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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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PostHeaderIcon Abarth 695 Rivale

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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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Fiat 500L

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There aren’t that many family cars worthy of the name that are also characterful and not entirely dull to live with. Fiat 500L is one of those rarities, and now there is a new 2018 modelyear which, according to Fiat, is forty percent new and comes with features that make it a more versatile family MPV. 

Coming in three Urban, Cross and Wagon guises, the 2018 Fiat 500L has changed little in terms of styling over the previous models, but the new Cross version with is the most capable of the bunch does come with some nice additions that give it a crossover feel and look. It features a Mode Selector for choosing three different response modes according to driving style and road conditions: Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control. So you can do a fair bit of off-roading in it.

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2018 Fiat 500L is also pretty up to date, what a full host connectivity features which include the Uconnect system, Apple car Play, and Android Auto, all accessed through a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen:

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In terms of safety, too, the new 500L lacks nothing, provided you choose your options carefully. IT’s got stuff like Autonomous City Brake, child monitoring mirror, LED daytime lights and parking lights, and…

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The 2018 Fiat 500L is designed with the needs of a family with kids in mind, which is why it has a versatile interior with many storage places and tough material. It is even available in a seven seat configuration if you go for the Wagon version, and is very customizable with City, Comfort, Connect, Safety, Style and Style Plus packs.

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Powertrain-wise, petrol engine line-up includes the 1.4-litre 16V delivering 95 HP, the 1.4-litre 16V TJet delivering 120 HP and the 0.9-litre TwinAir delivering 105 HP. The range is completed with the bi-fuel petrol and LPG 1.4-litre TJet delivering 120 HP and the bi-fuel petrol and methane 0.9-litre TwinAir delivering 85 HP. The offering is completed by two diesel engines: the 95 HP 1300 cc 16V MultiJet, also with Dualogic transmission, and the 120 HP 1600 cc 16V MultiJet.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Fiat 500L

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There aren’t that many family cars worthy of the name that are also characterful and not entirely dull to live with. Fiat 500L is one of those rarities, and now there is a new 2018 modelyear which, according to Fiat, is forty percent new and comes with features that make it a more versatile family MPV. 

Coming in three Urban, Cross and Wagon guises, the 2018 Fiat 500L has changed little in terms of styling over the previous models, but the new Cross version with is the most capable of the bunch does come with some nice additions that give it a crossover feel and look. It features a Mode Selector for choosing three different response modes according to driving style and road conditions: Normal, Traction+ and Gravity Control. So you can do a fair bit of off-roading in it.

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2018 Fiat 500L is also pretty up to date, what a full host connectivity features which include the Uconnect system, Apple car Play, and Android Auto, all accessed through a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen:

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In terms of safety, too, the new 500L lacks nothing, provided you choose your options carefully. IT’s got stuff like Autonomous City Brake, child monitoring mirror, LED daytime lights and parking lights, and…

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The 2018 Fiat 500L is designed with the needs of a family with kids in mind, which is why it has a versatile interior with many storage places and tough material. It is even available in a seven seat configuration if you go for the Wagon version, and is very customizable with City, Comfort, Connect, Safety, Style and Style Plus packs.

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Powertrain-wise, petrol engine line-up includes the 1.4-litre 16V delivering 95 HP, the 1.4-litre 16V TJet delivering 120 HP and the 0.9-litre TwinAir delivering 105 HP. The range is completed with the bi-fuel petrol and LPG 1.4-litre TJet delivering 120 HP and the bi-fuel petrol and methane 0.9-litre TwinAir delivering 85 HP. The offering is completed by two diesel engines: the 95 HP 1300 cc 16V MultiJet, also with Dualogic transmission, and the 120 HP 1600 cc 16V MultiJet.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Fiat 500 Gets New Appearance Packages

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When one of your best selling models is one of the trendiest cars in the world with a heavy of touch of retro, you do need to constantly update and upgrade it with new features to keep it in fashion. That is the reason for the new appearance packages launched for the 2017 Fiat 500. They allow the customers to customize the look of the city car and match it with, I don’t know, their clothes, or their dogs. 

Before we get to the packages themselves, we should mention the 2017 Fiat 500 launches in America with three Pop, Lounge and Abarth trim levels, each boasting a whole lots of exclusive features on their own. Prices start at $14,995 fro the Pop, and additional options available across all trim levels include automatic transmission ($995), sunroof ($795) and Cabrio ($1,495).

