Update April 25: Fiat has added a second employee to its downtown studio. They can now offer test drives downtown without having to make an appointment. Fiat’s Studio Showroom will be open this Saturday during the Downtown Home Tour.
Earlier post from March 16:
Fiat now has a presence downtown. Its Downtown Display Studio Showroom has opened quietly at 1015 Locust, caddy corner from Rooster.
Let’s first explain what it is, and what it is not. Well, it’s not an official dealership, but it’s run by Lou Fusz Fiat which has official dealerships in Creve Coeur and in Fairview Heights, Illinois. This Studio Display Showroom will be open Monday through Friday from 10AM -5 PM. It is managed by the lovely Angie Freesmeier who can show you the cars in their different versions. Brochures about the cars are available.
There are six different versions of Fiat’s 500 (Cinquecento) displayed at the downtown location. The cars have names like Pop, Sport, Lounge and there is even a Gucci version available for the fashion forward.
Now, what do you do if you see a Fiat you like at the Display Studio? Angie told me they are still working out the details. In general, she will be able to make an appointment to take a car for a testdrive. If you would want to buy a specific car she will be able to refer you to the official dealership, either in Creve Coeur or in Fairview Heights where they can take care of the paper work. We will report on the specifics once we get an update with more information.
A grand opening is planned on a date to be announced. The Display Studio downtown will on occasion also be open on Saturdays, between 10:30 AM and 2 PM, for the first time tomorrow, Saturday, March 17th.
Fiat Studio Display Showroom
1015 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
Open: Mo-Fr 10AM-5PM. (Occasionally on Saturday from 10:30AM – 2 PM.)
Phone: (314) 489-9312