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Fiat 124 Spider!

Everything you need to know about the new Iconic Fiat 124 Spider.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fiat 500 Hybrid Details Released!

Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid


The Fiat brand in Europe has released details on its new hybrid-powered Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda. The two models are the top-selling cars in the City Car segment in Europe and are the first FCA models in this category to adopt hybrid technology. The Fiat 500 and the Panda are the symbol of urban mobility in Europe, with about 400,000 units sold throughout the year.

Fiat 500 Hybrid


These new Hybrids usher in a new era of sustainable mobility for the brand and are being introduced just ahead of the all-electric 500 that will be introduced in the next few months.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Emblem


The new models will debut the new gasoline Mild Hybrid system that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1 liter 70 HP engine family with a 12-volt BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator) electric motor and a lithium battery.

Fiat Panda Hybrid


The company says compared to the gasoline-powered 1.2L 69 HP engine used on 500 and Panda models, the Mild Hybrid version improves fuel efficiency, reduces CO2 emissions on average by 20%, and up to 30% for the Panda Cross. This is achieved without losing any performance. The BSG system also allows for quiet, vibration-free restarting of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode, further enhancing driving comfort.



The new hybrid-powered Fiat 500 and Panda meet Euro 6D Final-compliant emission standards. This compliance is considered vital in the European city-car segment as some cities there restrict access and movement of vehicles with internal combustion engines. Additionally, tax breaks and other perks like discounted parking are available for cars that meet these standards.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Launch Edition Seats


The Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid will be recognizable by the "Hybrid" logo on the tailgate and an exclusive "H" shaped badge on the B pillar. A "Launch Edition" of the Hybrid 500 and Panda will be available and features for the first time in the automotive industry, an interior upholstery made with "SEAQUAL® YARN". An ecological and "green" material made from recycled plastic, of which 10% of marine origin and 90% of terrestrial origin. Plastic collected at sea is turned into flakes of polyethylene terephthalate and then mixed with other ecological, natural, recycled or recovered fibers and made into yarn.

Fiat 500 SEAQUAL interior

The Fiat 500 and the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition can be ordered now at Fiat dealerships across Europe. The 500 Hybrid will hit dealerships starting in February and the Panda Hybrid in March.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Trunk Logo


The upcoming all-electric Fiat 500 is rumored to be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and expect a big launch on this July 4th, the 52nd anniversary of the launch of the iconic 1957 Nuova Fiat 500.

Whether we will see the new all-electric Fiat 500 here in this country has not been confirmed, but we can always hope. However, Fiat USA has displayed an all-electric concept car called the Centoventi in the US this month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020), which is a promising sign for the future.





Below is a full description of the Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid system, courtesy of the FCA Press release.

Fiat FireFly Hybrid Engine


How the FCA Mild Hybrid Technology Works

The new gasoline Mild Hybrid engine, which builds on the heritage of the famous Fire engine, more than 30 million of them were produced, implements a 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine configuration with a peak power output of 70 hp (51 kW) at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 92 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

The cylinder head has two valves per cylinder and a single camshaft with continuous variable valve timing (the timing is chain-driven). The structure includes a compact combustion chamber, high-tumble intake ducts, and external EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), providing a remarkably high compression ratio (12:1), which translates into better thermal efficiency.

Fiat FireFly Cylinder Head


The crankcase, developed in collaboration with Teksid, is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners to reduce startup times and contain the weight of the engine to just 77 kg. Additionally, friction is reduced using a crank mechanism with a bore/stroke ratio of 1.24 and a connecting rod/crank device with a 10 mm offset to maximize efficiency.

Fiat FireFly Hybrid BSG System


The BSG system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The system recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in a lithium battery with a capacity of 11 Ah, and uses it, at a peak power of 3,6 kW, to restart the engine in Stop&Start mode and to assist it during acceleration.

This technology allows the internal combustion engine to switch off, even at speeds below 30 km/h, simply by shifting into neutral (the dashboard, which displays information on the hybrid system, prompts the driver when to do so). In coasting mode, the lithium battery powers all services, ensuring the driver has full control of the vehicle.

Fiat Hybrid Powertrain


The Mild Hybrid propulsion unit in the latest Panda and 500 Hybrid Launch Edition is combined with a 6-gear C514 manual transmission evolution (transverse gearbox, front-wheel drive), with contents aimed at enhancing maneuverability and improving efficiency, including new low-friction bearings and gaskets, the use of a specific high-efficiency lubricant and a never seen before 6th gear ratio that improves fuel economy in out-of-town driving.

