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2019 Fiat Centoventi Concept

2019 Fiat Centoventi Concept

A design-your-own-vehicle for the new age

For its 120th birthday, Fiat went to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to present a concept car, except it’s really not a concept car. It’s called the Centoventi Concept, which literally translates to “one hundred and twenty” in our language. It’s not the most creative concept name in the world, but it’ll do, especially when you begin to understand what it’s really all about. Fiat’s press release calls the Centoventi Concept a vehicle that “perfectly expresses the Italian brand’s idea of electric mass mobility in the near future.” What that phrase doesn’t tell you is that the Centoventi Concept is a lot more than just a representation of Fiat’s vision for its future electric. The concept is also a blank canvas that invites user customization. It’s a design-your-own ride that lets you personalize the car’s design from the ground up. Future urban mobility? Sure, the concept is that, too. But it’s really a modular platform for creativity. The Centoventi Concept doesn’t really have a “look,” in large part because that “look” will depend on how you design it.

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2015 Fiat 500X Chicane

2015 Fiat 500X Chicane

Fiat is unlikely to admit this, but you can tell by the amount of promotion it puts on the 500X crossover, that the company expects big things out of the model. I personally don’t blame Fiat for taking this approach, especially when it’s involved in a market that’s as competitive as it’s ever been. If the 500X is to distinguish itself against a market that includes its cousin, the Jeep Renegade, Fiat needs to pull out all the stops to give it an edge. That’s exactly what the company did when it unveiled the 500X Chicane at the SEMA Auto Show.

For all intents and purposes, the Chicane is a “Moparized” version of the 500X that lacks the concept vibe of its fellow SEMA attendee, the 500X Mobe. The former is actually fit to be in dealerships right now since its main focus is to showcase Mopar’s specialized parts and accessories for the new crossover.

Unlike most concepts shown in SEMA, there’s a good chance that we’ll see a similar aftermarket package from Mopar in dealerships soon.It’s not necessarily going to be identical to Chrysler’s aftermarket parts and accessories division used on the 500X, but it should be along the same lines.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500X Chicane.

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2015 Fiat 500X Mobe

2015 Fiat 500X Mobe

The Fiat 500 has been a mainstay at the SEMA Auto Show, having been displayed in numerous guises over the past few years. Some of the past 500s that have graced the Las Vegas stage include the 500 Titanium by Mopar Underground and the 500 Abarth Scorpion. Even the 500L, the high-riding variant of the 500, has made an appearance at SEMA. This time, the 500X, the crossover version of the 500, is getting its deserved shine at the annual aftermarket auto show. No less than two iterations will be at SEMA, including the kite-surfing-inspired 500X Mobe.

For those who don’t know, Fiat’s use of “Mobe” can be interpreted in two ways: the first is a reference to a particular kite-surfing move that involves a lot of twisting and turning while in mid-air. The second is a nod to a type of pearl, which makes sense when you take into account the 500X’s Ivory Pearl paint finish.

My money’s on Fiat using both references to create a 500X that’s really fit for adventure-seekers. The 500X also has plenty of other outdoor components that could prove useful for the up-and-about types. I’m not so sure about the 500X Mobe’s chances of ever making it to production, but the showcase of the concept does showcase the enormous custom possibilities the 500 crossover has at its disposal.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Fiat 500X Mobe Concept.

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2014 Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept

2014 Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept

The Fiat 500L is how we always thought the 500 should look like. It’s bigger and more dynamic, not to mention refined in ways that the standard 500 isn’t. The 500L is also versatile enough to be adapt to whatever customization package you give it. If you need proof of that, look no further than the Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept.

The model was on display at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California where it turned a lot of heads with its quirky customization that pays homage to the urban fashion brand.

Fiat and Vans may be unlikely allies in the grand scheme of things, but you wouldn’t notice that by the way the two collaborated to create the 500L-Vans Design Concept. It features plenty of Vans-inspired bits spread throughout the exterior and interior, including the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern that’s prominently displayed on the 500L’s roof.

