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Monday, October 20, 2014

Fiat 500X at Paris Motor Show

Fiat 500X at Paris Motor Show

The Fiat 500X was unveiled earlier this month at the Paris Motor Show. Here are some images from the show for you to enjoy while we wait for the Fiat 500X to debut in the US next month at the LA Auto Show. Make sure you follow the links below to learn all about the Fiat 500X and don't forget to stop by the forum and let us know what you think.

Fiat 500X Front




Fiat 500X in Matte Bronze

Fiat 500X Metropolitan Look

Fiat 500X Dashboard

Fiat 500X Inside Door Handle



Fiat 500X Right Front


Fiat 500X Headlight


Fiat 500X Left Rear View

Fiat 500X Right Rear View


Fiat 500X Back View


Fiat 500X License Plate Light Bar


Read more about the Fiat 500X:

Fiat 500X Blue Pill Commercial
Fiat 500X Introduction
Fiat 500X Teaser Video!
Fiat 500X Revealed!
Fiat 500X Under Wraps Images
Fiat 500X Sneak Peek Video!
New Jeep Gives Clues on Fiat 500X
Fiat 500X Body Spotted!
Fiat 500L with All Wheel Drive Spotted
Fiat 500X Crossover Sneak Peek
New Fiat 500X Crossover Image
New Fiat 500X Crossover Plans
Watch The Fiat 500X Debut Video!


Images courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tour Abarth via Google Street View!

Abarth Headquarters Showroom

Always wanted to visit Italy to see the home of Abarth but have no time to make the trip? Now you can check out the Abarth Headquarters and workshop from your home with the Abarth Virtual Tour. Abarth and the copy agency, xister teamed up to put together a tour using Google Street View technology that enables you to take a virtual walk around.

Officine Abarth HQ in Turin

Starting at the showroom and working your way down the hallways of the legendary tuner, you can experience where the cars and ideas come together. The tour also covers the workshop where the 695 Assetto Corse race cars are assembled and tuned. There are stop offs along the way that tell the story of Abarth and cover the new models and accessories. Make sure you explore the cars on the showroom floor and visit the wheel alignment area in the workshop for a unique under car view of an Abarth 695 Assetto Corse.

Abarth HQ Workshop


You can take the Abarth Virtual Tour by visiting the official Abarth site or by using Google Maps.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fiat 500X Opening Edition Revealed!

Fiat 500X Opening Edition

Fiat has announced it will produce a special version of the Fiat 500X for Europe called the 500X "Opening Edition." Production of the Fiat 500X "Opening Edition" will be limited to just 2,000 cars and will be available in five European countries - Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland.

The 500X "Opening Edition" will come in two versions - one with two-wheel drive and geared towards the "urban sophisticate," the other with four-wheel drive aimed at outdoors use and recreation.


Fiat 500X Opening Edition Urban

The two-wheel drive Fiat 500X "Opening Edition" will have two engine options:
  • 140 HP 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II gas engine
  • 120 HP 1.6 MultiJet II diesel engine

The four-wheel drive version has one:
  • 140 HP 2.0 MultiJet II diesel engine with 9 -speed automatic

Fiat 500X Opening Edition Urban Interior
Fiat 500X Opening Edition urban version has soft-touch door panel inserts finished in carbon fiber look.

The Urban Sophisticate
Available in a pastel Art Grey, this two-wheel drive 500X "Opening Edition" is loaded with free equipment valued at 2,500 Euros:
  • automatic climate control
  • 18" alloy rims
  • "Safety Pack" active safety systems (anti-collision, lane change assistance, lane departure warning system, rear camera for reversing)
  • "Comfort Pack" (armrest and lumbar adjustment)
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Go system
  • tinted rear windows
  • exclusive Opening Edition badge
Fiat 500X Openinf Edition Interior
The recreational Fiat 500X Opening Edition interior features brushed aluminum finishes, a matte grey dashboard and black leather with red inserts.