The comfort-related aspect has also been taken into consideration by optimizing the gearbox system support. Lastly, the new system involves lowering the entire power unit 45 mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower center of gravity.

Fiat Hybrid BSG Powertrain


The new FireFly family was developed by FCA to offer a range of downsized gasoline engines, featuring good fuel efficiency and benchmark performance in a wide range of applications. The basic structure of the new engines guarantees efficiency, modularity, and a considerable degree of standardization in terms of components and manufacturing process, flexibility and potential for future developments.

Fiat 500 and Panda


Fiat 500 and Panda
The new Hybrid Launch Edition once again positions the two Fiat icons as the stars of the show, thanks to continuous technological innovations and a timeless style. At the same time, they also complement each other: in the city car segment according to Fiat, the 500 represents the more "aspirational" side and the Panda the more "functional".

Fiat 500 Hybrid Launch Edition


The Fiat 500 is one of the most representative examples of Italian ingenuity, winning over customers for many generations. Launched in 1957 and recreated in 2007, the iconic Fiat 500 got Europe onto the roads in the 1960s, then completely revolutionized the city car category in the first decade of the 21st century, offering an extraordinary never seen before blend of style and technological innovation in this segment. And now, thanks to the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition, it will continue to play a leading role in urban mobility where last year, in its eleventh, it recorded the best number ever, with about 194,000 registered units.

Fiat 500c Hybrid Launch Edition


One of the ingredients in this success is the special series: over 30 of which have been issued which have allowed the exploration of territories uncharted by a city car. It is now time for the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition to continue the technological journey towards the future of urban mobility in the third millennium.

Fiat Panda Hybrid Launch Edition


Equally fascinating is the history of the Fiat Panda. For more than 40 years, the Panda has unmistakably represented the daily relationship with the automobile: more immediate, more carefree. The secrets of its popularity include its compact exterior dimensions, the large interior space that can be configured to any transport need, the wide range of engines and the numerous color combinations.

In total, more than 7.5 million customers have been won over by the simplicity and attractiveness of the model, a true compendium of the characteristics of the Fiat brand.

Fiat Panda Original


In addition, the Panda has always been the torchbearer of innovation for the entire segment. For example, it was the first four-wheel drive city car (1983), the first in its segment to win the prestigious "Car of the Year" (2004), and in the same year, the first city car to reach the Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,200 meters.

1990 Fiat Panda Elettra
The 1990 Fiat Panda Elettra - considered by many to be the first available to the public mass produced electric car by a major manufacturer.

The long set of records continued in 2006, when the Fiat Panda was the first large-scale methane-powered city-car put into production. Back in 2013, it was the first in its class to introduce automatic emergency braking. And today comes the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition, ready to revolutionize urban mobility by meeting the new needs of the "Panda people," a global community that looks to the future with an ever-increasing respect for the environment.



Source and images: FCA NV

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fiat 2019 North American Sales Totals

2019 Fiat 500

The Fiat brand sold a total of 17,283 vehicles in North America in 2019, a 34% decline compared to the 26,104 units sold in 2018.

Fiat USA Sales: 9200
Fiat Brand Sales in Canada: 384
Fiat Brand Sales in Mexico: 7,699
Total: 17,283

The top-selling Fiat model was the 500 hatch and Cabrio series, followed by the 124 Spider and the 500X crossover and 500L MPV.


Fiat 500 Abarth


Fiat 2019 Sales Totals in US
The Fiat brand sold 9,200 cars in the US during 2019, 41 percent less compared to 15,551 sold in 2019.


Fiat USA Sales Totals 2019 / 2018 Comparison
Model2019 Sales2018 Sales% Change

500
500L
500X
124

3267
771
2518
2644
9200

5370
1413
5223
3515
15551

-39%
-45%
-52%
-25%
-41%


Fiat 2019 Sales in Canada
Fiat Canadian sales dropped 41 percent to 384 units from 2018's total of 647 cars. Curiously, the best selling Fiat model in Canada is the Fiat 124 Spider. Go figure!

Fiat 2019 / 2018 Sales in Canada Comparison
Model2019 Sales2018 Sales% Change

500
500L
500X
124

117
12
50
205
384

270
13
79
285
647

-57%
-8%
-37%
-28%
-41%


Fiat Mexico 2019 Sales Totals
Fiat brand sales in Mexico totaled 7,669, a 23 percent decrease over 9,938 units sold the previous year. It should be noted that Fiat Mexico sells a variety of models besides the 500 Abarth and 500L. There were a total of 101 Fiat 500s and 50 500Ls sold in Mexico last year.  Sales of the 500X and Spider were discontinued back in 2018.

