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Dreambox | FIAT 500X

Dreambox | FIAT 500X

Jul 10, 2019
Let Shaggy & Sting take you to a world full of music on board the 500X 120TH, the most elegant and connected 500X ever! European Model Shown.
 

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FCA goes big on little Fiat 500 EV, plans to build 80,000

FCA goes big on little Fiat 500 EV, plans to build 80,000

$787 million investment is FCA's biggest leap into a battery electric car

Jul 11th 2019

TURIN, Italy — Fiat Chrysler plans to invest 700 million euros ($787 million) in an electric makeover of its iconic Fiat 500, a top executive said on Thursday, as the automaker seeks to move on from its failed bid to merge with France's Renault.

FCA's chief operating officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Pietro Gorlier, announced the investment — the Italian-American company's biggest single bet on an electric vehicle — at its Mirafiori plan in Turin, northern Italy.


"The plan is confirmed," Gorlier told reporters, when asked if FCA's investment in electric vehicle technology would remain unchanged after its $35 billion plan to merge with Renault, an electric car pioneer, collapsed last month.

He said FCA would invest the 700 million euros to build a new production line at Mirafiori to turn out 80,000 of the new 500 BEV, its first battery electric vehicle to be marketed in Europe after a smaller, initial foray in the United States.

Production will start in the second quarter of 2020, with capacity to be expanded later, Gorlier said.

The 500 compact car is one of the group's most famous models, launched by Fiat in the late 1950s and quickly becoming a symbol of Italian urban design.

The 700 million euros investment is part of a plan announced last year to invest 5 billion euros in Italy up to 2021.

In abandoning its merger offer for Renault, FCA blamed French politics for scuttling what would have been a landmark deal to create the world's third-biggest automaker.
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Fiat To Discontinue All Models Of The 2019 500

Sep 01, 2019

Fiat is set to discontinue both the hatchback and convertible versions of the Fiat 500, according to a report from Autoblog.

The models were the cars that returned the brand to the United States but, per the report, the Italian automakers will cease manufacturing the electric, standard, turbo and the Abarth iterations. They will sell the current inventory through 2020 and once that's done, the lineup will consist of the 500X crossover, the 124 Spider sports car, and the 500L micro-minivan.

The company's decision to drop one of its more popular models is indeed peculiar. While the 500 is the same car that was unveiled in Europe over 10 years ago and its size and two-door properties aren't the go-to where car models are concerned nowadays, it isn't Fiat's worse seller.


As a matter of fact, the 500 was leading sales as of June this year and was the company's best-selling car for the same period in 2018. The 500L, on the other hand, has been the least bought Fiat this year, with a reported 399 units sold through June, a drop of 56 percent compared to last year. The 500X crossover dropped 54 percent in sales compared to 2018 with 1,484 sales recorded.

The 500 certainly seems like it should be kept around even if it wasn't selling as well as other models. There have been no announcements over a replacement as yet but there are rumors of a fully electric next-gen model showing up at Geneva. It could also use the same modular battery system from the Fiat Centoventi concept from the last motor show.

Fiat would have done well to freshen up the hatchback, given the Honda E and Mini Cooper SE's success as retro EVs, but it remains to be seen what they will focus on in that regard.

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2020 Fiat 500X Trekking Running Footage


Sep 1, 2019
Running footage and beauty shots of the 2020 Fiat 500X Trekking
 

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Discontinued Production of Fiat 500


Statement Regarding Discontinued Production of Fiat 500


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FIAT will discontinue production of the current-generation Fiat 500 and 500e in North America. Current inventory of the 2019 Fiat 500 and 500e will last into 2020. In North America, FIAT will continue to offer the new Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X all-wheel-drive compact crossover, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster and the five-passenger Fiat 500L utility vehicle.
 

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Fiat 500 and 500e axed in North America: Here’s why

Fiat 500 and 500e axed in North America: Here’s why


Sep 3, 2019




The decision comes as little surprise for anybody who has paid even a passing interest in Fiat’s performance in the US over the past year or so. In June 2019, for example, Fiat sold a mere ten of its 500 cars, half the number from the same month the year previous. For the year so far, Fiat has sold just 69 of the cars, down 57-percent compared to this point in 2018.
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