Detroit August 3, 2009; Every since this year's Geneva Auto Show where the new FIAT 500c was shown with Elle Macpherson, I have wanted to check it out again...this week in Grosse Pointe and Detroit I had the pleasure.
The new Fiat 500C reminds me not of their first small Centro from Fiat back in 1957 but of the first Mini I drove in 1962. The Fiat Style Centre designed the 500C and they gave us a rock solid masterpiece that is very functional. Electric windows and sunroof. The model shown will be for the American market. I hope that they can also bring in the soft-top convertible model.
See "The Big Smile" : one giant Fiat 500
Fiat is setting up a new promotional campaign for the Fiat 500 Convertible: a giant 5:1 scale of the Fiat 500 at a special venue called Parklife, on Oxford Street.
The extra large Fiat 500 drop top sits in this area for a few days and will for sure grab the attention of thousands of shoppers as this is a very busy shopping area in the UK.
The Big Smile event was set up by Fiat to grab people's attention and make them smile at the super-sized Fiat 500.
“We are taking The Big Smile to one of the busiest areas of London and I am looking forward to bringing our special brand of fun to this wonderful city,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK.
“The huge Fiat 500C, and the whole event will create a great atmosphere and we’re anticipating six very happy days ahead.”
Those in the US just wish they could get their hands on a normal sized Fiat 500.
Romeo Ferraris 500 Abarth packs 360 tarmac-munching Italian stallions
Nov 19th, 2009
Think you've seen the most hardcore 500 already? Sure, Abarth has churned out some pretty wicked versions of the retro-hatch, but even the 695 Tributo Ferrari and R3T rally machine can't hold a candle to the beast above.
Given the name, you might think this latest Cinquecento was the result of another collaboration between Abarth and its big sister companies. But this 500 is actually a product of independent racing garage Romeo Ferraris, which has rebodied the 500 in carbon fiber and fitted it with a wing that looks big enough to sustain a jumbo jet's flight path. If that's not bonkers enough, Ferraris has squeezed out an insane output of 360 horsepower from the Abarth's 1.4-liter turbo four. That's more than 257 horsepower per liter, and rivals even the similarly insane 427 Cinquecento from SEMA for pure lunacy.
Drivers Aldo Cerruti, Michela Cerruti and Mario Ferraris will be taking turns behind the wheel at the upcoming 6 Hours of Vallelunga endurance race on November 22. We'd suggest everyone else get the hell out of the way.
Fiat's rumored 2-cylinder engine has finally been confirmed for the Fiat 500 and will start production in Poland next year. The small displacement engine, called SGE, uses all the goodies from Multiair technology and is able squeeze three different power levels from the out its 900 cc. There is an aspirated version good for 64 hp and two turbo versions able to produce 80 and 105 hp, all in line with the current 4-cylinder engines that are currently used for this model. Fiat could also use these engines to power other cars across the range, such as the Fiat Panda, where this engine was first featured as a concept, or the larger Fiat Punto, where sub-100 g/km CO2 figures will be available for gasoline models.
Fiat 500 Abarth challenges mighty Monte Carlo Rally circuit
Tiny Fiat 500 Abarth challenges mighty Monte Carlo Rally circuit
Small is not only beautiful, it can be extremely useful. Now that winter is upon us, we're no doubt all irritated by the constant need to wipe condensation/mist/child vomit off the rear window before we set out on any sort of journey (particularly if it involves reversing).
Imagine if you could do this by simply reaching out behind you. The original Fiat 500 was so small that you could do exactly that: the back windshield was reachable from the driver's seat. You also had no need of a jack to change a front tire--it was enough to find two reasonably burly bystanders to pick the front of the car up. Job done, and you were on your way.
The romantically named Dante Giacosa, the designer of the Fiat 500, insisted that practicality was paramount. In cars--particularly small cars--as in everything, necessity was the mother of invention. This is why Citroën invented the original 2CV to carry five French peasants and a basket of their eggs across a plowed field without breaking any (eggs, that is, rather than peasants--although having driven a 2CV recently, I have to wonder).
For every forward-thinking and practical individual, there is at least one unhinged lunatic out there. In Fiat's case, that madman was Carlo Abarth. Originally, he was an Austrian who was actually called Karl, but in the aftermath of World War II, he decided that it might be more politically correct to Latinize his name and reinvent himself as a natural-born Italian.
Once Abarth started slotting unfeasibly powerful engines into tiny Fiats such as the 500, everyone was fooled. Only a man with Chianti flowing through his veins would do a thing like that. Carlo it was. And so the legend of Abarth was born.
DETROIT — Carlo Abarth was to Fiat as John Cooper was to Mini and Carroll Shelby was to Ford. He took unassuming cars like the Cinquecento and made them wickedly quick. Abarth died in 1979 and over time the company bearing his name was all but forgotten. But Fiat bought the operation three years ago and cars wearing the Abarth Scorpion logo are rolling out again.
Fiat brought an 500 Abarth SS to the North American International Auto Show since its unruly stepchild Chrysler didn’t have much to show. No one on the Chrysler stand had anything to say about the car, which may or may not come to America when Fiat finally gives us the 500.
While the 500 is best described as adorable, the Esseesse is all business. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four produces 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. It’s bolted to a five-speed gearbox. Put that much power in a car that weighs 2,282 pounds and you hit 62 mph from a standstill in 7.4 seconds. Torque-vectoring helps keep the FWD car pointed in the right direction. Stiffer springs improve the handling while bigger drilled rotors improve the braking. All that and it gets 36 mpg (combined).
In keeping with Abarth tradition, all the go-fast parts are packed in a wood crate and installed by an authorized Abarth shop. Last we heard, the 500 is headed this way later this year. Here’s hoping Fiat-Chrysler honcho Sergio Marchionne sends some of those crates as well.
If you’ve ever wondered what a gumball on wheels would look like, Fiat has your answer. The Italian automaker announced on Tuesday the latest special edition of its 500 supermini, the appropriately named 500 Pink.
Based on the Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge trim level, the 500 Pink features Fiat’s fuel-saving Start&Stop system, a sunroof, leather-wrapped gear knob, black interior, side rubbing strip with 500 badge, special pink key cover, special floor mats and – most notably – a pink paint job.
“I am delighted that we are now able to offer the 500 Pink – just like many of our customers who have been asking us for this limited edition,” Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK, said in a statement. “It will appeal to free thinking drivers who have a distinctive personality and, with all the benefits of Fiat 500 already there, we have no doubt that it will prove a fantastic purchase for its new owners.”
Sales of the Fiat 500 Pink start today with just 500 examples slated for production. The 500 Pink will only be available for order online, with a starting price of £11,700.
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