2019 Fiat 500 Cabrio


Fiat 500 Sales for 2019
The continued scarcity of Fiat's traditionally best selling model, the 500 hatch and Cabrio over the past two years have had a significant impact on sales. The model breakdown in the US shows that there was a total of 3,267 Fiat 500 hatchback, Cabrios, and Abarth sold in 2019. This is down 39% compared to 2018's 5,370 cars.  By comparison, sales in 2017, when these models were readily available, reached 12,685.

Contributing factors are seen as the 500's production being stopped most of the 2018 model year for retooling and then the subsequent build-out of the last batch of 2019 cars. Frequent issues expressed on the Fiat 500 USA Forum by potential buyers were a lack of availability of cars, the discontinuation of the many bright and cheerful colors, and the scarcity of manual transmissions for certain models. These sentiments were also echoed by the dealers we talked to.

The question on whether sales would pick up if the supply issues were fixed will sadly never be answered as Fiat USA has discontinued sales of the 500 in North America after the 2019 model year.

Looking at the other countries, in Canada, there were 117 Fiat 500s sold in 2019 compared to 270 in 2018. Fiat 500 sales in Mexico last year amounted to 101 versus 440 in 2018.

Fiat 500L


Fiat 500L Sales for 2019
Fiat 500L MPV sales in the US for 2019 totaled 771, compared to 2018's figure of 1,413 cars. The 500L was updated and received a mild restyling for 2018, which helped bump sales that year.

Sales of the 500L in Canada and Mexico were down very slightly last year. Fiat sold 12 500L MPVs in Canada in 2019 versus 13 sold in 2018. In Mexico, 50 500L's were sold last year versus 52 in 2018.

Curiously, the versatile 500L has been a consistent top seller in Europe since its launch in 2012, yet never really caught on here in America. The 500L has the interior room of a full-sized car within its subcompact outer dimensions and unmatched practicality.

Here are some of the class-leading features the Fiat 500L offers:

  • Best-in-class standard power and torque
  • Best-in-class cargo room
  • More seating and storage configurations than anyone in its class
  • Best-in-class storage system
  • Best-in-class front headroom


2019 Fiat 500X


Fiat 500X Sales for 2019
Fiat 500X sales in the US totaled 2,518 last year, a 52% decline compared to 5,223 for 2018.

Again, a lack of availability is the often stated issue potential customers have expressed to me in conversations.  Here's a snippet of one from someone in California from a few weeks ago:

"I don’t understand how Fiat can sell cars with no stock...Last I counted were about 18 cars among five dealerships in the Bay Area. One 2019 500X."

This sales performance is a bit surprising as the 500X received a refreshed design and a new engine for 2019 and has been garnering positive press reviews.  The 500X is built on the same platform as the big selling Jeep Renegade (76K units last year) but is tuned to deliver sophisticated European driving dynamics compared to more traditional Jeep SUV ride and handling. Of course, it is difficult to sell cars if they are not available, and that seems to be the biggest issue here.

In Canada, Fiat sold only 50 500X crossovers, compared to the 79 total sold in 2018 - a 37 percent drop. Mexican sales of the 500X ended in 2018.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Fiat 124 Spider Sales for 2019
Sales of the 124 Spider in the US totaled 2,644 units last year, compared to 3,516 in 2018, a 25% decline.

The charismatic 124 Spider is the most affordable roadster available in the US, is more refined, and has an easily tuned turbocharged motor for substantially added performance compared to its sister car, the Mazda MX5, yet sales are one-third that of the Mazda's.  That begs the question, why?


In Canada, the 124 Spider is the best selling model out of the entire Fiat brand. There were 205 Spiders sold in Canada in 2019, compared to 284  sold the year before. Sales of the Spider were discontinued in Mexico in 2018.

Fiat Centoventi at CES 2020


What's Next?
Looking to the future, there is a renewed push to market the 500X with the announcement of a Sport model coming this year, plus Fiat will be showing off its Centoventi concept car here in America this week.  The Centoventi gives a hint of the future of the Fiat brand and gives some hope that we will see these future products here in North America.



Fiat  SpA


2019 Fiat News Recap

The big news for 2019 was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot S.A. formally agreed to merge. The two companies will combine in a 50/50 partnership headquartered in Holland and will become the 4th largest car manufacturer by volume, ahead of GM, Hyundai, Ford, and Honda.

