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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso.


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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Fiat 124 Spider Europa


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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Fiat 500X S-Design Special Edition


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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat Tipo S-Design.


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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.


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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Fiat 500L.


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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 500 Riva

Fiat gives the 500 credit as being a “strong contributor to motorizing Italy,” and since it’s introduction n 1957 it has earned a cult-like following with over four million units sold. It became known as a model that made mobility accessible and “expressed a deep-seated zest for life.” At the same time, back in the late 50s and early 60s, the same feeling was said to be expressed by the Riva speedboat – a boat that was meticulously executed with premium quality materials and was often looked to as a symbol of perfection. Since the Riva and the 500 both shared a similar cult-like following, Fiat decided to throw both into a blender and created the car you see here, the Fiat 500 Riva special edition.

As a model that was built in partnership with Riva, the car is said to “stand out for its unique appearance and refined details” and is “Synonymous with elegance and Italian taste.” The model itself is offered as a coupe or a convertible and takes on more interior design changes than anything, with the exterior limited to minor additions like chrome mirror caps, pin striping, and some extra trim inserts. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise you that Fiat would drop a special-edition model that isn’t all that modified – it seems to be the name of the game these days, as manufacturers get even better at tooting their own horns and placing the “special edition” name on anything with a few extra options.

With that said, the 500 Riva does have some interesting interior characteristics that do set it apart from the standard 500, while at the same time paying tribute to the Aquariva Super yacht, which is the current Riva icon. So, let’s take a look at this special model and see what all the hype is about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 500 Riva.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Configurator Goes Live on Fiat's Consumer Websites

Just a few days ago, FCA dropped the pricing layout for the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, which were similar to that of the Mazda MX-5. Now, it looks like Fiat has taken things a step farther and finally added the 124 Spider to its online configurator, next to different variations of the 2015 and 2016 Fiat 500. As of the time of this writing, the 124 Spider is the only 2017 model that can configured online.

Loading up the configurator gives us the option to choose between three different styles: Classica, Lusso, and Elaborazione Abarth. The starting price is set at $24,995, $27,495, and $28,195, respectively. Once you choose your trim, your next option is to choose your powertrain. At this time, there is just one – the 1.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Moving over to the colors and interiors department, each trim level comes with its own set of colors to choose from.

For the interior, the Classica is offered with only the standard cloth seats. The Lusso trim gets leather-trimmed seats with the option of black or brown colorations. The Abarth, however, comes standard with black leather/microfiber sport seats, but can be optioned with two-tone leather seats for no cost. Upgrading to the Alcantara Leather Recaro seats adds $1,195 to the Abarth’s $28,195 ticket price.

As far as packages go, the Lusso is offered with a technology package that will set you back $1,295. The Lusso can be had with the Premium Collection that costs $3,795 and a Safety and Comfort Collection that goes for $1,495. The Abarth version is offered with the Luxury Collection for $3,995 and the Safety and Comfort Collection for $1,495. The only other options available for any trim level comes in the form of Brembo four-wheel performance brakes, and an AISIN six-speed automatic transmission, which are only available on the Abarth for an extra $1,495 and $1,350, respectively.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat C-SUV

Love it or hate it, the compact crossover segment remains as popular as ever, both domestically and abroad. Automakers of every stripe are cashing in on consumers’ love for small, jacked-up passenger vehicles, and Fiat Chrysler is certainly no exception. The Italian-American company’s current product lineup already includes the 500X, a sub-compact crossover based on the iconic Fiat 500 city car, but the marque lacks a contender for the slightly larger compact SUV segment. That could change with a new, as-of-yet unconfirmed C-SUV.

While official details are still under wraps, rumors have been swirling that Fiat is prepping the new model (which will possibly adopt the name “500XL”) for a reveal sometime in 2017 or 2018, with production kicking into shortly thereafter. The release will reportedly shadow the upcoming replacement for the Jeep Patriot and Compass, a.k.a. the “Jeep 551,” with the same platform shared between the two models.

Further speculation points to South America as the first market slated to receive the new model, given its construction on the continent. A global release would quickly follow.

We recently received a batch of spy shots that could very well have captured the upcoming Fiat C-SUV out doing some testing, although we’re not yet total certain. Either way, read on for my speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat C-SUV.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat C-SUV

Love it or hate it, the compact crossover segment remains as popular as ever, both domestically and abroad. Automakers of every stripe are cashing in on consumers’ love for small, jacked-up passenger vehicles, and Fiat Chrysler is certainly no exception. The Italian-American company’s current product lineup already includes the 500X, a sub-compact crossover based on the iconic Fiat 500 city car, but the marque lacks a contender for the slightly larger compact SUV segment. That could change with a new, as-of-yet unconfirmed C-SUV.

