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2016 Fiat 500c 1957 Edition

2016 Fiat 500c 1957 Edition is a retro-lover's dream



01/19/2016


2016 Fiat 500C

Base price: $22,800

Engine: 1.4-liter, 16-valve inline four-cylinder

Mileage: 27 city / 34 highway

It’s cute. It’s spunky. It’s unashamedly retro. No, it’s not a Volkswagen Beetle; it’s the 2016 Fiat 500C – the “C” stands for Cabriolet.


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The European-inspired sub-compact two-door is everything you would imagine an Italian-designed car to be: short, round and full of personality. Introduced for the 2014 model year to commemorate the car’s 57th anniversary – even though it had a different name way back then – the 1957 Edition survives into the 2016 model year.

Fiat plays the fashion card hardcore with the redesigned 500, including your choice of Celeste pastel blue and Verde Chiaro light green paint colors, and takes many of its design cues from the original Fiat Topolino. A special 1957 Fiat badge takes up lots of real estate on the car’s front grill and is hard to miss. More of these “special” badges can be found throughout, including on hubcaps, tail lights, and, of course, the steering wheel.

From the headlamps and tail lights to the side-view mirrors and door handles, everything about the Fiat 500 screams throwback. But the chrome and painted hub caps, which matched the test car’s baby blue exterior paint color, were hard to look at. I can see how the distinctly 1950s style appeals to the Baby Boomer crowd, but it did very little for me – someone who considers himself a classic-car enthusiast.

Once inside the tiny car you say “goodbye” to the 20th century and “hello” to many modern amenities as the 1957 edition comes standard with a plush leather package and a beautifully contrasting ivory and grey dash. The $1,900 1957 package also adds classy looking white exterior mirrors, a retro keyfob cover and ivory door trim. New for 2016 is Chrysler’s user-friendly UConnect infotainment system with 5-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth technology and integrated voice command.

Power, however, is not the car’s strong suit. With a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder that deliver 135 horsepower, the 500’s zero-to-60 time was more than 10 seconds. The turbo-charged engine does have a sport mode that’s accessed by a button on the instrument panel, which messes with the throttle and shift ratio for improved responsiveness. But that makes the 500c more affordable to drive, with a government-estimated average fuel economy of 30 mpg and a gas tank that costs less than $30 to fill up at today’s prices.

And with all tiny cars, safety is always a top concern for both buyers and automakers. The 500 includes standard safety equipment, such as all-weather tires and five airbags, and has obtained a four-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car received four- and five-star ratings from front and side crash tests, respectively.

Cargo space, as expected, is limited in the 500, but with some creative packing I managed to stow enough supplies for a weekend camping trip and still leave enough room for my wife, daughter and dog.
The Fiat 500 has a base price of $16,999 and the cabriolet version with automatic transmission has a base price of $22,800. The test car, with the retro 1957 package rang in at $27,030, including destination charge.

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New Abarth brand experience goes on-line




18 January 2016


New Abarth brand experience goes on-line


A clear and straightforward product description in a dynamic and technologically advanced environment

Easy access to the world of Abarth kits, spare parts, tuning-up and merchandising

From a virtual tour to the direct opportunity to test drive the car at an Abarth dealership

Space for the community in all Social media and access to a dedicated newsletter, with the latest news and investigations

Access to the latest special offers and commercial opportunities

A journey into the sections dedicated to Officine Classiche and Abarth Heritage



It is not just a simple website, but rather an experience whereby visitors delve into the world of Abarth through the brand new portal, that only recently went on-line, to share the passion and technology of this great brand. By typing in the address, Abarth Cars UK | Fiat Sport Cars | 595 Racing Car, as soon as they access the home page, users immediately get the impression that they have entered a virtual showroom, where the cars are all in the front line and the information is just a few clicks away, whatever the device they are using. Indeed, the website is fully responsive: this means it stands out for its design which ensures greater visualisation and more efficient operation on all devices enabled for web browsing, such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, iPads and iPhones.



The virtual experience explores every facet of the world of Abarth, starting from the range, which is presented with large, eye-catching photos in a dynamic carousel. As soon as a particular product has been selected, the technical information and special offers relating to that car appear clearly and simply. Users can switch from the virtual tour to a real-life one just as smoothly thanks to the calls to action urging them to book a test drive or request a quote, to find their nearest dealer to install the tuning kits or the accessories sold in aftermarket or to receive a brochure.



The Abarth brand lives and allows users to live and experience the various souls of the brand - from customisation to sports, from its history to the communities - and takes them directly into the Officine thanks to a virtual tour of the venue which best represents the brand's DNA. All this is distinguished by a high-impact layout, which plays with the reference colours: red and white with splashes of grey, which enhance the high-performance high-tech soul of the brand.



The section dedicated to Kits and Accessories shows in large photos how details can make the difference, so users can customise their car 100%, increasing its performance even further, while Abarth Racing, which is dedicated to a younger clientele, takes visitors right into the heart of the racing world, with special focus on safety, presenting the courses available at the Abarth Driving Academy.



The legendary Karl Abarth comes back to life in the section dedicated to the brand history, accompanying users along a journey discovering the legend of the Scorpion through photos, anecdotes and truly beguiling testimonies. The same beguiling charm can also be found in Officine Classiche, which were inaugurated in Turin last November. They are dedicated to those who want to restore their vintage Abarth and represent a new place filled with experience, professionalism and painstaking care for details.



