Fiat cars

Fresh off of the success of the first Gucci-inspired Fiat 500 , the Italian automaker is back for another round of luxury goodness.

This time around, Fiat once again looked the way of its compatriot Gucci to dress up the new 500 Cabriolet . The new special edition 500 fell under the guidance of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in collaboration with the Centro Stile Fiat, and to their credit, the Gucci magic gives the small Fiat hatchback the luxury upgrade few fashion houses can compete with.

Just like the first version, the changes were entirely aesthetic, which means that the powertrain remains the same. But for people who care more about how the car looks than how it performs - Fiat 500s aren’t about ponies, anyway - the new 500C by Gucci is right up their avenue.

Interested buyers can now pre-order the car on the website. The asking price (€20,000) is a little more expensive than the last one (17,000) but even if it’s a little pricey for our standards, people who enjoy a little dash of luxury on their hatchbacks will have no problem shelling out that amount for a car that has been "Gucci’d" up.

UPDATE 08/17/2011: The Fiat 500 by Gucci will be heading to the States in time for New York Fashion Week, beginning on September 8, 2011. Anyone who is interested in buying the special edition hatchback will be able to drive away in one, as well as purchase a number of Gucci clothing and personal accessories such as handbags, watches, shoes, and sunglasses that will also be at the event.

More details on the Fit 500 by Gucci after the jump.

Fiat unveiled the 500 Coupe Zagato Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but they failed to mention anything about a production version of the model. Seemingly tired of waiting for anything to happen, Italian specialty carmaker, Scagliarini Motorsports, put some elbow grease into the project, revealing the first 504 Coupe Zagato Elaborata. As it turns out, this is actually the production version of the concept unveiled back in March.

The Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato by Scagliarini was specially designed for a customer in the U.A.E. and features the same Zagato design elements as the concept car. The body kit is made of carbon fiber and includes a front splitter, bumper grill, air vents, dash kit, door panels, roof spoiler, and rear diffuser. An interesting feature is that the two rear passenger windows have been blocked.

In terms of power, the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept utilized a TwinAir engine that delivered a total of 105 HP and 155 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. The Scagliarini production model, however, uses the same engine found in the Fiat 500 Abarth SS : a 1.4 16v Turbo petrol engine with an output of 178 HP.

UPDATE 08/06/11: It seems that a certain Italian coachbuilder may have a bit of a problem having its name attached to a car project it had no hand in building. As it turns out, Zagato has vehemently denied having any involvement on this particular Fiat 500 project by Scagliarini, and they’ve even released an official statement to state their case.
“Zagato neither had any official relationship with Scagliarini, nor was officially contacted by any member regarding this project," the statement said. "This news (which is published everywhere) created a great embarrassment to us. So It will be extremely appreciated if you could give it maximum visibility.”

Fiat’s decision to return to the US after a long and hard absence was set in motion with the 2012 500 and, just as expected, the mini car has already begun to attract the attention of tuning firms ready to pump it up. One such tuner is the famous Mopar, whose new tuning package will be on display at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few days time.

The Fiat 500 is already cute in its own right, but apparently there are about a zillion tuners out there that feel it is an easy car to tweak, pinch, pull, and update. Mopar started its update with removing the Fiat’s usual red exterior paint job and replacing it with some black. The paint job was then given the racy feel with two blue racing stripes on the roof and hood. After that, Mopar added chrome insertions on the exhaust tip, mirror covers, fuel door, front and back grille surround, and a new set of black gloss wheels.

Not being big on interior updates, Mopar only switched out the Fiat 500’s standard interior for one filled with Katzkin leather (black with blue accents) and different carbon fiber inserts.

UPDATE 08/02/2011: Mopar has announced the list of accessories they will be offering for the 2012 Fiat 500. There are over 150 to choose from and the list includes updates for both the exterior and the interior. Hit the jump for a list of the top 15 accessories for the all-new 2012 Fiat 500.

Press release after the jump.

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When you ask most Americans what comes to mind when you say Fiat, one word consistently came up: "broken." Now with Fiat making a re- entrance behind their fantastic 500 , feelings are changing. Although the Fiat 500 has only been on US soil for about a year, it is already gaining momentum like a blue whale rolling down a hill. It has just been announced that the long awaited Fiat 500 Abarth will make its American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and go on sale in the first half of 2012 . This is a huge move forward because according to Inside Line, the initial debut for the Abarth models was supposed to be introduced in the first half of 2013.

When this hot hatchback hits the market its major competitors will be the venerable VW Golf GTI and the Mini Cooper S . The angle that the Fiat successfully utilizes is that over the years both of its competitors have gone somewhat soft and strayed quite far from their roots. In the Fiat Abarth, the lineage is as clear as day and also adds a touch of warm nostalgic familiarity. As soon as your right foot hits the gas, a direct channel to your adrenal glads will be opened. The exhaust note from this peppy 1.4 liter engine reminds us of a little Boston terrier behind a fence, it sounds big but it’s really not. These primal signals will serve as a reminder of how a ’hot’ hatchback can enrich your life.

We adore the little Fiat . Its sense of style, presence, and plucky attitude make it a must have vehicle. This admiration will be multiplied with the Abarth Abarth version of this venerable Italian hatchback. The Fiat 500 Abarth serves as a case in point for automakers; in order to move forward, one must often look back.

Source: Insideline

The 2012 Fiat Panda has been caught testing under extreme weather conditions somewhere in Italy revealing nothing but complete camouflage from head to toe. Despite the heavily clad exterior, details of the vehicle’s new design path have already been revealed due to some leaked patent drawings.

