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Nov 12, 2012 by fiatusa

Do you have what it takes to tackle Targa Newfoundland? With their FIAT 500 Abarth by their side, Samuel Hubinette and Jen Horsey did just that.
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Will you be in Austin, TX during the weekend of November 16-18, 2012? Find 12 specially marked FIAT 500s around the city, and you could win big
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Nov 15, 2012 by teamabarth

"The word 'Abarth' entered in the everyday language as a synonym for performance and winning spirit..."
A world of performance since 1949, follow us on: Abarth World - Abarth Social Hub
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The Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa tested the FIAT 500 Abarth Cabrio in Austin, Texas, in anticipation of its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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It’s no secret that Fiat is planning to reveal at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show an electric version of the 500 hatchback, but now we’ve got the first official photos. The Fiat 500e EV will premiere at the American Music Awards on November 18, and later this month at the L.A. auto show.

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Smile Importing the Fiat 500 was the right move

Importing the Fiat 500 was the right move

Posted on November 16, 2012 by Timothy Cain

Say what you will about the politics behind Chryslerís bankruptcy and the companies and countries which now own the company.

Chrysler dealers, particularly the ones in Canada that are selling Fiats, are simply happy to have a stylish small car to sell.

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The Fiat 500 isnít about to challenge the Honda Civic for best-selling car status. But it is Canadaís 51st-best-selling vehicle and the countryís 28th-best-selling passenger car. That suggests the 500ís Canadian volume is not the stuff associated with other Italian machines. Indeed, the 500 isnít just popular by Italian or European standards. More than 200 nameplates on sale in Canada have found fewer owners this year than the 500.

Typically, roomier small cars are more acceptable to North American small car buyers. But the Kia Soul, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mazda 2 all sell less frequently. Chevroletís Sonic is acquired only slightly more often. And in the comparison most fitting for the Fiat 500, the Mini Cooper range (excluding the Countryman but including all other Mini variants) finds but one new owner for every 1.9 Fiat 500s driven home.

Through ten months, high profile cars like the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Impala, Volkswagen Passat, and Subaru Outback arenít selling in 500-like quantities, either.

While a best-selling subcompact like the Hyundai Accent sells nearly three times for every single Fiat sale, the Cinquecento outsells other A-size cars like the Mini, smart fortwo, Scion iQ, and Chevrolet Spark combined.

All this implies the 500 is approaching mainstream status in Canada. If not mainstream, itís at least the best-selling niche market car in Canada. But how the 500 compares to other nameplates is only one of the factors by which we judge the success of an automobile.

So consider the inward-looking Chrysler perspective. Total sales are up by nearly 12,000 units this year. The Fiat 500 is responsible for 2834 of those extra units. Fiat has helped Chrysler Canada find an extra 12,372 buyers since it went on sale in February of last year.

From a straight volume perspective, the 500 has been more important to Chrysler Canada this year than Dodgeís Avenger, Challenger, Charger, and Durango; Chryslerís 300 and Town & Country; and every Jeep other than the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Of 22 Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram/Fiat nameplates sold by Chrysler Canada this year, the Fiat 500 ranks seventh in year-to-date volume. 3.6% of all Chrysler Canada sales in the first ten months of 2012 have been Fiats. 20.6% of all Chrysler Canada passenger car sales have been Fiats.

We canít judge the profitability of a car which generally sells with at least a $1000 discount without assigning an accounting firm to take a long, hard, and convoluted look at Chryslerís books. Nevertheless, any suggestion that the 500 isnít improving Chryslerís North American fortunes is off base. Not only does the 500 make up a significant part of Chryslerís portfolio, itís steadily improving the way it performs its job.

In the nine instances in which the 500ís 2012 sales results can be compared on a year-over-year basis, the 500 recorded year-over-year increases. March sales shot up 189%. June sales rose 48%. August sales improved at a 22% clip. In October, when the overall market posted an 8% increase, Fiat 500 sales were up 16%.

Rival automakers would do well to learn a lesson from a Sergio Marchionne-led Fiat-Chrysler consortium: taking a risk with a stylish small car might not be much of a risk at all. Dodge is now selling the Dart for buyers of conventional compact sedansóitís not as though the company is relying on a snug four-seater for Corolla-like volume.

The company stills sells boatloads of pickup trucks, minivans, and SUVs in Canada. But as an additional means of getting youngóand often first-timeóbuyers into stores which sell facelifted Sebrings and aggressively-styled pickup trucks, the Fiat 500 is going above and beyond the call of duty.
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Fiat 500 Proves Efficient Internal Combustion Engine Not Dead

November 18, 2012



Many manufacturers have been turning to electrification in order to reduce emissions, from the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf to high end cars like the BMW i-series and Fisker Karma. Other manufacturers have followed their lead, leading to the introduction of the Ford C-MAX and Chevy Volt, among other hybrid converted models.

Fiat, on the other hand, hasnít really followed along. Sure, they just announced the release of the Fiat 500e, a fully electric Fiat 500, but itís only going to be released in California, and maybe a couple of other states, to satisfy Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] regulations. Instead, Fiat has been focusing on more advanced internal combustion engine [ICE] technology.

The ubiquitous four-cylinder engine has found its way into almost every segment of the automotive industry, including hybrid vehicles. Fiatís new TwinAir technology actually gives more performance in a smaller package, eliminating two cylinders as well as the throttle body. Rated between 65 and 105 horsepower [hp], Fiatís TwinAir two-cylinder engines are rated as high as 120 hp per liter, these engines perform better than any others in their class.