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As for the Appearance Packages for 2017, the list includes Sport Black Trim Package ($1,295), Two-Tone Package ($295), and Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe Package ($495). Details of these packages is as follows:

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2017 Fiat 500 Pop with Sport Black Trim Package

Sport Black Trim Appearance Package
The Sport Black Trim Package is available on the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop and features body-color sport fascias and fog lamps, black-trimmed headlamps, a black painted roof, side sill ground effects, black side-view mirror caps, black sport spoiler, black tail lamps and 16-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels. Interior features include sport cloth bucket seats with silver accent stitching, a front-passenger armrest and a black instrument-panel bezel. 
 
Two-Tone Appearance Package
Available on the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop, customers may select a Nero (black), Rosso (red) or Bianco (white) accent roof and matching mirror caps. 
 
Abarth Roof, Mirror Cap and Body Stripe Appearance Package
Available on the Fiat 500 Abarth, this appearance package offers a secondary roof color choice of Nero (black), Rosso (red), Rhino (gray) or Bianco (white). In addition, an accent color (black, red, gray or white) may be chosen for the mirror caps, body-side stripe, roof and spoiler. 

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Abarth Ares by Pogea Racing

The Fiat 500 Abarth is a cute little ride, isn’t it? It certainly looks the part of one, but being cute and cuddly isn’t the only thing appealing about the 500. It’s also understatedly customizable, which is why we’ve seen so many special edition iterations of the car, not to mention tuning programs from some of the best tuners in the business. Pogea Racing counts itself in the latter group, and it has a real doozy of a kit for the 500 that gives the subcompact hatchback an output of 405 horsepower and 328 pound-feet of torque. Seems fitting then that Pogea Racing has dubbed this creation as “Ares,” after the Greek god of war. This Fiat 500 Abarth is ready to rumble with the best of them.

The program has more than just a fancy name and ridiculous power at its disposal. It also has an extensive menu of carbon fiber parts for the exterior, a well-dressed interior that brings some life to the hatchback’s cabin, and suspension upgrades to help the car’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder handle all that extra power.

The bad news is that this isn’t a program that Pogea Racing is producing in big quantities. On the contrary, the tuner only plans to build five such 500 Ares models and the cost of building one doesn’t come cheap. The upgrades to the engine alone cost more than the car itself so you can imagine what the whole thing will fetch for, donor car and all.

Then again, a 405-horsepower Fiat 500 Abarth doesn’t come cheap, nor should it.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Lusso – Driven

Much has been made in the automotive press about the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider’s close relationship with the Mazda Miata. But the so-called “Fiata” is no mere badge-engineered Miata. In some ways, the 124 is better than the Miata with which it shares its chassis and a production line.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Europa

The Fiat 124 Spider may be a new car on the surface, having first been introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. But there’s more to the lightweight two-door roadster than what meets the eye. For instance, the 124 Spider may consider the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a direct rival, but the two so-called competitors have more in common than people think, including the fact that they share the same underpinnings. Here’s another surprising fact about the 124 Spider: it wasn’t supposed to exist. Yep, the framework that led to the development of the 124 Spider was supposed to be for an Alfa Romeo roadster. But FCA, owners of both Fiat and Alfa Romeo, ultimately decided to give it to the Fiat. And so, the Fiat 124 Spider was born.

Today, the 124 Spider has been a busy sports car for Fiat. It’s been featured numerous times in various special edition variants. That now includes two versions of the car that will be on hand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of those models is the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, which our colleague Jonathan Lopez featured a few days ago. The other is this one: the Fiat 124 Spider Europa.

Developed to celebrate the launch of the original, Pininfarina-designed 124 Spider that swept many enthusiasts off their feet back in 1981, the 124 Spider Europa gets its fair share of unique features, not the least of which is a body finish that Fiat describes as the “ultimate color that identifies Italian sporty two-seaters.” The special edition roadster also gets components from Mopar and a slew of exclusive touches that have been thrown in to highlight the car’s celebratory special edition status.

All these items add up to create an impressive two-door roadster that does its predecessor and its legacy proud.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500X S-Design Special

There once was a time when a high-riding Fiat 500 would’ve amounted to some form of ridicule. The 500, after all, has been around for 60 years and at no point did it venture past being a small compact car. But time has a way of flipping long-standing narratives in the auto industry, and no more is that more evident than the launch of the Fiat 500X back in 2015. Essentially a small crossover version of the 500, the 500X checks off some boxes that the traditional 500 can’t. It’s bigger, more spacious, and provides a fresh alternative to the established compact city car. Ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 500X will be well-represented at the event with a special edition model called the 500X S-Design Special.

