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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fiat Centoventi Future of Fiat

Fiat Concept Centoventi

Fiat was founded in 1899 and is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. During the past 12 decades, Fiat has contributed immensely to automotive design and the company's innovations have influenced nearly every car on the road today.


In keeping with this tradition, Fiat has unveiled a concept car called the Centoventi that hints at future Fiat models and ushers in the next generation of EVs and how cars will be sold. The Centoventi features add on modular battery packs offering up to a 500km range and takes customization to the next level with a choice of 4 roofs, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel covers, and 4 external wrappings, as well as multiple interior appointments. How owners can personalize their cars will be done in an 'Affordable, but Cool (ABC) way and even includes 3D printing by owners.


Fiat 128 Cutaway

Fiats tradition of award-winning and innovative design stretches back 120 years. The 1969 Fiat 128 set the pattern of the modern front-wheel-drive car that the majority of FWD cars have used ever since. Fiat's innovative belt driven twin camshaft engine from 1966 was a world first and brought this high-performance valvetrain design architecture to the affordable car market. It is no wonder that Fiat holds the record of winning the most European Car of The Year awards than any other manufacturer. The Fiat 500 itself has won more than 140 awards and accolades since its introduction.


While there is no mention of if the Centoventi will make it in production, you can expect some elements and the concepts explored to show up in the next generation of Fiat cars, most likely in a new Fiat Panda model. Explore the Fiat Centoventi below, courtesy of FCA Press.





Fiat Concept Centoventi: the “democratic” answer to electric mobility

  • For its 120th anniversary, Fiat is presenting the Fiat Concept Centoventi concept car, a new milestone in the history of Fiat, in Geneva.
  • A pioneer of democratic mobility throughout its history, today Fiat is offering an electric mobility solution affordable for all.
  • “Democratising” everything trend-setting is part of the brand's DNA: “The ABC of cars. Affordable But Cool”.
  • With Fiat Concept Centoventi, the customer can configure the interiors, choose the accessories and adapt the spaces according to their needs to create a car which is genuinely unique.
  • Customisation goes a step further. The modular battery pack of the Fiat Concept Centoventi allows drivers to extend the range from 100 to 500 km simply by buying or renting additional battery units.
  • Fiat Concept Centoventi is a "blank canvas". Produced in just one livery, it can be "painted" by the customer using the "4U" program, with a choice of 4 roofs, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel covers and 4 external wrappings.
  • Mopar is the FCA brand dedicated to aftersales products and services and partnered up with Fiat to develop the Fiat Concept Centoventi. Mopar will develop, manufacture and handle the logistics of accessories for the Fiat Concept Centoventi.
  • Fiat Concept Centoventi picks up the world-famous style elements of the brand, which have become distinctive of Italian design and creativity.


The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show sees the debut of the Fiat Concept Centoventi, the concept car that perfectly expresses the Italian brand's idea of electric mass mobility in the near future. It is the expression of a bold, democratic future vision based on 120 years of history and experience in the field - hence the name of the prototype that means "One Hundred and Twenty" in Italian - which, maintaining the tradition, is destined to break away from the past and push beyond.

Just as in the Fifties, for example, when the Fiat 500 sparked an industrial and cultural revolution, overcoming traditional categories in looks, design and engineering to become a masterpiece, unlike anything else in the automotive industry history, the first real example of mobility affordable to the mass market.



But can we imagine something just as revolutionary in the future of our modern cities? The answer to this question is Fiat Concept Centoventi, the market's most affordable electric mobility solution and one of the few also able to provide a really worthwhile range, for tackling long out-of-town trips.

To conceive and develop it, the brand has focused its attention on its most pop, affordable, ingenious side, mining the vein that has yielded cars with incredibly modular interiors and striking stylistic personality. Fittingly, the Fiat Concept Centoventi projects the brand into the future, with its innate ability to "democratise" everything appealing and trendsetting: "The ABC of cars. Affordable But Cool”.



