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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


September 1, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

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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FIAT Celebrates 120th Anniversary With Special-edition Two-tone 2019 500X

    • Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition offers a fun, fresh appearance complete with a black-painted accent-color roof, creating a two-tone exterior paint scheme, LED headlamps, 18-inch black-finish aluminum wheels, 120th anniversary exterior badging, and black body-side moldings and mirror caps
    • Available in four exterior colors: Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic), Milano (Ivory Tri-coat), Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat)
    • 120th Anniversary Edition package is available for $995 on Fiat 500X Pop models, which start under $25,000 MSRP
    • 2019 Fiat 500X features standard intelligent all-wheel drive with rear-axle disconnect and an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with improved horsepower (177) and a best-in-class torque rating of 210 lb.-ft.
    • Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2019 Fiat 500X lineup starts at $24,740 U.S. MSRP and is available in three models – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus
    • 500X 120th Anniversary Edition will be available in the fourth quarter in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you

October 10, 2019 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - This year marks the 120th anniversary of the FIAT brand.

To mark the occasion, FIAT announced today the new 2019 Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition, a custom-appearance package that adds a black-painted accent-color roof, creating a two-tone exterior paint scheme. Additional features on the special-edition model include unique 18-inch black-finish wheels, LED headlamps, 120th anniversary exterior badging, and black body-side moldings and mirror caps. Inside, the 500X 120th Anniversary Edition features a black-painted instrument panel.

“With standard intelligent all-wheel drive and an all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that generates best-in-class torque, our Italian-designed Fiat 500X is built to turn heads in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – North America. “This special-edition Fiat 500X offers customers a sleek, new customization option.”

Designed and manufactured in Italy, the new 2019 Fiat 500X features an all-new, standard-equipped 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with the latest iteration of the FCA exclusive MultiAir (called MultiAir III) valve-actuation technology, engine stop-start (ESS) technology and best-in-class torque. Also standard are a nine-speed automatic transmission and an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that utilizes a disconnecting rear axle by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed. This contributes to improved fuel economy of up to 3 miles per gallon compared to the outgoing engine.

In addition to new front and rear fascia designs, the new 2019 Fiat 500X crossover offers LED headlamps (included with the 120th Anniversary Edition), fog lamps and nearly 70 safety and security features that now include adaptive cruise control and Front Park Assist.

The Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition is available in four exterior paint colors: Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic), Milano (Ivory Tri-coat), Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat).

The 120th Anniversary Edition package is available for $995 on the 500X Pop model, which starts at $24,740 U.S. MSRP, excluding destination.

The Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition will be available in the fourth quarter in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you.

Fiat 500X Pop
Starting at $24,740, the Fiat 500X Pop features the all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive capability and the Dynamic Selector System that offers three customized drive modes (Auto, Sport, Traction+) that the driver can select for optimal performance. Classic Italian style is complemented with 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, projector headlamps and new LED daytime running lamps and taillamps, plus power and heated mirrors with turn signals. Inside, a new leatherette steering wheel and gear-shift knob add a premium appearance.

The 2019 Fiat 500X Pop receives the latest Uconnect system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Additional standard safety and technology features include a security system, speed control, remote start and a ParkView rear backup camera.

Fiat 500X Trekking
Starting at $26,245, the Fiat 500X Trekking builds on the Pop model and adds a rugged front fascia with black grille and metallic surround, as well as a rear fascia that includes a metallic appearance. Deep tint sunscreen glass, metallic door handles and premium-finished 17-inch silver aluminum wheels add to its bold look while LED headlamps and cornering front fog lamps provide improved visibility.

Trekking interior features include front and rear premium quilted cloth seats, leatherette door-trim inserts and a multi-position cargo shelf panel for storage convenience. A 3.5-inch color TFT cluster screen provides easy navigation for vehicle information and settings.

Trekking customers also can enjoy a free 12-month trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio.

Fiat 500X Trekking Plus
Starting at $29,445, Trekking Plus adds additional premium content and style, including 17-inch matte black machined aluminum wheels, chromed daylight opening (DLO) molding and LED headlamps for enhanced visibility.

Added technology includes ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist sensors along with climate-controlled dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) and a standard automatic windshield deicer. An electrochromic rearview mirror offers automatic dimming capability for daylight/twilight driving.

The refined interior includes premium eight-way, heated and leather power seats with four-way lumbar support, along with a brushed-finished console and door trim.

Trekking Plus models receive the latest generation of the Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen and navigation radio that offers turn-by-turn navigation directions with outstanding sound from the eight-speaker audio system.

About FIAT Brand
FIAT brand celebrates its 120th anniversary. For more than a century, some things haven’t changed. Head-turning Italian design and the ultimate fun-to-drive factor come standard with every FIAT.

FIAT is the only brand in the industry to offer standard turbo powertrains that deliver at least 30 mpg across its entire product lineup. The all-turbo lineup includes the all-wheel-drive Fiat 500X compact crossover, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster and the five-passenger Fiat 500L utility vehicle. FIAT is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 
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