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PostHeaderIcon Fiat Adds Turbo Fun Across The 500 Lineup At Chicago Auto Show

When the Fiat 500 was first introduced way back in 1957, it was offered as a zippy little runabout that could tackle the pressures of city driving in style. While not necessarily fast, the 500 was considered quick enough, and it offered the diminutive exterior dimensions desired for urban living. Since then, the 500 has changed. It’s bigger now, and the name has been applied to other segments as well, with both a tall-riding crossover and all-electric iterations making their debut over the years. Unfortunately, as we all know, these segments aren’t necessarily bywords for fun, and the world’s standard for “quick enough” has moved on. Now, though, it looks like the Italian icon is getting a little closer to its fun-to-dirve roots thanks to a solid dose of turbocharging under the hood.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“We think that forced-induction motivation is just the right fit for the 500, a model that should focus on zippy fun and attitude over practicality.”

The big news here is that each of the trim levels for the 2018 model year Fiat 500 will now come equipped with a 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged engine offering as much as 33 percent more horsepower than before.

We like this. We think that forced-induction motivation is just the right fit for the 500, a model that should focus on zippy fun and attitude over anything practical. And considering the car’s relatively low weight (roughly just 2,500 pounds), a little more horsepower can go a long way to capturing that youthful feeling.

“With an all-turbo lineup, the iconic Fiat 500 now offers an even more dynamic driving experience and more standard horsepower than any of its competitors,” says Head of Passenger Car Brands at FCA, Steve Beahm. “In fact, the entire Fiat brand lineup now comes standard with turbocharged power, adding to our roster of fun-to-drive, Italian-designed vehicles.”


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“Both now receive a 1.4-liter MultiAir powerplant with a single turbo, two intercoolers, and a sporty exhaust”

Buyers can get theirs in one of three separate trim levels. That includes the Pop, the Lounge, and the top-dog performance-oriented Abarth model.

Let’s start at the bottom with the Pop and Lounge. As previously stated, both now receive a 1.4-liter MultiAir powerplant with a single turbo, two intercoolers, and a sporty exhaust. Output sees a jump to 135 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 34 horses and a whopping 52 pound-feet over the previous model’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter lump (101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque).

That’s a not-so-insignificant increase, and it’ll surely make the 500 immensely more interesting to drive. The horsepower is great, and should help to drop the 0-to-60 mph time from just under 10 seconds to a figure estimated at somewhere in the high-7’s to low-8’s. However, we’re more interested in the sizable torque increase, which will double-underline the 500’s around-town scootin’ ability. The low curb weight should help it handle as well.


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“The horsepower is great, and should help to drop the 0-to-60 mph time from just under 10 seconds to the a figure estimated at somewhere in the high-7's to low-8's.”

Routing the power to the front axle is a five-speed manual transmission as standard, or an optional six-speed automatic for those who prefer two pedals over three. In the corners, the base-grade and mid-grade 500’s both get 16-inch aluminum wheels as standar now, plus performance brakes and sport suspension as well, the latter of which should do well to compliment the new-found power. A ParkView rear backup camera helps out in the cabin, while styling updates to the exterior include body-colored front and rear fascias, side-skirt ground effects, a sport spoiler, fog lamps, and a Turbo badge declaring the car’s fresh forced-induction status.

Meanwhile, performance enthusiasts are encouraged to get into the Fiat 500 Abarth model. Unfortunately, the Abarth’s power output goes unchanged with this recent refresh, but that’s okay. With 160 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque on tap from a tuned version of that 1.4-liter turbo four we just mentioned (manual Abarth models still get a small torque cut, down to 160 horsepower and and 170 pound-feet of torque compared to the automatic models), the Abarth is a solid little performer in its own right.


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To that end, the Abarth gets more of the previously mentioned performance gear for the suspension and brakes. There’s also a three-mode stability control system and torque transfer control (TTC) system, both of which apparently “maximizes throttle performance during on-throttle cornering.” Styling points are awarded thanks to standard 16-inch Hyper Black wheels made from aluminum. Wrapped around the rollers are sticky Pirelli tires, while under the spokes are red-painted brake calipers. Out back is an Abarth-exclusive exhaust with a double-tip design.

Move to the interior of the Abarth, and you’ll find unique front seats with big lateral bolsters and a one-piece design, plus harness pass-through points if you’re really looking to upgrade for track duty. Accent stitching was added to the upholstery, while aluminum pedal covers with black rubber inserts are in the foot well. A boost gauge can be found in the left-hand corner of the gauge cluster.

Put the 500 Abarth into Sport mode, and the boost gauge will light up with the word Sport. There’s also a shift light in the cluster that’ll help you nail the ideal up-shift points in the rev range.


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“The Abarth gets more of the previously mentioned performance gear for the suspension and brakes.”

Fiat is calling the Abarth package “track-ready,”
and to really bring the point home, it’s offering customers a free one-day driving session at the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving. And that’s awesome. We wish more automakers would throw in driving school with its high-performance packages. It would save us the time of making fun of buyers who crash in less than a mile after taking delivery.

Finally, the new 500 comes with three new exterior colors to round it out, including Brillante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl, bringing the paint options list to 11 entries total. There’s also the open-top Cabrio options if you’re looking for extra headroom.

Dealers are placing their orders now, and deliveries are expected for the second quarter of the year.


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Pricing is not yet available, but the model received a considerable MSRP cut last year, bringing it down to $14,995 for the Pop, $18,495 for the Lounge, and $19,995 for the Abarth. The rest of the line includes the all-electric 500e, the up-sized 500L, and the sub-compact 500X crossover.

All told, we think the extra turbo power under the hood is a good move, especially considering sales for the 500 have taken a hit lately. With demand in the U.S. market focused primarily on large SUVs, we think the 500 has to double down on what it does best – namely zesty performance, fun factor behind the wheel, and oodles of style everywhere. Leave the SUVs where they are.

For the sake of comparison, Fiat’s primary competitor, the Mini Cooper, is more powerful and offers more customization options, but at the cost of about $6,600 extra on top. And that’s a huge gulf to bridge when you consider you can get into a base-model Fiat for just 15 grand. Now, thanks to the inclusion of turbo power, the Fiat is looking mighty tempting indeed.

The question is – will consumers agree?

