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2013 LA Auto Show Coverage News Coverage

The Los Angeles Auto Show has quickly become one of the most anticipated auto shows on the circuit, with many automakers making global debuts. Nine cars are expected to be shown off for the first time at this years LA show, including the Porsche Macan, MINI Cooper and Subaru WRX. Connected Cars are also becoming a hot topic at the LA show, and a whole day is dedicated to new driving technology.

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The FIAT Brand to Bring a Splash of Color to LA Auto Show; Artist to Paint Italian Masterpiece Inside Fiat 500L

An iconic canvas fit for a masterpiece – Italian artist Nicola Verlato to paint the ceiling of a Fiat 500L on showroom floor during LA Auto Show
“Fiat 500L Italian Masterpiece” to pay homage to Renaissance period’s Michelangelo; Artist will lie on his back to paint inside vehicle
Painting to take place over six days (Wed., Nov. 20 - Mon., Nov. 25) LIVE on showroom floor
Time-lapsed video will showcase Verlato’s daily progress, beginning Nov. 21


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FIAT Brand North America will bring a splash of color to this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show by commissioning noted Italian artist Nicola Verlato to paint an Italian masterpiece, inspired by one of the most recognized fresco works of the Renaissance era, inside a Fiat 500L. Verlato will paint his masterpiece, which will pay homage to elements of Michelangelo’s work inside the Sistine Chapel, using the ceiling of the all-new Fiat 500L as his canvas. The artist will work Nov. 20-25 on the showroom floor. The vehicle will be on display for the remainder of the LA Auto Show, which runs through Dec. 1. More information on the Fiat 500L Italian Masterpiece, including behind-the-scenes footage of the project’s preparation, can be found at FIAT Nation | Go Social with FIAT USA.

“The FIAT brand is about immersing oneself in Italian style, design and culture," said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC and Head of FIAT Brand Worldwide. "We wanted to play with this concept by taking one of the most far-reaching pieces of old world art and combining it with the iconic new design of the Fiat 500L.”

For those unable to attend the LA Auto Show in person, Verlato’s daily progress can be seen on FIAT Nation | Go Social with FIAT USA beginning Nov. 21, which will showcase time-lapsed video from the showroom floor at the end of each day.

The red Fiat 500L with a tan/dark gray interior will be specially reconfigured and prepped for the project, including the installation of a special fiberglass ‘ceiling’ (specially coated to absorb paint) replacing the vehicle’s headliner. In addition, the seats have been removed, and a special floor has been created to allow Verlato to move and swivel as he paints on his back, in the style reminiscent of Michelangelo and other artists who worked during the Renaissance era.

Nicola Verlato, born in Verona, Italy, spent his childhood summers painting in the studio of a nearby monastery. At the age of 15, he had his first show. He studied at the University of Venice where he honed his skills in drawing, painting and other disciplines. Soon after, he gained recognition in Milan and later relocated to New York and then Los Angeles. His work is shown in galleries around the world. More info on Verlato can be found at Nicola Verlato: Bio.


About FIAT Brand
FIAT — Life is Best When Driven. 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.

Reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year, 2009 World Car Design of the Year and Best New Engine of 2010 (Fiat MultiAir® Turbo). In the U.S., the 2012 Fiat 500 was named “Best Buy” in the subcompact category by Consumers Digest and was deemed a “Top Safety Pick” by the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This year, the 2013 Fiat 500 was named to the “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” list by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com and the new 2014 Fiat 500L was recognized as a “Top Safety Pick” by IIHS.

The FIAT brand portfolio in North America continues to expand. In 2013, the FIAT brand launched the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, the fully-electric Fiat 500e and the Fiat 500L, an all-new five-passenger model that expands FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.

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The roots of America’s love affair with Jeep® can be traced to World War II, as the one-of-a-kind vehicle dutifully served the U.S. military with its durability and ruggedness. The affinity for Jeep gained traction as the first civilian Jeep (“CJ”) vehicles – the Willys-Overland CJ-2A – reached the public in 1945. The CJ-2A, and successor CJ-3A, was immortalized for its go-anywhere capability and strictly functional amenities.

Beginning early next year, when the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition arrives in Jeep showrooms, customers can connect with the original Jeep vehicle’s rugged and purely functional capability. The latest Wrangler special edition makes its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show.



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Mopar’s In-Vehicle Wireless Charging Technology Named a Finalist for AOL Autos ‘Technology of the Year’ Award

AOL Autos names Mopar’s in-vehicle wireless charging technology as one of six finalists for ‘Technology of the Year’ award

Mopar’s industry-first, in-vehicle wireless charging technology works with iPhone, Blackberry, MP3 Players and Droid-based devices, and currently available on the 2013 Dodge Dart

More information on Mopar’s wireless charging is available at InVehicleWirelessCharging.com


Consumers are invited to vote at Autos.AOL.com/Award

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Mopar’s industry-first in-vehicle wireless charging technology for portable devices is among six finalists for the second annual AOL Autos Technology of the Year award. The award honors the manufacturers who have raised the bar the highest in the world of automotive technology, specifically in the categories of active safety, connectivity, telematics or fuel economy.

After reviewing more than 40 nominations, the expert team of judges from AOL Autos, Autoblog, Engadget TechCrunch and others, revealed the Mopar device as one of the six finalists on Nov. 19 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mopar’s wireless charging technology works with iPhone, Blackberry, MP3 Players and Droid-based devices and currently is available for the 2013 Dodge Dart and comes standard on the Mopar ‘13.

Mopar’s system consists of an easy access, seamlessly integrated power bin, measuring 8.27 inches by 9.5 inches by 3.25 inches, that is installed just below the center stack and in front of the center console. The bin has a built-in charging grid that is activated when customers place their battery-powered devices on it. The unit begins to charge when the vehicle is started. A phone case, specifically designed for a variety of smartphones, is required and included with the feature.

Mopar’s in-vehicle wireless charging is available for $199.99, plus installation (part number 82213216).

More information on Mopar’s wireless charger and accessories is available at InVehicleWirelessCharging.com.

The in-vehicle wireless charging technology is being showcased on the Mopar Chrysler 300S concept vehicle being displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Consumers are invited to vote for Mopar’s in-vehicle wireless charging technology at Autos.AOL.com/Award until Dec. 6. The result of the consumer vote will equal the weight of one judge on the panel. AOL Autos will announce the winner of 2013 Technology of the Year in January 2014 in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

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Jim Morrison, Director of Jeep Brand, shows of the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler and other great Jeep vehicles at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Published on Nov 21, 2013

Time lapse video of day one of the FIAT 500L Masterpiece live from the L.A. Auto Show.

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Fiat 500 1957 Special Edition - 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show


Published on Nov 21, 2013

Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America talks about some of the FIAT Brand vehicles on display at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Published on Nov 21, 2013

Mark Trostle, Head of SRT, Mopar and Motorsports Design, talks about the new SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition Package at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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FIAT 500L Masterpiece Project | Day 3

Published on Nov 24, 2013

Time lapse video of day three of the FIAT 500L Masterpiece live from the L.A. Auto Show.

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FIAT 500L Masterpiece Project | Day 2

Published on Nov 24, 2013

Time lapse video of day two of the FIAT 500L Masterpiece live from the L.A. Auto Show.

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