FIAT 500 News

  • 2009 ford ka 003

    As Wall Street tumbles and Americans deal with the tough times, Ford is eying its global minicar, the Ka, for U.S. sale. The car had previously been rejected as incompatible with the American taste for large, powerful vehicles, but with the signing of the Fiat-Chrysler alliance earlier this month a new opportunity has emerged. The Ford Ka is based on the same platform that underpins the Fiat 500 and the two are actually built off a single production line at a plant in Tychy, Poland. Chrysler, however, plans to source American versions of the 500 from one of its North American plants and...

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    Chrysler to build new sedan in U.S. based on Fiat C-Evo platform

    The alliance between Fiat and Chrysler still has just been finalized and with the government’s deadline for restructuring falling at the end of this month dealers understandably are nervous. Add a looming bankruptcy to the mix and stress levels for most dealers will likely be going through...

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    Chrysler-bound Fiat and Alfa vehicles revealed in court papers

    With the news that Chrysler and Fiat have finally managed to forge an alliance settling in and Chrysler's bankruptcy proceedings underway, the documents attendant to that process are beginning to reveal key details of the two company's plans. Today the models destined for U.S. sale via the...

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    Jeep’s future will likely include compact Fiat Panda Cross

    Following the announcement of the proposed alliance between Fiat and Chrysler in January, the question on everybody’s lips was which European top-sellers were finally going to come to North America. Stylish compact cars like the Fiat 500 and Bravo were suddenly a very real possibility for...

  • 2009 Rinspeed E2 Concept
    Rinspeed shows off dual power mode E2 concept car

    As carmakers strive to improve the fuel efficiency of their powertrains, more and more innovative and technical solutions are coming to light. Take Rinspeed’s latest E2 concept car based on the sporty Fiat 500 Abarth. Instead of opting for a complicated and expensive hybrid or electric...

  • 2010 Fiat 500 Cabrio spy shots
    Spy shots: 2010 Fiat 500 Cabrio

    The Fiat 500 minicar was first unveiled more than a year ago and since then we’ve seen the launch of the sporty Abarth model and even a couple of special edition models. What we are yet to come across is the upcoming Cabrio, which has been spotted by spy photographers almost completely...

  • Chrysler design boss Ralph Gilles

    Following the announcement this week of a proposed acquisition of a 35% stake in Chrysler by Italy’s Fiat Group, Chrysler’s chief designer Ralph Gilles has given some insight into the thought processes going on behind locked doors at the two companies. Chrysler and Fiat execs are currently meeting to determine the North American portfolio created by their new alliance. Speaking with Automotive News, Gilles revealed that in the months that will follow, Chrysler execs will visit the design studios at Fiat and figure out what vehicles from the Italian auto giant are most suitable for...

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    Fiat To Launch 500-Based Abarth Coupe

    Fiat, through its Abarth performance division, is reportedly working on a new sports coupe based on its 500 minicar to be launched sometime next year. The car will simply be called the Abarth Coupe and will join the existing Punto and 500 models in the Abarth lineup. Due to its humble 500...

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    Fiat unveils 100th anniversary special-edition Abarth 500 'da 0 a 100'

    Fiat has released yet another special edition 500 model, with the latest version hailing from the carmaker’s Abarth performance division. The car is the new Abarth 500 ‘da 0 a 100’, and it has been released to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of Abarth's founder...

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    Fiat releases eco:Drive efficiency datalogging application

    In a new twist on the idea of car technology that helps improve the driver, Fiat has released a software program called eco:Drive that hopes to improve green driving habits by recording exactly what is going on behind the wheel. Incorporating Microsoft's Blue&Me system to log the information to a...

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    First images of Fiat 500 Abarth SS revealed

    As microcars go, the reborn Fiat 500 has enjoyed stellar success. Already having spawned a number of high-performance and special editions, the car's hot sales have driven yet another special model - the Abarth SS, or as the Italians would say it, 'esseesse'. Long awaited and finally revealed, the...

  • Castagna Tender Two: Fiat 500 beach buggy EV
    Castagna Tender Two: Fiat 500 beach buggy EV

    Already known for its entertaining and meticulously detailed modifications to the Fiat 500, Mini Clubman and more, Castagna has once again turned its hand toward the stylish Fiat 500 minicar with surprising results. Converting the car to a two-seat, teak-decked beach buggy was the easy part - the...

