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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.

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New Color Packages Should Jolt Some Life Back To The Fiat 500

New Color Packages Should Jolt Some Life Back To The Fiat 500

The little hatchback has always been a cosmetic car, so these new options help

The Fiat 500 should not be confused for a performance car, save for the Abarth edition. For the most part, the 500 is a cosmetic car and Fiat understands that better than anybody else. That’s a big reason why the Italian automaker is offering three new packages dedicated to the 2017 Fiat 500.

The new packages enhance the 500, bring more life to the sub-compact than it already has. Owners of the 500 can choose between the Sport Black Trim Package, the Two-Tone Appearance Package, and the lengthily named Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap, and Body Stripe Appearance Package. The three packages come with their own unique offerings, even if the overall purpose of adding more style to the Fiat 500 remains the same across all of them. Understandably, each package is also priced differently ranging from $295 for the Two-Tone Appearance Package all the way up to $1,295 for the Sport Black Trim Package. Fiat’s goal is clear in this regard: the three appearance packages are meant to entice customers. It’s a sound strategy that Fiat hopes could help bring sales of its hatchback up after rather disappointing numbers in 2016.

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2016 Fiat Fullback

2016 Fiat Fullback

Not counting Fiat Chrysler Auto’s Ram division, Fiat has been absent from the truck market. That’s all changing, however, as the Italian automaker is jumping head-first into the global midsize pickup market via a partnership with Mitsubishi. Yep, Fiat now has a badge-engineered version of the Mitsu Triton pickup.

Called the Fullback in reference to the critical position in both Rugby and American Football, the truck is designed to squarely compete with the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara NP300, Ford Ranger, and Chevrolet Colorado. Its intended market is EMEA region, otherwise known as Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Fiat is predicting its Fullback will find decent success in that market as there were 675,000 midsize, “medium-duty” pickups sold in there in 2014 alone. Though the final sales numbers for 2015 are still out, there is great potential the market will be even hungrier for these style trucks in 2016.

The Fullback will be offered in several different configurations with three engine choices delivering a total of five different power outputs. Both 2WD and 4WD version are offered. Single, Extended, and Double cab styles, along with three cargo bed lengths give customers the ability to configure the truck the way they want.

Fiat should have the Fullback ready for delivery by Fall 2016. Price, though unconfirmed, should be on par with the Mitsubishi Triton.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Fiat Fullback.

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2016 Fiat Fullback

2016 Fiat Fullback

Not counting Fiat Chrysler Auto’s Ram division, Fiat has been absent from the truck market. That’s all changing, however, as the Italian automaker is jumping head-first into the global midsize pickup market via a partnership with Mitsubishi. Yep, Fiat now has a badge-engineered version of the Mitsu Triton pickup.

Called the Fullback in reference to the critical position in both Rugby and American Football, the truck is designed to squarely compete with the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara NP300, Ford Ranger, and Chevrolet Colorado. Its intended market is EMEA region, otherwise known as Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Fiat is predicting its Fullback will find decent success in that market as there were 675,000 midsize, “medium-duty” pickups sold in there in 2014 alone. Though the final sales numbers for 2015 are still out, there is great potential the market will be even hungrier for these style trucks in 2016.

The Fullback will be offered in several different configurations with three engine choices delivering a total of five different power outputs. Both 2WD and 4WD version are offered. Single, Extended, and Double cab styles, along with three cargo bed lengths give customers the ability to configure the truck the way they want.

Fiat should have the Fullback ready for delivery by Fall 2016. Price, though unconfirmed, should be on par with the Mitsubishi Triton.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Fiat Fullback.

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2016 - 2018 Fiat 500X

2016 - 2018 Fiat 500X

Italy’s very own Jeep Renegade

Launched in 1957, the Fiat 500 evolved from a tiny economy car into a full lineup of vehicles incorporating various body styles and engines. The change occurred starting 2007, when Fiat unveiled the new 500, a modern car that features a distinctive, retro look similar to the new Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen New Beetle. Since its revival, the Fiat 500 range expanded to include the 500C, the larger 500L, the all-electric 500E and the high-performance 500 Abarth. In 2015, the Italians introduced a new model that marked the company’s entrance into the compact crossover market, a segment previously unexplored by the Italians.