References

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design Priced from £18,145 in the UK

Pitched as the optimal choice for the drivers who “don’t want to compromise on style or substance,” the 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design hits the UK showrooms in hatchback and station wagon body styles, priced from £18,145. The new model comes with a bunch of little touches that set it apart as a more premium car compared to the competition in this class.

On the styling front, 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design a new front grille with glossy black trim, which are also found on the mirror caps and around the fog lamps. Other notable highlights include Bi-Xenon headlights, tinted rear windows and 18 inch wheels which give the family car a nice sporty appearance. The interior has been subject to upgrades as well, with the main highlight being Techno leather and fabric seats, double stitching on the steering wheel and gear knob, Techno grey fascia and glossy black accents on the dashboard.

In terms of equipment, the car comes as standard with Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, thus eliminating the need for a satellite navigation or music player as both of those features, and many more besides, are crammed into your phone already. 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design launches with a frugal but fairly peppy 1.4-litre T-Jet 120hp petrol engine. Paired with a manual gearbox it enables the car to spring from 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds while averaging 47.1mpg on the combined cycle, corresponding to 139g/km CO2 emissions.






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PostHeaderIcon First Ever Zero Star Rating on the Euro NCAP? Don’t Put Your Kids in a Fiat Punto

It’s rare for a car to be so bad at the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) that it scores zero stars in the crash tests. It has actually never happened in the 20 years NCAP has been crashing cars. History has arrived, though, in the form of the Fiat Punto. The aging hatchback doesn’t have many distinguishing traits about it, but from this day forth, it will now live in infamy as the first and only car to ever get a goose egg in the European crash tests.

“The third-generation hatchback has been around for 12 years with minimal updates to show for it”

I don’t usually follow the Euro NCAP because there’s too much going on in the auto industry. But every so often, the agency finds itself in the news for reasons like this one. It’s a worrying result for the Punto, but not one that’s entirely unexpected either. The third-generation hatchback has been around for 12 years with minimal updates to show for it. That’s one reason it scored so low in these tests. I’m not even exaggerating about how bad it gets for the dated model. It scored 51 percent for adult occupant safety, 43 percent for children occupant safety, and 52 percent for pedestrian protection. If those scores aren’t putrid enough, consider this: the Punto scored 0 percent on safety assist. In case you didn’t know, you can’t go any lower than 0 percent.


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“If those scores aren’t putrid enough, consider this: the Punto scored 0 percent on safety assist”

Michiel van Ratingen, the body’s secretary general, summarized the Punto’s abysmal results clearly. “The fact that older cars cannot compete illustrates the pace at which the vehicle industry is innovating safety and the willingness and ability of competitive manufacturers to meet the highest standards,” he said. Those who do not keep their cars up to the latest standards get left behind, as these results clearly show.”

There’s no going around it. Fiat needs to retire the Punto. It should’ve retired it years ago, but it continues to sell it well past its expiration date because the car somehow still sells. It’s not a good business practice, and the Italian automaker needs to be called out for it. The Italian automaker can’t even blame the more stringent tests carried out by the NCAP. The Punto is just a bad car. It’s the closest thing to a hazard on four wheels that we have in the industry.

Do the right thing, Fiat. Give the Punto the burial it deserves.

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PostHeaderIcon Abarth 595 Gets a Full Treatment from Vilner

Gone are the days when Vilner was a lowly interior specialist from Bulgaria. Nowadays these rank among the tuning world’s elite thanks to jobs like this. The Vilner Abarth 595 is one of those exquisite tuning works that requires a deep look before you can appreciate it. So let’s dive in and so just that. 

Wanting to make this Abarth 595 “more Italian than the original,” Vilner starts by bringing the tricolore stripe to the interior. You can the iconic tribute to the Italian flag on the ‘Ghiaccio White’ dashboard as well as the passenger side’s floor mat. The reason the stripe is one the passenger’s side is because Vilner didn’t want it to be obscured by the driver. The mats themselves are corrugated Alcantara featuring ‘595’ embroideries.

The treatment for Vilner Abarth 595 continues with corrugated Alcantara and flag stripes for the sea’s middle section, black Alcantara wrapped central console and surroundings of the panoramic roof, plus seatbelts that are now red. Thetuner has also added some exterior goodies, including ‘Abarth’ stripe on the top of the windshield and spoiler on the back wrapped with red/white checkered flag. As a gift to the owner Vilner has included a special bag made from the same exquisite material used in the interior. The highlights of the bag include red ‘seat belt’ shoulder strap, carbon fibre buckles, the Italian flag made from leather and, of course, the Abarth’s scorpion.













“The Italians definitely know how to make a good design,” says Atanas Vilner, the man behind the namesake art studio Vilner – brand that enriches the market for custom automotive creations for more than 20 years. “But when it comes to a mass production, it often comes with its restrictions. And that’s one of the reasons we exist, we’re here to eliminate those restrictions in a unique and tasteful fashion. Fiat 500 Abarth 595’s design is a very good base for a unique project – design which underlines the Italian origin of the vehicle and which also boosts the sporty character of this Abarth.”

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500C – Driven

Dated and diminutive it may be, but the Fiat 500 remains a frugal and fun — and tiny — car. Adding a canvas top to the pint-size Cinquecento just increases the smiles-per-gallon it generates.

As a cheap-and-cheerful commuter, the Fiat 500 has long been a favorite of mine for its European style and driving characteristics. Among cars in its price range, the little Italian remains near the top of my fun-to-drive list. The Fiat 500C has even more charm thanks to its fully retractable roof.

For 2017, Fiat simplified the 500 lineup to just three trims: base-level Pop, leather-trimmed Lounge, and sporty Abarth. All are available with the “C” designation, which stands for “Cabrio.” In prior years, there were twice as many trims available. Most of the equipment from those additional trims is still available in the options list.

Exterior Notes


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“The Fiat 500C I tested was a Pop trim, which meant it had a base price of $16,490”

The Fiat 500C I tested was a Pop trim, which meant it had a base price of $16,490. For that buy-in, the exterior of the car looked very nice, with its Grigio Cenre (loosely translated as “gray dew”) paint and 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The design of the modern-day 500 is aging just about as well as the classic 500 upon which it is based.

Riding on an ultra-short wheelbase of just 90.6 inches, the Fiat 500 measures just 139.6 inches in total length. It’s narrow, too, with a width of 64.1 inches. Those stats make it plenty maneuverable in tight city streets and parking garages, but they also make the car endearing to behold.


