Fiat might not be as popular here in the United States as it is in Europe, and its reintroduction to the U.S. market wasn't as successful as the company hoped, but the brand does have a wide range of offerings that do make it somewhat competitive on the U.S. car market these days. Fiat actually got started back in 1899 when it introduced the Fiat 4 HP. Over the years, the company has been the subject of political drama, and it even made military vehicles and machinery during WWII. In 2014, The Fiat Group was taken over by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and has remained under the FCA umbrella ever since. Today, the Fiat brand has a large portfolio of global models, but here in the U.S. it sells just four different variations of the 500 and the Mazda-Miata-based 124 Spider.

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2018 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

2018 Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Special edition 500 revives the 1957 vibe

Fans of the Fiat 500 can’t seem to get enough of the 500 1957 Edition, so much so that the Italian automaker is rolling out a new version of the special edition model. The “new” 500 1957 Edition arrives this fall at a starting price of $20,740. There’s no stated cap on the model’s volume, but the package is available on hardtop and convertible versions of the 500.

September 27, 2018 10:00
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Featured 11 New Retro-Styled Cars Available Today

11 New Retro-Styled Cars Available Today

Old school-inspired looks, new school everything else

Retro styling done right in the automotive world can result in a car that buyers instantly feel drawn to because they remember the original from their childhood. Granted, if done wrong, it can look really hideous and out of place, but you won’t find any of those here.

When mainstream manufacturers do it, they spend a lot of time and money to get it just right, and it really shows. Many of these retro-styled cars are bought first and foremost for the way they look, but they are actually just good cars overall. I’ve assembled the ones you can buy new right now, in the list after the jump.

September 26, 2018 12:00
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2018 Fiat 500L S-Design

2018 Fiat 500L S-Design

A little extra goodness at decent value

Fiat adds another name to its line of S-Design models, this time the family-friendly 500L. Based on the crossover-inspired 500L Cross, the aim of the S-Design version is to inject some extra style into the package, like it’s already done with the Tipo, 500X and 124 Spider.

September 22, 2018 19:00
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Fiat Looks to Make the 2019 124 Spider More Desireable with New Options

Fiat Looks to Make the 2019 124 Spider More Desireable with New Options

There’s no extra power, but the roadster can get louder

The Fiat 124 Spider still looks the same, but Fiat is aiming to give it more personality by stocking up on options and personalization offerings for the chic retro-styled roadster. The sports car also won’t receive a shot of more power. The good news on that end is future owners can opt to get a dual-mode exhaust system that will help make the 124 Spider louder and more formidable to the ears.

September 6, 2018 09:00
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2018 Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia and Pinninfarina

2018 Fiat 500 Spiaggina by Garage Italia and Pinninfarina

The cutest thing you’ll see this summer

Marking the 60th anniversary since the unveiling of the first special edition car based on the model 500 - the 500 Jolly, known as "Spiaggina," Fiat showcased their new limited edition of the latest Fiat 500. Called the Fiat 500 Spiaggina ’58, the new model is limited to 1958 units. A number which is an homage to the year Fiat showcased the original 500 Jolly, a car adored by rich and famous of the time.

However, apart from Fiat showcasing a rather cool Spiaggina ‘58 production model based on the 500C with a 1.2-liter, 69 horsepower engine, Garage Italia and Pininfarina prepared their own celebration model. It is a better one.

July 5, 2018 18:00
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Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition with an Even Quirkier Styling

Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition with an Even Quirkier Styling

As the first Fiat car with an all-wheel-drive system, the Fiat 500X is definitely a unicorn when it comes to the Italian producer. It seems, though, that Fiat is only stuck with this unicorn, as their plan for the next five years does not include any major revitalization or rejuvenation. And, if the brand wants to survive, that is exactly what it needs. Actually, having Fiat completely disappear in a few years’ time isn’t that of a far-fetched idea.

Yet, despite all the media scrutiny that has been present ever since cheerful Marchionne laid out the new plan for the FCA group, Fiat revealed a new car called the 500X Adventurer Edition.

It is obviously yet another attempt at freshening up the car which appeared all the way back in 2014.

June 19, 2018 08:00
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Chrysler isn't on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand

Chrysler isn’t on the Chopping Block Yet; Fiat to Retreat, Become Euro-Only EV Brand

It’s probably only a matter of time, though

FCA’s investor meeting has taken place, and the official word is that Chrysler will carry on as a North-American.-only brand and Fiat will become a Euro-only EV brand. To take things even further, a company spokesperson has also said that Dodge won’t be killed off either. That’s a pretty bold move from FCA considering how unpopular Chrysler and Fiat have become here. What happens with these brands next, however, will determine whether or not they’ll continue to stick around long term.

June 3, 2018 21:00
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Sergio Marchionne May Kill Off Chrysler, Remove Fiat from the U.S. Market

Sergio Marchionne May Kill Off Chrysler, Remove Fiat from the U.S. Market

Yeah, we didn’t see this coming….oh wait

The Chrysler brand has had a good run with roots that trace all the way back to its formation in 1925. A rich and iconic history, however, isn’t enough to keep a brand going and it looks like the Chrysler nameplate may get killed off just a few years before it’s 100-year anniversary. That’s the word from an Automotive News report that Sergio Marchionne could kill off the brand at the June 1st investor’s meeting in Balocco, Italy.

