FIAT 500 News

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Side Impact Test

    According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), 2012 Fiat 500 models built after July of 2011 earn a “Top Safety Pick” designation, indicating that they’ve achieved the highest score of “Good” in frontal offset, side impact and roof strength testing. Even models built before August of 2011 score “Good” in all IIHS tests except frontal offset crash testing, where the diminutive city car managed a rating of “Marginal,” which is the rating above “Poor.” Stick to a Fiat 500 built after July of 2011, however, and the...

  • VH1 Pop Up Video treatment of Fiat's 'Seduction' ad
    Fiat's 'Seduction' Ad Gets A Pop Up Video Rework

    If you want to sell product, throwing a little sex into the mix generally works well to attract consumers. Take Fiat’s hugely popular ad for the 500 Abarth, entitled “Seduction,” which inspires all of us to wander the streets of our respective cities, cappuccino in hand, looking...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
    The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Comes To Jay Leno's Garage: Video

    The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is more than just an economy car with a slapped-on turbo. To ensure that the car could handle the rigors of track-day events and autocross competition, Fiat’s engineers have strengthened the engine’s internals to cope with the additional 59 horsepower, added a...

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    Another Fiat 500, Another J-Lo Ad: Video

    Fiat sure isn't afraid to invest money in advertising. After enjoying major acclaim for Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" Superbowl spot featuring Eminem, Fiat teamed with another household music name in Jennifer Lopez. The first Lopez spot advertised the Fiat 500 Cabrio beginning last month. This...

  • Fiat's latest ad for the U.S.-spec 500 Abarth
    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Ad Makes Us Yearn For A Test Drive: Video

    How many times has this happened to you? One minute you’re walking down the street, sipping your half-caf-lowfat-mocha-with-whipped-cream and minding your own business. The next, you’re backed up into a pillar by a stunning Italian fashion model, who appears to be questioning your...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth live reveal at Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011
    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Live Photos: Los Angeles Auto Show

    Fiat unveiled the "small but wicked" 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth to the U.S. today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The light, track-tuned version of the Fiat 500, which is powered by a new turbocharged version of the MultiAir 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, will bring some of the serious racing heritage of...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

    The U.S. will soon get to enjoy one of the most stylish and fun-packed hot hatches the rest of the world has been lapping up since 2008. We are of course talking about the sporty new Fiat 500 Abarth, which makes its debut next month at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show before hitting local showrooms early in the new year. For anyone not familiar with the Abarth brand, it is an Italian race car manufacturer that’s now responsible for not only Fiat’s motorsports efforts but also for the tuning of some of its cars. You’ll recognize an Abarth by the menacing scorpion logo adorned...

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    Fiat Teases The U.S.-Spec 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth: Video

    If you’re looking for more images or details on the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth than we gave you here, this video will leave you disappointed. In fact, it has less than 2 seconds worth of product imagery in a 23 second video. It does, however, refer to the Fiat 500 Abarth as an outcast, a rebel and...

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    2012 MINI Roadster, Fiat 500 Abarth, SEMA: Today's Car News

    If the standard Fiat 500 just doesn't have enough sport for you, you're in luck: the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth will be coming at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2012 MINI Roadster will give it a run for its money, and the SEMA show is getting ready to kick off in force. The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Titanium teaser
    Fiat Previews 500 Titanium And Carbon Ahead Of 2011 SEMA

    In and amongst all the Chryslers, Dodges, and Ram pickups on show at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show will be a pair of pintsized 2012 Fiat 500 hatchbacks dressed up in the latest accessories from Mopar. The two custom 500s will be the 500 Titanium, previewed...

  • 2013 Fiat 500 Elettrica electric car spy shots
    2013 Fiat 500E Electric Car Spy Shots

    Chrysler has been promising to launch an electric car since its pre-bankruptcy days of ENVI but so far the only tangible evidence that such a car was in the works was the unveiling of the Fiat 500 'Elettra' concept back at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Now, more than 18 months since the unveiling of...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing
    2012 Fiat 500 Awarded Top Safety Pick By IIHS

    The 2012 Fiat 500 has won the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award in the Institute's latest round of testing. Note, the award only applies to 500s built after July of this year because the driver's seat structure was modified to improve occupant protection in both...