The new Fiat Panda will adopt a more aerodynamic appearance with a rounded hood, a wider grille with sweptback headlights, and a sloping roofline. Other modifications to the exterior include a bigger air intake, a disproportionate rear quarter window, and a new set of wheels. The interior will also be significantly improved compared to the current model.

So far, we haven’t heard a peep as to what will be residing under the hood, but we expect to see the same engine lineup as found in the Fiat 500 . That lineup includes a 69 HP 1.2. 75 HP1.3 Multijet with DPF and a 100 bhp 1.4 16v, as well as TwinAir technology.

The new Fiat Panda will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with sales to begin in early 2012.

Updated 08/30/2011: Fiat has unveiled today the first images for the new generation Panda that will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The third generation Panda has been improved in terms of comfort, technology and safety equipment, and comes with an improved range of engines. Customers will have to choose between two TwinAir twin cylinder engines: the International Engine of the Year 2011 85bhp TwinAir Turbo, or the brand new 65bhp naturally aspirated TwinAir, both equipped with Start and Stop as standard. Sales will begin next spring.

Fiat has unveiled the special edition 500 "First Edition", a model developed especially for the Chinese market. This special edition is limited to only 100 units and is set apart from the rest because of the creative graphics of five young Chinese designers.

The Fiat 500 "First Edition" will be distinguished by a special three-coat pearlescent white body color, red leather interiors, and a special badge on the door pillar. Under the hood, the model will feature a 1.4 liter MultiAir engine that delivers a total of 101 HP at 6500 rpm and a torque of 98 lbs-ft at 4000 rpm.

"The ’First Edition’ is a special offer exclusively created for Chinese customers and represents a symbol that joins our two cultures. Not by chance, we asked five young Chinese artists to interpret the relationship between our two countries in a creative, original manner, and to fashion a tribute for the launch of the 500 in China," said Lorenzo Sistino.

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When we buy a car, we want it to make us feel special. Now that the Fiat 500C has hit our shores, it’s easy to see that this convertible has excelled in this aspect. It combines the fun of a convertible and the ease of use of a compact car. You feel so happy when driving the 500C it should be categorized as an anti depressant. With such a cheap and cheerful car, you would expect it be made of plastic and have the same cosmetic qualities as an outhouse. As soon as you peek inside and out, you are amazed.

The 2012 Fiat 500C promises all the fun and style of the Fiat 500 with a convertible drop top that lets you soak up the glorious sunshine. The amazing thing is a fully loaded 2012 Fiat 500 C is the same price as a base model MINI convertible. We just looked up thew word value in the dictionary and not surprisingly, it showed a picture of the 2012 Fiat 500C.

Details on the Fiat 500C after the jump.

If you are a fan of the Pininfarina Design House then Alessio Minchella and Alessandro Camorali are names very familiar to you. Among the cars they have designed the most famous ones are Ferrari 599XX , 599GTO and 458 Italia . In 2008 they have founded "Camal" and the first car to be designed by their little company is 500 Marcia Corta ("Short Gear" in Italian).

A quick look to their car will unveil a design language inspired by classic Abarth models and retro rally cars. The exterior package includes new new front and rear bumpers, sideskirts, spoiler, and competition-style quad spotlight pod. As their concept is based on the 500 EsseEsse , under the hood you will find the same 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 160 HP. But it will be combined with a new exhaust system.

The 500 Marcia Corta is just a concept at the moment, but Camal is currently looking for partners to help with production and distribution.

Source: Diseno Art

While Pininfarina is busy designing models for Ferrari , concept designer Peter Norris is taking a break from his job in the video games and entertainment industry to design a future luxury sports car concept that is "clean, unfussy, elegant and fast." These attributes led him to the Pininfarina Coupe Concept, a front engined model combined with a rear wheel drive system.

Norris’ design inspiration for the Pininfarina Coupe Concept came from the love of his very own Fiat Coupe 16v Turbo with some Ferrari lines thrown in to polish it over. The Pininfarina Coupe’s look is characterized by the ultra low roofline and the accentuated front and rear fenders. The sleek profile is exaggerated further with large wheels that visually shorten the height of the sports car. At the back of the Pininfarina are a set of C-shaped LED taillights.

When talking about his concept, Peter Norris said: "much of my work is focused strongly on science fiction and the distant future, but with this project I wanted to create an elegant and unfussy design with classic lines that could be on the road today."

“The Pininfarina styling inside as much as outside just oozes with Italian flair and really was, and still is different to anything else on the road. Some people have referred to it as a “baby Ferrari”.

Somehow we don’t see a luxury sports car like this toting around the 190 HP 2.0L 16V Turbo engine as seen on the Fiat Coupe, but since the Pininfarina Coupe Concept was also inspired by Ferrari, we’d love to see something along the lines of the 458 Italia’s 570 HP 4,499 cc V8 engine. Not a likely scenario, but we can dream.

We’ve been around the industry for quite some time now and for the most part, we know better than to expect the world from the New York Auto Show.

Make no mistake, the event has always generated great attendance, especially since it’s being held at one of the world’s most important cities. But to peg the New York Auto Show in the same level as its counterparts in Geneva and Frankfurt is getting a little too ahead of oneself.

Having said that, this year’s installment of the New York Auto Show is still something that’s worth keeping close eyes on, especially the number of concept cars that are scheduled to be unveiled to the world for the very first time.

Here at Topspeed, we make it a point to give you guys a heads-up on what to expect for these type of shows - call it a preview, if you will - and this year figures to be no different.

There are a number of cars scheduled to be unveiled when the doors of the New York Auto Show are opened on April 22, 2011. It may not be the number we come to expect from Geneva, but as far as quality is concerned, this year’s event figures to have plenty waiting to have their covers pulled off.

Details after the jump.

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