Fiat is set to discontinue both the hatchback and convertible versions of the Fiat 500, according to a report from Autoblog.
The models were the cars that returned the brand to the United States but, per the report, the Italian automakers will cease manufacturing the electric, standard, turbo and the Abarth iterations. They will sell the current inventory through 2020 and once that's done, the lineup will consist of the 500X crossover, the 124 Spider sports car, and the 500L micro-minivan.
The company's decision to drop one of its more popular models is indeed peculiar. While the 500 is the same car that was unveiled in Europe over 10 years ago and its size and two-door properties aren't the go-to where car models are concerned nowadays, it isn't Fiat's worse seller.
As a matter of fact, the 500 was leading sales as of June this year and was the company's best-selling car for the same period in 2018. The 500L, on the other hand, has been the least bought Fiat this year, with a reported 399 units sold through June, a drop of 56 percent compared to last year. The 500X crossover dropped 54 percent in sales compared to 2018 with 1,484 sales recorded.
The 500 certainly seems like it should be kept around even if it wasn't selling as well as other models. There have been no announcements over a replacement as yet but there are rumors of a fully electric next-gen model showing up at Geneva. It could also use the same modular battery system from the Fiat Centoventi concept from the last motor show.
Fiat would have done well to freshen up the hatchback, given the Honda E and Mini Cooper SE's success as retro EVs, but it remains to be seen what they will focus on in that regard.