Outdoors and Recreation
The four-wheel drive 500X "Opening Edition" features tri-coat Amore Red paint and is also loaded with 3,500 Euros worth of free equipment including:
  • navigation pack (Uconnect Nav 6.5" with additional USB port on the front armrest compartment)
  • two-tone red and black leather interiors
  • visibility pack with rain and dusk sensors
  • electrically folding door mirrors
  • auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Xenon headlights
  • exclusive Opening Edition badge
Fiat 500X Uconnect Nav 6.5"
Uconnect Nav 6.5"


Fiat 500X Keyless Entry
Fiat 500X Opening Edition Key-less Entry and Key-less Go

Prices for the Fiat 500X Opening Edition in Italy start at 21,900 Euros for the 140 HP 1.4 Turbo MultiAir II two-wheel drive version and tops out at 30,650 Euros for the four-wheel drive model. Pricing includes the Opening Edition's exclusive content discount.

The Fiat 500X "Opening Edition" will be available in Europe at the beginning of 2015. Go to the Fiat 500X website to reserve yours now before they are all gone!


Read more about the Fiat 500X:

Fiat 500X Blue Pill Commercial
Fiat 500X Introduction
Fiat 500X Teaser Video!
Fiat 500X Revealed!
Fiat 500X Under Wraps Images
Fiat 500X Sneak Peek Video!
New Jeep Gives Clues on Fiat 500X
Fiat 500X Body Spotted!
Fiat 500L with All Wheel Drive Spotted
Fiat 500X Crossover Sneak Peek
New Fiat 500X Crossover Image
New Fiat 500X Crossover Plans
Watch The Fiat 500X Debut Video!

Fiat 500X Opening Edition Badge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Abarth at the 2014 Paris Motor Show



Abarth showed off its full range of cars at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, including the 595 Competizione, 695 Biposto and the Abarth powered F4 championship single-seat race car. The flagship of the Abarth range is the 695 biposto and is said to be the 'fastest street-legal Abarth ever'. With 190 HP and a weight of just 2198 lbs (997 kg), it sports the best weight/power ratio in its category (11.6 lbs/HP or 5.2 kg/HP) and enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. The Abarth 695 biposto price in Italy starts at 39,000 euros, and its entire 2014 production has been allocated.


Abarth 695 biposto

Abarth highlighted its 595 Competizione and 595C Turismo series at the show. With 160 HP and select parts from the top of the line 695 series, the 595 cars are a step above the base 135HP Abarth 500 in Europe and most of the world. It is safe to say North American Abarth enthusiasts would love to sample all these incredible cars. Maybe one day...

Abarth F4 championship race car


In the coming year, Abarth will have a heavy emphasis on customizations with tuning kits and an expanded range of accessories available through its dealer network. Starting with three trim levels ('Custom', 'Turismo' and 'Competizione'), two different transmissions options (manual or electrically actuated with shift paddles) and six paint colors, Abarth says there are 595 possible customizations combinations available for the Abarth 500.

Abarth 595C Turismo


In Europe, the 2014 Abarth 500 will feature additional colors and combinations over last years 2013 models. The Abarth 500 will be offered in Officina Red, Gara White, Campovolo Grey, Leggenda Light Blue and Beige Rally. Pista Grey is now available as a solid color, having previously been only part of two-tone combinations. For metallic colors, Record Grey and Scorpione Black is now joined with Trofeo Grey and Cordolo Red. There are several two-tone options: Pista Grey paired with Leggenda Light Blue, Beige Rally with Cordolo Red or Trofeo Grey. Cabrio models can be had in Beige Rally matched with a beige soft top.

Abarth 595 Competizione


Abarth sales in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) for 2014 have reached 4,600 year-to-date, an increase of 23 percent compared to last year at this time. Abarth will expand its worldwide dealer network by opening 27 new showrooms in 2014. It should be noted that unlike in North America where the Abarth 500 is known as a Fiat 500 Abarth and sold through Fiat dealers, the Abarths sold in most of the world are marketed through exclusive Abarth retailers.

