FIAT 500 News

  • U.S.-spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport

    The Fiat 500 is due to begin sales here in the U.S. by the end of the year, and Chrysler is now beginning to choose the dealers that will get the car--and represent Fiat in the U.S. The choices made will be critical, as Fiat's reputation from its last run in the U.S. isn't exactly stellar. The first phase of dealers appointed are already chosen and ready for the first orders of the 500. More dealers are currently being "worked with" to bring the car to more markets by the end of the year. In total, Chrysler hopes to have 119 markets covered, primarily in "areas chosen for their high...

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    2011 Fiat 500 Sport: First Look

    The Fiat 500 is just over two months from retail sale here in the U.S., and now Chrysler has revealed the first image of the new car in Sport trim. We've already known the 500 would get an upgraded platform for the U.S., and that up to four different models would be sold, but this is our first...

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    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Promises 20+ World Debuts

    We're still months away from the 2010 Los Angeles auto show, but organizers are teasing us--and you--this morning with a tightly worded release promising more than 20 world debuts of new vehicles at the fall show. With the addition of another 20 North American debuts, many from global...

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    Abarth Coming Out With New 500 Model, New Engine

     With Chrysler stopping production of the ancient PT Cruiser, the Fiat 500 is one giant step closer to reaching showrooms as the Toluca plant in Mexico gets retooled for the fun-spirited sub-compact. Inside Line is speculating that the hot Abarth version will probably join the regular 500 at the...

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    American Fiat Fans Awarded With Special Edition 'Prima Edizione' 500

    Loyal Fiat fans in the U.S. were given the opportunity to reserve a special-edition of the upcoming 500 minicar at the annual convention of the Club Fiat-Lancia that took place last week in Asheville, North Carolina. The special model, dubbed the Fiat Cinquecento ‘Prima Edizione’ (First...

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    Fiat Models To Keep Badge When Introduced

     Those fearing that the Fiat 500 would appear in the United States as a captive import can rest easy. It was expected that the merger between Fiat and Chrysler meant that the American company’s dealer network would be used to sell Fiats. Others speculated that the cars like the 500 would be sold...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth

    We're just under six months away from the launch of the Fiat 500 in the U.S., and Chrysler is getting its ducks in a row in terms of dealers. Though Chrysler hasn't confirmed it yet, the first expected version of the Fiat 500 here in the U.S. is a doozy: the Abarth 500. The plan? There will be 125 dealers in 41 states, focusing on markets with "growth potential in the small car segment." For the full details on how Chrysler will select its Fiat dealers, hit up page 2. Not as fierce as the Abarth SS, the regular Abarth is still a hot hatch worth wanting. With 135 horsepower and 132 pound-feet...

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    Rendered: U.S.-Bound Fiat 500 Four-Door

    Many in the U.S. have been hoping to receive the wildly popular Fiat 500 minicar for the past couple of years but a lack of interest in small cars has largely held it back. Now, with Fiat's alliance with Chrysler in place the Italian auto giant has a gateway to the lucrative U.S. market and the...

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    Report: Fiat Planning Four-Door 500 For U.S.

    Many in the U.S. have been hoping to receive the wildly popular Fiat 500 minicar for the past couple of years but a lack of interest in small cars has largely held it back. Now, with Fiat's alliance with Chrysler in place the Italian auto giant has a gateway to the lucrative U.S. market and the...

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    CAR Magazine Speculates Retro Futuristic Saab 9-2

    Towards the end of General Motor’s Ownership of Saab, the brand was being diluted. Gone were the quirky and uniquely styled hatchbacks with torque-steering turbo fours and badge engineered Opels took their place. Now with Spyker’s ownership of the company, things might become “normal”...

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    Report: U.S.-Spec Fiat 500 To Get Upgraded Platform

    Construction of the Fiat 500 in North America is expected to get underway in mid-December at the Toluca, Mexico plant that's being upgraded for the task. Part of the upgrades include the use of the new Fiat Panda platform, according to a new report. The updated Fiat Panda platform will provide a...

