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Official FIAT USA Commercial | Big Italian Family


Official FIAT USA Commercial | Big Italian Family
Published on Mar 17, 2015

The FIAT 500 isn't alone anymore. It's part of a big, Italian family.
Welcome the All-New 2016 FIAT 500X crossover.
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Crazy $82.75 per Month Californian Lease Deal on Fiat 500e

Crazy $82.75 per Month Californian Lease Deal on Fiat 500e Spikes Interest in Italian Electric Car
March 18, 2015

For those with an eye for a bargain, it’s possible today to grab some pretty good deals on a brand-new electric car. In the past few months, we’ve seen lease deals as low as $125 per month for 36 months for a 2015 Smart ForTwo Electric drive with $800 down and 10,000 miles per year, or a whopping $13,000 off MRSRP for a brand-new 2015 Nissan LEAF SL.


But neither come close to a deal being offered in California right now, where those with an eye for a bargain have found themselves paying just $83 a month for three years on a brand-new Fiat 500e electric car, with $1,000 down after incentives.

As our friends over at GreenCarReports detail, the deal was discovered by a small group of motorsports enthusiasts who quickly shared the too-good-to-miss deal and helped account for more than 100 of the tiny plug-in cars to fly off dealer lots over the weekend.

Enter Joe Nuxoll, a freelance photographer and racing instructor, who discovered the deal at his local Fiat dealer. Part of a time-limited offer from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, his dealer was offering $2,100 off the $32,000 MSRP of the four-seat electric car for lease customers, bringing the downpayment on a an $82.75 per month, three-year lease deal to $11,000.

Further discounts came courtesy of the standard $7,500 Federal tax credit, and the $2,500 California state purchase rebate. While those buying outright have to apply for the Federal tax credit at the end of the year when calculating their Federal tax bill, those leasing a car have the rebate directly applied to their downpayment by the lease company, which applies for the rebate on the lessee’s behalf. The California state purchase rebate — something that takes a few weeks to arrive in the mail after purchase — only leaves the applicant out of pocket for a short period of time.

Apply both those credits, and the net total that Nuxoll and 100+ other lucky customers had to pay was just $1,000.
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Goodyear tyres chosen as OE for new Fiat 500X

Goodyear tyres chosen as OE for new Fiat 500X


03/19/2015

Goodyear has been chosen to supply the Original Equipment tyres for the two new versions of the snazzy Fiat 500X in Europe.

The tyres have been carefully selected to meet the needs of the newly-revealed Fiat 500X. The popular EfficientGrip Performance (215/55RI7 94V) will be fitted to the urban-centred model, while the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 (225/45R18 91Y) will help to smooth the ride of the more rugged edition of the compact crossover.

Hans Vrijsen, consumer marketing director for Goodyear tyres EMEA, said: “We are pleased to offer tyres that not only fit the overall polish and panache of the FIAT 500X but are also customised to fulfill the car’s different driving needs.

“The Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyre provides excellent rolling resistance performance and braking performance suitable for a city car, while the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 has a large rim size, offering exceptional braking and handling.”

Goodyear says the two tyres match the new 500X’s enhanced focus on safety and efficiency. The EfficientGrip Performance offers an A-rated wet grip and provides short braking distances and low fuel consumption, while the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 offers short braking distances on wet and dry surfaces and superb fuel efficiency.


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Australia: 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo

Meet new 2015 Fiat 500: Turbo 1.4-litre four-cylinder 6-speed petrol engine for less than $30,000 in Australia

March 20, 2015



BRISBANE: The all new Fiat 500 model 2015 has been in Australian market from less then $30,000 price tag with turbo 1.4 litre four-cylinder and six-speed petrol engine.

The 500X will be a smash hit as long as Fiat isn’t too greedy with the price. It brings styling flair to what is at risk of becoming a hum-drum segment of the new-car market.

It’s called the Fiat 500X and it’s due in Australian showrooms in August priced from less than $30,000, although the range will likely peak at more than $40,000.