This isn’t your standard Fiat 500L, ladies and gentlemen. This is the result of a partnership between two brands that just so happen to have products geared for the same young and adventurous generation.

Fiat and Vans worked some serious magic to turn this 500L into what it looks like now. The result is a piece of beauty, even though I say that knowing that it’s not hitting dealerships any time soon — or ever, for that matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept.

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2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Corsa Stradale by Zender Italia

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Corsa Stradale by Zender Italia

Meet the ultimate Fiat 500 Abarth: the new Corsa Stradale concept from Zender Italia. This bad-ass racing hatchback wears a milky metallic shade of white over a custom carbon-fiber body kit. Even better, creator Zender Italia promises turbo power and road stance so far unseen from the world’s favorite pocket rocket, even on the latest Abarth 595.

The 500 Corsa Stradale is gorgeous, with a huge track stretch and fender flares so wide that it almost looks like it has square dimensions all around. To go with that revamp outside is a butter-toffee leather cockpit and 240 horsepower from its 1.4-liter turbocharged stinger up front.

This upgrade is a concept built by styling and aftermarket equipment manufacturer, Zender Italia. This division of the company is enjoying a rebirth, even as the Zender Germany off-shoot fell on hard times in 2008. All signs from the Italian side of the company point to its intention to produce these designs for sale to buyers, if there is enough interest.

Would the Zender Italia upgrade let the 500 Corsa Stradale trample the still-speedy Mini Cooper GP? Even better; how might its extra 80 horsepower improve the sprint pace of the nimble U.S.-market 500 Abarth?

Click past the jump for the full details on the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Corsa Stradale by Zender Italia.

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2013 Fiat 500 “Cattiva” Concept

2013 Fiat 500 “Cattiva” Concept

The 2013 North American International Auto Show - or you can just call it the Detroit Auto Show - is replete with concept vehicles, special-edition models, and world debuts.

Italian automaker Fiat, by way of sister-company Chrysler, is preparing a pair of concept 500 vehicles tagged as the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Turbo Cattiva.

The latter of those two models is the subject of these pages and if we’re going to throw a compliment its way, it’s that it’s a lot more attractive to our eyes than its monotone co-debutante.

We’re not saying that there’s nothing appealing about the Tenebra; it’s just that we’d much rather be driving the Cattiva out and about on the road. We don’t know if Fiat has any production plans for this model seeing as they tagged it with the “concept” label, but if given a chance, we’d love to see the Cattiva in dealerships in the future.

Find out more about the Fiat 500 Turbo Cattiva Concept after the jump

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2013 Fiat 500 Abarth “Tenebra” Concept

2013 Fiat 500 Abarth “Tenebra” Concept

Ever since the Fiat 500 rolled back into our lives a few years, we’ve been inundated with plenty of concepts and special edition models for the lovable little hatchback.

That trend appears to be continuing with the North American International Auto Show debuts of two new 500 concepts, the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Cattiva.

The Tenebra, in particular, is based on the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth. Fiat certainly didn’t pull any punches, giving this concept a unique aesthetic upgrade with hopes of highlighting the unique sportiness of the compact hatchback.

The new goodies you’ll find in the 500 Abarth Tenebra will show you how a 500 Abarth can be accessorized to stand out from the crowd. Who knows, you might find these concept versions find their way in dealerships sooner than later.

For now, though, check out all the upgrades Fiat did to this 500 Abarth after the jump.

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2013 Fiat Bravo Xtreme Concept

2013 Fiat Bravo Xtreme Concept

We admit to not being all that intrigued by the Fiat Bravo. Sure, it’s an affordable hatchback that looks pretty decent and has the corresponding performance qualifications to make it a nice, everyday ride, but for all the positive vibes of the Bravo, there’s very little about it that really jumps off the page. Well, except if Fiat decides to green light a production version of the just-introduced Bravo Xtreme Concept.

