Group LLC recently hosted test-drives of the 500, the stylish A-segment car, which is expected to hit U.S. showrooms in February.
In our opinion, the owner's manual should strongly suggestis not just selling a car, but an authentic Italian driving experience.
An entire chapter could be devoted to behavior and might read like this:
“If the car in front of you is going too slowly, beep the horn and say: ‘Ti mi fan a barba.’ This means, ‘You make me grow a beard,’ which loses something in the translation, but the general concept is clear.
“If someone cuts you off, you are entitled to roll down your window and shout, ‘Testa dura!’ (hard head) at him or her. Then beep the horn.
“Fist-shaking or other hand gestures are not acceptable unless you are forced to slam on your brakes. In such a case, climb half-way out of the driver's side window and hold the horn down with your knee while yelling loudly, ‘Idiota!’ (No translation necessary.) Flicking the back of your hand under your chin toward the offending motorist is optional.
“If the object of your ire responds with an epithet of his or her own, it is suggested you de-escalate the situation. Say: ‘Fa mi ridi na gamba!’ which means, ‘You make my leg laugh.’
“Again, it loses something in the translation. But be assured, it will generate sufficient bewilderment to diffuse all tension so you can continue on your way.
“Beep the horn again and move on. Continue beeping randomly until you arrive at your destination.”
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