In reality it has nothing in common with the pint-sized Fiat 500 city runabout, apart from the name and some styling cues. In fact, it shares its DNA with a Jeep: the box-shaped Renegade (due on month later, in September) has the same underpinnings as the 500X, it’s just wearing a different suit.

Indeed, both the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are made on the same Italian production. Sacre-bleu! Or whatever that might be in Italian. Fiat (as with every other car maker) has figured out that good design pays handsomely.

Consider this: it costs the same to manufacture a beautiful headlight or an elegantly-shaped fender as it does to make something that’s a bit Plain Jane.

Buyers will pay more if a car looks good, impresses their peers, and makes the owner feel warm and fuzzy every time they walk up to it and unlock the doors. Call it a win-win, because the car-makers are making bank.

Fiat (and the rest of the car industry for that matter) believe the phenomenal global growth in SUV sales (and the number of varieties available) is set to continue for the rest of the decade, and may even go beyond 2020.

We’ve not seen anything like this since the invention of the hatchback, which is an interesting parallel because that’s what these cars are effectively replacing.

City-sized SUVs can fit in the same size parking space as a Toyota Corolla and yet have the tall driving position of a Range Rover.

And we can’t get enough of them, which is why even the Italians, who would have scoffed at the idea of a Fiat 500-inspired “faux-wheel-drive” less than a decade ago. Next they’ll be drinking cappuccinos in the afternoon.

There will be two engine choices (well, two different power outputs from the same 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine), three transmissions (two types of automatic and a manual) and four model grades when it arrives in Australia.

No diesel variant is planned at this stage, in part because the petrol engines are so economical nowadays, and diesel engines still attract a price premium because, for some reason, they’re dearer to develop and manufacture, we’re told. We tested the least powerful of the two engine choices matched to a manual transmission.

The stunning Alfa Romeo Mito is one such example: never before has such a beautiful design been layered on top of such a rudimentary underbody: it’s a decades-old Fiat Punto underneath, which is why it doesn’t drive anywhere near as nice as it looks.
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Fiat 500 1957 Edition



Friday, March 27, 2015
Fiat 500 1957 Edition Now in Cabrio!


2015 Model Now Available For Order

Fiat 500 1957 Edition

Published on Sep 30, 2014 The new Fiat 500 1957 Edition captures the essence of the original but with all the modern comfort and conveniences.
 

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March 2015 U.S. Sales

March 2015 U.S. Sales

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Sales of the Fiat 500 were down slightly last month, compared with March a year ago. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth was named in March to KBB.com’s list of the “10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000.” FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500 and 500L, were down 5 percent in March compared with the same month a year ago.

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FCA US LLC Reports March 2015 U.S. Sales Increased 2 Percent; Best March Sales Since 2007
 

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Fiat 500e Sales Account For 40% Of All Fiat 500 In U.S. In March

Fiat 500e Sales Account For 40% Of All Fiat 500 In U.S. In March



Fiat 500e suprised everybody with its performance in March reaching an estimated 1,310 sales in the US.

In the few prior months, we saw decline in sales year-over-year, so the surge of over 100% from 644 in March 2014 was indeed strange.

Believe it or not, the 500e is now one of the best selling electric cars in the US in 2015 (8% market share for plug-ins in three months), above the Chevrolet Volt! Well, it will be hard to preserve such a result in the longer term, but congrats to Fiat for moving so much electrified metal.

As it turns out, typically the 500e accounts for 10-20% of all Fiat 500 sales, but in March that figure jumped to a record high 40%.

Editor’s note: Fiat has chosen to not disclose 500e sales, so sales are now estimated based on state-level reports and incentives claimed from California (1,223 Clean Vehicle Rebates were claimed in March, double any previous period) and Oregon.
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Fiat 500X latest to offer hip, tricky matte paint

Fiat 500X latest to offer hip, tricky matte paint

April 7, 2015



NEW YORK -- Fiat is willing to sell you unusual matte-finish paint on the 500X mini-SUV, but it's tricky to maintain, and you pay $1,000 more for the privilege of standing out.