Read more:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2015 Fiat FreakOut Announced!

2014 Fiat FreakOut

The Fiat Club America has just announced the 2015 Fiat FreakOut will be held July 15-19 in Pittsburgh, PA. The Fiat FreakOut is the National Convention for the Fiat Club America and over the past 32 years, has become the premier Fiat event in the country. Fiat fans from all over North America attend and enjoy a relaxed and fun filled event that stretches over several days.

The 2015 Fiat FreakOut will be held at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as part of the Italian Cortile car show at Schenley Park. Being held at venue that draws upwards of a quarter million spectators, the 2015 Fiat FreakOut is going to be outstanding! Below are the details in the official press release, including Hotel information and preliminary activities. Fiat500USA.com will have more information as it is available, so keep checking back!

Mark your calendars: 2015 Fiat FreakOut July 15-19th, 2015! See you there!

Fiat FreakOut

2015 Fiat FreakOut National Convention

Fiat Club America is happy to announce Pittsburgh, PA as the location for the 2015 Fiat FreakOut National Convention. Our 32nd annual gathering will be held July 15-19, 2015 at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix as part of the Italian Cortile car show at Schenley Park.

Fiat will be the Prioettore Macchina (spotlight marque) of the Cortile. The Fiat FreakOut home base will be the DoubleTree hotel in Monroeville, PA. We will start our convention earlier this year on Wednesday and have our usual festivities centered here including our Saturday evening Awards Banquet.



The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is perhaps the only event in North America where vintage cars are raced on public roads. The Saturday Cortile Concorso draws thousands of cars and the week of activities draws hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Expect a FreakOut that will blow you away!

Important links:


Hotel reservations are available now through this special Fiat Club America link. Our special FFO event registration will be available after the first of the year. Special rates as low as $119/night for Fiat Club America members discount hotel rate at the Monroeville Doubletree available now through this link:


2012 Fiat FreakOut


The outline of events for 2015: (Subject to change. Specific times are not yet specified. Note the Welcome Dinner on Thursday)

Wednesday July 15
Parade of cars through downtown Pittsburgh.

Thursday July 16
Activities include Pitt Race karting starting at Noon. FCA Board Meeting. Traditional Welcome Dinner. Hard Rock’s “PVGP Cars and Guitars” event, downtown Pittsburgh.

Friday July 17
Drive to Frank Loyd Wright house Falling Waters. Friday early evening drive to preregistered dinner at Pittsburgh Golf Club at Schenley Park site of the Cortile Italian Car Show.

Saturday July 18
The Cortile Italian Car Show at Schenley Park with our main car display and judging. Preregistered lunch at golf club. Saturday evening banquet and awards dinner at the hotel.

Sunday July 19
Sunday morning breakfast and raffle prize drawing at hotel. Drive to PVGP race venue to watch the historic races.

 

Press release courtesy of Fiat Club America

Monday, October 6, 2014

Watch The Fiat 500X Debut Video!

Fiat 500X Debut at Paris Motor Show


Couldn't make it to the Fiat 500X debut at the Paris Motor Show last week? Don't be bummed! Watch the full unveiling of the Fiat 500X here. Olivier Francois, Global Head of the Fiat Brand, introduces the new Fiat 500X crossover and describes what makes this new Fiat unique. When you are done watching the debut video make sure you follow the links below to learn more about the Fiat 500X.





Read more about the Fiat 500X:

Fiat 500X Blue Pill Commercial
Fiat 500X Introduction
Fiat 500X Teaser Video!
Fiat 500X Revealed!
Fiat 500X Under Wraps Images
Fiat 500X Sneak Peek Video!
New Jeep Gives Clues on Fiat 500X
Fiat 500X Body Spotted!
Fiat 500L with All Wheel Drive Spotted
Fiat 500X Crossover Sneak Peek
New Fiat 500X Crossover Image
New Fiat 500X Crossover Plans