  • Jennifer Lopez in an ad for the 2012 Fiat 500c

    Last month we first learned that Fiat was partnering with entertainment superstar Jennifer Lopez to help flog its new 2012 500 Cabrio in the U.S. Well, this week the first ad showcasing the stylish new drop-top as well as Lopez’s own song Until It Beats No More from her latest album Love? aired on television screens across the country. The ad, titled “My World,” is voiced-over by Lopez, who is seen driving a Fiat 500 Cabrio as she travels through the streets of Manhattan to the Bronx where she grew up. It also gives a good impression as to what the car looks like in its...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon Edition
    2012 Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon Edition Helping The Fight Against Breast Cancer

    Fiat will donate $1,000 from every sale of its new 2012 Fiat 500 Pink Ribbon Edition to help support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The automaker will build just 250 examples of the special edition minicar, and has committed to a $50,000 minimum donation. Based on the 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge...

  • The Abarth 695 Competizione. Image: Fiat S.p.A
    Abarth To Launch Three New Models In Frankfurt

    Abarth isn’t exactly a household name in America, but Fiat’s tuning partner has a well-established (and well deserved) reputation for turning out remarkably fast and nimble Fiats in most of the world. Americans will get the chance to experience Abarth in 2012, with the launch of the...

  • Fiat 500 by Gucci
    Fiat 500 By Gucci Confirmed For U.S.

    Fiat fans in the U.S. will finally be able to drive away in the irresistibly stylish Fiat 500 by Gucci when the fashionable subcompact makes its local debut during New York Fashion Week, which kicks off on September 8. The cars, available in black and white, are customized by Gucci design boss...

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    Three New Fiat 500 Variants To Be Launched By 2013

    The Fiat 500 has just hit showrooms and is set to be joined in the very near future by its 500 Cabrio sibling, but in a few short years the 500 lineup will expand to no less than five unique variants. The first of three new variants, the sporty Fiat 500 Abarth, has already been confirmed for a...

  • Scagliarini Motorsports Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Elaborata
    Scagliarini Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Elaborata Is No Zagato

    Earlier this week a U.S.-based company called Scagliarini Motorsports, a specialist in Fiat and Abarth customization, unveiled a new Fiat 500 project car dubbed the Scagliarini Fiat 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata. The project car was developed for a client living in the United Arab Emirates, who...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio by Gucci

    It was only a matter of time until Fiat launched a Gucci edition of its latest 2012 500 Cabrio, or 500C as it’s known elsewhere. Back in March we saw the 500 by Gucci make its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and now just one month out from the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, Fiat has unveiled the new 500C by Gucci, which is about to embark on a European tour. As its name suggests, the 500C by Gucci is a convertible version of the stylish Fiat minicar once again customized by Gucci design boss Frida Giannini in collaboration with the Fiat’s own Centro Stile design center. The special...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Mopar accessories range
    2012 Fiat 500 Gets Mopar Accessories

    Owners of the Fiat 500 and new 500 Cabrio will be able to dress up their cars in quite a number of different ways, 150 different ways in fact, thanks to a number of accessories unveiled today by Chrysler’s official aftermarket division Mopar. The pint-sized Fiat is one of the most...

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    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Coming To 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show

    We've long known the Fiat 500 Abarth was coming to the U.S. We've also known it would be on sale in the first quarter of 2012. What we didn't know, until today, was when it would first make its official debut in the U.S. Answer? The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to FiatAmerica's official...

  • Fiat Source iPad App
    2012 FIAT 500 Apple iPad App Is A Source Of All Knowledge

    The 2012 FIAT 500 is one of the most distinctive cars on the road. The car has been on sale in Europe for a few years now and they're already everywhere, and early impressions are good in America too. If you've seen a few on the road and want to know more, what better way than "FIAT Source"? It's a...

  • Abarth Fiat Punto Evo
    Forbidden Fruit: Fiat Abarth Punto Evo SS

    We already know that a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth is coming to the U.S., but what we won't get is the Abarth Punto Evo with the esseesse conversion kit--not a direct relation to the 500, but cut from similar cloth, and an example of what we'd like to see more of from Fiat. This pint-sized Fiat hot hatch...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth rally car
    Fiat Abarth To Enter WRC In 2013?

    With both MINI and Volkswagen already confirming their intentions to enter the competitive world of the World Rally Championship (WRC), an international race series once dominated by the likes of Subaru and Mitsubishi and still by Citroen, Fiat, more specifically Fiat’s Abarth performance and...

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