While official details are still under wraps, rumors have been swirling that Fiat is prepping the new model (which will possibly adopt the name “500XL”) for a reveal sometime in 2017 or 2018, with production kicking into shortly thereafter. The release will reportedly shadow the upcoming replacement for the Jeep Patriot and Compass, a.k.a. the “Jeep 551,” with the same platform shared between the two models.

Further speculation points to South America as the first market slated to receive the new model, given its construction on the continent. A global release would quickly follow.

We recently received a batch of spy shots that could very well have captured the upcoming Fiat C-SUV out doing some testing, although we’re not yet total certain. Either way, read on for my speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat C-SUV.


PostHeaderIcon Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

In late 2015, Fiat entered a new sports car niche by launching the 124 Spider, a neo-retro interpretation of a classy roadster originally built between 1966 and 1982. Based on the ND-generation Mazda Miata, the compact two-seater received styling of its own and a powerplant based on the Abarth 500’s. In early 2016, Fiat did what the whole industry expected it to do: it showcased an Abarth version of the 124 with a sportier appearance and a more powerful engine. But while the standard 124 Spider already made it to the U.S., the Abarth was only unveiled in its European specification, leaving North America to wait for its very own Scorpion-badged roadster.

The wait ends at the 2016 New York Auto Show, where Fiat launched the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth.

Although it is powered by the 124’s standard engine, the Elaborazione is a sportier proposition to the regular Spider, featuring numerous add-ons that are not available with the stock model. The styling is inspired by the Euro-spec Abarth model, while the interior has just enough goodies to stand out. While the drivetrain is as standard as they get, the chassis boasts many new components designed to deliver a more exciting experience behind the wheel. All told, the Elaborazione was developed to slot between the standard 124 Spider and the sportier and more powerful Abarth. It might not have a Scorpion badge on its nose, but it is more than worthy of the Abarth name.

Hopefully Fiat is already working on a full-fledged 124 Abath for the U.S. market, but until the performance-oriented cabriolet arrives, the Elaborazione seems to be a thrilling option if you’re in the market for a compact roadster.

Continue reading to learn more about the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth.


PostHeaderIcon Alpha-N Performance Kits for Abarth 500 Family

Alpha-N Performance  Abarth 500-0

German tuner Alpha-N Performance has come up with a performance treatment called Evox which is capable of boosting the power and performance of all Abarth 500 models, from the base version all the way up to the 695 and Competizione. It results in a small power gain in each model, which is fair enough, considering the kit costs only 699 Euros.

So let’s what sort of number of Alpha-N Performance Abarth 500 model equipped with the Evox kit deliver. Starting with the Abarth 500, the car makes in its standard guise 135 horsepower. With the Evox kit the output jumps to 170 PS and 238 Nm. Then we have the Abarth 500 C and 595 C with 140 horsepower standard output, which get a bump to 158 PS and 245 Nm, and Abarth 500 SS and 595 Turismo which go up form 160 horsepower to 199 PS with 239 Nm of torque.

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On the top of the list we have the Abarth 595 Competizione and the limited edition 695 Ferrari model with 180 horsepower. The Evox kit increases that to 201 PS with 296 N. The most powerful variant is the Abarth 695 two-seater which comes as standard with 190 horsepower and gains 214 PS and 296 Nm after Alpha-N is done with it. Other upgrade the tuner offers for the little Italian include KW Variant 1 coilover suspension and OZ 17 inch Racing UltraLeggera rims with 205/40 tires.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth-0

We weren’t expecting to see an Abarth version of the new Fiat 124 Spider so soon, but the company went ahead and unveiled this model along with a Rally version of it at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. You can think of Fiat 124 Spider Abarth as a 170 horsepower Mazda MX-5 that looks a lot better.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth has a pretty much perfect recipe for a sports roadster. The car weighs only 1,060 kilograms and has a four-cylinder 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine with 170 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 6.2 kg/HP. What’s more, the car can be had with a six-speed manual or the automatic Sequenziale Sportivo gearbox, and you get the Record Monza exhaust as standard. It’s just too good.

Just about the only niggle that might stop some people from buying Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is the way it looks. It’s not bad looking, but it’s peculiar, what with that retro-inspired face that is now made weirder by the carbon fiber bonnet and the red accenting which make the thing look like Joker from that Batman movie. But res assured the driving characteristics of the Abarth 124 Roadster are good enough to make up for the looks.

