November 16, 2011

The Fiat 500 Is Actually A Motorized Recaro Car Seat & Seed Pli Stroller Carrying Case.

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I like the Fiat 500, I really do. I want to be friendly to our Fiat guests, not chase them off American shores again, and when I think about getting a smaller runabout for town, I really do consider it. But "less room than a 911" is a pretty tight squeeze, especially for a kid. And that's how intrepid carseatspotter Dave Thomas called it on the Recaro car seat wedged into the back of a 500 in LA.

Of course, maybe there's no room for a car seat because the 500 was originally designed to hold a stroller.

I've had screenshots of the Fiat 500 edition of the Seed Pli on my desktop for months now--actually, for most of the time, they've been trapped, unbloggable, on my iPad--ever since kids design guru [and DT advertiser] Ralph Monte sent along the tip.

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The Seed is a slim Nordic-style stroller from a Danish startup; it reminds me of a pared down Mutsy with some Bugaboo overtones. But unlike the Bugaboo and Mutsy, the Seed folds down so flat, it can fit into the most ridiculously small storage spaces--like, uh, the Fiat 500. Sometimes you can even see out the back, too.

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Of course, packing all this means there's nowhere to put the Seed Pli Onesie and Fiat rainboots.

fiat_500_seed_swag.jpg

Seen in LA, a Fiat 500 with a Recaro child seat [davelikescars]
Seed.dk, not sure what's going on here [seed.dk]

3 Comments

Definitely best-in-class folding. Wondering how well it drives. In the video the wheels looked a little shaky. But that might be something it has in common with the 500. The 500 looks awesome. I hear it drives pretty well. But I've sat in a couple and the interior materials are feel cheep.

I played with a Seed Pli in Germany, while buying my (similarly cantilevered) Mutsy Urban Rider. Sleek and lovely. One thing I did not like about it, though: the handlebar is concave, which felt a bit uncomfortable.

the lower chassis and wheels look very shopping cart like!

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