FIAT 500 News

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013

    Are you ready for a new generation of the Fiat 500e electric car? At the pace of the auto industry, and its five or six year cycles, it’s overdue. And from a report released last week, it could arrive around this time next year. Last week Fiat revealed an all-electric Concept Centoventi, which envisioned a future EV that would offer a lot more customization potential. Fiat in the U.S. could not reveal any more information about the Centoventi or its production intent, saying it’s just a concept. But FCA chief marketing officer Olivier François told Top Gear something quite...

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    Fiat to slash prices on aging small car lines: report

    Fiat will reportedly slash prices on certain 500 models.

  • 2016 Fiat 500 (European spec)
    2016 Fiat 500 Updates Include Uconnect Touchscreen, Styling Tweaks

    The 2016 Fiat 500 will make its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
    Chrysler CEO Underscores, Again: Electric Fiat 500e Loses Money

    OK, clearly he shouldn't have said, "I hope you don't buy it." But last week's little media explosion over Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's negative comments on the 2014 Fiat 500e electric car his company sells--in limited numbers, in California only--shouldn't be a surprise. To summarize his...

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    2015 Fiat 500 Updated With New Instrument Cluster, Display Options

    The 2015 Fiat 500 gains new technology features, and an automatic transmission for Turbo and Abarth models.

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    Fiat 500 To Match MINI Cooper, Offer Endless Variants In Growing Range?

    While basing a selection of models on the same platform is nothing new these days, only MINI has managed to spin a whole range of cars off a minicar designed in the 1950s. If Fiat gets its way over the next few years, MINI won't be alone for long. According to Autocar, Fiat's global head of design...

  • 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2013

    Although we hate to say it here, for certain cars, sometimes gas mileage really just doesn't matter that much. That's our verdict on the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Cabrio, the new convertible version of the hot-hatch 500 Abarth minicar--the one whose television ad people are still talking about. Just in time for the hottest days of a Northeast summer, we borrowed a 500c Abarth and took it out over our usual weekend test route. Both the Abarth three-door hatchback and the two-door Cabrio are rated at 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 34 mpg highway). The car comes only with a 160-horsepower...

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    Is Buying A Fiat 500e Electric Car 'Environmentally Sexy'?

    We liked the 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, a lot. It may be the best of the low-volume compliance cars, in fact--though the 2014 Chevy Spark EV and 2013 Honda Fit EV are pretty great too. We're less sure how we feel about the ad campaign Fiat is using to pitch the car, under the tagline...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible first drive
    Summer, Sensibly: Four 2013 Convertibles With Good Gas Mileage

    Many things can signify summer--the weather finally being warm enough to ditch those outer layers of clothing; TV ads taking a distinctly more cheery tone; maybe simply hunting around for your sunshades for the first time in six months. It's now possible to have fun in the sun and get good gas...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e electric car, Los Angeles drive event, April 2013
    2013 Fiat 500e Electric Car: First Drive

    The 2013 Fiat 500e may be a compliance car, but its engineers created an electric car that's so much fun to drive that seemingly they want it to be more. And with remarkably aggressive pricing--the same $199 monthly lease payment as on a top-of-the-line gasoline 500--Fiat's marketers are trying...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e
    2014 Fiat 500E Drivers Latest To Get Use Of 'Free Car' Loaners

    "But what if I want to drive across the country?" ask people who never drive across the country, when discussing the subject of an electric car's range. In a way, they do have a point. Unless you have time on your side, or a Tesla Model S and a string of Superchargers between yourself and your...

  • 2014 Fiat 500L
    More Fiats On The Way: Moving Beyond 500 To Bigger Cars?

    Fiat is best known for its small cars. Not just in the U.S, where the diminutive Fiat 500, the 500 Abarth, and larger 500L are its only offerings, but in its home markets in Europe, too. Large Fiats have rarely persisted--poor sales and uncompetitive products have often pushed them to the...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e

    It's the electric car Chrysler and Fiat don't really want to make, but that isn't to say the 2013 Fiat 500e is a half-hearted attempt. On numbers alone, quite the opposite. Chrysler has announced the 500e's EPA efficiency figures, and both range and highway efficiency are class-leading. Official EPA highway mileage is 108 MPGe, making it the most efficient highway electric car on sale--ahead of both the 2013 Scion iQ EV and Honda Fit EV, both of which achieve 105 MPGe highway. That's no doubt helped by the 500e's enhanced aerodynamics, with drag reduced by 13 percent compared to the gasoline...

