Italian automaker Fiat has introduced the world’s first in-car espresso machine, which, the company must have been aware, is drawing a few raised-eyebrows due to the fact it is a car with an espresso machine in it.
Fiat’s espresso machine is taking the “options” category of cars a bit further than even frippery-friendly Americans are used to — of course, many people want a car with backseat DVDs and outlets for passengers, but something about an in-car espresso machine seems so… well, potentially distracting and dangerous for the driver.
The Fiat brand is just really making its latest debut in the US, having retired from distribution stateside for some years before the introduction of the adorable and compact Fiat 500. (Having test driven one just two weeks ago, I can say that the vehicle is exceedingly both of those things, and a fun little car to zip around in.)
You’ve probably spotted a few Fiat 500s scooting about in the states, particularly in metropolitan areas, but there’s no reason yet to keep a broad distance for fear your fellow driver is crafting a delicious Americano while in Holland Tunnel traffic — the Fiat 500 with in-car espresso maker has not yet been made available in the maker’s models.
But, Fiat confirms say that an upmarket version of the 500 is getting the in-car espresso function in partnership with Lavazza, a high-end Italian espresso machine and coffee company, and Fiat explains:
“Finally, another world premiere is the brand new coffee machine created in collaboration with Lavazza. The 500L is the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine that utilises the technology of the ‘A Modo Mio’ pods. It is perfectly integrated in the car with a deck designed expressly by Fiat.”
While pods should decrease the danger quotient a bit, do you think Fiat’s in-car espresso machine is a questionable innovation?