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New Fiat Abarth leaked photo

26 January 2010

New Fiat Abarth leaked photo




Abarth is after all a racing brand. The Scorpion logo has been around for more than 50 years, Fiat only recently relaunched it back in 2007. The brand is to be seen as a separate division to the main Fiat brand in a similar way that the Renault Sport brand is to the mainstream Renault.

The new Abarth Punto Evo gets more however from Fiat than just a redone face. Power is increased from 155 horsepower to 170, thanks to the use of Fiat’s new MultiAir engine technology. But that’s just the base Abarth. The even cooler EsseEsse model is supposed to own some 200 horses. The use of Fiat’s new dual-clutch gearbox is also reportedly in the mix, along with some LED lighting.


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Hallelujah! The Fiat 500 Is Coming!


February 11, 2010

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Yes! At long last, the awesome Fiat 500 will be here by the end of the year. Better still, it looks like we’re getting the super-hot Abarth 500 as well.

Ralph Gilles, v.p. of design for Chrysler, confirmed today that the retro-ride is headed to America three years after debuting in Europe. The comment came during a speech before the Chicago Economic Club in which Gilles called the 500 a symbol of how well the Fiat-Chrysler partnership is working out.

We weren’t in Chicago and Chrysler has not yet provided a transcript of the speech, but according to Motor Authority we’re getting four versions of the car — the three-door hatchback shown above, the 500C drop-top, a Giardinetta wagon and the souped-up Abarth 500. The Abarth gets a 135-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. No word on what the other models will come with, but they’re offered with normally aspirated 1.2- and 1.4-liter gasoline engines and a 1.3-liter diesel.

The 500, which perfectly updates the adorable Cinquecento, could take a nice chunk of the market that’s gone to Mini. But it also could go after the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, Reid Bigland, president and CEO of Chrysler Canada, told Canadian Press today when the car was unveiled at the Canadian auto show.

Fiat has since June teased us with the promise of driving the 500 on this side of the Atlantic. According to Reuters, Fiat plans to start building the 500 in Toluca, Mexico in December.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne wouldn’t say how many cars might be built but called 130,000 an ideal target for the United States and Latin America. Chrysler plans to more than double its sales, roll out a dozen models built on Fiat platforms and repay its loan to the federal government within five years. The 500 appears to be a cornerstone of that plan. “The 500 is expected to stir excitement and certainly will help us position the group in the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and fuel efficiency,” Marchionne said, according to Reuters. (During his speech, Gilles said Chrysler will improve fuel economy 25 percent on average by 2014.)

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Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth esseesse by Hamann

February 23, 2010
German tuner Hamann Motorsport has unveiled a range of performance upgrades for the Abarth 500 and the Abarth 500 esseesse. A total of five performance enhancements are available for the Fiat 500 series. The upgrades are presented up to a maximum 271hp (202kW) and up to 380Nm of torque. The overall increase is pretty large if you consider the standard package of the Abarth 500 of 133hp and 158hp for the 500 esseessse.

Hamann installed forged pistons, enhanced connection rods, a modified turbo charger with charge air cooler, a race clutch with weight-optimised one-mass flywheel and a new control electronic. For optimum deceleration, there are sport brakes with a four-piston calliper and 264mm or 305mm large brake discs.

Furthermore, they offer an alteration for the manual transmission. By applying a long fifth gear, the engine rev is decreased by 500rpm which allows a higher end speed. Customers can also order a self-locking differential which allows a locking capacity of up to 50 percent and therefore significantly increases the traction. Different sports suspensions are available to ensure a better handling.

New aerodynamics components are made of light composite materials. The kit includes a re-engineered front skirt with integrated LED daytime running lights and special wing extensions fitted at the front and the back. These make the car body wider by 30mm at the front axle and 35mm at the rear axle. The newly designed side skirts act as a connection between the two. At the rear you will spot a new sports exhaust systems with two- or four end pipes and a Ferrari-like diffuser.

The black matt anodised, one-part rim is offered in the size 8.0×18 (front axle) and 9.0×18 (rear axle). The tuner recommends tyres in the dimension 215/35 R18 or 225/35 R18. Another option is the HM Evo 18 inch rim with glossy black varnish and the diamond-polished rim star. The rim is offered in the size 7.5×18. The tuner recommends tyres in the dimension 215/35 R18 at the front- and 225/35 R18 at the rear axle.

As an alternative to the Largo programme, Hamann offers the “sportivo-line” for the Fiat 500. Front skirt, side wings, rear skirt and design wheel HM sportive I are available inside the kit. The black matt varnished, one-part rim has a diamond-polished outer edge and is offered in 7.0×17. The tuner recommends tyres in the dimension 195/40 ZR17 or 215/35 ZR 17.