Read more:


Fiat 500 at the Fiat Club FreakOut

Fiat announced in September that 2019 would be the last year of the 500 hatch and Cabrio models here in the US. The next-generation 500 is expected to debut in March at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. So far, there has been silence on whether we will see that model on this side of the Atlantic. The new model will feature an all-electric powertrain.





Fiat 500X Sport


Fiat announced they will be bringing the 500X Sport model over from Europe for 2020. The 500X Sport is an exclusive trim package with added features not available on other 500X models.





Fiat 124 Abarth Scorpion Sting
2020 Fiat 124 Abarth Spider with Scorpion Sting Appearance Group

Fiat added new appearance packages for their 124 Spider series. The Abarth Spider Scorpion Sting Appearance Group and 124 Spider Urbana Edition give the exciting sportscar added flair.


Fiat Centoventi Concept


Fiat was founded in 1899 and is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. Fiat unveiled a concept car called the Centoventi (one hundred twenty in Italian) to commemorate the occasion. The Centoventi hints at future Fiat models and ushers in the next generation of EVs and gives a look at how cars will be sold.


Read more about Fiat Year-End Sales Totals:






Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, Fourth Quarter 2019
ModelCurrent YearLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change

500
500L
500X
124

    699
    166
    442
    430
    1737

 1653
 182
 1002
 600
  3437

  -58%
   -9%
   -56%
   -28%
   -49%

    3267
    771
    2518
    2644
    9200

        5370
       1413
       5223
         3515
        15551

    -39%
    -45%
    -52%
    -25%
    -41%



Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and author

Friday, December 27, 2019

Fiat Night Before Christmas...

Merry Christmas Fiat 500

A Fiat Christmas poem written by noted Fiat enthusiast and longtime owner, John Montgomery:

“Fiat Night Before Christmas"...

'Twas the night before Christmas, and in the service bay door, sat a tired...
old FIAT, something leaking on the floor. Its fenders were dented, the
exhaust had some holes. The seats and the carpets were eaten by moles!

The canvas top was not working, all tattered and torn. The paint was dull, all weathered and worn.
The tires were bald, the radiator leaking, a turn of the wheel sent the tie rods a-creaking.

So I put on my coat and carried my chart, went out to the bay to get it to start.
The engine turned over, but there arose such a clatter...I knew from the sound it was "multi-air" chatter.

From under the dashboard there came a bright flash, the wiring harness had just turned to ash!
“I've had it with Fiats!" I finally swore. "Enough is enough,
I can't take it anymore!"

When what to my red, teary eyes should appear, but a bi-speckled Italian in black sweater gear!

"Buon giorno," he said, poking me in the belly. "You needa my help?
It’s Sergio Marchionne, favored son of Agnelli!
This one can be saved; there's no reason to grieve.
All you need is some faith--Man, you gotta believe!”

“Sip an espresso while I roll up my sleeves, after all I saved Chrysler when no one conceived!”

"A hammer! Some duct tape! Get me more tools! When you work on these cars, you just make up-a da rules!”

We'll get her cranked over-no way that she'll stall,
but stand over there with your back behind the wall.
With a cough and a sputter, the shaking was stunning--
I couldn't believe it! The darn thing was running!

Now take it to the body shop and then over to detail,
Depreciation’s a myth, sell it for retail!

Sergio held up a glowing hot harness while kicking a tire,
"Whatever you do, DO NOT TOUCHA THIS WIRE!"

I came to Chrysler and cast my spell, no one believed I would do so well.

See all those great selling Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep brands?
It wasn’t always that way until they got in my hands.
Back in time near 2009, all of them together couldn’t make a dime.

Fiat bought Chrysler when no other brand would, then paid off the loans early just because we could.

“Fix it again Tony“ fixed them all up, yet the press will never say, “Thank goodness for Fiat, they saved the day.”

“Well I must be leaving, my work is done here. Going to see Carlo Abarth, he drives with no fear. You always hear him coming, a sound we hold dear. For gas cars will be with us as long as there’s ears.

Just one more thing before I go. One day a man named Musk will make electric cars sizzle, but with gas prices so low the movement will fizzle.”

Then the old man vanished in an unsold Dodge Dart, but when the smoke cleared he had left me some parts.

So I opened the bay door and let the top down, put pedal to the metal and peeled out of this town.

And I thought to myself as I missed second gear
Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!



