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Published on Jul 29, 2015

The Fiat 500X is a five-passenger hatchback crossover and the newest member of Fiat’s U.S. lineup.

Featuring an Audi-like shape, the 500X comes from Fiat’s design studio in Turin. It’s a more mature-looking model from the brand, but it shares the playful front-end styling and clamshell hood of the smaller Fiat hatchback.

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New Fiat 500, Italy's economic rebound

New Fiat 500, Italy's economic rebound poised to boost minicar sales



08/10/2015

Italy’s economic rebound and the arrival of the refreshed Fiat 500 will help pull minicar sales out of a slump that caused the segment to drop to a five-year low in 2014, analysts at IHS Automotive predict.

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European minicar sales fell 32 percent to 1,125,160 million in 2014 compared with 2009, with Italy down 50 percent to 244,642 during the period, IHS figures show.

However, the analyst firm predicts that Europe’s overall minicar sales will rise to about 1.2 million this year and 1.25 million next year because the volume in Italy -- Europe’s No. 1 market for the entry-level models -- is poised to increase to 260,000 this year and 300,000 in 2016.

That is still way below the roughly 500,000 minicars, also known as A-segment cars, that were sold in Italy in 2009, when a government-subsidized car-scrapping program artificially inflated demand. Similar schemes, which were used across Europe to boost sales during the height of the global financial crisis, pushed total minicar volume to 1.65 million five years ago.
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Driving Report Fiat 500 is the little Italian with style

08/27/2015

Driving Report Fiat 500 is the little Italian with style

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2016 FIAT Brand Overview

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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 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

Reminiscent of the original 1957 Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its launch in 2007, more than 1 million Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards.

In North America, the FIAT brand portfolio continues to expand with the introduction of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X, the brand’s first all-wheel-drive model. The brand’s all-new crossover joins the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L.


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The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries around the world and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 500X, an all-new crossover that combines Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel drive confidence. The all-new Fiat 500X arrived at FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015.

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2016 Fiat 500 Overview

Published on Sep 18, 2015

The Fiat 500 is a small hatchback with a mix of quirky cuteness and practical fun. One of the tiniest cars on the U.S. market, the 500 recently received a handful of minor updates that include an improved infotainment system, new colors, and a new trim level.

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2016 Fiat 500X increased 10 percent

10/02/2015

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Sales of the all-new 2016 Fiat 500X increased 10 percent in September compared with the previous month of August, marking the model’s third consecutive month of sales increase since launch. FIAT dealers sold 1,133 units of the new crossover last month as greater numbers reached FIAT studios across the country. FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L and 500X, were up 1 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago.

FCA US LLC Reports September 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best September Sales Since 2000

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First drive: Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge

First drive: Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge


10/18/2015
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A team of stylists, designers and engineers came up with more than 1,900 modifications after being tasked with giving a fresh lease of life to Italy’s best-loved small car.

But only aficionados will be likely to spot the differences between old and new when the latest Fiat 500 reaches showrooms later this year.

Eight years after the friendly runabout from the 1950s burst back on the scene to become an automotive fashion icon with enough street cred to rival the Mini, the smash-hit baby car’s looks have changed little.

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Remarkably subtle makeover treatment has made sure that the styling introduced in 2007 remains essentially unaltered, with only deft changes to headlights, grille and bumper to promote a more assertive frontal appearance while, at the rear, elongated trapezoid lamp clusters with body-coloured centres and a low-mounted strip for the fog and reversing lights suggests a wider stance.

Elena Bernardelli, Fiat UK country manager, said: “Some people may regard the change in appearance as light, but this is an iconic product and the fact that the new car looks so much like the old one is a big plus as far as I’m concerned. Making just minor changes on the outside was the right action in this case.”

In an interview, as the range was shown to the media in Turin, she told Fleet News: “I was quite worried when I heard about this project because the 500 is a particularly emotional product and I thought we had a situation much like the one facing Volkswagen when the time came to relaunch the Beetle. But I am very happy with the result and I think our customers will approve.”

Unchanged dimensions mean space for passengers and luggage stays the same but, although external appearance suggests little more than a light refresh, the new 500 reveals more substantial differences inside, with a revised fascia featuring repositioned air vents and a multi-function steering wheel. The upgrade also includes more comfortable seating with extra bolstering, padding for the distinctive circular head restraints, a new centre console, tunnel-mounted storage nets and more precise switchgear.

Also situated higher on the dashboard is a touchscreen infotainment unit featuring hands-free calling and music streaming, voice recognition and the ability to read text messages received on compatible phones. A voice-activated navigation system, including digital radio, will be a £350 option.

Not surprisingly, the 500 feels much the same as before out on the road and its motor needs to be worked hard to keep pace with accelerating traffic. However, adding extra soundproofing has cut noise levels and the car is quiet and relaxed at cruising speeds.

But what it lacks in brio, it makes up in equipment. It comes with a glass sunroof, rear parking sensors, front fog lamps, smart alloy wheels and a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard, although it still lacks a fuel-saving stop-start system.

Corporate business accounted for only 5% of the record 44,000 registrations achieved by the Fiat 500 last year (although 30% went to fleet, mostly Motability and rental), but Bernadelli believes there is scope for improvement. “There is a user-chooser market for this car and it is being bought by companies, although the style of the product is of particular significance. 80% of our customers are women, so emotion is a major factor here rather than the cost of monthly repayment terms. Our major competitor is the Mini, but we still have a commanding leadership position despite the arrival of many new A-segment rivals in the last eight years, including the Volkswagen Up,” she said.

Two extra engine options are expected to be offered soon after the 500 goes on sale in September – an eco version of the 69hp petrol unit returning 99g/km and an 89g/km version of the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel.

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2016 Fiat 500L Overview



2016 Fiat 500L Overview

Published on Oct 21, 2015

The Fiat 500 is a family of vehicles, and the tall wagon model is the 500L. It’s a hatchback that’s built by Fiat in Serbia, on a different platform than the 500 city car.

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