  • 2013 Fiat 500e live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show
    2014 Fiat 500e Electric Minicar: LA Auto Show Live Photos

    We previewed the 2014 Fiat 500e this morning, and now we can bring you live photos from the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The diminutive electric city car might not be beloved within the company, but there's still a lot to like about it. In bright orange, Fiat and Chrysler's compliance car certainly...

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    2013 Fiat 500e Electric Minicar: Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

    Later this morning, Fiat will unveil no fewer than four new models of its 500 minicar. Among them will be the 500e, a limited production electric conversion of the hatchback that it really doesn't want to build--as company officials have said repeatedly. The 2013 Fiat 500e is a compliance car meant...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar, New York City, Aug 2012
    Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

    Which side are you on? Bigger is better? Or perhaps 'No replacement for displacement'? Or do you think more along the lines of 'small is beautiful' and 'good things come in small packages'? If it's the latter, then you may also be a fan of the smallest cars manufacturers have to offer. And if you...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Passat
    Want 40 MPG, Don't Want Hybrid? Here's Your Top Five Options

    Look to the top of the fuel economy charts and, if you're not in the market for a plug-in vehicle, it's hybrids that typically top the list. Cars like the 2012 Toyota Prius C, which currently tops the list, sip gas whether in the city or on the highway, and ultimately they're the greenest way of...

  • 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo
    2013 Fiat 500T: Is New Turbo Minicar Model An Abarth Alternative?

    Fiat is introducing a new variant of the 500 retro minicar to sit between the base 1.4-liter model and the high-performance Abarth. The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo sits between the two other 500s, offering 135 horsepower and 150 lb ft. of torque from its turbocharged 1.4-liter MulitAir gasoline engine. In...

  • Fiat 500 BEV Concept on Chrysler standard, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

    The 2012 Fiat 500 minicar started out as one model: a three-door hatchback. That was followed by a cabriolet (500C) with a roll-back cloth roof, and then the turbocharged 500 Abarth sporty model. Next up in the lineup may be the electric Fiat 500, which Car and Driver says will be dubbed the 500E. We think that's a smart name, certainly better than the early "500 BEV" (for battery-electric vehicle) the concept was saddled with at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. It's also likely easier to read and pronounce than the "500 Elettra" seen on the road more than two years ago. Chrysler said in March...

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    Five Small Cars That Should Get Better Gas Mileage

    Sometimes, the search for greener cars might lead you down the path to smaller cars. After all, with less weight to carry, smaller engines and usually fewer power-sapping accessories, small cars should be the gas-mileage champs. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. We've rounded up five small...

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    Karabag, Linde Make Electric Fiat 500, Reduces Running Costs

    With only a 1.4-liter engine and a relatively low purchase price, the regular 2012 Fiat 500 isn't what you might call an expensive car. German electric vehicle maker Karabag thinks it can make the little Fiat even cheaper though, and has installed an electric drivetrain into the car to prove it...

  • 2013 Fiat 500L live photos
    Fiat 500L-Based Crossover Coming In 2013: Report

    Fiat, like MINI, realizes that small isn’t for everyone, which is why the Italian automaker recently announced the four-door Fiat 500L for the U.S. market. It turns out that the 500L won’t be the only model built on a widened version of Fiat’s Punto platform, as Fiat is reportedly...

  • 2013 Fiat 500L live photos
    2013 Fiat 500L Crossover: Live Photos From Geneva Motor Show

    Not all the cars being unveiled at today's Geneva Motor Show are destined for the U.S. But the 2013 Fiat 500L, the longer, taller, larger "Fiat 500" crossover that will offer all-wheel drive in a Fiat 500 for the first time, is one that will definitely come Stateside. Fiat released photos of the...

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    Fiat Unveiling 500-Based Wagon At 2012 Geneva Auto Show

    Italian carmaker Fiat might be working hard to turn around Chrysler's fortunes, but it's own figurehead car, the 500, hasn't been as successful as they'd hoped. While the retro-styled minicar has been a massive success in Europe, the 26,000 Fiat 500s sold in its first year in North America was only...

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