Fiat Santa on the way


Poem: John Montgomery
Images: Courtesy of FCA

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Fiat and Peugeot Sign Merger Agreement

The benefits of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot merging

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot S.A. have formally agreed to merge. The two companies will combine in a 50/50 partnership headquartered in Holland and will become the 4th largest car manufacturer by volume, ahead of GM, Hyundai, Ford, and Honda. Based on 2018 numbers, the combined company had revenues of $189 billion and annual sales of 8.7 million units.

Fiat and Peugeot will become the 4th largest car company in the world.

The anticipated results of what the merger will create


Both company boards have signed the agreement, and the next phase will be getting shareholders and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close within the next 12 - 15 months.

Population shifts towards living in Urban areas will change mobility requirements along with increased concerns of pollution from internal combustion engines.

The merger of FCA and PSA was spurred on by geographic changes showing populations shifts towards living in urban areas and forced government regulations mandating cars run on clean energy. Combining the two companies will allow them to better financially and technically meet the needs of this new era in mobility.

Upcoming European emission compliance road map. Talk of the "Green New Deal" represent significant challenges in the future the company needs to prepare for.

Enhanced innovation and development capabilities for the future.


Highlights of the FCA and Groupe PSA Merger

  • New entity will have the leadership, resources and scale to be at the forefront
    of a new era of sustainable mobility
  • Combines companies’ extensive and growing capabilities to address the challenge of shaping the new era of sustainable mobility
  • Combined company will be the 4th largest global OEM by volume and 3rd largest by revenue with annual sales of 8.7 million units and combined revenues of nearly €170 billion1
  • Creates a diversified business with among the highest margins in its core markets of Europe, North America and Latin America and the opportunity to reshape the strategy in other regions
  • Merger will deliver approximately €3.7 billion estimated annual run-rate synergies with no plant closures resulting from the transaction – synergies are expected to be net cash flow positive from year 1
  • Strong combined balance sheet and high level of liquidity provide financial flexibility with an investment grade credit rating expected
  • Combined company will leverage investment efficiency across a larger scale to develop innovative mobility solutions and cutting edge technologies in new energy vehicles, autonomous driving and connectivity
  • Broad portfolio of well-established iconic brands offering best-in-class products covering key vehicle market segments and delivering higher customer satisfaction
  • Excellent working relationship between the two management teams, which share successful track records in turnarounds, value creation and successful OEM combinations
  • Strong governance structure to underpin combined company performance with John Elkann as Group Chairman and Carlos Tavares as Group CEO, with a majority of independent directors2
  • Strong support of long-term shareholders (EXOR N.V., Peugeot Family Group, Bpifrance) who will be represented on the Board

The rational behind why FCA and PSA are merging



Below is the full merger presentation:



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Source and imagery: FCA

Monday, December 16, 2019

Fiat 500 Shift Cable Recall Announced

Fiat 500

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling an estimated 51,788 Fiat 500 models to have a shift cable bushing replaced. The models affected are just 2012-2013 Fiat 500 hatch and Cabrio models equipped with 6-speed automatic transmissions.

Fiat 500 Safety Recall VB4 -Advanced Communication


Fiat 500 Automatic Shifter

Details
Some of the Fiat 500s mentioned above may have a shifter cable bushing located on the transmission end of the shifter cable that could deteriorate and then become detached from the transmission. This could result in the inability of the driver to shift the transmission, even though the driver may move the shifter.

Fiat 500 Instrument Display

It should be noted that if this happens, the actual transmission gear position will still be displayed on the instrument cluster and on the display next to the shifter. However, if these warnings are not minded, the car could move in an unintended way, and an accident could occur.

The Fix
Fiat will replace the shift cable adjuster, which contains a more robust bushing, in all of the affected vehicles.

Arrow 2 points to the Fiat 500 Automatic Transmission Cable Adjuster


Besides the 51,788 Fiat 500s affected in the United States, the company reports additional vehicles will be subject to recall in Canada (est. 10,627), Mexico (est. 3,520), and specific markets outside North America (est. 6,826).

This is all preliminary news, and the recall is estimated to launch in the 1st Quarter of 2020. Service and repair will be provided free of charge, and affected owners will be notified accordingly in the near future.

While owners await for notification, it is advised that the Fiat 500 Owner's Manual recommendation of applying the Hand Brake when parking is followed.

Fiat owners with questions or concerns may call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403.


Source: FCA US LLC

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fiat 500X Sport Officially Announced!

Fiat 500X Sport USA Edition

Back in early October, we posted preliminary information received from inside sources that the 500X Sport would make its way from Europe over to North America. Today, FCA confirms what we posted.

