FIAT of Chicago is family owned and operated by Antonio Scalzo (President) and his son Carmelo A. Scalzo (Vice President).
Antonio Scalzo grew up in Calabria, Italy working on FIATs and Alfa Romeos as a young mechanic. He moved to Chicago in his early twenties and worked days, nights, even weekends, trying to accomplish the "American Dream" of one day owning his own business.
In 1979, Antonio got the chance to live that dream purchased a small FIAT dealership in the western suburbs of Chicago, called Suburban Auto Imports, he grew that business in to what ended up becoming the Largest Volume FIAT / Alfa Romeo Dealership in the U.S. (up until 1995 when Alfa Romeo pulled out of the United States).
Now, almost 17 years later FIAT has triumphantly returned to the United States and this July, Antonio and his son Carmelo have once again returned to their passion and Italian Heritage with the FIAT brand and opened FIAT of CHICAGO in Downtown Chicago!
Not only has FIAT outsold it entire last year's sales through June 2012, but is on pace to have its BEST Year in the U.S. since its return!
The FIAT Abarth is one of the HOTTEST cars in the market right now and FIAT has many more exciting models coming soon! Like the 500L (or LONG 4-door 500) and just announced the 500X (SUV).
Not to mention that the CEO of FIAT USA has announce the return of the much anticipated ALFA ROMEO to the U.S. with production starting in Summer 2013 of the Alfa Romeo 4C.