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Government seizes Fiat cars for surprising reason; check out

Written by Alisson Ficher
Published 27/05/2024 às 15:12

Fiat innovated by reviving one of its oldest and most affordable models. However, a controversy caused the vehicles recreated by the brand to be seized.

According to the information, this controversy was recorded in Italy, where the automaker launched the small electric car Fiat Topolino. The model contains a symbol that features the colors of the Italian flag, and that is the controversy.

This happens because there is legislation on the use of national symbols on products manufactured outside Italy. Because of this, in total, 134 Fiat Topolino units were seized as soon as they arrived at the port of Livorno.

In the model, there is the presence of the Fiat Flag symbol on the car bodywork. This is an aesthetic detail that alludes to the brand's Italian identity, but it is something that current Italian legislation prohibits for those products manufactured outside Italian territory – the Topolino is assembled in Morocco.

The legislation affects Fiat

This law was approved in 2003 by the European Parliament and is entitled “Made in Italy”. The creation took place with the aim of protecting the authenticity of traditionally Italian products, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.

In this sense, the legislation aims to prevent products made outside Italy from being passed off as Italian. This measure now ends up affecting the Fiat, which is Italian, but has an international branding strategy.

And now?

According to the information, the solution for the seized cars to be returned is easy: the company simply needs to remove the Italian flag symbol from the car's bodywork from the Topolino.

This will make it possible to sell the model without suggesting a non-existent Italian origin, which, in theory, avoids confusion or possible deception for consumers.

Fiat Topolino: electric car inspired by a model from the 50s

Recently created, the Fiat Topolino has a design inspired by the iconic Fiat 500 from 1955. The model, which has a very attractive retro look, is compact and practical.

According to the brand, the model has only two seats, making it ideal for urban use. In total, the car has a range of up to 75 km on a single battery charge, meaning it is suitable for short distances typical of everyday life.

Recently created, the Fiat Topolino has a design inspired by the iconic 500 Fiat 1955 and has a very attractive retro look, is compact and practical. (Image: reproduction/ Fiat)

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Alisson Ficher

Journalist graduated since 2017 and working in the field since 2015. Specialist in topics such as politics, jobs and economics.

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