Read the breaking news on the 500X we reported last month.  See how close we came! :

As usual, our insider information is remarkably accurate, down to the pricing of the 2020 500X Sport. We have confirmed one feature that will not be on the North American 500X Sport is the European car's revised suspension settings. That car's suspension has been lowered 13mm (approximately 1/2 inch) and re-tuned to give sportier handling compared to the other European 500X models.

It should be noted, though, that unlike European 500X models, all North American 500X models already use as standard, premium Koni FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) style shock absorber technology. In Europe, only their 500X Sport comes with these upgraded shocks. We should also add that the North American 500X suspension is more aggressive and tuned for sharper turn-in and handling compared to its sister car, the Jeep Renegade.

Below is the official Fiat USA Press Release on the new 2020 500X Sport.




New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport Model Announced for North American Market

  • New 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model features new front and rear fascia designs, body-color painted side moldings and dark-finish exterior accents plus all-new “Rovente Red” exterior paint color
  • Interior features include dark-finished headliner and pillars, new Sport-inspired seating, refined console bezel finishes, as well as a new techno-leather steering wheel with Alcantara inserts, paddle shifters and much more
  • Available in five exterior colors: Rovente Red, White, Black, Moda Grey and Italia Blue – new black roof option available for custom appearance
  • 2020 Fiat 500X Sport features standard intelligent all-wheel drive with automatic rear-axle disconnect and a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with 177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque
  • More than 70 safety and security features, which now include Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist
  • 500X Sport features latest generation Uconnect 4 with 7-inch display infotainment system, including satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Italian-designed, fun-to-drive 2020 Fiat 500X lineup starts at $24,590 U.S. MSRP and is available in three additional models – Pop, Trekking and Trekking Plus
  • 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model is available for a starting MSRP of $26,895
  • 500X Sport model will be available in the first quarter of 2020 in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you

FIAT announced today that the new 2020 Fiat 500X Sport model will make its North American debut at this month’s 2019 AutoMobility LA.

The new 500X Sport builds on its classic Italian design with a youthful, sporty appearance that offers even more customized features on top of an advanced, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine.

“Our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to feature standard all-wheel drive and achieve 30 miles per gallon,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – North America. “With standard turbo power, the Fiat 500X Sport is a fresh, new alternative in one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.”


Fiat 500X Sport Front Fascia


Fiat 500X Sport Exterior
Highlighted with the introduction of an all-new exterior paint color “Rovente Red,” the Fiat 500X Sport offers a host of new stylish exterior features, including new front and rear fascia designs and body-color painted side-moldings along with a “Sport” badge displayed on the front fender. Available LED lighting systems provide enhanced visibility in all driving conditions. Full LED headlights are coupled with LED fog lamps, creating a signature, sporty look. Dark-finish exterior accents on mirror caps, door handles and the rear license plate brow further define its appearance. New 18-inch aluminum wheels come standard and, for the first time on any 500X model, an all-new 19-inch premium aluminum wheel with Michelin CrossClimate all-season tires is available. Chrome dual-exhaust tips complete its unmistakable road presence.

The Fiat 500X offers the most exterior paint colors in its class. In addition to the exclusive all-new “Rovente Red” color, other paint options for the 500X Sport include White, Black, Moda Grey and Italia Blue. A new black roof option may also be combined for an attractive, custom exterior.

Fiat 500X Sport Interior


Fiat 500X Interior
The same sporty and adventurous style displayed on the exterior is also found in the interior. This is highlighted with a dark-finished headliner and pillars along with new interior door and console bezel surface finishes. A new techno-leather steering wheel features handcrafted red stitching and Alcantara inserts with paddle shifters that provide optimal gear selection, resulting in a spirited driving experience.

Furthermore, a new Alcantara-covered cluster brow and new cluster graphics and instrument-panel bezel finish create a functional, clean appearance for drivers and passengers alike. In addition, aluminum pedal covers and new Sport floor mats come standard.

The interior is complete with new exclusive Sport seats in black fabric and vinyl inserts that feature a stitched grey “500” logo.

Fiat 1.3L FireFly Turbo Engine

Fuel-efficient Turbocharged Engine
Designed and manufactured in Italy, the 2020 Fiat 500X Sport features an advanced standard-equipped 1.3-liter turbocharged engine with the latest iteration of the FCA exclusive MultiAir (called MultiAir III) valve-actuation technology, engine stop-start (ESS) technology and an impressive 210 lb.-ft. of torque. Also standard are a nine-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive system with an automatic disconnecting rear axle that contributes to improved fuel economy of up to three miles per gallon compared to the previous engine.

