Lovers of Italian flair--on a budget--were treated with a handful of 2012 Fiat 500 minicars at this week’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show, which added a little spark to Chrysler’s stands and managed to draw in plenty of fans and curious onlookers.

These latest live photos really show off the classic styling of the new 500, a design that should ensure drivers and owners will be passionate about this little ride. But beyond the passion, there are also thoroughly rational reasons to own such a car: downsizing, practicality, and economics.

For the full specs and release dates, click here for our more detailed report. Mopar, Chrysler’s official aftermarket accessories division, also had a modified Fiat 500 on show in Detroit this week, which you can read about by clicking here.