Developed alongside the 2015 Jeep Renegade, the 500X is the largest 500-based Fiat yet and features a more rugged design, a revised interior and all the engines you can have with the regular hatch, save for the electric motor. The crossover joined the Jeep Renegade when it arrived in North America, where it’s sold alongside other versions of the 500 nameplate.

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2014 Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione

2014 Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione

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.

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2014 Fiat Abarth 695 biposto

2014 Fiat Abarth 695 biposto

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.

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2014 Fiat 500 Abarth

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth

The Fiat 500 Abarth is back for 2014 with new colors, new wheels and a more comfortable passenger seat design. The 500C cabrio was new with Abarth trim in Spring of 2013, and is expected to be the volume leader for 2014 with almost no performance or interior room downsides versus the coupe.

These cute Fiat 500 twins are looking just as fresh and intimidating as always versus the hum-drum base-engine 500 models, and the rest of the econo-car hatchback market in the U.S. These are two cars for people who have chosen the ultra-nimble hot hatchback route, plus they offer up both driving thrills and the feeling of driving a classic Italian racing brand.

While the regular 500 undercuts the Mini Cooper significantly on price, the $6,000 Abarth premium makes life more challenging versus the hottest Mini performance cars. Even so, the Mini’s dated styling means the trendiest shoppers have long since moved on to something more current.

The 500 Abarth also undercuts the equivalent Mini Cooper S engine on price, but moves this tiny machine past $26,000 for the Abarth 500C - which is uncomfortably close to the Subaru BRZ and other performance cars.

The arrival of the American-spec Ford Fiesta ST certainly complicates the theoretical comparison test for these performance supermini’s.

Logic is typically not the most critical factor in this realm of the new car segment, and the 500 Abarth nails the less-concrete buying criteria like passion, brand image and performance zest.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the new 500C Abarth, with all the updates on the new features and changes for 2014.

Updated 11/7/2013: TopSpeed’s Phillipe Daix got his hands on a 500 Abarth this week and put together a short drive video of the peppy city car. Check out the video after the jump.

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2014 Fiat 500L Living

2014 Fiat 500L Living

Fiat has unveiled the seven-seat MPV version of its mini car with the official 500L Living name badge for the European market. This model is not yet on U.S. Fiat price lists, but it is expected in spring 2014 under the 500XL badge with a larger engine and optional automatic gearbox.

Much about the new 500L Living is directly derived from the successful 500L series, but a few key additions join the length stretch that puts two mini seats in the third row for the first time. The most notable are the multiple two-tone pastel plus white or black paint schemes and an in-dash espresso machine for fresh coffee.

The Lavazza coffee-maker promises individualized lattes, using a similar one-cup system best known from the Keurig K-cup series. The Fiat’s coffee maker reclaims some of Italy’s pride for inventing modern coffee practices… but then largely missing the boom in café culture epitomized by Starbuck’s global rise.

The expanding Fiat 500 line wants to avoid the same mistake of letting the premium city car segment — a long-time Fiat specialty — fall into the hands of BMW’s MINI brand.

The 500L Living beats the expected MINI Countryman Traveler "Spacebox" to market by more than year but will also face competition in American dealers from the upcoming passenger version of Ford Transit Connect as well as the existing Mazda5. Secondary competition comes from base-model Dodge Grand Caravans from just $20,000 and some base seven-seat crossovers from $25,000.

Fiat is betting these competitors cannot match its quirky flair, brand image and unique European styling.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the Fiat 500L Living ahead of its anticipated U.S. arrival next year as the 500XL.

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Fiat Abarth to Hit US in 2012

Fiat Abarth to Hit US in 2012

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 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.

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Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C

Review: 2012 Fiat 500 C

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.

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