With fuel economy of up to 30 mpg highway, the Fiat 500X is the only vehicle in its class to have 30 mpg highway and standard all-wheel drive.

Fiat 500X Sport Paddle Shifter

More than 70 Safety and Technology Features
The Fiat 500X Sport offers more than 70 available safety and security features, including available Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Park Assist for added passenger convenience and protection.

Adaptive Cruise Control may be activated for automatic reduction of the set speed when the vehicle is approaching a vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle moves into the same lane. Adaptive Cruise Control returns to the set speed when the vehicle in front accelerates or moves to another lane. At a distance set by the driver, the feature also keeps the car back from the vehicle ahead. With Front Park Assist, at low speeds ultrasonic sensors in the bumper detect stationary objects.

The Fiat 500X Sport is supplemented with both active and passive safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, ESC with electronic roll mitigation and seven standard air bags. Standard rear parking sensors and available front parking sensors, plus an electric parking brake system, round out the well-equipped small crossover.

And to make any journey more pleasing, the 500X Sport features the latest generation Uconnect 4 with 7-inch touchscreen display infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which come standard along with available satellite navigation, SiriusXM Radio, Beats premium audio system and automatic climate control.

The 2020 500X Sport model is available for $26,895 U.S. MSRP, excluding destination.

The Fiat 500X Sport will be available in the first quarter of 2020 in FIAT studios and select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT stores. Visit FIATusa.com to find a FIAT dealer near you.

-Fiat USA Press Release, November 13, 2019

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Source: FCA US LLC

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fiat Chrysler - Peugeot Merger Proposal Details

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The Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the Supervisory Board of Peugeot S.A. have agreed on a pathway to merge and create the world's fourth-largest automaker, nudging out General Motors fourth-placing, and just behind third-place Renault-Nissan.


This proposal is in response to the staggering costs of upcoming forced governmental regulations, technology mandates, and changing markets. Similar to the earlier Renault-FCA merger proposal from May of this year, this merger of equals will generate 3.7 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in annual savings and boost presence across key regions, and automotive markets. Combining will also strengthen development of new technologies needed to compete in the rapidly changing marketplace.

Company Market Value
FCA - $22BN
PSA - $26BN

2018 Combined Sales = 8.7 Million


John Elkann will be chairman of the combined 50/50 venture with Carlos Tavares as CEO. The company will be headquartered in the Netherlands.

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Below is the press release with details:

Groupe PSA and FCA plan to join forces to build a world leader for a new era in sustainable mobility


Discussions have opened a path to the creation of a new group with global scale and resources owned 50% by Groupe PSA shareholders and 50% by FCA shareholders. In a rapidly changing environment, with new challenges in connected, electrified, shared and autonomous mobility, the combined entity would leverage its strong global R&D footprint and ecosystem to foster innovation and meet these challenges with speed and capital efficiency.

  • The combination would create the 4th largest global OEM in terms of annual unit sales (8.7m vehicles)
  • At its inception, the combined company would realize among the highest margins in the markets where it would operate, based on FCA’s strength in North America and Latin America and Groupe PSA’s in Europe
  • The combination would unite the groups’ respective brand strengths across Luxury, Premium, Mainstream Passenger Car, SUV and Trucks & Light Commercial – making them stronger together
  • The merged entity would bring together the companies’ extensive and growing capabilities in the technologies shaping the new era of sustainable mobility, including electrified powertrain, autonomous driving and digital connectivity
  • Approximately €3.7 billion estimated annual run-rate synergies without any plant closures resulting from the transaction
  • Highly respected combined management team recognised for exceptional value creation and with proven success in previous OEM combinations
  • Dutch parent company Board would have balanced representation and a majority of independent Directors. John Elkann as Chairman and Carlos Tavares as CEO and member of the Board


The Supervisory Board of Peugeot S.A. and the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (“FCA”) (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) have each unanimously agreed to work towards a full combination of their respective businesses by way of a 50/50 merger. Both boards have given the mandate to their respective teams to finalize the discussions to reach a binding Memorandum of Understanding in the coming weeks.

The plan to combine the Groupe PSA and FCA businesses follows intensive discussions between the senior managements of the two companies. Both share the conviction that there is compelling logic for a bold and decisive move that would create an industry leader with the scale, capabilities and resources to capture successfully the opportunities and manage effectively the challenges of the new era in mobility.

