10 responses

  1. Sojan
    September 9, 2013

    It is good report. I also expecting Nissan Juke in India very near.

  2. Sonico
    September 2, 2013

    @Tom
    Really? That’s interesting, because Italy used to have one of the oldest fleet in Europe. Evidently, the various scrappage plans that were carried out since 1997, and the pollution regulations and city access limitations getting stricter and stricter have forced many people to buy a new car. Therefore, while just 15 years ago old glories like Fiat 127, Volkswagen Golf MkI, Alfasud, Dyane and Renault 4 were regular parts of the landscape, they have virtually disappeared especially from the big cities, while they are a bit easier to find in smaller towns.

  3. Sonico
    September 2, 2013

    Hey Matt, glad to see you came back to our country! :D
    I’m quite surprised you found so little new gen Panda, they are spreading in huge numbers (at least here in the suburbs of Milan) so maybe yes, it may be peculiar to Ventimiglia.

    And you are right, 500s and 2nd gen Pandas are EVERYWHERE, the 500 is an iconic car in Italy and with the new edition Fiat really scored.

    The Fiat Qubo is actually another success story, most examples can be seen in bright orange or green and it is a reasonable choices for young families with space issues; the Piaggio Porter has been around, well, forever virtually unchanged and it is the best choice for the narrow Italian streets. I wouldn’t consider the roads overflown with Fiat Strada, instead, but maybe again this is a peculiarity of the area.

    Finally, I confirm that the French invasion is not just bound to the French borders being so close, the Renault Clio and Twingo have been Italian favourites forever and the Peugeot small compacts were always popular (and the 208 is no exception).

  4. epta
    August 31, 2013

    Hi, nice photo report. The town you visited is Ventimiglia (not Vintimiglia) ;)

    • matgasnier
      August 31, 2013

      Thanks for the pick-up Epta :)
      Cheers,
      Matt

  5. AndyT
    August 30, 2013

    @Tom
    I often think teh same thing when I visit the States from London. There seem to be so many more older cars knocking around than there are in the UK.

  6. alex
    August 30, 2013

    Forget Italy. Portugal,Croatia,Hungary, Norway, Finland and Sweden all seem to be excellent for older cars!

  7. Tom
    August 29, 2013

    When I went to Italy I was staggered by how few older cars were around, other than the occasional original 500s. Almost all cars seemed to be less than ten years old, yet in Australia, you can’t drive five minutes without seeing a twenty year old Falcon or Commodore.

  8. nemanja s.
    August 29, 2013

    Exellent! I think that Italians have good taste for cars. I was enyoing to watch these photos. I hope, you have a nice holiday, Matt!

  9. carman
    August 29, 2013

    Nice pictures Matt… I was in sardinia 3 months ago and it was great !!
    regards

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