Looking the part of a Ford Focus ST conqueror, the Bravo Xtreme Concept is what we believe the Bravo should’ve looked like a long time ago. The aggressive body kit adds a level of attitude to the vehicle, particularly with the use of a new front bumper with its own large grille, as well as a pair of side vents, each with its own built-in LED. Over at the back, the Bravo Xtreme Concept also received some upgrades, particularly the use of a new bumper, its own LED taillights, the presence of two exhaust pipes, a pair of roof spoilers and diffuser, and a new set of two-tone alloy wheels.

Sound impressive, but the Bravo Xtreme Concept also has its fair share of interior digs, including a four individual seats, an updated dashboard, a new center console with screens integrated into the front seats’ headrests, and a new audio system from ASK.

Under its hood, the Bravo Xtreme Concept also received a rather interesting - and more powerful - engine: a 1.4-liter 16V T-Jet engine that produces an impressive 253 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 245 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.

It’s not just not shabby in our books, it’s pretty downright impressive if you ask us.

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2012 Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser

2012 Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser

When it comes about summer, models like Fiat 500 are the most fun to drive. And when you say summer you automatically think about beach. So, even if the SEMA Auto Show takes place late in the fall, Mopar decided to came in Las Vegas with a very cool Fiat 500 specially designed for the beach.

This very cool Fiat 500 Beach Cruiser is painted in a unique charcoal, matte-grey combined with wheels painted in red and with the center caps brushed in satin. Mopar has opted for a widened body (by a foot for both the front and rear). For the exterior the door handles, mirrors, front chin spoiler, and Mopar roof rack surfboard carrier received a satin, brushed finish and they create a very cool contrast with the headlamps that are tinted. The prototype has also received a Mopar hood and a Mopar rear deck lid, plus old school-style fender flares that cover aluminum Mopar prototype wheels.

For the interior Mopar opted for the same satin brushed finish as on the exterior combined with seats wrapped in a dark grey "naugahyde" high-gloss vinyl and a roof rack featuring the creative "boardwalk" inspired floor slats.

Mopar has also added some performance upgrades, including a Mopar exhaust and Mopar cold-air intake, but they did not announced yet how this changes affected the engine’s output.

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2014 Fiat 500 XL

2014 Fiat 500 XL

Ever since Fiat brought back the 500 some years back, there seems to have been a renewed approach in bringing their iconic model to a new generation of consumers. In keeping with what’s become a trend in the industry these days - hey there, MINI! - Fiat has gone the route of introducing an extraordinary amount of different models under the 500 line.

The first one that was released was the 500L, a five-passenger model that expands the brand’s style and efficiency in the growing B-segment. From there, Fiat unveiled the 500X, a crossover that’s being touted as a direct rival to the MINI Countryman.

Not content with their expanded line-up, Fiat decided to take it to a whole new level with a minivan that’s being touted as the Fiat 500 XL. We’re tempted to assume that ’XL’ means "extra large," which wouldn’t be too far off considering that the ’L’ in 500L stands for "large."

Recent patent drawings compiled by Carscoop have provided us with the first look of what could very well be the seven-seater 500XL. In order to accommodate the third row of seats, the 500XL is rumored to measure a full six inches longer in the rear overhang than the 500L model, which already had a length of 13.6."

Fiat hasn’t made any formal announcements on the future of the 500XL, although a fair estimate points to the Paris Motor Show as the venue of the 500XL’s debut.

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2012 Fiat 550 Italia by Lazzarini Design

2012 Fiat 550 Italia by Lazzarini Design

We are pretty open in letting you know that we have had it about up to *here* with the “new” 500 models that Fiat continuously releases. So oftentimes when we see a new 500 model we just continue on without stopping. They are typically unexciting and only add a slight difference from the original 500. It’s like getting rainbow sprinkles on strawberry ice cream instead of red sprinkles; they are the same sugary flavor, just a different color.

Well, when we came across the latest rendition of the 500, which is actually a custom build by Lazzarini Design, it was more like they dipped the ice cream in chocolate – you know, the cool stuff that hardens on the ice cream – added peanuts, then strapped a big nasty V-8 engine to the ice cream cone!

