2008 Fiat Seicento

Unlovable. That's the word that comes to mind when we gaze upon the Fiat Seicento, but with more than one million on the road, it's quite clear that there are people who disagree. The Seicento city car is a machine with a purpose: basic transportation at its finest (or as we see it, at its worst). Boasting a 0.9-liter engine with a meager 39 horsepower, the Seicento certainly won't win any races at the strip, but its a frugal machine that's easy on the wallet and maybe that's its key to success.

The Seicento is due for an update and Fiat engineers are already dreaming up ideas for its new city car. The company plans to develop a low-cost product that retains the Seicento's fuel-sipping nature, but takes urban motoring in a different direction. Basically, Fiat hopes to modernize the city car by introducing features seldom found in the segment, thinking that its efforts will result in even wider appeal. Fiat has no plans to offer its upcoming city car in the U.S. and that's all right by us, 'cause we'd much rather be planted in the driver's seat of its spunky yet sensationally popular Cinquecento (500) instead.

[Source: Autocar | Image: Rudolf Stricker – C.C. License 2.0]