Fiat 500 Cabrio

In times of crisis, sales figures are sluggish. We can no longer afford mid-range limousines and prestige cars, but in Germany at least, one market segment is having a better time of it: here, the government premium for scrapping your car is giving a particularly powerful boost to small car sales.

Of course, offering the right product to meet this demand is important, which is why Fiat are introducing their new 500 Cabrio. Admittedly, we would have been happier with a completely open-topped version, like the Mini, but it would presumably have cost considerably more, so we are prepared to view the Fiat 500 Cabrio as a successful compromise.