Mind you, this isn’t exactly unchartered territory for the biggest variant of the Fiat 500. We’ve seen it get an Opening Edition in the past and it’s also been a staple in SEMA for the past few years. But the S-Design Special is different, not only because it’s Geneva-bound, but because it’s also arguably the most dressed-up version of the Fiat 500X that we’ve seen so far.

Okay, so it’s not exactly dripping with exclusive features, but it does have a lot of unique qualities unto itself. It has a new paint finish and a slew of unique exterior and interior details that help shape the exclusivity attached to this model. It also has tinted windows, which apparently is significant enough to warrant a mention in the Italian automaker’s press release.

Altogether, these features help create the identity of the Fiat 500X S-Design Special Edition. For what it’s worth, we’re all going to see how appealing the special edition 500X is in the eyes of customers since Fiat plans to open orders for the model in June 2017, a few months after it debuts in Geneva.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat Tipo S-Design

Using a name that dates back to 1988, the Fiat Tipo returned to the market in 2015, after a 20-year hiatus. Designed to replace both the Linea and Bravo, the Tipo is offered in three body styles — sedan, hatchback, and wagon. All three versions are already available in showrooms and, for 2017, Fiat is launching a new model. Dubbed S-Design, it features a few sportier elements on the outside and unique features inside, giving it a distinct personality. The S-Design upgrade will be available for both the hatchback and wagon and the former will make its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Launched alongside other special-edition Fiats, especially 500 hatchbacks, the Tipo S-Design is actually a trim level that will probably become the most expensive in the lineup. But, while the exterior and interior is stands out by means of extra features, the drivetrains carry over unchanged. And the fact that Fiat isn’t offering the base gasoline and diesel engines in the S-Design is confirmation that the new model is set to become the range-topping Tipo.

There’s no word on pricing and availability yet, but the Tipo S-Design should go on sale in all European markets where the Italian compact is already available.

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PostHeaderIcon Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Fiat introduced the 124 Spider in 2015 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, framing it as an affordable, compact, lightweight two-door roadster. Built from the bones of the acclaimed fourth-generation (ND) Mazda MX-5, the Fiat 124 Spider stands out next to its Japanese cousin thanks to distinctive Italian exterior styling and a Fiat-sourced turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir inline four-cylinder engine. Although its only been on the market for a few years, Fiat has already offered a selection of special edition variants, and now, there’s a new one called the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, sporting new exterior flourishes, premium materials in the cabin, a few extra ponies, and an upgraded exhaust system.

Developed in conjunction with Squadra Corse Abarth (Abarth is Fiat’s racing and performance division, which designates its models with a red and yellow scorpion badge), Fiat is touting the new Scorpione special edition as a “a version designed for customers seeking the essence of unadulterated driving pleasure.”

Kicking it off, you’ll find the body panels are covered in a San Marino 1972 Black livery, complete with Forgiato Grey trim pieces. Alternatively, buyers can also get theirs in Turini 1975 White. Both hues are a nod to Abarth’s successful competition past.

Output from the turbo 1.4-liter powerplant is rated at a slightly higher 170 horsepower (standard spec is rated at 160 horses), while torque matches that of the original production machine at 185 pound-feet. Routing the output to the rear axle is a standard six-speed manual transmission, but an Esseesse Sporty Sequential automatic gearbox is offered as an available option.

There are a few more tricks up this thing’s sleeve, so read on for all the details before it drops cover at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next week.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500L

Fiat reintroduced the 500 nameplate back in 2007, and since then the subcompact has seen just one update that came for the 2016 model year. As such, it’s now time for Fiat to begin updating other variants of the 500, and we’ve finally got a tip on the next model that’s up for revision: The 500L. With the 500 being nearly 10 years old, you would think Fiat would have seen fit to give the car a full update, but instead, it got a mild facelift. And, the spy shots we have received of the 500L show that Fiat is following suit and giving the 500L the same minor updates that came to its smaller counterpart. This means you can expect updated fascias and light units outside to go with new color options, a new steering wheel, and a refreshed dashboard inside.

The standard 500 is a funky little car that harkens back to the original in some aspects while providing a modern feel that we all love. But, when it comes to the 500L, let’s just say it’s not the best looking car out there. It’s disproportionate in some areas and just odd looking in others – that’s just the nature of MPVs, though. Some might argue that Fiat really needs to ditch the MPV altogether and redesign the 500 L into a full-fledged SUV, but the facelifted version won’t hit the dealers until the 2018 model year, which means a redesign could be as much as a decade away if history is any indication of Fiat’s motivation to update the 500.