The proposed combination would create the 4th largest global OEM in terms of unit sales (8.7 million vehicles), with combined revenues of nearly €170 billion 1 and recurring operating profit of over €11 billion 2 on a simple aggregated basis of 2018 results excluding Magneti Marelli and Faurecia. The significant value accretion resulting from the transaction is estimated to be approximately €3.7 billion in annual run-rate synergies derived principally from a more efficient allocation of resources for large-scale investments in vehicle platforms, powertrain and technology and from the enhanced purchasing capability inherent in the combined group’s new scale. These synergy estimates are not based on any plant closures.

It is projected that 80% of the synergies would be achieved after 4 years. The total one-time cost of achieving the synergies is estimated at €2.8 billion.

The shareholders of each company would own 50% of the equity of the newly combined group and would therefore share equally in the benefits arising from the combination. The transaction would be affected by way of a merger under a Dutch parent company and the governance structure of the new company would be balanced between the contributing shareholders, with the majority of the directors being independent. The Board would be composed of 11 members. Five Board members would be nominated by FCA (including John Elkann as Chairman) and five would be nominated by Groupe PSA (including the Senior Independent Director and the Vice Chairman)3. The Chief Executive Officer would be Carlos Tavares for an initial term of five years and he would also be a member of the Board.

Carlos Tavares said:
“This convergence brings significant value to all the stakeholders and opens a bright future for the combined entity. I’m pleased with the work already done with Mike and will be very happy to work with him to build a great company together.”


Mike Manley said:
 "I'm delighted by the opportunity to work with Carlos and his team on this potentially industry-changing combination. We have a long history of successful cooperation with Groupe PSA and I am convinced that together with our great people we can create a world class global mobility company."

The new group’s Dutch-domiciled parent company would be listed on Euronext (Paris), the Borsa Italiana (Milan) and the New York Stock Exchange and would continue to maintain significant presences in the current operating head-office locations in France, Italy and the US.

It is proposed that the by-laws of the new combined company would provide that the loyalty voting program will not operate to grant voting rights to any single shareholder in the Shareholders Meeting exceeding 30%4 of the total votes cast. It is also foreseen that there would be no carry over of existing double voting rights but that new double voting rights would accrue after a three-year holding period after completion of the merger.

A standstill in respect of the shareholdings of EXOR N.V., Bpifrance Participations SA, DFG and the Peugeot Family would apply for a period of 7 years following completion of the merger. EXOR, Bpifrance Participations and the Peugeot Family would be subject to a 3-year lock-up in respect of their shareholdings except that the Peugeot Family would be permitted to increase its shareholding by up to 2.5% during the first 3 years following the closing, only by acquiring shares from Bpifrance Participations and DFG.

Prior to the completion of the transaction, FCA would distribute to its shareholders a special dividend of €5.5 billion, as well as its shareholding in Comau. In addition, prior to completion, Peugeot would distribute to its shareholders its 46% stake in Faurecia. This would enable the combined groups’ shareholders to equally share in the synergies and benefits that would flow from a merger while recognizing the significant value of FCA’s differentiated platform in North America and strong position in Latin America, including its market-leading margins in those regions. It would also reflect the added value that FCA’s higher-end global brands Alfa Romeo and Maserati would bring given their substantial development potential.

The extended portfolio would cover all market segments with iconic brands and strong products based on rationalized platforms and optimization of investments.

The proposal would be submitted to the information and consultation process of the relevant employee bodies, and would be subject to customary closing conditions, including final board approvals of the binding Memorandum of Understanding and agreement on definitive documentation.


About Groupe PSA

Groupe PSA designs unique automotive experiences and delivers mobility solutions to meet all customer expectations. The Group, which employs 210,000 people, has five car brands, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall and provides a wide array of mobility and smart services under the Free2Move brand. Its ‘Push to Pass’ strategic plan represents a first step towards the achievement of the Group’s vision to be “a global carmaker with cutting-edge efficiency and a leading mobility provider sustaining lifetime customer relationships”. An early innovator in the field of autonomous and connected cars, Groupe PSA is also involved in financing activities through Banque PSA Finance and in automotive equipment via Faurecia.

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1 Represents FCA Net Revenues, excluding Magneti Marelli, and Groupe PSA Revenue excluding Faurecia Revenue to Third Parties.
2 Represents FCA Adjusted EBIT, excluding Magneti Marelli, and Groupe PSA Recurring Operating Income excluding Faurecia
3 Employee representatives would be defined based on legal requirements at all levels

Source: FCA NV