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“From the front, the Fiat 500c has a cute face, complete with little chrome mustache and red-nose Fiat logo”

From the front, the Fiat 500c has a cute face, complete with little chrome mustache and red-nose Fiat logo. The eyes on this face are the big, round headlights, with turn signal/daytime running lights below serving as cartoony, blushing cheeks.

The side-view reveals the tall greenhouse that makes getting in and out of the car a breeze. There’s the short hood and the bustle-butt rear end, with wheels pushed way out to the corners. A smooth crease runs from the hood shut-line at the front of the car to the top of the taillight at the rear. A sharper crease at the bottom third of the door reduces the appearance of mass. That’s important, because the modern-day Fiat 500 is a fair bit larger than its grandfather.


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“My 500C tester had a small cargo hatch below the canvas top, which mimicked the engine bonnet of 500s from that bygone era”

From the rear, it’s clear my test car is a cabriolet. The telltale black canvas top surrounds the ovoid rear window, and a black plastic spoiler integrates the high-mounted brake light. Brake lights are rounded triangular shapes that give a modern twist to the original 500’s tall, rectangular taillight shape.

The rear of the 500C is actually more similar to the original Fiat 500 in one notable way: since the original Fiat 500 was a rear-engined car, it lacked the rear cargo hatch found on non-cabriolet modern-day 500s. My 500C tester had a small cargo hatch below the canvas top, which mimicked the engine bonnet of 500s from that bygone era.

Interior Notes


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“Even though my Fiat 500C tester was the base Pop trim, it was not lacking for interior niceties”

Even though my Fiat 500C tester was the base Pop trim, it was not lacking for interior niceties.

The seats were covered in houndstooth-pattern fabric. They were firmly padded and flat, which was fitting for the car’s “everyman” personality. I found them comfortable for long-distance driving, though some might desire more lumbar support.

The steering wheel was wrapped in what felt like high-quality leather, and the car included cruise and Bluetooth controls in button form on the wheel. Audio controls were located on rockers behind the 9 and 3 o’clock positions on the wheel spokes.

Fiat changed the gauge cluster since the last time I drove a 500. The cluster is a thin film transistor (TFT) screen with a digital readout of all the important information. Gone is the analog gauge that Fiat owners either loved or hated, with its counter-rotating speedometer and tachometer.


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“My tester was equipped with Beats Audio, supposedly better than the Alpine-supplied standard fare, at an option price of $695”

Also present in the test car was the now-standard Uconnect 5.0-inch infotainment system in the dash, which is much nicer to use than the single-DIN head unit I’ve experienced in other Fiat 500s I’ve driven in the past. Uconnect remains one of the easiest-to-use infotainment systems in cars today, though the test car lacked Android Auto or Apple CarPlay capability — something that is supposed to be coming to Uconnect systems in the very near future.

My tester was equipped with Beats Audio, supposedly better than the Alpine-supplied standard fare, at an option price of $695. Also included was navigation and a year of SiriusXM satellite radio for another $695.

My family of four had a great deal of fun driving the Fiat 500C — not least because of the shocked faces people made when they saw all four of us pile out of the tiny car. I was able to squeeze a rear-facing baby seat in the back row, as long as the passenger front seat was all the way forward. This didn’t leave much room for my wife, but it was doable. A forward-facing child seat fits easily.


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“Fiat says there’s just 5.4 cubic feet of luggage space in the 500C.”

Fiat says there’s 31.7 inches of legroom and 36.8 inches of headroom for backseat occupants. Up front, those numbers increase to 40.7 and 38.6 inches, respectively. For front-seat occupants, it’s got a nice seat height that is not at all low-slung. Some have described it as “driving a barstool,” but I didn’t feel like I was sitting quite that high in the 500C.

Now, I’m not saying it’s for everyone, but you can, in fact, carry four people in the little Fiat 500. You don’t need to fear family-ferrying in a Fiat unless you’re a family of more than four people — or unless you need cargo space. Fiat says there’s just 5.4 cubic feet of luggage space in the 500C. If you opt for the regular hatchback model, that increases to 9.5 cubic feet. One cool thing about the 500C model was that I could lay the rear seats down, open the roof, and have easy access to load or unload cargo.

The Drive


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“With just 101 horsepower on-tap from the 1.4-liter MultiAir naturally aspirated engine, the 2017 Fiat 500C isn’t going to win any drag races”

With just 101 horsepower on-tap from the 1.4-liter MultiAir naturally aspirated engine, the 2017 Fiat 500C isn’t going to win any drag races. It’s plenty capable of getting out of its own way, however. If you want to go faster than a Fiat 500 will go, you’re probably breaking the speed limit anyway.

What I like about the Fiat 500C is its combination of value price and solid on-road feel. The little MultiAir four-cylinder engine is a little raspy on startup and displays character missing from similarly low-powered engines from Nissan, Toyota, and Honda. The steering provides more feedback than any of the subcompact players in its price range. The brakes — four-wheel discs, by the way — feel great. In all but horsepower, this is a “driver’s car.”


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“In daily driving, the short wheelbase means the 500C changes directions quickly”

The Fiat 500C is tall, which makes for a surprising amount of interior space but a not-particularly-sporty stance. However, in daily driving, the short wheelbase means the 500C changes directions quickly. Combined with its steering and brakes that are more communicative than anything in its price range, the Fiat 500 induces plenty of smiles when pushed down your favorite twisty country road.

My only nitpick with the test car: It was equipped with the optional (add $995) six-speed automatic transmission. I would rather have the available five-speed manual transmission. The automatic was not slow to react to throttle inputs or anything like that, but it did reduce my level of engagement when driving the car around town. It also reduces fuel economy from an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway to 33 MPG highway. My fuel economy, with more than 500 miles of driving and a lot of 80-MPH interstate cruising, came in at 31 MPG.


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“I loved the open top driving experience with the 500C, and it proved itself perfectly water-tight during an absolute deluge as I drove the streets and interstates of Knoxville, TN”

Some folks might not like calling this car a “cabriolet” because its top doesn’t fully disappear. Even with the top stowed in its open position, the side rails of the roof remain in place. This helps maintain chassis rigidity and surely keeps the cost of entry low for the 500C.

