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  • StudioM 24K gold Fiat 500 Pepita

    At this year’s Scrigno Tesori d'Italia luxury event in Rome, car customizer StudioM rolled out a Fiat 500 minicar covered in a 24k gold micro-powder paint scheme and nicknamed the ‘Pepita’. Last year the same company showcased a Maserati Quattroporte painted in the same finish but this time ‘round StudioM decided to go over the top and kit the show car with an entire jewelery box assortment of precious materials. The list includes a set of OZ wheels and tires brushed with gold, an Australian mother of pearl inlay for the dashboard, gear shifter and handbrake, pedals...

  • Perks of the job: Ferrari F1 driver gets custom Fiat 500
    Perks of the job: Ferrari F1 driver gets custom Fiat 500

    F1 drivers are usually given a carmaker’s top performance model when they sign up to race under them, probably because anything else would be painstakingly slow in comparison to an F1 racer, so imagine the surprise when Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was handed the keys to a humble Fiat 500...

  • Fiat 500 wins European COTY for 2008
    Fiat 500 wins European COTY for 2008

    The Fiat 500 carries more history and heritage than most minicars, excepting possibly the Mini. Alternately named the 500, the Cinquecento (literally, Italian for “500?) and Nuova 500, Fiat’s iconic minicar won the hearts of millions of drivers between 1957 and 1975. Since its rebirth...

  • Fiat 500 designer to handle all Fiat design
    Fiat 500 designer to handle all Fiat design

    Execs at Fiat have been so impressed with the cute and cheeky design of the 500 that they have promoted its designer, Roberto Giolito, to the head of design at Fiat Automobiles. During his time at the Fiat advanced design studio, Giolito created the Trepiuno concept that was unveiled back in 2004...

  • Review: Fiat 500 1.3L Multijet
    Review: Fiat 500 1.3L Multijet

    Like the new Volkswagen Beetle and BMW Mini currently on sale, Fiat’s new 500 minicar has been designed to reignite the nostalgia and the glory days of carefree motoring in Europe during the 1950s and ‘60s. Marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original 500...

  • Fiat 500 sold out in 3 weeks, prompts extra production
    Fiat 500 sold out in 3 weeks, prompts extra production

    Fiat’s recently launched 500 minicar is proving so popular that management has decided to increase production. According to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, annual production for the 500 will expand to 140,000 from the current 120,000 level starting from next year. It’s hard to imagine that...

  • Preview: Fiat 500 Giardinetta wagon

    The Fiat 500 minicar only made its debut this month but there’s already talk of additional variants being developed including a new long wheelbase ‘Giardinetta’ version similar to Mini’s new Clubman. Already confirmed for production are the cabriolet soft-top and performance Abarth versions due by the middle of next year, but Fiat execs are mulling plans for both a three door station wagon and a 4WD SUV. This new rendering is a good indication as to what the wagon variant could look like and is based on a preview of the car that was shown on a video at the launching of...

  • Spy Shots: Fiat’s Abarth Punto and 500 hot-hatches
    Spy Shots: Fiat’s Abarth Punto And 500 Hot Hatches

    Spy photographers have spotted the upcoming Abarth versions of the Fiat Punto and 500 minicar, the first of a range of sports oriented models from Fiat featuring the famous Scorpion Abarth branding. Previewed in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Punto Abarth that’s due...

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    Video: The new Fiat 500

    Fiat’s new 500 minicar was officially unveiled at a ceremony in Turin last night, marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original model and the beginning of a new era of fun motoring in an attractive but affordable package. This latest video shows us what we've already known for...

  • Fiat wants 500 to be ‘iPod’ of cars
    Fiat wants 500 to be ‘iPod’ of cars

    Fiat’s new 500 will be making a big impact when it hits the streets, rewriting the rules for the low-cost minicar segment by offering distinctive styling and innovativeness in a package that’ll only set you back around €10,000. No wonder Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne commented that...

  • Fiat considers sporty Abarth 500 for US
    Fiat Considers Sporty Abarth 500 For U.S.

    Fiat’s upcoming 500 minicar may eventually be sold in the US with news that management is considering launching the sporty Abarth model Stateside by the end of the decade. A high-ranking official who spoke with Automotive News Europe revealed that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes to sell the...

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    Video: New Fiat 500

    Fiat is officially back. The company that GM paid $2 billion not to take over just two years ago has gone from strength to strength in the hyper-competitive European market. By introducing new products with sharp styling and improved reliability, the ‘new’ Fiat range has been selling...

  • This is the new Fiat 500

    Thanks to a leaked dealer presentation for Fiat’s retro 500 we now have photos of what the final car will look like. Featuring a design that harks back to the original, but still retaining modern styling cues, the 500 will use styling and lifestyle options to attract buyers. What’s most interesting about these slides is that they show off the array of accessories available to the 500. Just like Nokia did with mobile phone covers, Fiat will have various styling options that will allow the 500 to be truly personalised, giving you more options than BMW’s Mini. The list of...

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