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I fail to see how these could be "essentially useless". In the worst economy North America has ever seen, small cars like these will be around a long time. Most people can't afford the increase in gas and maintenance costs associated with larger, older vehicles. With an average 30 MPG, it's double that of the JGC SRT-8 (15 MPG).
As for its sales-figures, see above. Also, Fiat is new to North America. It's not that easy to penetrate into the very competitive North American market.
Lastly, I see nothing wrong with "a European company trying to impose their values, culture, and preferences on us." Obviously the American preference for big,bad,gas-guzzling SUV's didn't work out to well in the end didn't it, with both GM and Chrysler on the verge of bankruptcy and needing the government to give them billions of dollars to keep them afloat.