Fiat, being aggressively Italian, has unsurprisingly named the finish Bronzo Magnetico Opaco. On the display stand at the New York auto show here, it looked more gray than bronze, but in certain light at certain angles, bronze is believable.


The 500X goes on sale in the second quarter this year, another of the mini SUVs often called "city utes" because their trim size makes them good in tight urban confines.

The Fiat starts at $20.900 for a base, front-drive Pop model. The high-end Trekking Plus with all-wheel drive (AWD) is $28,000.

Least-expensive AWD version is Easy AWD, starting at $23,200.

The 500X is similar underneath to the Jeep Renegade, which went on sale in March. Both brands are part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The two are made together at the same Melfi factory in Italy.

Matte paint has been used now and then by other makers who think it fits the image of a particular model they sell. The paint typically comes with care instructions that warn against commercial brush-style car washes, waxing and other hazards.

Hyundai introduced matte paint on the 2013 Veloster sport coupe and continues offering it on 2016 models -- standard matte blue on the Rally Edition Veloster and matte gray as a $1,000 option on turbo models. Hyundai provides a sample of a product correct for treating matte-finish paint.

Jeep says it offered matte finish paint on the 1993 Wrangler, in blue, green or gold.

Dealers later were bedeviled by second and subsequent owners who complained about the dull finish and were trying to wax it shiny. Because they bought the vehicles used, they apparently didn't get the explanation that new-vehicle buyers got.

The dull-finish look has become popular among sports stars and celebrities, so it's being emulated. But rather than repaint a shiny car dull, some after-market companies sell matte-finish vinyl wraps, singole-color coverings similar to the advertising wraps that sport logos and decorations on some delivery trucks.

Labor to install the wrap drives up the price, especially if the car has to be partly disassembled to get a tight fit so the result resembles paint rather than a covering.

Online ads list prices around $5,000 -- very roughly, and depending a lot on the vehicle involved and whether the owner wants visible interior panels, such as door sills, wrapped, too.

Wraps later can be removed, and in the meantime, sellers say, they have protected the original paint making the car easier to sell or worth more as a trade. One seller warns that it's "a bit of a tedious process," which signals a high price for doing so.

A company called Auto SuperShield, based in Boca Raton, Fla., advertises its car wraps thus:

"Your car will stand out by not standing out with a sleek, matte black car wrap. Turn your ride from a shiny mirror into the deep black silhouetted look that is currently sought after by many prominent car owners seeking a low-profile look that shows off the beauty of the car without the distortion caused by reflections."

The look can be traced back at least to the 1950s, when budget-pinched hot-rodders put all their cash (and credit, those who had any) into engine modifications and bigger wheels and tires, and left the cars wearing gray primer paint -- always insisting they'd get around to finishing the paint job in eye-popping candy apple red or fire-mist metallic or silver metal-flake any day now.
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Recall Alert: 2013-2015 FIAT 500e (electric)

April 10, 2015

Chrysler (FCA US) is recalling 5,660 model year 2013-2015 FIAT 500e (electric) cars that can shut down due to software problems.

The problem is software incompatibility between the electric vehicle control unit (EVCU) and the battery pack control module. If the module places the battery in "limp home mode," there shouldn't be requests to accept regenerative current to the battery.


However, the incompatibility of the software causes the EVCU to not recognize the limp home mode status. That sends current to the battery pack causing the electrical system to shut down.

The 500e will experience a general shut-down and lose the ability to move because the high-voltage battery provides energy to the traction motor. However, braking and steering systems shouldn't be affected because they are powered by the 12V battery.

Chrysler says the recalled 2013-2015 FIAT 500e cars were manufactured March 27, 2012, to November 1, 2014.

The FIAT 500e recall should begin May 15, 2015. Owners should watch for mailed notifications that explain dealers will update the vehicle software to ensure compatibility between components.

Owners of the 2013-2015 FIAT 500e may contact Chrysler customer service at 800-853-1403 and give them recall number R15.
 

