Fiat 500

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

    Where the standard Fiat 500 minicar is all about "aaaaahhhhh", the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth we revealed a few weeks back is much more about "GRRRRRRRRRR". This time the 500 has shed all its cutesy looks and gained a wide stance and aggressive bodykit. The style is in keeping with a long history of Abarth-tuned Fiats that stretches back to Karl Alberto "Carlo" Abarth's tiny but feisty Fiat-engined coupes back in the 1960s. The new car is making its debut at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show, which starts today. With a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine it's sure to be a little rocket. Fiat USA hasn't...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing
    2012 Fiat 500 Minicar Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Despite Size

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2012 Fiat 500 minicar one of its Top Safety Picks despite the diminutive car's size.

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    Is Second Time The Charm For Smart's ForTwo In U.S. Market?

    The 2011 Smart ForTwo minicar: Cramped, noisy, slow and unsafe, right? If you answered yes to all those then the new team running Smart USA for Daimler AG is banking on a new educational advertising campaign drawing you in. Smart USA thinks the slide in popularity of the model is down to what the...

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    Libyan Rebels Find Even Bad Men (Qaddafi) Love Electric Cars

    Let’s face it: If you ask Joe Public to describe the personal attributes of your average electric car owner, you'd probably get a description of a left-leaning, affluent and well-educated individual on the east or west coast of the U.S. A less-polite individual may even chose to add a few...

  • 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, road test, Spring 2011
    Our MPGs Vs Consumer Reports: Volt, Civic Hybrid, Jetta TDI, Lexus CT 200h, Fiat 500

    The good folks over at Consumer Reports are the ultimate rationalists when it comes to testing and buying cars. They don't use media-fleet cars, but buy their test vehicles anonymously. Their rigorous assessments make hard-nosed fleet buyers look like flighty schoolgirls in comparison. In the...

  • 2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City
    2012 Fiat 500 Cabrios, Manuals More Popular Than Projected

    Launching the 2012 Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S. market was a gamble to begin with. But it's one that is paying off in some unexpected ways. Fiat's top North American executive, Laura Soave, told trade journal Ward's Auto that the Cabrio model with the roll-back cloth roof is proving far more...

  • 2012 Fiat 500C at over 8,000 Feet in the Rocky Mountains

    We won't soon forget our 2009 Smart ForTwo road test in California last year, in part because we found the little car serviceable even over the mountain passes between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. That memory came flooding back when we had the chance to drive the 2012 Fiat 500C at altitudes up to 14,000 feet. The question in the Rockies: Could the little car cut it at high altitude? Our car, a silver Pop model with a red soft top, came with the five-speed manual transmission. As we learned during our first drive of the 2012 Fiat 500C cabrio, its 1.4-liter engine yearns to be...

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    2012 Fiat 500 Cabriolet: Best Gas-Mileage 4-Seat Convertible You Can Buy

    It's springtime, which means tornadoes for some of us, showers and muggy weather for others. It also means putting the roof down on convertibles after the long winter hiatus. Which led us to wonder: What's the best gas mileage you can get in a new drop-top car with four seats (or at least four...

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    2012 Fiat 500: MINI Competitor Or Spaghetti Western?

    Italian car aficionados have been looking forward to the return of Fiat for some time; in fact, it has been a rumor that the Fiat brand would come back to the U.S. pretty much since it left. Now is the time for the Red, White and Green to shine with the introduction of the 2012 Fiat 500 to the...

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    EPA Rates 2012 Fiat 500 Fuel Economy: Not 40 MPG, But Close

    With the first few Fiat 500 minicars now landing in Chrysler dealerships this month and next, the small car's fuel efficiency is clearly one of the main questions buyers will ask about. Now the EPA has released its final ratings for the car, though they're not yet on its FuelEconomy.org website...