Regardless, I loved the open top driving experience with the 500C, and it proved itself perfectly water-tight during an absolute deluge as I drove the streets and interstates of Knoxville, TN. I did wish rearward visibility was better and cargo capacity wasn’t so impacted when the roof was open, however.

The Competition

Open-top motoring in this size category is hard to come by, particularly if you don’t want to spend a pretty penny.

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“Those wanting a slightly more upscale driving experience will probably favor the Mini Cooper Convertible”

Mini has long been in Fiat’s crosshairs in America, and for good reason: Both companies have a similar design aesthetic, with cars that harken back to iconic designs of the postwar era. Fiat holds the title of value champion in the tiny convertible segment, where a $26,700 Mini Cooper Convertible has a starting price some $10,000 higher than the Fiat 500C.

The Mini’s BMW TwinPower 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine is more advanced than Fiat’s MultiAir naturally aspirated 1.4-liter four-banger, and it makes more power (134 horsepower vs. the Fiat’s 101). The noticeable difference for most drivers won’t be horsepower, but torque, where the Cooper Convertible puts down 162 pound-feet at a diesel-like 1,250 RPM. The little Fiat makes a comparatively limp-wristed 97 pound-feet at 4,000 RPM.

Mini has the edge on Fiat where luxury interior features are concerned, as well. But the Fiat edges it out on legroom and headroom, and the it is a couple hundred pounds lighter, as well. I prefer Fiat’s Uconnect infotainment experience to Mini’s, which shares some DNA with BMW iDrive.

Those wanting a slightly more upscale driving experience will probably favor the Mini Cooper Convertible. Those who want fun on-the-cheap will lean toward the 500C.

Read our full review on the 2016 Mini Cooper Convertible.

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible


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“The Beetle’s nostalgia factor is high for many American buyers”

Volkswagen’s Beetle Convertible aims at the same buyer demographic as the Fiat 500C and the Mini Cooper Convertible. If you like timeless design, it’s hard to look away from the latest generation of the Beetle.

The 2017 Beetle has a displacement advantage on both of the above competitors, with its 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. That results in impressive numbers: 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Beetle went bigger still, with a 2.0-liter turbo engine that makes just a few more horsepower.

The Beetle is quite a bit larger than the Fiat 500C and Mini Cooper Convertible, with a wheelbase of 100 inches and an overall length of 168.4 inches. It’s also quite a bit wider, at 71.2 inches. Finally, it’s fatter than either of the above, with a curb weight of 3,208 lbs. The result is a car that doesn’t feel as quick to react to driver inputs. Also of importance to driving enthusiasts: There is no manual transmission available in a Beetle convertible anymore, while Fiat and Mini still allow the shift-it-yourself option.

Coincidentally, the Beetle’s extra girth does not result in notable added interior space. There’s 41.3 inches of legroom up front and 31.4 inches of legroom in the rear, with just 7.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. That’s awfully close to the Fiat 500C.

The Beetle’s nostalgia factor is high for many American buyers. Whether shoppers of small non-sports car convertibles think it’s worth VW’s base asking price of $25,440 is the question.

Read our full driven review on the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.

Smart fortwo Passion Cabrio


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“Unless your daily routine involves extremely tight parking predicaments, however, the Fiat is the far more practical daily driver.”

The smart fortwo Passion Cabrio is the odd duck here because it only has seating for two, while every other model compared here will carry four. But unlike the Mini Cooper Convertible and the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, the fortwo Passion Cabrio is actually somewhat price-competitive with the Fiat 500C. It has a starting price of $18,900.

Like the 500C, the fortwo Passion Cabrio roof retracts sort of like a huge sunroof. But unlike the 500C, the side rails of the Passion Cabrio can be removed and stowed in the smart’s minuscule cargo area, making the car somewhat of a targa-top.

The tiny smart has the edge on even the Fiat 500C where maneuverability is concerned because it is ultra-tiny. It has a wheelbase of 73.7 inches and an overall length of 106.1 inches. The Fiat actually out-muscles the smart’s 898-cc inline three-cylinder engine, which makes just 89 horsepower. However, the smart out-torques the Fiat with 100 pound-feet at 2,500 RPM. It also weighs less than the lithe Fiat, at just 2,150 lbs with the automatic transmission.

Unless your daily routine involves extremely tight parking predicaments, however, the Fiat is the far more practical daily driver. The smart fortwo Passion Cabrio has no extra cargo space beyond the 7.3 cubic feet behind its seats, unless you want to stack cargo in the passenger seat next to you. Those who shift for themselves will also find the Fiat gets better fuel economy despite its added size and weight, with the smart clocking in at 38 MPG highway with its available five-speed manual transmission.

It’s hard to make a case for the smart for all but the most space-constrained environments, based on its price premium and its compromised interior cargo space. Coincidentally, smart announced it will no longer sell a gasoline-powered car in America. All smarts sold new to American consumers from model year 2018-on will be electric-powered.

Read our full review on the 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio.

Conclusion


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“The little Fiat 500C gave me about 75% of the joy I got driving its sportier, more expensive sister, the Fiat 124 Spider”

Even though I live in a rural area, where tiny cars like the Fiat 500 are more curiosity than commonplace, I have fallen in love with every iteration of the 500 I have reviewed since 2013. The tiny cars are full of character, and they’re fun to drive.

The little Fiat 500C gave me about 75% of the joy I got driving its sportier, more expensive sister, the Fiat 124 Spider. With the top down and the music up, I had a big, stupid grin on my face doing utterly mundane things like driving to work or stopping at the grocery store to get a gallon of milk on the way home.

No, it wasn’t as fast as the 124 Spider. It lacked a lot that car’s handling prowess in the twisties, as well. But it gave me joy in a way that a similarly priced Nissan Versa Note or Honda Fit could not. Those cars would have more room for passengers and cargo, but the trade-off is numb steering, sloppy transmissions, and uninspiring suspensions.

The Fiat 500C, like all Fiat 500s I have driven, practically begged to be driven hard. I hesitate to say “driven in anger,” because I find it practically impossible to be angry in a Fiat 500. But the more aggressively I drove the little Fiat 500C, the more it seemed to enjoy it.

Che bella!