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New Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio

FIAT Introduces New Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio

FIAT brand builds on the success of the Fiat 500 1957 Edition with the addition of a cabrio version
2015 Fiat 500c 1957 Edition offers vintage Italian styling with open-air driving excitement, starting at $24,700 U.S. MSRP
Limited-production model builds on the Fiat 500's storied past with unique exterior and interior design elements
Novel exterior appearance, three classic exterior colors, 1957-era body-color wheel design and vintage "FIAT" emblems pay homage to the historic Fiat Nuova 500


April 13, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Hatchback and Cabrio







Just in time for the spring and summer top-down driving season, the FIAT brand today introduced the new Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio.

The FIAT brand continues to celebrate the storied past of the historic Nuova 500 with the addition of a cabrio version of the popular Fiat 500 1957 Edition, which was introduced in 2014. The Fiat 500c 1957 Edition features a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top – a contemporary solution to the famous canvas roof on the original Cinquecento – designed to deliver all-season driving pleasure with the top up or down.


“We continue to expand the FIAT lineup,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America. "The Fiat 500 1957 Edition celebrates the spirit of the original 1957 Nuova 500, and with the arrival of a cabrio version, we are adding open-air fun to the iconic Italian-designed Fiat 500 1957 Edition.”

Pricing for the well-equipped limited-production model starts at $24,700 U.S. MSRP, just $1,900 more than a base Fiat 500c Lounge. The Fiat 500c 1957 Edition is available for orders now and will arrive at studios this spring.

With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c 1957 Edition’s power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to a best-in-class 60 mph (a midway point may be chosen by pressing the button anytime between). Press the roof button again, and the roof will neatly fold all the way open and tuck neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph).

The power cloth top offers even more technology. When the liftgate is opened for trunk access, the power-operated cloth top automatically retracts back to the rear-spoiler position to avoid any obstruction.

Now available as either a hatchback or a cabrio, the 2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition includes a sport-tuned suspension for improved handling, 16-inch forged aluminum wheels with a retro body-color design, throwback “FIAT” badging and a premium Marrone (brown) and Avorio (ivory) leather interior. The model is available in three classic exterior colors: Bianco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green) and exclusive Celeste (celestial blue).

About the Fiat 500 1957 Edition
There's a romance about Italian cars, brands, fashion and design that make goods from this artisan nation among the most coveted around the globe. Since 1957, the Fiat 500 has embodied all four, empowering the Cinquecento to become one of the most iconic automobiles of all time. Nearly 60 years later, and with sales in more than 100 countries, the Fiat 500 1957 Edition commemorates its roots in uniquely crafted detail.

Based on the Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition enhances its iconic silhouette with a vintage look, thanks to classic exterior colors for this limited-edition Cinquecento, including Bianco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green) or Celeste (celestial blue). Inspired by the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, an exclusive 16-inch retro wheel design features a wide chromed lip, body-color accent and large center cap with historic "FIAT" emblem. For improved handling, a sport-tuned suspension and all-season performance tires are standard. Completing the look are throwback "FIAT" badges on the front fascia and rear liftgate.

Continuing the 1957 Edition's vintage look is an Avorio (ivory) interior environment contrasted by premium Marrone (brown) leather seats. Avorio accent stitching vertically crosses the seatbacks and seat cushions, while detailed stitching at the perimeter adds to the Cinquecento's craftsmanship. For added contrast, Grigio (grey) door panels feature a unique Avorio inner panel, while Marrone door armrests and shift boot (with manual transmission) are color-keyed to the leather seats for a harmonious look. An exclusive Avorio leather-wrapped steering wheel is hand-stitched with Marrone leather on the "inner ring," and features a retro "FIAT" badge, illustrating how the FIAT brand takes craftsmanship to heart. Adding to the historic theme is a uniquely styled key fob with Marrone casing and Avorio-painted "1957" graphic. For driving enjoyment, the six-speaker and 276-watt FIAT premium audio system with SiriusXM Radio is also included.