Fiat Concept Centoventi, a brief outline
Fiat Concept Centoventi is fundamentally a "blank canvas” ready to be painted to suit the customer's tastes and needs at any time of his life or day, without no customisation restrictions linked to the specific time of purchase. In fact, it will be produced in just one livery, which customers will be able to personalise using the "4U" program, with a choice of 4 roofs, 4 bumpers, 4 wheel covers and 4 external wrappings.

So, just like modern devices, this vehicle can be updated with the greatest freedom and imagination in its colours, interior configuration, roof configuration, infotainment system and even battery range.

And this is one of the concept car's strong points: owners no longer have to wait for new special editions or facelifts, as they can "change" their cars any day they like. It is made even more revolutionary by the presence, at the launch, of 120 additional accessories that will generate a genuinely new business model, as well as a community of Fiat Concept Centoventi fans.



In other words, Fiat Concept Centoventi is the response to a real design and business challenge, which embodies the functional spirit of the brand and pays tribute to its 120 years of history, at the same time, with a modern take on some trademark style elements that hint to the Panda of the 1980s.

 Fiat Concept Centoventi is inspired by Italian design and embodies Fiat's "less is more" concept, which means getting rid of everything unnecessary and complex in a car to provide more space for people (More You), for attention to the environment and the community (More Care) and for the brand's DNA in terms of values and looks (More Fiat).

By playing these three cards, Fiat Concept Centoventi revolutionises the idea of electric mobility, in town and out, successfully overcoming the tougher and tougher challenges - in terms of traffic, regulations and costs of ownership - while simultaneously making the most of the new opportunities offered by electricity.



Fiat Concept Centoventi: An innovative business model
So Fiat Concept Centoventi can be constructed just as the owner wishes, inaugurating a new business model involving Mopar - the FCA group division that specialises in accessories, parts and services and enables innovative product personalisation, - the sales network and increasingly digital customers.

Except for six features (bumpers, polycarbonate roof, livery, Lingotto instrument cluster, batteries and digital tailgate), which can only be installed at dealerships, the other 114 accessories specially designed by Mopar - including the sound system, the dashboard and door storage compartments, the seat cushions, etc. - can also be purchased on-line and fitted by the customer at his own home.

What's more, some simply structured accessories, such as a cup-holder or a document-holder, for example, can actually be printed using a 3D printer, in the owner's home, at their dealership or at a specialist printing shop.

So this is a new business model for automotive accessories, enabling them to be resold or traded on the Web, nurturing a real community of brand fans or connoisseurs of Fiat's Italian design, just as with collectors' items. This new business model is focused on e-Commerce, the virtual market that knows no boundaries.



Cockpit with modular layout, on the "plug and play" principle
Modular, roomy and well lit are the words that best describe the Fiat Concept Centoventi cockpit, which is totally reconfigurable and can accommodate up to four people. You only have to get on board to realise that it has been designed around people and the way they relate to today's world.

In line with the car's philosophy, various parts of the interior are created on the "plug and play" principle. The dashboard has small holes into which a multitude of additional components, of any shape and function, can be fitted, thanks to the patented interlocking mounting system, rather like the famous Lego blocks.

The same approach is found on the door panels, which are totally customisable and inspired by refrigerator doors: with flat surfaces and minimal design, they can be fitted with storage pockets, bottle holders and audio speakers as and when required.



The seats are innovative, too, with a bare back structure made from eco-sustainable materials, while the cushions and head restraints can easily be replaced to change their colours and materials. The front passenger seat can even be substituted with a storage box or child seat if necessary. The rear seats consist of a retractable bench and a back which rotates to make a "trunk" with extraordinary load capacity.



Innovative seat and head restraint materials
Through its materials, Fiat Concept Centoventi explores new design horizons, drawing inspiration from trendy everyday items and exploiting innovative technological solutions and unique production processes. One of the many points of reference used are the sneakers, a fashion icon and very high-performance products. They inspired the seats of the Fiat Concept Centoventi, a masterpiece of Italian (or rather Fiat) creativity, achieved with the aid of top industrial partners.

