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  • Fiat 500 TwinAir two-cylinder engine

    Two cylinders. A quarter of what many Americans consider the correct number, half of what you'll find in most economy cars. It's even a cylinder and over 100cc short of the smallest car engine on sale in the United States, the one liter (61 ci) three-pot found in the 2011 smart fortwo. Despite this, it's just won International Engine of the Year 2011. The motor in question is Fiat's 875cc (53.4 ci) TwinAir, inline, two-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine as found in the European market Fiat 500. Other than the unusually low cylinder count, what makes the engine so special? The technology...

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    2012 Fiat Cabrio Pricing Starts At $20,000

    It just made its U.S. debut at last week’s 2011 New York Auto Show and now we have the all-important pricing details. We’re of course talking about the funky new 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio, or 500c for short, which goes on sale in the coming months, just in time for summer. The four-seater...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio live photos
    2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio: 2011 New York Auto Show Live Photos

    Powered by the same 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter Multiair four-cylinder engine as the standard Fiat 500, the cloth-top convertible 500 Cabrio is nonetheless a special vehicle. The unique retractable cloth roof combines the open-air fun of a convertible with the space and convenience of a hatchback...

  • Aznom Fiat 500 with mid-engine, rear-drive layout
    Aznom Unveils 230-HP Mid-Engine Rear-Drive Fiat 500 At Top Marques Monaco

    Wrap your head around this: Italian tuning shop Aznom has put together a 230-horsepower Fiat 500 with a mid-engine, rear-drive layout. For no good reason except to do it--and the obvious performance potential. Weighing in at just 1,880 pounds, it's also a light little hatch. Toss in Bilstein...

  • Shell V-Power loop at AutoRAI 2011 in Holland
    2012 Fiat 500 Attempts The Loop: Video

    The AutoRAI is an auto show held annually in Holland and is typically present to a number of luxury car unveilings, wild tuner cars and the obligatory auto event babes, but at this year’s show, Fiat together with oil-giant Shell is showcasing something a little out of the ordinary. Thanks to...

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    2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio Preview: 2011 New York Auto Show

    The wraps have just come off the 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio, and it's exactly what we expected: an American version of the 500 Cabrio we've seen strolling around Europe for quite a while. Of course, it gets the upgrades all American 500s see, but the main draw is the slide-back canvas roof that mimics...

  • Fiat 500 Design Collection

    Fans of Italian styling and flair are rejoicing in the return of the Fiat brand to the U.S. and subsequent introduction of the brand’s most quintessential model, the funky 2012 Fiat 500. But soon they will have another avenue to express their love of Fiat and its stylish minicar, with the new Fiat 500 Design Collection. Designed in partnership with interior design firm Meritalia and Lapo Elkann, the brother of Fiat chairman and Agnelli ‘crown prince’ John Elkann, the new collection features three basic pieces: a picnic table (pictured below), as well as a ‘Cin...

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    David Channeling Goliath - The Fiat Abarth 500 Assetto Corse

    The iconic Fiat 500 has a long and storied history. As each manufacturer of more mundane rides tends to attract performance tuners, so the Fiat 500 has a relationship with the tuner Abarth. Anyone can buy one of their brilliant 500 SS models, much beloved by automotive journalists, including the...

  • Fiat 500 by Gucci
    Italian Job: Will The Fiat 500 Steal the Hearts of Americans?

    The financial crisis of 2008 spawned myriad chess moves in the car industry to keep companies viable. GM had to axe some brands; Ford sold off Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. Chrysler had already been sold by Daimler AG, to Cerberus Capital Management, and soon found itself sold to Fiat, which...

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    2012 Fiat 500C Making U.S. Debut At 2011 New York Auto Show

    Interest in the pint-sized 2012 Fiat 500 is set to ignite once again with word on the street that its convertible sibling, the funky 500C, is set to make its North American debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show next month. That word comes by way of Fiat’s local chief, Laura Soave, who in the...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept
    Funky Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept Headed For Production?

    It may not have had the mega-dollar pricetag of some of the other vehicles on show at the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but the funky Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato was certainly one of the coolest cars unveiled. Built by legendary Italian design house Zagato, the makers of other specials like the Alfa...

  • Fiat Cinquecento Prima Edizione launch party
    2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Deliveries Begin This Week

    Five hundred lucky, patient Fiat 500 enthusiasts will get a special delivery this week: the first Fiats to be sold in the U.S. since 1984, in the form of the Prima Edizione. Fiat enthusiasts were offered the chance to buy the cars as a reward for their loyalty in the brand's absence. Each Prima...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept. Photo by Vitesse Photography.