With that said, let’s take a good look at these spy shots and talk a little more about what’s to come to the updated Fiat 500L.

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PostHeaderIcon The Heir To The Fiat Fortune Acts Naughty, Gets Arrested

Lapo Elkann is known in automotive circles as the grandson of the late Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli and the heir to the Fiat fortune. But he’s also known to be a flamboyant character who almost died in 2005 due to a drug overdose. So it comes as no surprise that when Elkann makes the headlines, it’s probably for something that only somebody of his personality could even think of, let alone actually do. Can we consider faking his own kidnapping as something Elkann is capable of doing? Apparently so because it’s been reported that Elkann was arrested and charged in New York for exactly that reason.

According to multiple reports which quote anonymous police sources, Elkann was suspected of faking his own kidnapping in New York because he ran out of cash after throwing a two-night party-palooza to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Daily Beast, in particular, reported that Elkann flew to New York during the holidays and proceeded to have the time of his life with a male escort. The same source quoted by The Daily Beast alleges that Elkann and his buddy consumed alcohol and drugs until they ran out of cash, at which point the 39-year old contacted his family claiming to have been kidnapped and that the perpetrators were asking for $10,000 in ransom money. The family proceeded to contact the New York Police Department, which in turn, launched an investigation into the matter, only to discover that Elkann himself was allegedly behind the whole thing after he and his partner went to collect the ransom money.

Elkann and his companion were arrested during the NYPD’s sting operation with the Fiat heir being charged with filing a false police report. According to the NYPD, the escort’s arrest has since been voided and sealed, which likely means that Elkann will be facing these charges all by his lonesome, at least if it hasn’t been settled already.

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PostHeaderIcon The Abarth Track Experience is Making a Comeback

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is – arguably – the best driving school in the country. It is the only purpose-built driver training facility for performance enthusiasts and is the largest of its kind in North America. The school has a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, including race-ready models, SUVs, and even open-wheel cars. It’s 60-acre facility and 1.6-mile track is about to get just a little more crowded, however, as Fiat has teamed up with the Bondurant School of High Performance and will be adding the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and the Fiat 500 Abarth to its fleet.

Bob Bondurant, the owner and CEO of the school, said, “We’re excited that FIAT will join our team to expand our driving programs. The Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth will make great additions to our amazing lineup. The capabilities of the Fiat coupe and roadster will give people the chance to get behind the wheel of balanced performance vehicles that are as fun to drive on the track as they are during a daily commute.”

That’s not all, though. As part of this partnership, the Bondurant School of High Performance will be offering the Abarth Track Experience. In short, any customer that purchases or leases a new Fiat 124 Abarth or a Fiat 500 Abarth will get a free day of high-performance instruction and track time. Customers have one year from the date they purchase or lease their new car to register and take advantage of the offer and can option for a second day of fun called “Road Rally,” that starts out at the Bondurant facility and takes a 180- to 220-mile trip down some scenic Arizona highways. The second day includes a morning coffee break and a private lunch before returning to the school.

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PostHeaderIcon Has FCA been Reporting Fraudulent Sales Performance Reports to Investors?

Back in January of 2016, a civil lawsuit was filed against FCA by dealers in Illinois and Florida that claimed FCA was using dirty reporting tactics to pad its sales numbers. The suit came after FCA posted record sales numbers for December of 2015, and has finally garnered a lot of attention. According to Bloomberg, FCA is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission over the alleged sales padding scheme.

The suit filed back in January claims that FCA was paying dealers to create false delivery reports, which in turn, made it look like the brand was selling way more vehicles than it really was. There was also a similar lawsuit filed previously by a Maserati dealership, which also claimed FCA was paying its dealers to pad their sales numbers. According to Bloomberg, Fiat Chrysler announced that “an internal investigation concluded the padding allegations were baseless and the lawsuit was nothing more than the product of two disgruntled dealers” as early as January 14, 2015, but that wasn’t enough to keep investigators off their back.

In fact, multiple media outlets are reporting that the FBI and SEC hasn’t only raided FCA offices, but the homes of staff as well. According to Automotive News, Federal staff attorneys paid a visit to FCA headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan on July 11 and that employees were advised not to speak with investigators without counsel present. These allegations of performance padding, should they turn out to be true, could be a massive blow for FCA and could turn out to be the next big automotive scandal.

Keep reading to learn about what this means to FCA and why it is such a big deal.


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