Why the Fiat 500 Isn’t Perfect for America: It’s the Qaddafi Car!

That's some tank. (NYT)

After taking it for a spin around the city and surmising the Fiat 500 is the new “it” car for New York, The Observer found out it might even be the perfect car for all of America. Why? Because the 500 is the Obama car, as one Fiat specialist in the Manhattan studio put it to us. He called it just about the most patriotic car you could buy. Turns out, that might not be the case, depending on where you factor in human rights with fuel economy and color when buying a new car.

The Times got a picture of Libyan rebels with their latest Tripoli booty, a custom-built Fiat 500 just for Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. The paper also reported back in May that Libya owned a 2 percent stake in the Italian automaker—which is ironic because the government the colonel overthrew to come to power was Italian. Reverse colonialism perhaps?

So, BroBo, ask yourself what weighs more heavily on your conscience: 30 miles per gallon in the city or 30 years of repression?

mchaban [at] observer.com | @MC_NYC

Why the Fiat 500 Isn’t Perfect for America: It’s the Qaddafi Car!