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U.S.-Market Fiat 500 Will Be Upgraded

Mar 16, 2010



* U.S. customers will get an upgraded version of the European Fiat 500.
* The U.S. car will ride on a new platform, one shared with the Fiat Panda.
* Benefits of the change include better crash protection and a quieter ride.



TURIN, Italy — The Fiat 500 that is coming to the U.S. market in 2011 will ride on a different platform from the European version but look exactly the same externally. It will be built around Fiat's new-generation baby car A platform, which will also be used on the 2011 Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat Panda.

The latest version is slated to debut a few months after the U.S. 500 goes into production in Mexico in December of this year.

The main benefits of the new platform are improved crash protection, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and a lighter body-in-white, all areas in which the U.S. 500 will be slightly superior to the European version. Europe will not be getting the update because the sizeable cost of switching platforms is not justified by the gains. But the change-over makes sense in the U.S. because the 500 is being produced at a new plant on new machinery.

Fiat is also in the process of deciding what to call its baby in the U.S., the choice being either the numeric 500 or the Italian version of the number, Cinquecento. The company believes that the Italian spelling of the number has some value in the U.S.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 17:18

FiatAnother important milestone in the history of the Fiat 500 has been reached with news that the 500,000th Fiat 500 has just rolled off the production line.

The half-millionth car was a 69 HP 1.2 litre version with Start&Stop, finished in Funk White.

On sale and in demand in 83 different countries around the world, the new Fiat 500 has reached this historic figure in only 21 months from its launch. The largest 10 markets for the first 500,000 cars have been: Italy (244,755 units), France (58,425), the UK (51,445), Germany (48,319), Holland (13,682), Switzerland (10,765), Spain (10,103), Belgium (9,548), Japan (9,030) and Austria (8,648).

The UKrange currently includes hatchback and Cabrio, several configurations (Pop, Lounge, Sport and by Diesel), one turbo-diesel and two petrol engines (all Euro 5), and availability of manual or sequential robotised (Dualogic) gearboxes. There are also special editions such as 500 Pink, and high performance Abarth 500s to consider.
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Fiat 500 Helps Promote Italian Fashion

April 15, 2010



The Fiat 500 may be a tiny thing, but it draws big crowds. That's exactly what happened in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham on Wednesday night. Upscale women's store, Tender, parked a Fiat 500 at the curb as part of a reception to promote Italian fashion. None of the invited guests could resist poking around the Fiat 500, and telling us why this bit of Italian automotive fashion is as hard to pass up as a new pair of designer shoes.

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April 19th, 2010

The U.S. will get a 4-door version of the FIat 500 that will be introduced to the European market next year. No timetable for a U.S. debut has been set.

This will be the fourth version of the Italian micro-car scheduled to be offered to the American public. Previously announced models include the base 500, set to go on sale at the end of this year, a convertible in the works for a 2011 release and an Abarth-branded performance version currently penciled-in for 2012.

Reuters says we won’t be seeing the Doblo van, which had been rumored to be a replacement for the Sprinter van that used to be sold by Dodge dealers. Tofas, the Turkish automaker that builds the van for Fiat, said the current U.S. market for light commercial vehicles doesn’t warrant the $100 million that would be required to bring the Doblo to the U.S. That leaves Fiat’s Iveco group as the only possibility for Chrysler to have a commercial van.

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Fiat will celebrate the production of half a million Fiat 500 city cars with a special show car called the Fiat 500 Thousandth





Fiat will celebrate the production of half a million Fiat 500 city cars with a special show car called the Fiat 500 Thousandth. The car will feature an unusual contribution from owners as it will be covered entirely by 1500 photos displaying the faces of Fiat 500 customers, celebrities and fans. Booking for a place are available now. A special application is available online at Homepage - Fiat 500.

It has only been 31 months since the launch of the popular supermini. The Fiat 500 is on sale and in demand in 83 different countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has already won 40 international awards and has received the prestigious Euro NCAP 5-star crash safety rating.

The Fiat 500 is available with a choice of three frugal, ultra low emissions Euro5-ready engines, it can be ordered in three different trims the Pop, Sport and the Lounge and prices start at approximately £9500. There are also special editions such as 500 Pink, and high performance Abarth 500s to consider. The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of the most affordable hatchbacks to run; the combined cycle economy is 52.3 mpg with co2 emissions of 155g/km

The showcar will be ready three weeks after the booking stage is concluded and will feature in forthcoming events and international motor shows. The Fiat 500 Thousandth will be the first ‘collective car’, a further confirmation of the spirit of the original model with potential customers being involved from the earliest stages of design.

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