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 |  Jul 26 2013, 8:32 AM

Top 10 Shameless Shill Cars


SpongeBob-Highlander

There’s more than one way to move cars off dealer lots.

Some companies offer deep discounts — a practice casually called putting “cash on the hood.” Mild style tweaks and jimmied equipment lists are another common trick. In other cases, the company actually cuts its prices outright like Nissan did this year with the Leaf.

Sometimes an auto maker will slap an outside brand on some of its vehicles in the hope of drumming up artificial appeal. The cars aren’t always better, but then again how much “quality” does that pony really add to your polo shirt?

Occasionally, it feels like the marketers at (insert car company) give up and say  “Screw it! Lets let the people at (insert unrelated brand) take a stab at selling these things. I’m tired of this shit anyway…”

The shilling begins, and everyone wins. Sort of. Here are 10 of the most absurd, obnoxious and completely cockamamie examples of shameless shill cars

Note: the Spongebob Highlander didn’t qualify because it is a concept car.

 |  Jun 11 2013, 1:20 PM

2013 Fiat 500 Cabrio by Gucci

For 2013, Fiat is bringing back the 500 by Gucci Edition with new looks both inside and out and a starting MSRP of $23,750.

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 |  Aug 17 2011, 10:45 AM

The Fiat 500 By by Gucci will make its official North American debut during New York Fashion Week that takes place between September 8th to September 15th. The collaboration between the two Italian brands for this limited edition 500 also coincides with Gucci’s 90th anniversary.

Unique to Gucci’s Fiat are signature Gucci green/red/green stripes along the body or across the length of the cloth top on the 500c. Chrome “Gucci” signature emblems are on the door frames and hatchback while a uniquely-designed set of 15-inch wheels adorn each corner featuring interlocking “GG” hubcaps and brake pads, which have been lacquered in Gucci green.

The Fiat 500 by Gucci will be available in black or white, with contrasting exterior elements: shiny chrome for the black, satin chrome for the white. On the inside, two-toned seats in Frau leather features Guccissima print while premium leather accents can be seen on the interior door panels and on the hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel that are finished in a two-tone ivory and white combo.

And of course Gucci would love if you complemented your Fiat 500 with accessories from their collection which includes travel accessories, small leather goods, tracksuits, bombers, drivers gloves, sunglasses and a watch.

GALLERY: Fiat 500 Gucci

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Fiat 500 Review and discuss this story at Fiat500Owners.com