Disclosure: Fiat provided the vehicle, insurance, and one tank of fuel for this review.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500L City Cross Edition

The Fiat 500L is effectively an oversized version of the 500 hatchback so, in essence, its identity is tied to the 500 name. Don’t mistake the 500L though for not having its own appeal because it has that in abundance, or at least enough to have become the subject of a string of special edition models over the years. Harken back to versions like the Beats Edition, the Urbana Trekking, and the Panoramic Edition, and you’ll see what’s up with the 500. Today, a new special edition version is added to the list. It’s called the City Cross Edition, and as the name suggests, it’s coming to the party with a host of rugged features.

There’s a lot to like with the Fiat 500L City Cross Edition. Apart from receiving new exterior bits and pieces, it also carries an exclusive paint color, upgrades to the interior, and a set of new wheels that can be availed in as many as nine different color options. There are no engine upgrades to speak of so don’t even bother looking for one. If that isn’t a problem, the 500L City Cross Edition holds a lot of appeal, especially to those who want to see more personality out of the high-riding 500 SUV. At least then, in that regard, Fiat did its work on this new special edition. It may not be the flashiest SE we’ve seen out of the 500, but it’s certainly bubbling with identity. That should be more than enough for a lot of people.

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What makes the Fiat 500L City Cross Edition special


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It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want over-the-top upgrades that border on something that the aftermarket world would do, this special edition 500L probably isn’t for you. But if your expectations are more muted, then you might find a few things to like about the 500L City Cross Edition.

“Outside of the fancy color, the special edition 500L also gets plenty of visual updates, including a refreshed front grille, bigger bumpers, and new skid plates”

First, let’s look at the exterior and the Sicilia Orange finish of the model. Fiat says that this paint is exclusive to the 500L City Cross Edition so at least it has that going for it. Hard to imagine this model not attracting attention because of that color. It’s a magnet for attention and it works in so far as it plays well into the outgoing personality of the 500L. Outside of the fancy color, the special edition 500L also gets plenty of visual updates, including a refreshed front grille, bigger bumpers, and new skid plates. The changes all help in creating a look that’s bursting with sportiness, something that a standard 500L doesn’t always have.

“Fiat actually increased the ride height of the 500L City Cross Edition by one inch”

Arguably the biggest change though, albeit one wrapped in irony, is the SUV’s increased ride height. Most of us will probably not even notice it, but Fiat actually increased the ride height of the 500L City Cross Edition by one inch, or 25 mm to be exact. Don’t dismiss this minuscule raising of the car’s ride height as an insignificant addition because it helps Fiat accomplish a lot of different things, including fitting in new 17-inch alloy wheels that themselves are offered in nine different color options. More than just the wheels, the higher ride height also helps accomplish the goal of turning the 500L City Cross Edition into a car that can handle the outdoors, a departure in comfort zones for its standard 500L counterparts. This is where the special edition 500L deservedly plants its flag.


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Move inside and the upgrades continue in the form of similar color customization options. Customers are even given the liberty, provided they can pay for it, to fully personalize the interior of the 500L City Cross Edition. On the cosmetic end, that could include anything from a dressed up dashboard fascia in black or white, fabric seats with the “500” stitched into it, and most importantly, a healthy choice of color options. On the functional side, the special edition 500L gets standard climate control and cruise control. There’s also a new 3.5-inch color display screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice control. Should there be a need to go a step more on the premium side, Fiat’s offering a larger seven-inch HD touchscreen display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

From a purely quantitative point-of-view, the 500L City Cross Edition has a lot of upgrades available to it. Unfortunately – and as I mentioned already – engine upgrades aren’t part of it. Those who do end up getting the special edition 500L will have the option to get it in any of the available engine variants for the SUV. The base offering is a 1.4-liter gas engine that packs 95 horsepower while other options, including 105-horsepower 0.9-liter TwinAir engine and a range-topping 1.4-liter TwinJet engine that pumps out 120 horsepower, are also available.

“Those who do end up getting the special edition 500L will have the option to get it in any of the available engine variants for the SUV”

Fiat hasn’t announced the pricing details of the special City Cross Edition package, though it did say that it will go on sale in a matter of weeks. We’ll definitely keep an eye out on updates in that regard.

How does it compare to other special edition 500Ls from the past

It holds up well, but once again, it depends really on what a customer’s taste and preference is. Those who want a vibrant 500L will probably go for the City Cross Edition and for good reason. Hard to imagine a color that pops out more than the Sicilia Orange finish the special edition 500L comes in. Having said that, not everybody is after the flash. Those who prefer a special edition 500 with a noted brand name attached to it will probably prefer something like the 500L Beats Edition from 2014. That one featured its own host of exterior styling, though it also had the benefit of receiving a signature Beats Audio stereo.


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If the goal is to bring up the 500L’s luxury qualities, the Urbana Trekking is probably a better choice. Not only does that model feature plenty of color options, but these options are also actually premium in quality by nature of their glossy finishes. Customers can even choose from six different shades, including Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green Pearl), Rosso Perla (Deep Lava Red), Giallo (yellow), Bianco (white), Grigio Scuro (Gray Metallic) and Blue Tornado.


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Note: photo of the Fiat 500L Urbana Trekking

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500C Missoni by Garage Italia Customs

The fashion and automotive worlds have crossed paths many times in the past, often in the form of special edition creations such as this Fiat 500C. The ventures have not always yielded good results, but all of them are magnets for attention, for better or worse. The latest in a long line of these special editions come by way of Garage Italia Customs, which created this bedazzling 500C in the name of fashion designer Angela Missoni, the creative director of the Italian brand that wears the same name.

Those who are familiar with the Missoni fashion brand will know that it prides itself on colorful design palettes, something that we see in all its glory on the 500C. Garage Italia Customs’ treatment is also what you’d expect from an automotive custom shop whose past design works include the Fiat 500 Paco Rabanne Edition, another glistening collaboration with the fashion and automotive industries. The Missoni-inspired 500C is colorful to a hilt, and whether you like it or not, it received enough attention to gather what Garage Italia Customs called a “generous” bid when it was auctioned off at the ninth annual charity event organized by amfAR in Milan, Italy last September 21. The proceeds of the car’s auction are earmarked for AIDS research, so whoever ended up paying the “generous” amount to take home this one-off 500C should be happy that his money is going to the right place. Even better, he gets to take home arguably one of the most colorful Fiat 500Cs to come out in recent memory.