Like all historic brands, Abarth also relies on a vast international community of enthusiasts. The Social Wall is dedicated specifically to them. It is a sort of forum which collects everything that is published on the brand's official Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter channels and on the main web newspapers. In order to stay in touch with the brand at all times, users can subscribe to the dedicated newsletter, containing news and investigations so as not to miss out on anything new from the Abarth world.



Versions dedicated to other markets will shortly be on-line as well, so that Abarth enthusiasts from across the globe can stay constantly up-to-date and follow all the goings-on in the world of the Scorpion brand.


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Fiat brand's goal: 'Bring traffic to the dealers'

Fiat brand's goal: 'Bring traffic to the dealers'
Execs say products need better differentiation


01/25/2016

The three men who run the struggling Fiat brand in North America say cheap fuel prices are only part of what's ailing the small-car marque, and that it is up to Fiat Chrysler -- not its dealers -- to fix the problem.

In interviews this month at the Detroit auto show, Fiat global brand boss Olivier Francois, Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat in North America, and Bob Broderdorf, who runs the brand's day-to-day operations in North America, said FCA must generate more traffic in dealer showrooms. To do so, FCA is likely to focus on product marketing aimed at differentiating Fiat products from one another.

"I don't know that I need the dealers to do anything differently. The dealers do a really good job. We need to bring traffic to the dealers," said Kuniskis, who in October returned as head of Fiat in North America when he was named to a new post in charge of Fiat, Chrysler and Dodge.

Kuniskis ran Fiat in 2012, when it sold 55,600 vehicles in North America with one car, the 500 minicar. The brand's sales peaked in North America in 2014 at 58,775 with the addition of the 500L, but fell 11 percent in 2015 to 52,299, despite adding the 500X crossover to the lineup. Fiat's 2015 U.S. sales fell 8 percent from 2014 to 42,410.

This year, dealers will have four Fiats in their showrooms: 500 minicar, 500L hatchback, 500X crossover and, beginning this summer, the Fiat 124 Spider convertible that is based on the Mazda MX-5.

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Kuniskis said two of Fiat's four vehicles in North America are too close to one another, causing cannibalization. But he said the 124 Spider will generate incremental sales.

"The problem is, one plus one, [500]L and [500]X, didn't equal two, because they're priced right on top of each other, they're contented on top of each other and they're kind of competing with each other in the showroom," Kuniskis said.

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itself out. It always does. But right now, the X is kind of stealing business from the L."

Francois said, "We are just impacted, as everyone in this small [car] segment," by low fuel prices. He said Fiat's message must focus on the 500X crossover and educate consumers that the X is not a minicar.

"It's taking a little bit more time to understand that the X is not the little 500," he said. "It's a bigger 500; it's more powerful, it's more capable, it's more family-friendly."

Broderdorf said substitution continues to plague the brand with the introduction of the X, just as it did initially when the brand launched the 500L.

The 500X "has pulled people from everywhere in Fiat that were interested. It's pulled people from 500, it's pulled people from [500]L," Broderdorf explained. "The dealers have been excited. They're pushing X. They've been asking for this."

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Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million


01/25/2016


Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon to meet state environmental mandates.

Here's the thing. In 2014, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e.


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Fiat doesn't report sales of the 500e separately, but the figure was mentioned by Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat Chrysler's passenger car brands. State rebate data compiled by the online newsletter Inside EVs, which tracks monthly sales of electric vehicles, also corroborates the sales figure.

Of course, those money-losing sales accumulate valuable credits for the automaker as it tries to adhere to ever tightening fuel economy and emissions standards.

California requires large automakers to derive a share of their vehicle sales in the state from zero-emission vehicles. Plug-in hybrids get some credit under California's standards, but by 2025 about 15 percent of cars sold in the state would need to have no tailpipe emissions at all -- a definition met only by all-electric cars such as the 500e and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai.

Asked this month whether FCA would lose money on sales of the planned 2017 Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid, due this year, as it does on the 500e, Marchionne had a direct answer: "Hell no."

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2016 Fiat 500 Abarth



Published on Jan 29, 2016

Read Larry Nutson's review of the 2016 Fiat 500 ABARTH at TheAutoChannel.com.

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2017 Fiat 500X Abarth Exposed

2017 Fiat 500X Abarth Exposed in Spy Photos

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The hotter Fiat 500X Abarth is coming.

AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers have caught the 2018 Fiat 500X Abarth fully exposed, confirming that Abarth will expand its offerings beyond the current Fiat 500 coupe and cabriolet compacts.

The four-door Fiat 500X crossover sports all the signature additions Abarth is known for, including a sportier front end, retuned suspension, larger 18-inch wheels and bigger brakes with red calipers. Out back is a dual exhaust.

Our spy photographers also mentioned that the Fiat 500X Abarth’s exhaust note was quite aggressive, hinting that the model could be borrowing its powerplant from the Alfa Romeo 4C. Since the Fiat 500X Abarth is being developed to compete with the Juke NISMO and MINI John Cooper Works, it will have to sport at least 200 horsepower. The Alfa Romeo 4C currently has 237 hp, so a version of that engine would fit the bill.

Expect the model to come with all-wheel drive to stay competitive with the MINI Countryman JCW.


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Published on Feb 12, 2016

Abarth: offering performance since 1949.

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