style, efficiency and personalization options, features 15-inch aluminum painted wheels and is available with a Sport Appearance Package (which includes sport fascias, side ground effects, sport spoiler, 16-inch wheels and black-trimmed lights).

2017 Fiat 500 Lounge

The Lounge starts as $18,395 U.S. MSRP, a price decrease of $2,000. With premium amenities throughout, the 2017 500 Lounge features as standard a new 15-inch wheel, chrome accents, 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

The high-performance, track-ready 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth starts at $19,995, a price decrease of $2,580 to start below $20,000 for the first time. The 500 Abarth now features as standard ParkSense rear park assist and a new 16-inch forged aluminum Hyper Black wheel.

FT017_108FH6b0ns17hdrtfu10faaka4nh728Like the original 1957 Cinquecento, the 2017 Fiat 500 showcases the brand’s ingenuity to build world-class small cars that ignite a spirit of the times through simple design, beautiful craftsmanship and timeless value … hallmark attributes of the Fiat 500 for nearly 60 years.