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With the increasing number of tuned-up and special edition Fiat 500s being released recently, it didn’t really come as a surprise to us that Fiat was going to do something unique with the 500 to introduce itself to the US market.

And wouldn’t you know it, they actually did.

The setting was the four-day Exhibitalia event in Miami where Fiat was on hand to participate in its first American art exhibit. During the four-day event, the Italian automaker displayed an array of vintage and new Fiat 500 models, showcasing the model’s iconic Italian design.

Fiat’s involvement at the Exhibitalia event at the Art Basel in Miami also included the participation of a number of renowned artists and two student teams from the University of Miami, all of whom worked on the car as their “inspiration and canvas” in the creation of their artworks. While others opted to create designs using certain body panels of the little hatchback, one such artist – Christian Balzano – decided to use the whole car and turn it into his own personal Fiat 500 Art car.

As far as US debuts are concerned, you have to hand it to Fiat for doing its part to ensure splashy debut for their popular 500 hatchback.

Short Press Release after the jump.

Source: Fiat

The Fiat Abarth 500 has become one of the more popular hot hatches to sprout special editions these days and this Abarth 500 ‘Monza’ edition is no different. Limited to only 10 units, this limited run hot hatch pays tribute to the legendary Italian racetrack just north of Milan.

Though it’s not as fancy and as flamboyant as many other special edition 500s we’ve seen in the past, the Abarth 500 Monza’s combination of sound and simple aesthetic interpretation and surprising performance power makes it a real collector’s dream. The fact that only ten people in the world can have a chance to own one makes it that much more enticing.

Source: Jameslist

Fiat ’s little 500 hatchback is gaining quite a reputation as a special-edition friendly model. We’ve already seen a number of them in the past, but it seems that Fiat isn’t done with releasing special edition models.

The latest to come out of the Fiat woodwork is the 500 Bicolore Edition, which the Italian automaker revealed at the Bologna Motor Show . So what sets this particular 500 apart from other models?

Well, taking from its name ‘bicolore’, Fiat dressed up the car in a two-tone paint finish comprising of white on top and red on the bottom, separated by a line where the bonnet meets the body. Similarly, Fiat used the same treatment on the inside of the passenger compartment, which should add more life to the car’s interior.

Apart from that, Fiat left everything the way it was, which really isn’t so much as a bad thing because added features mean increased cost.

In the end, we liked the way Fiat treated the Bicolore Edition 500 - classy without going too overboard.

Details after the jump.

While a standard Fiat 500 develops around 100 HP, Abarth managed to do a bit of tweaking to the hatchback’s engine to increase this output to 135 HP. This was a pretty good little boost, but in the hands of another tuner, this output could still be improved. And this is where Novitec took the hatchback coupe and gave it a little makeover of its own, providing some engine updates and a couple of minor exterior modifications.

The first kit to come upon the Abarth 500 is the NT4-CORSE power kit. This kit runs 3,016 Euro and boosts the500 ’s power to 164hp. Novitec accomplished this by adding a special turbocharger with a more efficient air supply to cool it down. Assisting the engine are larger injection nozzles and a special fuel pressure control. After that it was an optimized air-cleaner box with sport air-filter cartridge and a Novitec CORSE high performance exhaust system to round off the kit.

The second kit from Novitec is a tuning kit called the NT4-CORSE. This package provides a power boost to 212hp with the use of stainless-steel sport mufflers and high performance exhaust systems, available with one or two tailpipes in various shapes. The cost for this kit was not provided, but whatever the base price is, it is slightly increased if the customers opts for sport springs, a height-adjustable sport suspension made from stainless steel, 17 or 18" light alloy wheels, and a carbon front spoiler lip.

Press release after the jump.

Not all police cars can be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia Stradale or even a Stealth Ford Police Interceptor concept , so Bilstein has come up with a less dramatic police car and will be bringing it to the 2010 Essen Motorshow starting this weekend.

Bilstein’s interpretation of a police car doesn’t necessarily have tons of horsepower under its hood, nor is it big enough to scare even the puniest of criminals. No, their choice for a police car is the cutesy Fiat 500 Abarth, proving that even the smallest cars on the market can be police cars.

The Fiat 500 Abarth in Polizia livery may not scare the living daylights out of Ms. Daisy, but any tuning fan will enjoy the Bilstein B14 threaded kit added to the hatchback. This kit comes with variable height-adjustment and adds a cool look to the otherwise mundane vehicle.

We are going to venture a guess that this will not be the most exciting model to appear on the Essen Motorshow’s floor. Actually, we are desperately hoping this is not one of the highlights, but thePorsche Panamera Racing Car by H&R and the Porsche 911 BT1000 by 9ff will be there, so we can rest easy.

Stay with us from Sunday November 27th to Saturday December 5th to see what other cool tuned cars will see in Essen.