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What makes the Fiat 500C Missoni by Garage Italia Customs special


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One of the things that make collaborations between the fashion and auto worlds unique is how much inspiration is taken from the fashion brands and how those inspirations are used in designing a specific car. The aforementioned 500 Paco Rabanne Edition made use of a Metallic Sun Gold body finish because the French designer had a thing for the color. It wasn’t meant for the conservative fashionistas, but it definitely made an impression when it was unveiled last December.

“One of the things that make collaborations between the fashion and auto worlds unique is how much inspiration is taken from the fashion brands and how those inspirations are used in designing a specific car”

There are other examples of this that I’ll talk about in a bit, but for now, the focus, rightfully so, is on the 500C Missoni. If anything, it’s the complete opposite of the 500 Paco Rabanne Edition in its use of color. The car’s body actually features a rainbow-like palette, distributed as horizontal stripes that run across the entire body of the small convertible. It’s a fitting nod to the visual style that the Missoni brand has used over the years to great success.


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Likewise, the interior of the car is dripping with Missoni-styled elements, right down to the custom upholstery on the seats, floor mats, and interior trim. Seems fitting then that Missoni itself provided the materials for the exterior and interior of the car, ensuring that the colors used are exactly the ones the fashion label uses on its products.

“It still carries 100 ponies, which isn’t powerful by any means but should be enough to go around the urban landscape with everyone’s attention focused squarely on the car”

Like it or not, the 500C Missoni isn’t going to be confused for a boring car. It’s far from one from a visual standpoint, even though its engine – a 1.4-liter four-cylinder – received no engine upgrades. It still carries 100 ponies, which isn’t powerful by any means but should be enough to go around the urban landscape with everyone’s attention focused squarely on the car.

More examples of fashion-inspired Fiat 500s

One of the Fiat 500’s greatest claims to fame is its versatility. No, I’m not talking about “versatility” in terms of performance and handling, but “versatility” in the sense that it’s easily customized from an aesthetic point of view. We’ve seen so many examples of this in the past, with some examples being better than others.

One such creation that falls on the “nay” side is the 500 “I Defend Gala 2015” Edition. Designed by no less than craftsman Stefano Canticelli, the 500 “I Defend Gala 2015” actually used calfskin and mahogany wood on the exterior of the car. The treatment worked in the cabin, but on the body of the 500? Seems like a waste of material to me.


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On the “yay” side of my preference sits the 500 Ron Arad Edition. It may be conservative in terms of its design compared to others we’ve seen of its kind,
but the all-black body and the special white outlines drawn on the sides of the car are nice and classy touches. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the white lines actually create a silhouette of the 1957 Fiat 500. The interior also gets a similar treatment, and it works in emphasizing the unique design that Arad was going for.


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All that said, my favorite 500 that was given a fashion brand collaboration remains the 2014 Fiat 500 Gucci Edition. Made available for both the 500 and 500 C variants a few years ago, the 500 Gucci Edition came with an all-black interior that was only interrupted by Gucci’s iconic green-red-green design stripes running down the four seats and the seat belts. That one stood out because it played well with Gucci’s own colors without going overboard with its use of them.


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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design Comes with Exclusive Features

It may not look so at first glance, but Fiat Tipo is one of the coolest cars one can buy in Europe today. It is effortlessly handsome and chic, and has a disinterested and non-nonchalant attitude about it that makes it kind of sexy! Now they have made it even more enticing with the Fiat Tipo S-Design which comes with exclusive interior and exterior appointments. 

Available in 5-door and Station Wagon versions, this little Italian counts on unique colors and trims of the S-Design treatment to enhance its appeal. It comes with a new Metropoli Grey livery in addition to the existing Cinema Black, Amore Red, Gelato White and Colosseo Grey. But to really set the Fiat Tipo S-Design apart they have given it wide grille with Piano Black trims and bi-xenon headlights with the same finish. Piano Black details continue around the edges of the sporty air inlets and on the mirror caps.Other highlights include tinted rear windows and 18 inch wheels.

Moving inside, 2018 Fiat Tipo S-Design offers gear stick knob and steering wheel in “Techno-leather” with a criss-cross pattern, double stitching of the seats in leather and Airtex, upholstered door panels, Piano Black accents and a large Tecnico Grey fascia on the dashboard. Equipment-wise, you get next-generation Uconnect 7″ HD LIVE as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enabling all the navigation, connectivity and music functions of your phone directly on the touchscreen.

As for the engine, the new Tipo S-Design offers a range of efficient units known for their versatility in other Fiat products. The list includes the 1.4 T-Jet 120 HP petrol, the efficient bi-fuel LPG-petrol 1.4 T-jet 120 HP and the highly appreciated 1.6 Multijet 120 HP turbo diesel paired with manual or DCT dual clutch automatic transmission.






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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500X Urbana Edition

The Fiat 500 is, without a doubt, the Italian automaker’s most famous and popular model. Drawing from the legendary and hugely successful model of the same name produced between 1957 and 1975, the modern 500 is a small, quirky little runabout designed for faultless urban transportation duty. The diminutive dimensions assist in tight parking spots, while a fun-loving attitude and nippy suspension set-up make it a blast behind the wheel. Don’t forget a stylish exterior as well. In 2014, Fiat reimagined the 500 as an ultra-compact crossover, and thus, the high-riding 500X was created. Given the popularity of compacts crossovers like the 500X, it makes sense that Fiat is giving it a new aesthetics package. It’s called the Urbana Edition, and it adds unique trim and colors to help it stand out from non-Urbana’d editions.

Based on the Trekking trim level, which Fiat has declared as the most popular trim level for the 500X, the Urbana Edition keeps all the same bits and pieces buyers have come to expect, including a functional interior with lots of space for hauling things, and the option for AWD as well. Mechanically, the Urbana Edition goes unchanged, and still gets the same 2.4-liter gas-burning engine producing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque through a nine-speed automatic transmission (lower trim levels get a 1.4-liter engine with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque). If you’re looking for a unique take on this Italian compact crossover, then continue reading for the details.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition Announced

Trying to enhance the appeal of the 500-based crossover, Fiat announced the launch of a new special edition version. The 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition comes with features and highlights that are considered to be urbane and cool and trendy. And of course, it costs a lot more than a basic 500X.

