There’s an old adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Just spell the name right. That might be a matter of debate if you’re running for president, but it appears to be a valid contention for Fiat, which has been struggling to build momentum for its return to the U.S. market after a two decade absence.
Despite the controversy over the maker’s first national TV ads, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Fiat officials insist the campaign paid off, helping build awareness among potential buyers just as the Italian brand is preparing to roll out an assortment of new products.
The line-up has been limited to variations of the initial Fiat 500 minicar – the performance-oriented Abarth edition set to hit showrooms in March – with a battery version to follow – but a new 5-door hatchback is in the works, along with yet another product that will markedly expand the Fiat brand’s range of offerings.