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The Fiat 500 is adored because of its cute and retro styling, and now German tuners, Hamann, and suspension specialists, H&R, have given us even more reason to like the little runabout. This tuned version is due to debut at the Essen Motorshow in Germany going on from November 27th through December 5th.

To add a little funk to the hatchback, Hamann upped the power from 135HP to a GTi-worrying 275HP thanks to some clever ECU tuning and a new exhaust. They also kitted the 500 out with new bumpers, sideskirts, and two-tone Hamann wheels that reveal the beefed up braking system. We’re not sure on the body vinyl yet, but do love the performance potential from the sorted 1.4 liter turbo mill under the bonnet.

Power without control means nothing – especially in a small FWD car. So, to help make full use of the new-found ponies, H&R have developed a lowering kit for the Hamann 500 that gets it lower to the ground, promoting nippy handling and good driver feedback. They also fitted a set of their billet wheel spacers to beef up the appearance of the cute car that will surely get it noticed more often while helping out the dynamics as well.

Source: H&R

Fiat is making a come-back to the US market with the smallest model in their line-up: the 500 . Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 500 has been heavily adapted for the U.S. customer. It will be offered in three versions: Pop, Sport, and Lounge and prices start from $15,500, but a Fiat 500 with a few options added and a 6-speed automatic transmission will easily take you to $20K.

Compared to the European model, the 500 US version receives a redesigned body structure for increased strength, exclusively tailored suspension, new four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system (ABS) with redesigned front calipers for optimum brake performance, larger fuel tank, redesigned driver and front-passenger seats, new steering wheel controls and revised steering effort calibration and a new BOSE® Energy Efficient Series premium audio system. It also gets an all-new air bag system created to meet all U.S. regulatory requirements.

Under the hood there is an all-new 1.4-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with state-of-the-art MultiAir technology that delivers 101 HP at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Also, exclusive for the US market there is an all-new six-speed automatic transmission.

Updated 08/03/2010: Fiat USA has launched a new ad campaign in the United States to promote the tiny 500. There are two commercials promoting the model: "Simply More" and "Drive In." Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

Fiat is offering its European customers a new Punto special edition. It is called "MyLife" and adds distinctive style combined with the most advanced technology. It will be offered in both three- and five-door versions.

The new Punto MyLife exterior is distinguished by the stylish glossy “pianoblack” inserts for the bumpers and posts, the body-colored rear view mirror handles and fairings, and the dark front and rear headlight surrounds. Some distinctive “sports” elements on the dashboard in black soft touch perforated fabric also make the interior exclusive.

The list of technologies includes: radio with MP3-CD player and new Blue&Me–TomTom multimedia system with navigator, ABS + EBD, ESP system with Hill Holder to provide assistance during hill starts and rear headrests.

The engine line-up includes: two petrol engines (69 HP 1.2 8v and 77 HP 1.4 8v, the latter also with Dualogic gearbox) and a turbodiesel (75 HP 1.3 16v MultiJet). All come with start-stop system.

Press release after the jump.

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Confirming the rumors that we heard earlier in the year, Fiat CEO Sergio Machionne has just informed investors that the company plans to sell part of Ferrari , probably due to the fact that they plan on buying up more of Chrysler .

There have been rumors going around that Volkswagen was considering buying part of the Italian sports car brand. Morgan Stanley analyst Stuart Pearson, who attended the meeting, revealed to clients on Monday that Fiat is planning an initial public offering of Ferrari stock, according to Automotive News.

“We left Turin with the clear message that Fiat and Chrysler will become one company,” Pearson said. “A Ferrari initial public offering and potential Marelli disposal may need to come first, according to management.”

Who would have thought that Ferrari would be sold off for a company to get Chrysler? Still, Fiat will likely keep at least 51% of the stake in Ferrari, an automaker that is worth around $3.3 billion. What is this world coming to?

In the market of mini sports cars, the Mazda MX-5 is on an island all its own. Rightfully so, too, considering that the MX-5 is one of the most popular cars in history. The thought of competing against the MX-5 has been a tested throughout time, yet somehow, Mazda’s sports car still reigns supreme.

That, of course, hasn’t dissuaded a man like designer David Cardoso, who seems to believe that the MX-5 will meet its rival sooner rather than later. For his part, the designer went ahead and penned his interpretation on what the car would look like. Using Fiat as his peg, Cardoso went out and designed a Fiat 500 -based roadster he’s calling the ‘Primo’.

Copying some styling cues from the 500 and putting his own twist into it, the Primo has the look of a sporty and aggressive roadster with a long hood and what looks to be a drop-top treatment.

The Primo, unfortunately, is just a concept rendering by a pretty amazing designer. Fiat has its share of problems and dilemmas it has to deal with before thinking about releasing a 500-based roadster anytime soon.

Then again, we can always hope and dream that we’d see a car like this in the future.

Source: David Cardoso

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