the first X was fiats bastard child and lost money
and yet it was such a wildly popular car for fiat
that they are now recalling the X name on a concept
and they might build something new under the X name
but not necessarily something based on this concept car
and its hoped a "lively sports car" would "revive the brand"
so theyre looking to just slap a X like body on a punto
and roll out a front engine fwd X as cheap as they can
for a minimum investment and a maximum profit margin
but 99% of us think that is the stupidest idea imaginable
and maybe 1 out of 1000 of us would buy it front engine
then wouldnt it be worth fiats effort to make it mid engine?
and make it look more like the X somehow?
but still do it as cheap as they can?
what should they do??
Smart Roadster platform with big Fiat engine and very X like body?
or how could they best accomplish a real new X without losing money?
I think a Smart Roadster platform could be made to work nicely if the chassis is strong enough to handle one of Fiat's more/most powerful 4 cylinder engines, but I'm not sure DaimlerChrysler is going to be partnering up with Fiat. These corporate executives always say such conflicting things, Fiat brass at Geneva mentioned they are talking to DaimlerChrysler about some kind of deal but then at the very same time DaimlerChrysler is telling the press they are NOT looking for any new partnerships right now...
http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinside ... 107763.htm
Who knows what the hell's going to happen next... -Mac