Fiatís TwinAir technology does something else better too, delivering performance while reducing fuel consumption by up to 30%. Two cylinders have less friction than four, while the balance shaft keeps vibrations in check, and integrating the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head reduces weight, increasing efficiency. Other additions, such as start-stop technology, smart alternator technology, variable capacity oil pump, and electronic thermostat, also increase the fuel efficiency of the engine.

Fiatís innovations, as well as other ICE technology inventions, prove internal combustion is not dead. If ďthe next big thingĒ doesnít come and save electric vehicles, then at least we know we can count on more efficient technologies such as Fiatís TwinAir engine.


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One-millionth Fiat 500

One-millionth Fiat 500 Rolls Off the Production Line

The “nuova” Fiat 500 continues its legacy, now reaching 1 million production units thanks to global production

Sold in more than 100 countries around the world, the FIAT brand’s icon of Italian style boasts more than 500,000 ways to personalize, making it difficult to find two that are identical

With more than 80 worldwide accolades to date, the Cinquecento (500) continues to earn major awards in its segment while delivering product innovation at a relentless pace

Since the Cinquecento’s success story began on July 4, 2007, in Turin, Italy, it has reached record market share and top sales volumes in Europe while growing eight consecutive months in the United States and reaching more than 70,000 units since its introduction into the North American market


2013 Fiat 500

November 19, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The one-millionth Fiat 500 has rolled off the Fiat Auto Poland production line. Since its re-launch in 2007, the iconic Cinquecento (500) has been sold in more than 100 countries around the world – from Italy to Brazil, South Africa to Japan, and the United States to the Middle East – while also being produced in Toluca, Mexico, since 2011.

The one-millionth Fiat 500 is a Lounge model ‘dressed’ in elegant three-layer Bianco Perla (white pearl) exterior paint. This, like every Cinquecento, is a unique car. In fact, thanks to more than 500,000 possible combinations of exterior colors, interiors, engines, equipment and accessories, it is difficult to find two identical Fiat 500 vehicles.

Always a great player on the international markets, the Fiat 500 has its very own tailored model range in North America that, for 2013, has been amplified to deliver even more excitement through fun-to-drive performance, personalization options and world-class efficiency.

Fiat 500 Abarth
Building on the excitement of the Fiat 500, the Fiat 500 Abarth is designed for track-day enthusiasts and driving purists who want the ultimate high-performance small car with the personality of an exclusive Italian exotic.

With its all-new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 160 horsepower, Abarth-tuned suspension and brake system, race-inspired design and technology features not traditionally included on a small car, the new Fiat 500 Abarth unleashes the brand’s legendary performance heritage to American streets.

Like the European model, the Fiat 500 Abarth is designed, engineered and tested to deliver the high-performance driving and enduring capabilities needed for track use.

New 2013 Fiat 500 and 500c Models
The amplified 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Cabrio (500c) models are infused with style, technology and convenience features to make life on the go more personalized and comforting – and with the Fiat 500 Turbo, even more thrilling.

The Fiat 500 Turbo hits the sweet spot between the Fiat 500 Sport and the track-ready Fiat 500 Abarth, and is aimed at those customers who demand more power and performance than a regular Fiat 500. Featuring a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 135 horsepower, along with dynamic styling, track-proven brakes and unique sport-styled interior, the Fiat 500 Turbo offers additional exterior enhancements including Gloss Black headlamp, taillamp and parking lamp bezels and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero (black) painted pockets. Inside, the new Fiat 500 Turbo features sport-styled seating, sport-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento (silver) stitching.

Greater Efficiency and New Beats by Dr. Dre Audio System
Thanks to powertrain optimization, the new 2013 Fiat 500 and 500c equipped with the efficient C514 manual transmission now deliver 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway (up from their 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway EPA label last year).

Also new for 2013, the segment-exclusive – and first-time-ever in a small car and FIAT automobile – Beats by Dr. Dre audio system offers passengers of the Fiat 500 and 500c models a high-definition music experience the way the artist intended. The Beats Audio studio-quality sound system includes six premium speakers, an 8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and 8-channel 368-watt amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm.

The FIAT brand’s product momentum in the U.S. will continue with the introduction in 2013 of the all-new Fiat 500e, a full electric version of the Fiat 500, and the all-new Fiat 500L – the L stands for ‘Large’ – a five-passenger five-door vehicle that will expand the appeal of the Fiat 500 into the B segment.

About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 is synonymous with modern simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

In the U.S., a total of 36,462 units of the Fiat 500 have been sold in 2012 to date, an increase of almost 130 percent versus 2011 figures. The Fiat 500 broke eight consecutive sales records and, in only the first half of this year, Fiat 500 sales in the U.S. have surpassed sales during all of 2011. Since its introduction in 2011, the Fiat 500 has sold almost 73,000 units in the North American market.
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Photos of All-new Fiat 500e


November 19, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new battery-electric Fiat 500e brings Italian flavor to the electric vehicle market with a unique combination of iconic 500 design, performance and range. The zero-emission Fiat 500e premiered on the "green carpet" of the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 18, and will be showcased to the general public for the first time at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Fiat 500e will be available in the state of California in 2013.
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Nov 27, 2012 by teamabarth

In questa puntata i 24 finalisti dei 6 team nazionali si recano a Torino nel quartier generale di Abarth per affrontare nuove prove.
Il Boot Camp entra nel vivo!

La grande avventura di Make it your race continuerŗ anche nel 2013, iscriviti qui: ABARTH - MAKE IT YOUR RACE 2013
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