Yeah, it’s that freaking cool, but is this Fiat 550 Italia by Lazzarini Design realistic?

Click past the jump to read our full review on this custom Fiat 550 Italia.

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2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

2012 Pininfarina Coupe Concept

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.

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2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato

2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato

Next to the 500 by Gucci, Fiat also brought the 500 Coupe Zagato to the Geneva Motor Show. This 2+2 concept was created by the Italian company in cooperation with Zagato and is inspired by the namesake predecessor built in the 1950 by the famous Italian coach-builder.

The concept comes with a completely revamped exterior style and a more aggressive appeal. In addition, the unique shape of the roof features the characteristic "double hump", the true emblem of Zagato, teaming the lowering of the car with retaining excellent interior comfort. The concept will be distinguished by burnished chrome exterior elements, 17" "chrome shadow" wheels with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts.

The concept is powered by a TwinAir engine that delivers a total of 105 HP and 155 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm.

UPDATE 03/15/11: While it was first introduced as a concept, the quirky Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato may be green-lighted for production soon. Designed by legendary Italian design house Zagato, the stylish concept Fiat 500 could be designated with a ’limited edition’ tag, and even better, could also make its way in the US. If these prove to be accurate, there’s no telling what kind of changes will be made from the concept version, although as a limited edition model, we can expect it to keep some of custom features that makes this Fiat 500 Coupe stand out from the rest.

Hit the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato.

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2010 Fiat Uno Roadster

2010 Fiat Uno Roadster

Fiat’s got a booth booked for the 2010 Sao Paulo Auto Show and they’re bringing with them a nifty little concept roadster version of the just-revealed Fiat Uno, called the Fiat Uno Roadster.

Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas engine that produces 152 horsepower, the Fiat Uno Roadster is a bigger, badder, and more powerful take on the Uno hatchback.

The styling of the roadster concept is a lot more aggressive than its standard variant. Fiat also stiffened up the chassis on the Uno Roadster and even installed a set of 17-inch alloy wheels to complete the overall sportier and look of the car.

Since this is just a concept, there’s no word on whether we’re going to see a production version anytime soon. But if we’re basing it on mere looks, this little devil of a ride looks to be one that’s destined for a lot of orders from excited customers. And yes, we’re probably going to be one of them.

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2010 Fiat 500 BEV

2010 Fiat 500 BEV

Chrysler’s stand at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show featured a very interesting little concept, a prototype electric Fiat 500 BEV. With the recent Chrysler merger and attempts by automakers to sell small cars to the American market at a premium, it is no wonder that the other domestic car builder brought such an interesting little concept to the first show of the year. However the company said this is just an exercise, with no plans for a production version of this fun little city car.

Despite previous rumors the little Fiat 500 BEV will not use one of the Mercedes Benz style battery packs from the Mini E, instead it will use the modular electric drive system that Chrysler has been working on for the last three years. However the battery powered 500 has that same kind of Italian flair that made small red convertible sports cars so popular in the 1960s with its bulging body lines, fine leather and zero emissions ego that American automakers need in order to get this market interested in buying small cars fifty years later.

At the moment there are no official details on the Fiat 500 BEV, but we’ll get back with them the moment we’ll have them.

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2007 Fiat Panda Aria

2007 Fiat Panda Aria

The Frankfurt Show hosts the world debut of the Panda Aria concept car, which illustrates Fiat’s viewpoint of cars with a low environmental impact. This concept car represents the last frontier achievable in terms of emissions and consumption, by synergetically associating sustainable technologies already in existence or soon to be industrialised, a practical demonstration of Fiat’s commitment to the environment.

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2007 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth "essesse"

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth "essesse"

Fiat Automobiles will have an extensive stand packed full of attractions at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show. Essential, smooth shapes combine with the colours of the Italian flag, a unifying visual element that is immediately recognisable.

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