While we’re discussing negatives, we should also point out the car has a starting price of around 40,000 Euros which is really high for a compact roadster. Come to think of it, you might be better off getting the regular 124 and have it tuned.

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PostHeaderIcon Fiat Tipo Hatchback

Earlier in 2015, Fiat unveiled the Egea, a concept that previewed a compact sedan designed to replace the aging Linea. A few months later, the production car with the same name was launched in Turkey and renamed the Tipo for other markets. More recently, a hatchback version of the Tipo was spotted testing in Europe, confirming rumors that Fiat also wants a piece of the five-door compact market.

Aimed at the highly disputed C-segment that includes popular hatchbacks such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus, the Tipo will replace the Bravo, which was discontinued in Europe in 2014. However, like its sedan brother, the Tipo hatch will be a more affordable and simple car powered by less powerful, but significantly more fuel-efficient engines.

Details are scarce as of this writing, but the hatchback is expected to break cover in the first half of 2016 and go on sale by the end of the year. Also, even though the prototype shows very little skin, the fact that we already know what the Tipo sedan looks like, makes guessing what’s under the camo a lot easier. Find out more in my speculative review below.

Updated 02/16/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Tipo hatchback out for a new testing session. The car started to drop its camouflage and for the first time we can see the rear lights.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Fiat Tipo Hatchback.


PostHeaderIcon FIAT 500 1.2 Eco Launches in the UK

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As if the 1.2 liter version of the 500 was a gas guzzler, Fiat is now releasing an ‘Eco’ version of that car in the United Kingdom equipped with a host of efficiency technologies. The 2016 FIAT 500 1.2 Eco promises 65.7 combined mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km.

Besides the tiny 69bhp engine, FIAT 500 1.2 Eco gets other fuel-saving measure such as a smart alternator, improved underbody aerodynamics and low rolling resistance 15-inch tyres, not to mention Star & Stop system. This car is one of the most stylish ways of going green. The fuel economy ratings for this model are 58.9 MPG (urban cycle), 70.6 MPG (extra urban cycle) and 65.7 MPG (combined cycle).

Starting at £11,865 for the hardtop and £14,515 for the convertible, FIAT 500 1.2 Eco comes in the well-equipped Pop trim levels, boasting standard features such as airbags (front, window and side airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag), ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), advanced electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), Hill Holder and hydraulic brake assistance (HBA). The car has an annual road tax bill of exactly £0.

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PostHeaderIcon FIAT 500 1.2 Eco Launches in the UK

FIAT 500 12 Eco

As if the 1.2 liter version of the 500 was a gas guzzler, Fiat is now releasing an ‘Eco’ version of that car in the United Kingdom equipped with a host of efficiency technologies. The 2016 FIAT 500 1.2 Eco promises 65.7 combined mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km.

Besides the tiny 69bhp engine, FIAT 500 1.2 Eco gets other fuel-saving measure such as a smart alternator, improved underbody aerodynamics and low rolling resistance 15-inch tyres, not to mention Star & Stop system. This car is one of the most stylish ways of going green. The fuel economy ratings for this model are 58.9 MPG (urban cycle), 70.6 MPG (extra urban cycle) and 65.7 MPG (combined cycle).

Starting at £11,865 for the hardtop and £14,515 for the convertible, FIAT 500 1.2 Eco comes in the well-equipped Pop trim levels, boasting standard features such as airbags (front, window and side airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag), ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), advanced electronic stability control (ESC), anti-slip regulation (ASR), Hill Holder and hydraulic brake assistance (HBA). The car has an annual road tax bill of exactly £0.

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PostHeaderIcon Winners Announced for FCA Drive for Design Contest

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This year’s Drive for Design student design contest hosted by FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) concludes with four proposals picked as viable candidates for a Dodge SRT Hellcat for the year 2025… if Hellcat products graduate from heavily-tuned production models to outright supercars.

All Drive for Design winner have one thing in common and that is the overly dramatic look of the proposals which, as it turns out, FCA brass actually likes. Dodge Hellcat models are supposed to be big and imposing and aggressive. They are particularly impressive since they are the works of high school students.

The winning sketches will remain on display in the Mopar booth at the Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28. The designers will be awarded Apple products, a three-week summer course at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, three passes to the Detroit Autorama, a three-day/two-night stay in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and dinner with members of the FCA US Design team.

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2016 Drive for Design Winners:

  • First place – Ben Treinen, Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Second place – Harrison Kunselman, Mount de Sales Academy (Macon, Georgia)
  • Third place – Hwanseong Jang, Bloomfield Hills High School (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
  • Fourth place – Andrew Gombac, Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Illinois) 

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