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60年前,意大利汽车生产商菲亚特推出了Nuova 500

更新时间:2017-7-4 10:08:11 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

Sixty years ago today, the Italian carmaker Fiat introduced its Nuova 500, a model now seen as a symbol of elegant Italian craftsmanship and the renewal of hope after World War II.

60年前,意大利汽车生产商菲亚特(Fiat)推出了Nuova 500,这个车型今天被视为优雅的意大利工艺的象征,也是“二战”后重燃的希望。

The Fiat 500 had been around since 1936 in another design, nicknamed Topolino (Italian for Mickey Mouse). Then came the long years of war. But by 1957, Italy was in the middle of a rapid boom some even called a miracle.

自1936年起,菲亚特500就以另一种设计问世了,别名为“托波利诺”(Topolino,意大利语,意为“米老鼠”)。然后长达数十年的战争开始了。但到了1957年,意大利处在了快速发展之中,甚至被一些人称之为奇迹。

Italians started to have discretionary income, and many aspired to a new middle-class lifestyle, complete with personal car. This 1960 video captures the excitement the new 500 inspired.

意大利人开始有了可随意支配的收入,不少人开始向往新的中产阶级生活方式,包括私人轿车。这个1960年的视频捕捉了新菲亚特500为人们带来的兴奋之情。

In The Corriere della Sera, a leading newspaper, a reviewer recalled “looking at it with suspicion” but being won over by the ease with which the tiny car climbed an Alpine pass. (The New York Times later described it as “midget Italian car with a sewing-machine-sized-air-cooled engine.”)

在一家主要的报纸《晚邮报》(Corriere della Sera)上,一名评论人士回忆称自己“带着怀疑看着它”,但为这辆小车轻松爬上一个阿尔卑斯山山口所折服(《纽约时报》后来描述这款车为“带着缝纫机大小风冷式发动机的意大利小车”)。

The Corriere reviewer praised Fiat’s engineer, Dante Giacosa, for creating a “jewel” and predicted that it would not be long before Italian streets were filled with them.

《晚邮报》的评论人对菲亚特的工程师但丁·贾科萨(Dante Giacosa)大加赞扬,说他创造了一件“珠宝”,并且预言意大利的街头很快就会全是这款车。

Indeed, over 3.6 million such cars had been sold by 1975, when the model was discontinued. Thousands remain in use.

的确,到1975年这款车停产的时候,菲亚特的这款车约售出了3600万辆。目前仍有成千上万辆在使用中。

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