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    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Fiat 500 Minicar Unveiled

    The launch of the 2012 Fiat 500 at the Los Angeles Auto Show wasn't only the first new model from Chrysler's partnership with Italian automaker Fiat. It also added a new and attractive model to a category of cars that have always been an afterthought in the U.S. market: minicars, those even smaller...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 launch event at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, November 2010
    2010 LA Auto Show: Photo Gallery, 2012 Fiat 500 Launch

    The 2012 Fiat 500 minicar is the first all-new car to be sold as part of Fiat's takeover of Chrysler. It's also a very cool and stylish little vehicle that won numerous awards in its first year on the market ... and it's the kind of car conventional wisdom says will never, ever sell in the U.S...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco

    To achieve ambitious 2016 Federal fuel-economy goals, carmakers are working hard to make their engines smaller and more efficient. That's not news. But it's increasingly looking like we'll have a new target for compact cars over the next few years: a rating of 40 miles per gallon highway, from an engine of 1.4 liters. Cruze and Volt too That's what both General Motors and Chrysler are planning on. GM's entry will enter dealerships early next year: It's the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, which uses a special package of lightweight wheels, active aerodynamic aids, and other components to achieve an...

  • U.S.-spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport
    The Italian Invasion: Fiat 500 Getting Closer To American Showrooms

    It has been a little while since we have checked in on Fiat and Chrysler—specifically about the coming of the Fiat brand to American showrooms. Even more specifically, we are foaming at the mouth for the Fiat 500 to come to American shores and the Fiat 500C would be an even bigger hit for the...

  • 2011 Fiat 500 spied testing in Nevada, photo by KJ Elias
    2011 Fiat 500 Testing in Nevada: Exclusive Spy Photo

    The 2011 Fiat 500 will go on sale in less than six months, but the company is still hard at work roadtesting pre-production versions for North America. The latest proof is this photo of a Fiat 500 development prototype being road-tested outside Las Vegas, in the hot weather of Nevada. Our reader KJ...

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    Fiat Brand May Be Sold By Competitors In U.S. Markets

    The Fiat and Alfa Romeo Brands Could Sell Where You Don’t Expect Them

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    L.A. Auto Show Scheduled For More Than 20 World Vehicle Debuts

    More Auto Debuts Seem To Signify Shows Importance

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    Fiat 500 To Offer Hybrid Version Of Tiny Two-Cylinder Engine

    This must be Fiat 500 News Week. How else to explain the drumbeat of announcements, from its innovative TwinAir engine to a special U.S. model offered only to current Fiat owners? Today's item: The company will develop a mild hybrid version of its 500 minicar, fitted to the 0.9-liter TwinAir...

  • 2009 fiat 500 convertible 500c 2 022

    It hasn't been easy being a Fiat fan in the U.S. these last, oh, 20 or 30 years. Sneers of "Fix It Again, Tony!" due to rusty and unreliable cars were followed by Fiat fleeing the U.S. market in 1983 with its tail tucked between its legs. But now, with the imminent debut of the 2011 Fiat 500 late this year, the company wants to reward all those diehard Fiat owners. They, and only they, will be offered the chance to reserve one of 500 'Prima Edizione' models--and even select the model build number. Fiat made the announcement this weekend at the annual convention of Club Fiat-Lancia...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco
    GM, Chrysler To Join Ford, Tesla in DoE Retooling Loan Queue

    Over the last year, the U.S. Department of Energy has granted almost $9 billion of low-interest loans to help automakers retool for more fuel-efficient cars. But until now, General Motors and Chrysler had been shut out while Ford, Nissan, and Tesla were awarded loans last June, joined by Fisker in...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra
    Snapped on the Street: Fiat 500 Electric Car Visits Palo Alto

    The great thing about having your company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is that you never quite know what you'll see on the street. There are lots of expensive cars like BMWs and Bentleys floating around. There are also a disproportionate number of Tesla Roadsters, since the company is...

  • Fiat 500 Thousandth Special Edition Rendering
    Fiat 500 Celebrates 500,000th Vehicle And Lets You Join In

    Fiat Makes Another Historical Marker With Their Diminutive Car

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    Fiat 500 Four-Door For North America Behind Closed Doors?

    Rumors Swirl About the U.S. Configurations Of the Fiat 500

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    2011 Fiat 500 Four-Door Model Being Developed for U.S. Sales

    Regular readers know we're eagerly awaiting the U.S. arrival of the 2011 Fiat 500 mini-car, the very first fruits of Chrysler's takeover by Italian maker Fiat. Now it looks like yet another variant may join the range of Fiat 500 models in U.S. showrooms. Auto-industry trade journal Automotive News...

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