Whereas a standard 500X crossover starts at $19,995 MSRP, 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition kicks off at $24,195. The main reason for that is all the cosmetic features that make it easily distinguishable over the standard variants. The main cues include Miron (Metallic Iron) black-painted exterior and interior elements with copper accents. There is also exclusive colors including Grigio Graphite (Graphite Gray), Blue Sky Metallic, Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat).

To get into more details, the Urbana treatment includes Miron black-painted mirror caps, door handles, tail-lamp surrounds, liftgate bezel, fascias, and sill moldings with copper-accented 500X logo. You also get 18 inch matte black and Miron wheels with copper center caps, plus black side roof rails and dark headlamp surrounds. The interior highlights include unique seats with black Castiglio chevron-patterned fabric and copper embroidered 500 logos, a black textured instrument panel with a copper 500 logo, a black-painted center console, and Miron-painted radio and vent bezels.

2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is available as a package on the Trekking trim level for both 2-and 4WD models. No mechanical upgrade is included, but you can choose from a number of equipment packages.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition Announced

Trying to enhance the appeal of the 500-based crossover, Fiat announced the launch of a new special edition version. The 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition comes with features and highlights that are considered to be urbane and cool and trendy. And of course, it costs a lot more than a basic 500X.

Whereas a standard 500X crossover starts at $19,995 MSRP, 2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition kicks off at $24,195. The main reason for that is all the cosmetic features that make it easily distinguishable over the standard variants. The main cues include Miron (Metallic Iron) black-painted exterior and interior elements with copper accents. There is also exclusive colors including Grigio Graphite (Graphite Gray), Blue Sky Metallic, Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat).

To get into more details, the Urbana treatment includes Miron black-painted mirror caps, door handles, tail-lamp surrounds, liftgate bezel, fascias, and sill moldings with copper-accented 500X logo. You also get 18 inch matte black and Miron wheels with copper center caps, plus black side roof rails and dark headlamp surrounds. The interior highlights include unique seats with black Castiglio chevron-patterned fabric and copper embroidered 500 logos, a black textured instrument panel with a copper 500 logo, a black-painted center console, and Miron-painted radio and vent bezels.

2017 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is available as a package on the Trekking trim level for both 2-and 4WD models. No mechanical upgrade is included, but you can choose from a number of equipment packages.

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PostHeaderIcon FCA Could Be Bought by a Chinese Automaker

Formed in 2014, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) alliance has been doing very good these past three years, which is why Sergio Marchionne is on the lookout to either sell the company or make another merger with a big brand. FCA was refused by General Motors back in 2015 and Marchionne’s attempts to find a new collaboration have been unsuccessful so far. However, it seems that FCA is actually on the brink of finding a new owner. According to new reports, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has received at least one offer in August from a “well-known Chinese automaker.”

That’s the word from Automotive News, which claims that the over was slightly higher than FCA’s current market value, but the Italian-American alliance rejected it for not being enough. There’s no detailed information as to what Chinese automaker made the offer, but speculation has it that FCA is negotiating with more than one company. Also, a source close to FCA said that company executives have traveled to China to meet with Great Wall Motor Co., while different sources claim talks with Dongfeng Motor Corp., Zhejiang Geely, and Guangzhou Automobile Group.

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PostHeaderIcon Hoonigan Names New Female Racer For Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rally Car

For the past few months, Hoonigan and Fiat have conducted a talent search to find the “Next Female Hoonigan” racer. Today, it was announced that the search was over and a winner has been found. Taking the title is Sara Price, a 24-year-old hot shoe hailing from Canyon Lake in Southern California. Price started in motocross racing before taking on trophy trucks and side-by-side racers, and will bring that experience to rally racing in the Hoonigan Fiat 124 competition machine.

Price managed to secure her ride by beating five other finalists in a three-month long competition, which started with more than 150 individual entries from across the nation. To take the win, Price first had to take a road trip to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Arizona, before continuing on to the Gridlife Music & Motorsports festival at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven Michigan. Eventually, Price showed she had what it took to be the next Hoonigan racer, and subsequently took the wheel of a 400-horsepower turbocharged Fiat 124 at the Mt. Washington hillclimb event in New Hampshire. Specs on the car include a six-speed pneumatic sequential transmission and anti-lag system, which is the right combo when tackling the 7.4 miles and 4,500 feet of elevation change at the hillclimb. Check out the video of Price’s run by hitting play above, including a glimpse at all the hard work it takes to run at the front at such a prestigious event.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Celebrates its 60th with 10-Day Party

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You may not have noticed it, but the past few days and weeks there was a huge party going on in Italy for one of the most iconic things ever to come out of that country. And no, we’re not talking about Monica Bellucci. It was the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Fiat 500 city car, and it was marked with 10 days of celebrations.

There have been many parades and driving events covering the best part of Italy in journeys that culminated in a large gala in Turin where they unveiled the Fiat 500 stamp. But the 60th birthday of Fiat 500 was not all about gatherings and driving and having fun. It also marked a couple of fairly significant milestones, namely the delivery of the two-millionth Fiat 500 and setting a world record for the most number of cars delivered in 48 hours. Another remarkable achievement was the addition of the 500 to the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a permanent display. In short, it was one helluva birthday, a sort of super sweet sixty!

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“The story of the Fiat 500 will continue thanks to the commitment of owners, collectors and club members, the pride of Fiat workers and the new Italian postage stamp which has just been dedicated to it – a symbolic gift, a minuscule work of art and a homage reserved only for the most beloved and recognisable icons, which sums up the car perfectly. Popular and democratic, but also sophisticated and collectable, the Fiat 500 will continue to remember the roads that it has travelled and looks forward to those that are still ahead.”

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PostHeaderIcon Tom Hanks Fiat 126p with Carlex Interior

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Screen legend Tom Hanks is not really known for his love of cars or planes or anything really exciting. I mean, the dude is fond of old typewriters, so, you know, that explains why the most prominent car projects he’s involved in is that of a Fiat 126p!

Tell you the truth Tom Hanks is not really involved in this per se. This special Fiat 126p is the car he’s going to get as part of his involvement in Bielsko-Bia?a for Tom Hanks charity. We can see how Forrest Gump might like such a thing, but not Sully, or Captain Philips, or Captain Miller.