    You thought the Fiat 500 was small enough? Zagato disagrees, and has the hardware to prove it. The 500 Coupe Zagato does away with a healthy chunk of the standard 500's rear quarters, going instead with a sloping roof and spoiler to give it a more coupe-like profile. We say coupe-like because it's also still a bit of a hatchback. We're also not sure we're sold on the resulting changes to the 500's proportions--the nose somehow seems longer and more bulbous without the higher roof to balance it. On the other hand, it looks pretty good from the rear three-quarters view. It's a toss-up. Unique...

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    Fiat 500 By Gucci: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    Automotive pairings with luxury fashion labels is nothing new but typically we see the more exotic and prestigious models get the designer fashion treatment, such as this Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès or the awesome Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace editions. The latest collaboration...

  • Fiat's Winsome Press Kit
    Best Detroit Show Press Kit: It's Inside Fiat's Box

    Major auto shows stage media events. It's a verity. At these "pressers," carmaker barkers, concept cars, new production models, and human eye candy vie for photographer and journalist attention. Nonetheless, it's often the other attractions that amuse the media masses--tchotchke. These trinkets are...

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    2012 Fiat 500: Does It Stand A Chance?

    If you've ever pulled off a study-abroad gig in Europe you've likely seen a lot of tiny cars, most of which would be impossible to find in the United States outside of perhaps the MINI Cooper, the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda2. So why is Fiat placing a big bet on its 500, or Cinquecento as it's known...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio Coming Q2 2011, Abarth and EV In 2012

    Fiat is poised to make its return to the United States, with the 500 Prima Edizione the forerunner of a flotilla of pint-sized hatches and convertibles. Already open for order and soon to start delivery, the manual-only Prima Edizione will be joined over the next year by the 500C Cabriolet, Abarth...

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    Career Counseling For Oscar Night Losers

    "Oh, it's an honor just to be nominated." That's what they say on Oscar night, all the nominees in their borrowed finery, shuffling past the paparazzi and self-proclaimed fashion police. (Seriously, why does Ryan Seacrest get to comment on anyone's outfit?) But deep inside, we know they're nervous...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    For just $15,500 you can buy yourself a slice of Fiat's proper return to America--provided you're willing to row your own cogs, at least at first. After the recent salvo of live shots from the Detroit Auto Show, the latest on Fiat's pint-sized 2012 500 is that the first units to show up in the U.S., due late February, will come in manual transmission flavors only. For the 101-horsepower 1.4-liter Multiair engine fitted to North American-spec cars, that means a six-speed manual. Later in the year, in March or April, the six-speed automatic transmissions will begin to arrive, according to...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2011 Detroit Auto Show: 2012 Fiat 500 Live Photos

    Lovers of Italian flair--on a budget--were treated with a handful of 2012 Fiat 500 minicars at this week’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show, which added a little spark to Chrysler’s stands and managed to draw in plenty of fans and curious onlookers. These latest live photos really show off the...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 launch event at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 2010
    Waste Some Time With the Fiat 500

    The big day is so close. The Fiat 500 is almost here, and when it comes to the right college car I am having trouble thinking of anything better... at least, that's how it looks on the screen. It's cheap, with prices starting at $15,500. It is tiny and economical, so you know broke college kids...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth in police livery
    Fiat 500 Abarth In Police Livery Headed To 2010 Essen Motor Show

    The Essen Motor Show may not be as well recognized as some of the other major shows on the international automotive calendar but the event has had its fair share of spectacular concept cars over the years. For those unfamiliar with the Essen Motor Show, it is an event held annually in the German...

  • U.S.-spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport
    2012 Fiat 500 Priced From $15,500

    The 2012 Fiat 500 is almost here. Making its North American debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the stylish minicar managed to draw plenty of attention, not only because of its cute styling and Italian flair but also because of its $15,000 pricetag. North American versions of the car...

  • Chrysler's 2010 SEMA display vehicles
    Video: Chrysler, Mopar Prepare 35-Vehicle SEMA Onslaught

    SEMA is known as the yearly outlet for most things automotive and extreme, but this year, Mopar is taking it over the top with 35 vehicles. Stars in the lineup include a 2011 RedLine Dodge Charger, a custom 2011 Dodge Durango, and a heavily modded 2010 Fiat 500 from Europe. The 2011 RedLine Dodge...

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