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition features the innovative 1.4-liter MultiAir engine and C514 five-speed manual transmission, delivering an EPA estimated 31 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 40 mpg highway. With all FIAT products, engaging dynamics are essential, and the 1957 Edition includes a driver-selectable "Sport" mode on the instrument panel to unleash a more aggressive throttle map. Additionally, an optional six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes is also available. In Sport mode, the automatic transmission offers a more aggressive shift schedule and throttle map for improved engine responsiveness.

About the historic Fiat Nuova 500
The Nuova 500 was the fruit of a strategy designed to develop and revamp Fiat's product range, embarked upon by the company during World War II. While the city of Turin was still being targeted by Allied air raids, and the company's Mirafiori offices were occupied by German troops, Vittorio Valletta, Fiat Managing Director and later company Chairman (after the death of Fiat's founder Giovanni Agnelli), asked Dante Giacosa to start thinking of new cars that could go into production after the war. The result would be the Cinquecento, an automobile that delivered on its mission to provide efficient and affordable mobility during Italy's period of rebuilding and economic recovery.

The Fiat Nuova 500 was "the right car at the right time," and on July 4, 1957, the hatchback marked the rebirth of FIAT and its product range. Exactly 3,893,294 examples of the historic Cinquecento were built between 1957 and 1975, helping to provide an attainable car for Italians and numerous other Europeans. After 18 years of production, the last Fiat Nuova 500 was built on August 4, 1975, at the SicilFiat plant in Termini Imerese (Palermo, Sicily).

For more historic Fiat 500 information, please visit: http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=9707&mid=&searchresult

About FIAT Brand
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 will arrive in FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015.
 

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2016 Fiat 500X Crossover, Technical


2016 Fiat 500X Crossover, Technical
Published on Apr 15, 2015

Fiat introduced the all new 2016 Fiat 500X crossover with a media drive in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills. Art Anderson, Engineering Vehicle Line Executive, discuss 500X engineering and more with invited journalists. 04.13.15
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2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition


2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition
Published on Apr 16, 2015

Beauty shots of the new 2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio and the 2015 Fiat 500 1957 Edition vehicle.
 

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2016 Fiat 500X is the center of attention



04/17/2015

The 2016 Fiat 500X is the center of attention at a hands-on experience for journalists this week. The program, which allows media to get a first-hand look at this latest addition to the FIAT lineup, wraps up tomorrow. Available in the U.S. and Canada during the second quarter, the 500X expands the family of Fiat vehicles with this addition of a small, but definitely capable, crossover, with AWD availability.

Starting at U.S. MSRP of $20,000, the 500X offers five models – Pop, Easy, Trekking, Lounge and Trekking Plus – with choices of 1.4L MultiAir Turbo with a six-speed manual or 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir 2 with nine-speed automatic transmissions, up to 70 safety and security features and a host of Uconnect technology.


For social media reviews and impressions, keep tabs on the #Fiat500X hashtag at https://tagboard.com/Fiat500X/219228.
 

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2016 Fiat 500X First Drive


2016 Fiat 500X First Drive
Published on Apr 17, 2015

Does Fiat's new small SUV have the edge over other new-wave compact crossovers like the Renegade and HR-V? We go for a first drive in the 500X for a verdict.
 

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500X Fiat fits U.S.



500X Fiat fits U.S.

When the White House Auto Task Force gift-wrapped Chrysler to Italy's Fiat six years ago, hardly anyone seemed to notice that a full-line American automaker was being taken over by an econobox-builder whose products could fit in the bed of a RAM pickup.

They called it Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It's like Mini Cooper took over General Motors and called it Mini Motors.

In addition to gaining iconic brands like RAM and Jeep, Fiat's brilliant, sweater-model-and-CEO Sergio Marchionne saw the chance to reintroduce his Italian brand to American tastes for the first time in a quarter century. Two years later, Chef Sergio's Fiat cafes were popping up all over the country featuring ... one menu item.

An appetizer. A tiny Italian meatball. The Fiat 500. Tasty. Bite-sized.

The elites inside Washington's Beltway drooled at.........


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