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In any case, Tom Hanks’s Fiat 126p is probably the finest example of this car anywhere in the world, and what’s more it features a bespoke interior from Carlex Design, one of the most respected names in the business. There isn’t anything flashy or extravagant about this cabin since, well, it’s a 126p cabin. But Carlex has used the finest material for the trims and upholstery, and even tapped into Mr. Hanks’ love of typewriters by making buttons and switchers plated with silver flakes to resemble those of an old typewriter. That ought to be enough to make this thing a collectible item.

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PostHeaderIcon 2-Millionth Fiat 500 Delivered in Germany

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The Fiat 500 is having a marvelous time these days with anniversaries coinciding with milestones. While the car was busy celebrating its 60th birthday in Turin, news arrived from Germany that the 2-millionth production unit of it was just delivered to a customer. 

Now, the two million units are of the new generation of the car alone. If we were to add all Fiat 500 cars sold during its 60 years of presence in the market the figure would be more than six million. The city car has always enjoyed worldwide popularity, from the U.S. to Iran to China, but it’s probably nowhere more coveted than in home continent of Europe. In fact, Germany where the 2-millionth unit was delivered is one of the biggest 500 markets with more than 200,000 of these cars on the roads.

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The milestone Fiat 500 is a 500S model in Passione Red with front and rear bumpers in a sporty design, built-in fog lights, bespoke spoilers and side skirts in addition to exclusive “Satin Graphite” finish accents (such as the door and tailgate handles, the mirror caps and rims), tinted rear windows, chrome tailpipe, “black-grained” front air vents and an assertive honeycomb lower grille. The car also features 16 inch rims, the 0.9 TwinAir 105 HP engine, and standard Uconnect 7″ HD LIVE touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Anniversario Special Edition

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Celebrating the Fiat 500 is an endless event for the Italians, so they have come up with yet another special edition of the city car, this time marking its 60th birthday. The 2017 Fiat 500 Anniversario has a distinctly summer look and feel about it, not to mention a strong 60s flavor. 

Among the main highlights of the Fiat 500 Anniversario on the outside there are new exclusive colors, Sicilia Orange and Riviera Green, the chrome accents on the bonnet and door mirror caps, the vintage Fiat logos and the 16-inch vintage alloy wheels. And yes, there is an abundance of “Anniversario” badges. Interior features include horizontal striped fabric with contrast piping in body color and an embroidered 500 logo, Anniversario” embroidered floor mats, and body colored dash housing a Uconnect 7-inch HD LIVE radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

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Fiat 500 Anniversario comes in both coupe and convertible body styles and with a 1.2-litre 69hp petrol engine. It returns 105g/km CO2 and 62.8mpg with the Dualogic gearbox. The car might look like it is from the SIxties, but the technology sure is up to date. And so is the list of standard equipment, which includes automatic climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors as standard. The Anniversario 500 starts from £14,265 in the UK.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat’s Feeling Mighty Generous With a Record-Breaking Giveaway

In case Oprah Winfrey decides to do another car giveaway in the near future, she’s going to have a tough time beating out what Fiat and an Italian supermarket chain known as Esselunga. Together, the two Italian companies did something that earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records: they gave away a staggering 1,495 Fiat 500s as part of Esselunga’s 60th anniversary, a staggering total made even more impressive by the fact that all these models are actually special editions in their own right.

Winners of the Essalunga-hosted competition all dropped to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant to take delivery of their new special edition 500 models, referred to officially as the Fiat 500 Essalunga. The model is based on the 69-horsepower, 1.2-liter variant of the Fiat 500 and comes with an exclusive Pastel White body paint finish, an Ivory-dressed interior, and a set of 14-inch wheels. In addition to these features, the car also receives a trove of equipment, including seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Needless to say, all 1,495 cars that were part of the giveaway at the Fiat plant were collected in less than two days by grateful owners from all over Italy. I’d be grateful too if was part of that list.

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PostHeaderIcon Almost 1,500 Fiat 500s Delivered in 48 Hours!

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Before you jump to conclusions and think Fiat has suddenly become the world’s top auto maker in sales, let us point out that the delivery of the 1,495 Fiat 500 cars in less than two days – which is now a Guinness world record – was a premeditated plan carried out with the help of Italian supermarket Esselunga. And they didn’t sell these, they gave them away!

Still, the fact that Italian managed to be punctual enough to deliver these Fiat 500s to their new owner in less than 48 hours is a remarkable feat. The original plan to giveaway 1,520 Fiat 500s, but some people didn’t show up to collect. Those who did came from more or less all over Italy: Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont. And they assembled with their Pastel White Fiat 500 cars to create some memorable scenes.

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The Fiat 500 “Esselunga” was developed specifically for for the competition in association with the Fiat Design Centre, with customised personalisation. Based on the Lounge 1.2 69 HP trim level, it features the exclusive “Esselunga” badge on the pillar, the numbered plaque in the interior, chrome mirror cabs and specific “Color Therapy” 14″ wheels. The Fiat 500 that starred in the competition is in Pastel White colour with Ivory interior. The standard outfit is lavish, with seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5″ Radio LIVE infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB port, steering wheel controls and LED daytime running lights.

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The Abarth 500 has been on the receiving end of some interesting special edition models in the past. We’ve seen the Abarth 695 Biposto Record, the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, and the 500 Track Experience, among others. None of them, though, can lay claim to the title of being the “most sophisticated Abarth ever.” That distinction, according to Abarth itself, now rests on the shoulders of the 695 Rivale Special Edition.

Developed specifically to celebrate the company’s close ties to yacht maker Riva, the 695 Rivale is the physical embodiment of the premium luxury that goes into the craft of building those sea vessels. Safe to say, that “most sophisticated Abarth ever” title fits the 695 Rivale. It’s inundated with aesthetic features that shine a big spotlight on the nautical theme of the compact car. Inside and out, the 695 Rivale is decked to the brim with luxury, the kind you expect from any one of the yachts that Riva has built in its 175-year history. The special edition Abarth 695 doesn’t pack any power or performance upgrades, but that’s an inconsequential omission when you compare it to the quantity and quality of cosmetic additions given to the hot hatch. There’s no word yet on how many models Abarth plans to build of the 695 Rivale, but another special edition model, the Abarth 695 Rivale 175th Anniversary, is limited to just 350 units, divided into 175 units for the coupe model and another 175 for the cabriolet version.

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