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First Look: Updated Fiat 500

No immediate plans for U.S. market update.

by on Jul.07, 2015

The 2016 Fiat 500 gets a number of exterior and interior updates - in Europe.

While we Americans have only had access to the little Fiat 500 since the 2012 model-year, it’s been around the block for awhile – getting only modest changes since its European introduction in 2007. Considering the speed with which vehicles are being refreshed these days, that might suggest the Cinquecento is already overdue.

And, indeed, for 2016 Fiat is bringing some changes to the little car, making a number of modest exterior updates, introducing revised powertrains, and giving the 2016 Fiat 500 a much more user-friendly infotainment system based on the Uconnect system developed by the Chrysler side of the family.

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Here’s the catch: for now, the changes to the Fiat 500 are for the European market only. There’s no word if or when we’ll see the Italian maker tweak the U.S. version.

“The 500 revealed in Turin is a model produced in Europe for Europe,” explains FCA spokesman Bryan Zvibleman. “The Fiat 500 for North America will continue to be produced in Toluca, Mexico keeping the specific features for the North American market.”

So, what are you missing out on?

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Fiat Halts Orders for New 500 Abarth

Demand for performance model outstripping supply.

by on Jun.05, 2012

Fiat officials halted dealer orders for the 2012 500 Abarth though some dealers still have a few in stock.

Barely a month after launching sales of the new Fiat 500 Abarth the maker has told dealers it will no longer be able to supply orders for the rest of the 2012 model-year.

The high-performance version of what Italians call the Cinquecento has helped kick-start demand after a rough launch for the Fiat brand – which led to the ouster of the marque’s original marketing chief.  But sales have surged in recent months, buoyed by more aggressive marketing and the launch of the new Abarth edition.

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“The Fiat 500 Abarth is unstoppable,” Fiat brand boss Tim Kuniskis said in a statement.  “Dealer orders for the Abarth dramatically exceeded the number of units we had scheduled for production. We had to schedule additional production to try and keep up with the demand. Most Abarth units are sold within one day.”

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Fiat 500: Is America Ready to Embrace Micro?

Making the case to buy Cinquecento revolves around the cuteness factor.

by on Apr.25, 2012

Fiat has returned to the U.S. market with the 500, a tiny, four-seat two-door hatchback.

There’s two ways to tell the story of the Fiat 500.

Story no. 1:

It seemed like a relatively simple trip. Two people, two duffel bags, one box of Easter flowers, a computer bag, one dog. But crammed inside the Fiat 500, no one was happy about the space allotted to them, the dog especially. Geez, there weren’t even kids tagging along for this trip.

Or, story no. 2

From Small to Big!

There’s this woman I know who loves tiny cars. She sees this little Fiat 500 and declares “This is a Rhonda car. Can I drive it?”

Look, there’s no denying the 500 is as cute as a teacup Italian greyhound. For many, that’s the appeal. And when it’s time to pack for a weekend up north? Well, pack light and bring gift cards to the local greenhouse.

Fiat has been gone from the U.S. market for 29 years. But when the company took control of Chrysler, it saw an opportunity to make its often-delayed return to the U.S. market. The car it decided to bring here first is the tiny 500, or Cinquecento in Italian.

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Fiat Pulls Cover off Stretched 500L

Is longer really better?

by on Mar.06, 2012

The new 500L is about 2 feet -- and 2 doors -- longer than the original Fiat 500.

“Bigger is better,” or so goes the classic American mantra, something that led to the gigantosauruses that once ruled U.S. highways.  Fiat, on the other hand, was one of a growing number of makers that opted for the idea that small is beautiful.

Or so it seemed with last year’s launch of the pint-sized Fiat 500.  The little Cinquecento has been going momentum in recent months, after a dreadful launch, but it’s probably no surprised that as they rewrite the brand strategy Fiat officials are also wondering whether bigger – at least a little bit bigger, anyway – might indeed be better.

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They’ll soon find out, thanks to the Fiat 500L, the stretched version of the minicar that’s now on display at the Geneva Motor Show.  The stretch model adds “practicality and substance,” declared the Italian maker’s global brand chief Olivier Francois – which translates into two more doors and an extra two feet, nose-to-tail.

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Fiat’s Back with Cinquecento, that’s Italian for 500

Subcompact has upscale features, low price.

by on Nov.18, 2010

Laura Soave, head of Fiat Brand North America, introduces the 2012 Fiat 500.

Twenty-six years ago, Fiat left the U.S. market amid claims of poor quality. Now, with the help of its new American partner, Chrysler, the Italian automaker is back with a stylish subcompact, the 500, or Cinquecento.

Fiat officially revealed the U.S. version of the 2012 Fiat 500 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Wednesday.

In addition, Fiat announced the first 130 Chrysler dealers chosen to sell the 500. See the list of dealers at the end of the story.

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The car is a cheeky little number with cool details and some significant technology.

“The new Fiat 500 now brings something truly unique to one of the fastest growing segments in North America, delivering Italian-by-design function, value and efficiency intelligently tailored for our market,” said Laura Soave, Head of Fiat Brand North America. (more…)

Egg-Mobiles, Swimming Cars, Solar Power and Other Assorted Swiss Auto Show Oddities

You can find almost anything at the Geneva Motor Show.

by on Mar.05, 2009

The Geneva Motor Show attracts 100 or more makers, including tuners, specialty makers, designers like Pininfarina -- its Bollore, shown here -- and other auto wannabes.

The Geneva Show attracts 100 or more makers, tuners, designers like Pininfarina -- its Bollore, above -- and other auto wannabes.

Ask anyone who works the international auto show circuit and you’ll likely get the same answer over and over again. The annual Geneva Motor Show seems to be just about everyone’s perennial favorite.

For newshounds, the event can be grueling to cover, considering there’s a news conference roughly every 15 minutes, from dawn to dusk, and you’ll jostle with thousands of colleagues for a good view and a better camera angle. But you’ll get a flood of news, especially if you’re sharp at spotting the assorted industry leaders who make their annual pre-Spring pilgrimage to Geneva’s PalExpo convention center.

Indeed, it’s a great place for executives, analysts and, well, just about anyone with a stake in the business to come together, formally or not. Wander the show’s crowded aisles and you might just spot Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche grabbing a few moments with his erstwhile rival, BMW Chief Norbert Reithofer. And even the highest-ranking executives seemed a little star-struck when the “Governator,” California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger, wandered into PalExpo Wednesday morning, presumably on his own nickel and not California’s taxpayers.

Geneva brings out the automotive eccentrics, including one hopeful showing an egg-shaped car running on compressed air.

Geneva brings out the automotive eccentrics, including one hopeful showing an egg-shaped car running on compressed air.

Yet for many of us in the media, one of the most intriguing features of the Geneva Motor Show is the collection of unusual, and sometimes downright oddball automakers who share floor space with more mainstream manufacturers, such as Mercedes, Opel, Renault and Toyota.

Considering its national history – and with no major manufacturer of its own – the Swiss show is considered neutral territory, where anyone with the dollars to set up a stand can find space, and some of the strangest brands grab some of the most valuable real estate.

A few names are fairly well known to automotive aficionados, like the design house, Pininfarina, which brought its Bollore Concept to the ’09 Geneva show. The event is a good way not only to get its name out to the public, but to remind industry executives that it’s ready to lend its design magic to their products.

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