June 1, 2018 08:00
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Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep are Now Skipping the Paris Auto Show Too

Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Jeep are Now Skipping the Paris Auto Show Too

FCA’s biggest brands won’t be eating baguettes in the City of Light

The auto show exodus isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Now, three of FCA’s biggest brands have announced their intentions of skipping the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Fiat, Jeep, and Alfa Romeo won’t be in attendance in Paris this coming September, joining a long list of companies that include Lamborghini, BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz that won’t be around when the Paris Motor Show opens its doors.

May 31, 2018 17:00
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Wallpaper of the Day: 2106 - 2019 Fiat 500

Wallpaper of the Day: 2106 - 2019 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 might be a bit unconventional by modern styling trends, but it has its own loyal following. Never has that been more evident than when we look at its sales figures, which have exceeded more than 1.5-million units sold since 2007. Needless to say, it’s an old favorite among its followers and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. It was updated for the 2016 model year and will probably get a revamp in the near future. Until then, we want to cater to our 500 fanboys out there and declare the Fiat 500 our wallpaper of the day. We’ve hand-picked our favorite, but there’s plenty more in the gallery at the bottom of this page if you find yourself wanting a little more. Go ahead and snag them up – they are free!

May 13, 2018 09:00
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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider name has a rather long life on the market after it was conceived in 1966 but it was killed off back in 1982, and we thought we were never going to see the name again. Then, Mazda decided to put out a new MX-5 Miata and, naturally, that chassis was shared with Fiat, giving the brand the ability to resurrect the name of a classic. Some might consider the 124 a rebadged Mazda, but anyone who knows Fiat knows better. This car has its own style, personality, and history, giving it more than enough to stand out in the crowd as its own model. The problem is that we haven’t given the 124 much love lately, so we decided to give it some screen time as our wallpaper of the day here at Top Speed, and we think it’s worthy of some screen time on your desktop too. So go ahead and pick one. Or pick five – there are plenty in the gallery below the one we hand-picked as our favorite.

April 13, 2018 14:30
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Featured 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth - Driven

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth - Driven

By the time you read this review, spring may very well have sprung for most of the Northern Hemisphere. There may be no better cure for cabin fever than the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.

Based upon and built in the same factory with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the so-called “Fiata” is at its best in Abarth form, with a tiny bump in horsepower accompanying a sharpened chassis and better-sounding exhaust. Like most Fiats I have driven, the 124 Spider Abarth brings to mind two other F-words: frugal and fun

April 9, 2018 13:00
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What is the Cheapest Fiat?

Fiat’s Cheapest model is the base 500 which, surprisingly, really hasn’t changed much over the years. Sure, it’s been updated as it evolved through different generations, but it’s still the small flamboyant car it’s always been. It starts out at $16,495 and is suitable as a city car or those without big families.

What is the Sportiest Fiat?

Since Fiat produces mainly city cars and small, 500-based SUVs, the only sporty model in its range is the 124 Spider. That model is based on the Mazda Miata and is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. If you go for the Abarth model, you’ll get 164 horsepower and sportier design cues. Pricing for the 124 Spider starts out at $24,995.

What is the Most Popular Fiat?

Fiat might be struggling in the United States, but the brand as a whole sells pretty well over in Europe. The most popular model, not surprisingly, is the 500. I know, you were probably expecting to hear me say it’s the 124 Spider, but the truth is that the 124 is a low-volume car, and the 500 is perfect for the parking and traffic congestion nightmare that is driving through almost any European city.

What is the Most Expensive Fiat

Fiat isn’t a high-end automaker, so every one of its models are considered affordable. The most expensive of all, with the exception of Abarth models, is the Fiat 500e – the all-electric 500. It looks nearly identical to the standard, gas-drinking 500, but is powered by a battery and electric motors. With the right setup, the 500e can be charged in just four hours and can go a not-so-impressive 84 miles on a single charge according to the EPA.

What is the Fastest Fiat?

If you want the fastest Fiat, you won’t find one here in the U.S. Instead, you’ll have to fly over to Europe and find yourself a Fiat 695 Biposto. It’s basically a glorified Fiat 500 that has a 1.4-liter that’s been tuned to deliver 190 horsepower. Billed as the “fastest street legal Abarth ever,” the 695 can hit 60 mph in less than six seconds – more than an inch quicker than the best 500 we can get here in the United States.

Are Fiats Reliable

Like a lot of models produced under the FCA umbrella, the Fiat brand could have better ratings. Just back in 2015, the 500L was named as one of the most unreliable vehicles on the road thanks to a faulty infotainment system that only worked when it wanted to. However, according to Repair Pal, the Fiat brand is actually quite reliable overall, with a rating of 4 out of 5, which places it above average in terms of reliability. According to that outlet, the cost of yearly repairs averages $556 while the frequency of unscheduled repairs is 0.2 times per year. Severity of there repairs is quite low with only 15-percent being considered urgent.