Thursday, July 19, 2012

As if a five-disc changer or keyless start weren't enough, the makers of Fiat have added a new feature to their latest model. The increasingly popular Italian car has partenered with the European coffee expertts at Lavazza to include an espresso maker in the 2013 Fiat 500L model.

While the response in Europe and other countries have been intriguing and favorable, the U.S. response has been somewhat wary and guarded. The U.S. prides itself on educating drivers about the dangers of pursuing distracting activites while driving. As the leading nation in vehicular homicides and accidents the U.S. is hesitant to approve the sale of a vehicle that offers extracurricular activity such as espresso making.

Fiat and Lavazza argue that the immediate availability of espresso would make drivers more alert on the roads, especially when in rural areas late at night when coffee shops and machines are not readily available.

The jury is still out on whether or not these Fiat's will make their way to U.S. dealerships, but I think we can all agree it's a fun and interesting idea.



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