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  • Fiat 500X crossover teased during presentation of 500L MPV in Italy

    It's just 18 seconds of video, but a clip from Italy appears to show the first clear details of yet another upcoming Fiat model to help the brand return to volume sales in the U.S. market. Posted on Tuesday, the video shows what is almost surely a Fiat 500X crossover. This new model is the all-wheel drive version that will be derived from the larger Fiat 500L five-door hatchback that's already been shown in Europe. To differentiate the two models--they're the fourth and fifth members of the growing Fiat 500 lineup--the basic 500L will likely be offered only with front-wheel drive. Today...

  • 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...

  • Fiat Panda Elettra for sale on eBay
    eBay Watch: Historic Fiat Panda Electric Car For Sale

    One of the things you become aware of when you get interested in electric cars, is just how many examples of the breed have passed into history as silently as they once roamed the streets. A Fiat Panda Elettra for sale on eBay UK is one such example, and proof that the upcoming Fiat 500 Electric...

  • 2013 Fiat 500L
    2013 Fiat 500L To Debut At 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    It's now confirmed: Fiat is following in the footsteps of MINI and delving into its past to bring back a famous nameplate for its upcoming Fiat 500 wagon. Due to be launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new, larger 500 model will be called the 500L - the "L" standing for "Large"...

  • 2012 FIAT 500 Sport
    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...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Side Impact Test

    It might be cute, get great gas mileage and ooze the same kind of retro charm as cars like the 2012 VW Beetle and the 2012 MINI Clubman, but the 2012 Fiat 500 has scored just three stars for crash safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While the little two-door Fiat 500 scored four stars in both the frontal and rollover crash tests, it was let down badly in the side impact crash test. Although the driver was fairly well protected in the side barrier rating part of the side crash test, scoring five stars, the Fiat 500’s limited rear protection let it down...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    2012 Fiat 500: Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy 2012 Nominee

    GreenCarReports nominates 2012 Fiat 500 as one of the six contenders for its Best Car To Buy 2012 award, given to the car or cars that provide the best and most practical alternatives for car buyers who want to drive green.

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
    "Small And Wicked" 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth Debuts At L.A. Show

    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...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
    Next Fiat 500 Minicar: Abarth 'Hot Hatch' Sports Version

    The 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth model to be launched in November at the 2011 LA Auto Show will be the fastest, best-handling model yet in the growing Fiat 500 minicar line.

  • detail of 2013 Fiat 500 'Elettra' Electric Car Spy Shot, from Motor Authority
    Electric Fiat 500 Spied Testing In Michigan, Intro For 2013 Likely

    Almost two years ago, in January 2010, a mysterious electric version of the Fiat 500 appeared the Detroit Auto Show on the Chrysler stand. Then, two months later, Chrysler said it would sell an electric 500 in the U.S. market. Engineers at the company's Auburn Hills, Michigan, headquarters would...

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    Chrysler: 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee To Get Diesel Option, Others To Follow

    Earlier this year, our colleagues over at Motor Authority told you that Chrysler was planning on bringing a Diesel option to its U.S. spec Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV some time before 2013. Now in an interview with Automotive News, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler Fiat has confirmed that the 2013...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 IIHS crash testing

    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.

  • The Bamby P50 microcar. Image: Bamby Cars Limited
    The Bamby P50: How Small Is Too Small?

    Bamby Cars Limited has begun building a replica of the world's smallest production car, the Peel P50. You can park it anywhere, but there isn't much room for luggage.

  • Custom Fiat 500 - Similar to Gathafi's electric 500
    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 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
    2012 Fiat 500C: Driving The New Minicar At High Altitudes

    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...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio
    This Summer’s Six Best Convertibles For Great Gas Mileage

    Summer is finally upon us and that means convertible owners will be cruising the highways with their tops down and the wind in their hair. Convertibles are traditionally more fuel hungry than their hard-top siblings due to the extra weight the vehicles carry, not only from their automated folding...

  • 2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City

    So we have written about the 2012 Fiat 500 and a little bit about the 500C Cabrio. However, the thought came to our mind through a recent First Drive completed by our partner site, TheCarConnection.com, that maybe the Cabrio isn’t worth the extra cost. Now hang in there with us; the thought came to mind because it is really just like the Smart ForTwo Cabrio where the soft top slides back—really more like a large cloth sunroof. It is actually very European. Maybe the latter point is really the point as the car really reminds us of the Citroën 2CV and, of course, the original...

  • Fiat 500 TwinAir
    Fiat Announces Market Launch of 500 TwinAir

    The excitement for the Fiat brand is growing in the U.S. now that we know we will be able to purchase a Fiat 500 in the near future. Maybe it is the unique size or the cache of the brand from the past, but there is a definite air that the Fiat 500 will be a popular car in the U.S. even when...

  • U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c
    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...

  • U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c
    2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio: When Less Money Gets You More

    What is a person to do when they can’t swing 50 G’s on a new convertible, but still want to have some fun in the sun? The answer is coming in later this spring when the Fiat 500 Cabrio or Fiat 500C hits the showrooms. Who can resist a cute Italian? Especially one that will only set you...

  • 2010 Honda Civic GX natural-gas vehicle, Los Angeles, November 2010
    Chrysler To Join Honda In Selling Natural-Gas Cars...In 2017

    Ask anyone to name an alternate fuel, and natural gas is rarely the first one that comes to mind. Ethanol, perhaps, and increasingly electricity. But natural gas? Not so much. Yet in other parts of the world, as many as 2 percent of the vehicles on the road are fueled by natural gas, in countries...

  • 2012 Fiat 500 Electric/Elettra
    In the Red: Each Fiat 500 Electric Car Loses Chrysler $10k

    There is nothing a company CEO hates more than not making a profit on a product, but as Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne knows, it is sometimes a necessary evil in the evolution of a new technology. Speaking at Fiat S.p.A’s general meeting on Wednesday, Marchionne spoke frankly about his...

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