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Fiat annouces 500C convertible at NY Auto Show

The Fiat 500c at the 2011 New York

The Fiat 500c at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. Credit: Jose Moreno

When Fiat took control of Chrysler on 2009, Americans were promised smaller and more fuel-efficient cars. That was nearly two years ago, and only just now has the Fiat 500 begun showing up in showroom floors.

But despite this ultra slow rollout of Fiat’s first North American car in 25 years, the Italian automaker just announced they will also begin pushing out a second car – a convertible version of the 500.

Dubbed the 500C, it will be priced at $20,000 ($4,000 more than the hardtop), making it the cheapest four-seat soft-top car in North America.

The 500C will only weigh 100 pounds version than the original and the soft top will be able to can retract at speeds up to 60 mph with the simple push of a button. Impressive, since most convertibles require that you're at a crawl or stopped to retract the roof.

The 500C will seat up to four and will be available in 14 exterior colors, 12 seat colors and three soft-top colors. The mini convertible will be powered by a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder with 104 horsepower, matted to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

Fiat says the 500C will begin hitting showrooms in May.

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