Ah, come on, we all saw this coming, didn’t we? In an article from Wards, the good word is there will be an automatic offered in the Abarth. In an interview with Fiat North America president Tim Kuniskis, the company didn’t perceive any demand for an automatic Abarth, but that has not been the case. The vast majority of Abarth sales are to males, but with the upcoming drop top 500C Abarth, it is expected the car will win over more interest from women buyers, most of whom may not be interested in shifting for themselves.
That may be true, but the reality is fewer and fewer drivers know, or are interested in rowing through the gears. At a racetrack gathering of the automotive press, I saw a young man gaze longingly at the row of cars Honda and Acura brought along. He sighed, and said to his companion: “This stinks, all the cars they brought are manuals. And this is from a car journalist! If an automatic keeps the already strong selling Abarth going, then who can complain. After all, no one threatened to riot when the MINI Cooper S had an automatic offered all along.