Fiat 500

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500C may not hold up when compared to actual luxury cars, but when it comes to distinguishing itself as a car with innate luxury in mind, the little compact convertible carries the kind of cache not many in its class have.

Over the years, we’ve seen the 500C — and the 500, for that matter — launch partnerships with numerous high-end fashion labels and it’s no surprise that the Italian automaker is adding yet another one to that list. Okay, GQ isn’t exactly a fashion label, but when it comes to mens’ styling, this magazine is an authority on the subject.

That’s why there’s a certain element of style attributed to the just-launched 500C GQ Edition. The car captures the essence of the GQ man by creating through its athletic yet style-conscious appearance, complete with design qualities that not many lavishly-designed 500s can boast of. The larger air intakes in the front make for a more pronounced front fascia while the cloth-top mounted spoiler extends the 500’s roofline and delivers the downforce needed for improved handling. The rear end of the car also features a diffuser that has been integrated into the dual exhaust system while a distinctive “GQ 500” badge located on the B-pillar and a set of 16-inch, split five-spoke aluminum wheels round out the exterior enhancements.

The interior of the 500C GQ Edition also speaks to the stylish and premium work done to establish this model as a true trend-setter. Nero leather and Alcantara are prevalent inside, particularly used as a dress-up to the three-spoke steering wheel with a contrasting Steam (white) inner leather ring, the cluster brow with Tungsten accent stitching, and the upscale seats with Alcantara inserts. GQ Edition-specific sati chrome interior accents round out the interior modifications, driving up the class and upscale look of a true style savant of a Fiat 500 .

The 500C GQ comes with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that puts down 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This nets the fashion-conscious micro-car to 60 mph in the low 7-second range.

The Fiat 500 may not be a sexy car in standard guise. But by all accounts, the 500C GQ Edition is.

Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500C

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In Italian "cattiva" refers to a naughty yet cool person. In English "Cattiva" refers to the newest addition to the Fiat 500 lineup that the automaker will launch at the Concorso Italiano , which takes place August 16th at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California. Buyers can choose to base this new model on either Sport or Turbo variant of the Fiat 500, and it will make its way to dealers in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The new 500 Cattiva draws its inspiration from the Fiat 500 “Cattiva” Concept that the automaker unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. Fiat bills it as adding "more excitement and tuned style to the 2013 Fiat 500 Sport ."

The model features a more aggressive exterior look, with plenty of black-out treatments to go around, and a nice amount of pop under the hood, should you choose to go with the Turbo model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 Cattiva.

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Fiat expanded the 500L lineup with the addition of a new Pro version, which has been described as the "ideal solution for carrying goods and passengers." The model is only offered in a four-seat configuration and is priced from €10,300 (about $13,500 at the current exchange rates).

The new 500L Pro is 4,150 mm (163.38 inches) long, 1,780 mm wide (70.07 inches), 1,660 mm high (65.35 inches) and has a 2,610 mm (102.75 inches) wheelbase, so it offers a great interior space and a 400-liter (14.1-cubic-foot) cargo area with rear seats up. The cargo area expands to a roomy 1,310 liters (46.26 cubic-feet) with the seats folded down. Making loading cargo nice and simple is a 670 mm (26.4-inch) loading height.

The interior morphs into 1,500 different configurations that allow items up to 2.4 meters (94.5 inches) long to slide into the cargo area with ease

Under the hood, the new 500L Pro offers the same engine lineup as the base version, including the base 1.4 16v Fire engine with an output of 95 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 127 Nm (94 pound-feet) of torque at 4,500 rpm. The top-line engine is a 1.3 16v MultiJet 2 that delivers a total of 85 horsepower at 3,500 rpm and 200 Nm (148 pound-feet) of torque at a super-low 1,500 rpm.

The 1.4-liter Fire engine delivers a fuel consumption of 6.2 liters per 100 km (38 mpg) and 145 grams of CO2 per km. The 1.3-liter powerplant is rated at 4.2 liters per 100 km (52 mpg) and emits just 110 grams of CO2 per km.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Fiat 500L.

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Fiat has unveiled the seven-seat MPV version of its mini car with the official 500L Living name badge for the European market. This model is not yet on U.S. Fiat price lists, but it is expected in spring 2014 under the 500XL badge with a larger engine and optional automatic gearbox.

Much about the new 500L Living is directly derived from the successful 500L series, but a few key additions join the length stretch that puts two mini seats in the third row for the first time. The most notable are the multiple two-tone pastel plus white or black paint schemes and an in-dash espresso machine for fresh coffee.

The Lavazza coffee-maker promises individualized lattes, using a similar one-cup system best known from the Keurig K-cup series. The Fiat’s coffee maker reclaims some of Italy’s pride for inventing modern coffee practices… but then largely missing the boom in café culture epitomized by Starbuck’s global rise.

The expanding Fiat 500 line wants to avoid the same mistake of letting the premium city car segment — a long-time Fiat specialty — fall into the hands of BMW’s MINI brand.

The 500L Living beats the expected MINI Countryman Traveler "Spacebox" to market by more than year but will also face competition in American dealers from the upcoming passenger version of Ford Transit Connect as well as the existing Mazda5 . Secondary competition comes from base-model Dodge Grand Caravans from just $20,000 and some base seven-seat crossovers from $25,000.

Fiat is betting these competitors cannot match its quirky flair, brand image and unique European styling.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the Fiat 500L Living ahead of its anticipated U.S. arrival next year as the 500XL.

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Fiat is further expanding the 500 lineup on the U.S. market with a new 500L version - more than one year after the car’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show .

