The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.
Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.
Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.
Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.
With nine months of year-over-year sales gains during 2013 and off to a great start in 2014, the tiny Fiat 500 is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, mostly because of its classic look and affordable price. Its 101-horsepower, inline-four engine won’t break any speed records, but this is where the brawnier Abarth version comes in. Yes, the Fiat 500 Abarth is being readied for the 2015 model year as we speak, with the high-performance city car scheduled to be showcased during the New York Auto Show later this month, in both hatchback and cabrio guises.
To keep the 500 Abarth appealing for 2015, the Italians have operated a number of interior and powertrain updates without altering the vehicle’s sporty character. In fact, the new transmission the 500 Abarth is set to receive promises to offer "an even more engaged driving experience."
Last time we drove the Fiat 500 Abarth we dubbed it "mini Ferrari" . Now let’s find out if this little, turbocharged hatch is ready to carry its legacy even further.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.
The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.
Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.
Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.
If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.
Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.
Fiat is using the New York Auto Show as the perfect opportunity to showcase its entire 500 lineup, beginning with the 2015 Fiat 500. While the changes to the 2015 500 are mostly limited to the interior, the aggressive manner by which Fiat is promoting the 2015 500 in the U.S. goes to show just how serious the company is in establishing a presence in this market.
Apparently, it’s not enough that the 500’s already selling like ice cream on a blistering summer afternoon, as Fiat is planning a full-court press here. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg too, as we expect to see a lot more buildup ahead of the summer release of the 500 and its other variations.
That’s why the New York Auto Show is as good a time as any for prospective buyers to get a first look at the 2015 500 to see whether it’s a car they’ll have their eyes on later on down the road.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500.
Let’s be real here for a second. There are only a certain amount of things you can to the Fiat 500 to make it more appealing to customers. The car doesn’t exactly look like a million bucks, although its retro-themed design does appeal to a certain segment of the car-buying population.
So when Fiat comes out with a special-edition 500 dubbed the "500 Cult" and describes it as a top-of-the-range version of its 500 line that offers an "exclusive level of style, technological content and performance," nobody’s doing any backflips thinking that this baby can compete with even the tamest of sports cars .
But all that isn’t to say that the 500 lacks in any appeal. Like we said, a lot of people dig the bygone looks and the tradition of the vehicle, so much so that rolling out new duds for the 500 isn’t such a bad idea.
Essentially, that’s what Fiat is banking on with the 500 Cult, offering a plethora of new options for both the coupe and convertible versions that puts even more emphasis on the hatchback ’s trendiness.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fiat 500 Cult.
The Fiat 500 has tons of history, as does the Abarth line. One of the most famous of the Abarths debut at the Geneva Auto Show all the way back in 1964. This 695 had a 699.5 cc engine with a "whopping" 30 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 130 km/h (36 mph). Well, now 50 years later, Fiat is revealing a new Abarth 695, which it dubbed the biposto, with just a tad more power and a much higher top speed.
The 695 biposto checks in with a healthy 30-horsepower bump over the standard Fiat 500 Abarth and uses the same 1.4-liter engine. It also features an insane dog box transmission that is rarely seen in anything other than race cars, and even those are hard to come by.
On top of the racing transmission, the Abarth 695 drops loads of weight, gets a stripped-down interior and a half roll cage.
On the surface, the 695 biposto look like a massive heap of awesomeness on the surface, but is it still as awesome when I drill down into all of the details?
Click past the jump to read more and find out.
The Fiat 500L is the bigger version of the fun and funky Italian Fiat 500. In the stretch, some of the style and excitement was lost in the larger design. Where the 500 looks cute and lithe, the 500L looks a little…frumpy. The larger front end is a bit lumpy, and the longer wheelbase upset the near perfect proportions of the normal 500 .
Fiat has just gone a long way to improving the overall look and style of the 500L with the new Fiat 500L Beats Edition. With a full collection of special exterior embellishments and changes, added to a similar interior treatment, the 500L Beats Edition looks good.
Apart from the improved styling the Beats Edition also comes loaded with a signature Beats Audio stereo. As you may have guessed, the Beats By Dr. Dre stereo collaboration is what paved the way for this stylish five-door’s creation.
Read on for more details on the Fiat 500L Beats Edition
This isn’t the first time Fiat has partnered with a retail brand on one of its models, and we bet that it won’t be the last either.
Yet this particular collaboration, which Fiat has with French perfume house Guerlain, really has us thinking of how far the former is going to go with these kinds of partnerships.
Don’t take that the wrong way, as Fiat has hit some home runs with some of its past retail tieups. It’s just that this one strikes us as a little weird because we don’t usually see perfume makers diving into the automotive world. Having said all that, we actually do find something surprisingly interesting about the La Petite Robe Noire 500 and 500C.
The model is available in the coupe and cabriolet versions of the 500, and it comes with a load of unique features, highlighted by an interior that’s been dressed in a bi-color black and white Poltrona Frau leather upholstery. Fancy digs for a Fiat 500 , right? Oh, and there’s also a clothing hanger on the passenger headrest.
Tinted rear windows are also part of the package, as are rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps and a rear wing that also comes with a dynamic silhouette created by Kuntzel+Deygas.
And just because Guerlain was highly involved in the development of all 250 units of this special edition 500, anybody who purchases one will also receive a 100 ml bottle of the La Petite Robe Noire perfume, as well as a makeup kit that includes 30ml of Velvet Body Milk, black mascara, nail lacquer and Terracotta 4 Seasons in Tint Nude powder.
The Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire Edition will set you back &euro15,700 ($21,360 at the current exchange rates) with all models predictably earmarked for the French market.
Click past the jump to read about the Fiat 500
Lets face it: "57" is not an usual number to celebrate, but when we are talking about the 57th anniversary of a model launched in 1957, it’s a whole different story. With this in mind, Fiat decided to celebrate 500 ’s 57th anniversary with the launch of a special 500 "1957 Edition." After all, we are talking about a hugely successful model that was sold in over 100 countries since its unveiling in 1957.
The new special edition is based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge , and it features design elements from the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, including the body colors and the interior materials. The 1957 Edition will also come with a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension.
The new 500 "1957 Edition" will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.
Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 "1957 Edition".