  • Fiat plans to boost 500 output to 200,000 units annually

    Strong demand for the reincarnated Fiat 500 has been the story of its brief life. Since its debut in 2007, when it sold out its entire year's production run in just three weeks. Originally planned for a run of just 58,000 cars, output has since been increased to 120,000, then 140,000 and now the company expects to built 195,000 of the cars this year. Capacity for production is above 200,000 now, thanks to expansions at the Tychy plant in Poland, where the Ford Ka is also built. Already, however, 230,000 of the cars have been booked for sale between the car's July, 2007 debut and June, 2008...

  • Report: Fiat building hybrid 500
    Report: Fiat building hybrid 500

    Global demand for the Fiat 500 has been so high that its sales have been backlogged for months, and now the company is reportedly adding a hybrid powertrain to the modern classic to make it even more attractive. Based around an upcoming efficient two-cylinder petrol engine and a bespoke battery...

  • Video: Audi Q7 versus Fiat 500 crash test
    Video: Audi Q7 versus Fiat 500 crash test

    German auto club and prominent European crash tester ADAC has pitted a large SUV against a minicar with harrowing results. The test consisted of an overlapping frontal crash test at 56km/h between an Audi Q7 and a Fiat 500. The result was worrying, for the passengers in the Fiat 500 at least...

  • Nice builds Micro-Vett electric Fiat 500
    Nice builds Micro-Vett electric Fiat 500

    Combining the hottest power source of the moment with one of the hottest hatchbacks on backorder makes for a good chance of success. With the statistics the Micro-Vett Fiat 500 electric car presents, the chances are even better. Built by NICE, the same company that presented the all-new MyCar...

  • Fiat 500 Abarth SS to debut at Paris Motor Show
    Fiat 500 Abarth SS to debut at Paris Motor Show

    The sporty Abarth versions of the Fiat 500 may still be in the midst of their first release phase, but already an even more powerful model dubbed the '500 Abarth SS' is in the works that will lift power output to 160hp (120kW) and make the car even more aggressive than the just-released Abarth...

  • Hamann tunes the Fiat 500
    Hamann tunes the Fiat 500

    The German tuners at Hamann are better known for their treatments of high-end hardware from the likes of BMW and Ferrari, but they have turned their talents toward the economy-end of the specturm before, with the Mini MKII. This time, it's the Fiat 500 that gets the tuner's handiwork applied to its...

  • Preview: Fiat 500 'Giardinetta' wagon

    There have long been rumors of Fiat developing several new variants of the wildly successful Fiat 500 and recently the first of these, a new wagon or 'Giardinetta,' has been spotted with some heavy camouflage. Despite engineers’ best attempts to cover the car, the prototype is easily recognizable as an extended version of the 500. One of the 500's biggest competitors is the Mini and the recent introduction of the Mini Clubman wagon is reason enough for Fiat to launch its own version. This rendering is a good indication as to what expect for the new wagon, revealing longer rear overhangs...

  • Fiat 500 powered by O.CT Tuning
    Fiat 500 powered by O.CT Tuning

    The 500 ‘Cinquecento’ has proven to be a runaway success for Fiat, with the entire 2008 production run selling out in just three weeks and order books for next year already starting to fill. Customers from all walks of life are lining up to get behind the wheel of the classic-styled...

  • Castagna reveals Fiat 500 and Mini Clubman 'Woody'
    Castagna reveals Fiat 500 and Mini Clubman 'Woody'

    Italian coachbuilder Castagna has revealed a pair of wood-panelled cars it has developed for this week’s Geneva Motor Show. Designers used the new Mini Clubman as well as a stretched Fiat 500 hatch dubbed the ‘WoodyWagon’. The modified 500 is in fact the first stretched version of...

  • Fiat boosting 500 production to 190,000 cars per year
    Fiat boosting 500 production to 190,000 cars per year

    The rejuvenated Fiat 500 Cinquecento has proven so popular that demand has been outstripping supply for the first six months of sales, and with a host of new models on the way and no sign of demand slowing officials have been forced to boost production to 190,000 units a year. Fiat originally...

  • Fiat 500 Aria ecological concept
    Fiat 500 Aria ecological concept

    Fiat will unveil the next iteration of its eco-friendly ‘Aria’ concept line with the introduction of the new Fiat 500 Aria at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. Based on the regular 500 minicar, the new Aria concept showcases new consumption and emissions reduction technologies Fiat...

  • Updated: Fiat 500 Abarth official details
    Updated: Fiat 500 Abarth official details

    Fiat first displayed its rejuvenated Abarth brand at last year’s Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 racer concept. It quickly followed this up with another concept, the Punto Abarth SS (Super Sport) at the Frankfurt Motor Show that same year, and now we have...

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