With the new 500L, customers will enjoy the same performance figures offered by a 2013 500 , but thanks to a total length increased by 27.7 inches, the 500L offers 42-percent more interior room.

The model adds two more doors and, thanks to its increased height and width, it will offer the best-in-class interior volume of 120.1 cubic-feet. Everything else remains pretty much identical to any other 500 model, but an extra segment-exclusive glass A- to D-pillars will provide nearly 360-degree panoramic views.

Fiat adds in the all-new Uconnect 5.0 and 6.5 touchscreen systems.

The 500L will be offered in four trim levels: Pop, Easy, Trekking and Lounge and will be priced from $19,100.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500L.

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Fiat offered the 500 by Gucci Edition back in 2011, and now, due to high demand, Fiat decided to bring it back for a limited time. This special edition will be offered for both the 500 and 500C models and will be put on sale this June. Prices will start from $23,750 for the 500 version and from $27,750 for the 500C version.

The new 500 by Gucci can be ordered in either Gucci Nero or Gucci Bianco exterior paints combined with a new Nero monotone interior trim and a signature Gucci Verde/Rosso/Verde (green/red/green) web stripe running along the entire side body. The instrument panel and the seats are wrapped in Ooltrona Frau leather with signature "Guccissima" print, while the door panels and the hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel get Premium Nero accents.

The 500 and 500C Gucci are offered with retro-inspired 15-inch aluminum wheels and will be further distinguished by numerous "Gucci" badges.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 and 500C.

The continuous evolution of the Fiat 500 and all the subsequent iterations it has had this year are about to welcome another member to the family: the 500e.

With the standard 500 , the 500C and the 500L already making their debuts in their respective niches, the 500e is set to fill the vacant electric-power niche in the 500 lineup. It will make that will make its own debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show .

With the launch of the all-electric Fiat 500e, environmentalists can now drive the iconic Italian car without aguilty consciousness. With an impressive range of116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 100 MPGe highway, it aims to electrify the gasoline-powered 500 series.

The all electric Fiat 500e has been unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Being the first electric powered Italian in North American market, Fiat has confirmed that it will arrive in California Studios during the second quarter of 2013.

So, is the Fiat 500e an alternative worth considering among the 500 series, or is it too early to adopt an electric and expensive shoe? Find out in our review of the Fiat 500e.

Update 4/16/2013: Fiat has revealed the pricing information and an innovative exchange program for the all-new 500e. Check out the "Prices" section, after the jump for more details.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 500e

Rounding out the four Abarth 695 ’fuoriserie’ models that will be in attendance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the 695 Record.

As with the rest of its kind, the 695 Record comes with the usual digs that Abarth is offering to its customers as customizable options dedicated to ensuring top-level uniqueness and exclusivity that you won’t normally find in any other Abarth 695.

The 695 Record belongs in the fuoriserie’s New Heritage Collection with the 695 Scorpio and was built to target a market that understands the homage paid to the Abarth 750 Record Bertone.

The silver body paint of the 695 Record may look a little plain to the eyes, but once you add the red-and-silver checkered roof to the equation, as well as he polished interior trim bearing the same colors, you begin to see the customization angle attributed to Abarth’s fuoriserie program.

Plus, the 695 Record also features the 180-horsepower, 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet of the standard Abarth 695. A powerful engine plus a classy personalization program always equates to a sweet ride, and the 695 Record is no different.

Abarth’s booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will feature a cavalcade of finely dressed vehicles and a quarter of that belongs to the automaker’s new “fuoriserie ,” a program devoted to customers who prefer the exclusivity typical of custom cars together with top performance levels.

One of these models is called the Abarth 695 Black Diamond, a special-edition model from the “New Wave” collection, one that also includes the Abarth 695 Hype. Built and designed to cater to the customer seeking refinement and style on his Abarth, the 695 Black Diamond is arguably the most finely dressed of the four special-edition ’fuoriserie’ models.

The two-tone black and polished grey 695 Diamond was carefully designed to adhere to its name as a sparkling example of the fuoriserie’s exclusivity. Add the checkered roof bearing the same two-tone finish and you have one special edition Abarth 695 that definitely reflects the company’s inspired attention to ensuring that its customers can get the best things out of Abarth.

All four fuoriserie Abarth 695 models will come with the standard 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet that produces an impressive 180 horsepower.

Abarth’s fuoriserie lineup that’s headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show comes with four pretty desirable models, all of which come with their own share of merits.

We couldn’t pick our favorite one so we decided that we loved all of them. Parity...you gotta love it!

One of these models is the Abarth 695 Hype, an aptly named creation, considering that it more than lives up to the hype of being part of the Italian brand’s fuoriserie program. That’s hard enough on its own, considering that individualistic nature of Abarth’s program.

But the 695 Hype pulls it off, remarkable considering the car it shares the stage as part of the New Wave collection - the 695 Black Diamond - is no slouch either.

The former is aimed at younger customers interested in cutting-edge trends, while the latter satisfies those seeking refinement and style.

The 695 Hype’s two-tone livery features a grey finish on the lower part of the vehicle, and a matching olive green color on the hood and the Abarth scorpion-adorned roof of the car, separated only by a yellow strip that goes around the entire length of the car.

Inside, it’s more of the same treatment, which particularly finds its way into the seats, adding a distinctive styling cue that fits in well with Abarth’s fuoriserie program.

The Abarth 695 Hype is powered by a 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet that develops 180 horsepower, giving the car even more reason to be as desirable as it should be.


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