Did The Lack of AWD Stop You From Buying A Fiat 500L?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abarth Experience Adds New Venues

Fiat 500 Abarth Racetrack

Fiat has announced additional venues for the Abarth Track Experience. What's the Abarth Track Experience you ask? It's a full day of high performance driving instruction that is included with the purchase of every new Fiat 500 Abarth. At the Abarth Experience, owners are able to explore the performance of the 500 Abarth in a safe and controlled race track environment under the watchful eyes of professional high performance driving instructors. One more thing - Fiat supplies the cars!

This year, Fiat has expanded the Abarth Track Experience by adding new locations: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Fiat 500 Abarth Racing

The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic will be available at events held in the fall. Make sure you register NOW because space is limited.

Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
  • September 9, 2014: space available
  • September 10, 2014: space available
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT
  • September 29, 2014: space available
  • September 30, 2014: space available
Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA
  • November 11, 2014: space available
  • November 12, 2014: space available

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fiat 500 Improved Starting TSB

Fiat 500 Abarth Autocross

Have you had an issue starting your Fiat 500? There is a new Fiat Technical Service Bulletin (Fiat TSB) that has been released announcing a software update that fixes starting issues for owners of 2012 - 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth models. The symptoms are an occasional cranking no start condition. Fiat 500 owners may also experience an engine that sounds like it is freewheeling or has no compression. In most situations, this is normally resolved by simply trying to restart the car.

Additionally, a small number of Fiat 500 owners may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination with a P2299 (Brake Pedal Position/ Accelerator Pedal Position Incompatible) code being set.

The fix involves reflashing the Fiat 500 Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with revised software. The reflash also enhances cold weather starting performance.

Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Interior

Note this is for 2012-2013 Fiat 500, 500T Turbo and Fiat 500 Abarth models equipped with the 1.4L MultiAir and MultiAir Turbo engines (sales code EAB or EAF).*

Contact your Fiat Studio for more information. Refer them to Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-007-14 REV. A, dated August 14, 2014.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Want an All Wheel Drive Fiat 500L?

Fiat 500L Trekking

All Fiat 500L models sold in the US feature an advanced traction control similar to the Traction Plus system used in Europe that enhances drivability on slippery surfaces. Grab a set of snow tires and you'll be surprised how good a 500L can be when the going gets tough. Still, there are those who live in areas where the remote possibility of getting stuck is not an option. For a person in that situation, All Wheel Drive (AWD) can give that extra bit of assurance that nothing mother nature throws at them will slow them down. With that in mind, here is a poll asking if the lack of All Wheel Drive kept you from buying a Fiat 500L.

Even with front wheel drive, the Fiat 500L goes well on low traction surfaces. This European spec Fiat 500L has the traction plus system that enhances traction. All NAFTA Fiat 500 and 500L models use a similar system as standard equipment.

All Wheel Drive Fiat 500L test cars have been spotted running throughout Europe and the US, so something may be in the works. Let Fiat know and vote!

Note: Poll is above story, below the Criswell Fiat advertisement.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Fiat500USA.com on Instagram!

Fiat500USA.com on Instagram

Can't get enough Fiat pictures? Then make sure you visit the Fiat500USA.com Instagram page - username: fiat500usaforum! Over 150 great Fiat images and growing are there for your enjoyment. There is something for every Fiat enthusiast there. Whether you're a fan of the modern day Fiat 500 or love the older, historic cars, fiat500usaforum has it all.  Follow us today!

Find us on Instagram at: fiat500usaforum

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fiat Store Sale Happening Now!

Fiat Store

One of the neat things about being a Fiat enthusiast is all the cool Fiat merchandise and apparel available. To help you get your swag on, the Fiat Store is running a "Back 2 School" sale now until August 10th. The Fiat Store sells exclusive, high quality products with Italian flair and stylish design - from toys and lifestyle accessories to apparel, the Fiat Store has it all.

To participate in the sale, just enter the promotion code "BACK2SCHOOL" to save 20 percent off your entire order.* Besides the "Back 2 School" sale, the Fiat Store is also offering up to 75 percent off on clearance items. It doesn't get much better than this, folks! Show the world you have style and good taste. Visit the Fiat Store today!

Fiat Accessories

Fiat Store Abarth Swag

*The coupon code listed on the site is wrong.  Use the one I posted. Visit the Fiat Store for details on sale items.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fiat and Chrysler Merger Complete

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Fiat shareholders approved the merger of Fiat SpA and Chrysler LLC last Friday, officially forming the 7th largest car company in the world. The newly formed group, called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will be legally registered in the Netherlands with its headquarters set in Britain. Moving the headquarters out of Torino, Italy, the home of Fiat for 115 years is the one slightly melancholy aspect of the merger to longtime Fiat enthusiasts, however looking at the reasoning makes it clearer why this was done.

Fiat Lingotto Factory

Having its tax domicile listed in the United Kingdom is a smart move because of the country's favorable corporate tax structure. It also brings Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closer to neutral territory and gives the company a more global presence. Italy has been struggling for more than a decade through tumultuous economic times. The continual lack of the government to create a clear cut economic plan has resulted in unemployment at near record levels and little progress in attracting economic investments. Taking this into account, it is logical to move the financial headquarter into a more business friendly environment.

The merger of Fiat and Chrysler allows for a brighter future because without the economy of scale, a smaller car manufacturer like Fiat that makes affordable cars has little chances of surviving with ever increasing and costly government-mandated regulations and a reliance on small markets.

While the financial headquarters may be in the UK, it should be noted that the heart of the Fiat Brand will always have an Italian identity. Italian design, style and heritage are what separates the Fiat brand from everything else on the road. It is what makes a Fiat a Fiat.

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