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    2010 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Fiat 500C Abarth

    Fiat first displayed its rejuvenated Abarth brand back at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 racer concept and quickly followed this up with another concept, the Punto Abarth SS (Super Sport), at the Frankfurt Motor Show that same year and then the Abarth...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth

    Though the Chrysler-Fiat merger faces a bumpy road ahead, and many pundits think it's a hopeless case--DaimlerChrysler redux--there's at least one bright spot for Americans in the mess: the 2011 Fiat 500. And it's coming at the end of this year. Ralph Gilles confirmed the arrival date today at the Chicago Economic Club. When it does arrive, it's expected to get four different variants, including the standard three-door hatch, the 500C cabriolet, a "Giardinetta" wagon, and the model that is expected to launch Fiat back to American sales: the 500 Abarth. The Fiat 500 Abarth will bring the brand...

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    2010 Detroit Auto Show: Fiat 500 BEV

    At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show today Chrysler rolled out its Fiat 500 minicar once again but this time around the diminutive hatch is sporting something very different. Labeled the Fiat 500 BEV, the new concept features an all-electric powertrain based on Chrysler’s modular electric drive...

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    Ferrari and Maserati To Share Stand With Chrysler In Detroit

    Auto shows are generally where the car companies like to 'wow' their future customers and show off their new models to both industry rivals and the press. It’s also a great place to present new ties, which is something Chrysler and its new partner Fiat will be doing at this month’s 2010...

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    Elecric Fiat 500 To Join New Midsize Chrysler At Detroit Auto Show?

    Revealing two new cars and then not saying a word about them--that's going to be Chryslers approach to the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Or at least that's what the word on the digital street says is going to happen. The second car is an electric version of the Fiat 500, while we're already expecting the...

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    Today In Flash Mobs: Girls, Bikinis, And The Fiat 500

    Flash mobs have been around for decades (back in the day, they were called outlaw parties), but they've only recently been co-opted for marketing campaigns. Today's example: the surprise arrival of a dozen bikini-clad dancers and a DIY samba band on a chilly square in Amsterdam to shill the Fiat...

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    Abarth BRM V12-T-44 Watch Precedes Abarth Fiat 500 U.S. Arrival

    The Fiat brand will kick off its return to the U.S. with an Abarth-branded special-edition 500 in 2011, and it's expected to be the only actual Fiat-branded model on sale here. But what a model it is--espcially the hot Abarth version. So there's room here for some Abarth fans, and what fan doesn't...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth

    Many in the U.S. have been hoping to receive the wildly popular Fiat 500 minicar for the past couple of years but a lack of interest in small cars has largely held it back. Now, with Fiat's alliance with Chrysler in place the Italian auto giant has a gateway to the lucrative U.S. market and the first model to arrive under the new alliance will be the 500, and according to latest reports it won’t be the ordinary model that’s coming first but rather, the high performance Abarth. The 500 is scheduled to hit showrooms in 2011 and it’s set to be the only Fiat-badged model coming...

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    Chrysler Handling Distribution Of Fiat 500 In U.S.

    Many in the U.S. have been hoping to receive the wildly popular Fiat 500 minicar for the past couple of years but a lack of interest in small cars has largely held it back. Now, with Fiat's alliance with Chrysler in place the Italian auto giant has a gateway to the lucrative U.S. market and the...

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    Chrysler will sell four different Fiat 500 variants in U.S.

    Many in the U.S. have been hoping to receive the wildly popular Fiat 500 minicar for the past couple of years but a lack of interest in small cars has largely held it back. Now, with Fiat's alliance with Chrysler in place the Italian auto giant has a gateway to the lucrative U.S. market and the...

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    Video: U.S.-bound Fiat 500C convertible on the road

    Fiat's 500 minicar has been a smash hit since its debut, winning car of the year awards from numerous publications and organizations. Earlier this year it was joined by a convertible variant called the 500C and just yesterday the automaker released a flood of new images, revealing the car in much...

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    New Alfa Romeo 169 flagship may ride on Chrysler 300 LX platform

    The long-awaited return of Fiat and Alfa Romeo is due to get underway soon following the signing of the new alliance with Chrysler, and word of the first cars to be brought in is finally emerging. While most of the Italian cars will be skewed towards the smaller end of town, one of the most...

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    New Chrysler vehicles won't just be rebadged Fiats

    Chrysler and Fiat have already tied the knot but now questions are emerging as to how the two companies will conceive new Chrysler vehicles based on Fiat's current stock. A Chrysler-Fiat vehicle won't just feature a Chrysler badge slapped on the bonnet, but instead it will have to be re-engineered...

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