The seat, for example, is made from an innovative plastic produced using an exclusive, patented production process involving a new plastic formulated using polyolefin resins. The end result is a material three times lighter than other mouldable plastics, like foams - and what's more it is coloured directly in the batch, meaning it has no external coating, looks attractive and is soft to the touch.

Furthermore, this innovative plastic is antimicrobic, UV-resistant and completely washable. Not to mention that it can be coloured in an infinite variety of shades, including metallic and pearly colours and bright or saturated pigments.

The “3D knit” technology of the seat backs and head restraints, made from 100% recycled yarns, is just as innovative. This technology has already been successfully used not only in the sports sector, such as for sneakers or other technical-sports garments, but also in interior design for creating innovative, functional, flexible seating. Moreover, the particular process is able to create fabric weaves of varying cross-section, which avoid the generation of waste materials requiring disposal.

New patented system of holes for the dashboard and new "Lingotto" 20" instrument cluster
In front of the driver is the innovative, one-piece dashboard, which tips its hat to the Panda's famous, historic "pocket" with an amazing Fiat-patented system of holes for the secure, personalised "anchoring" of a variety of accessories - from a cup holder to a bottle box, and from a glove compartment or anything else the customer may need - to build up a cosy, comfortable environment.



Just as revolutionary, the instrument panel is available in two solutions: the first, perfect for the Millennial generation, makes the smartphone the heart of the system, in combination with the cluster's main 10" screen, while the second, more traditional option features a second integrated display, giving a cluster of 20".

In the former case, at no extra cost, drivers can "hook up" their smartphone or tablet to the dashboard to use its navigation, music, messaging, etc. functions.

Anyone seeking a more traditional solution, on the other hand, can opt for the "Lingotto" instrument cluster, a sophisticated, Full Digital 20” device enclosed in a support styled to evoke the historic Fiat plant in Turin. Integrated in the "Lingotto" display's support are HMI driving assistance and safety functions, such as direction indicator, Blind Sport Alert system, braking system and battery charge status.

Not forgetting that the part of the “Lingotto” instrument cluster facing towards the windscreen has an additional display perfect for showing car-sharing messages.



Just one customisable livery
Fiat Concept Centoventi shifts the automotive paradigm. A single colour will be available, similar to treated metal plate, to simplify production, but at the same time the car will be extremely customisable.

The new "4U" program will allow customers to choose the combination of four roofs, four bumpers, four wheel covers and four wrapping films which, combined with an extensive catalogue of accessories, will make the Fiat Concept Centoventi unique and exclusive.

In particular, the wrapping can be performed by any dealer at any time, when requested by the customer. The operation is very fast, courtesy of the remarkably linear and flat exterior surfaces, and low cost. The effect is similar to a metallic paint job but unlike paint it will not be forever.



Born "open" but ready to be "closed" with style and innovation
The standard Fiat Concept Centoventi comes with an open roof, perfect for driving with the wind in your hair, which is of course closed by a "cap". As the other details, the roof can also be customised by choosing one of the available roof solutions – two-colour polycarbonate top, canvas soft top, integrated cargo box and even a roof integrating an innovative solar panel.

More in detail, the 50 Watts generated by the solar panel will keep the car cool when it is parked and will power the innovative digital display arranged under the tailgate which closes the rear volume.

The car becomes a social media device thanks to the modern display on the tailgate
The large tailgate can accommodate an innovative display that enables Fiat Concept Centoventi to supersede the concept of connectivity to become a real social media device, on which messages can be shared with the outdoor world.

When the vehicle is on the move, for obvious reasons of safety, the car will only show the Fiat logo, but once it stops, the driver can switch to "messenger" mode. What's more, the digital tailgate can easily become an "advertising billboard", which can be rented out to advertisers, to recoup the cost of parking, for example.



Modern reinterpretation of the Fiat stylistic language
Everything in the Fiat Concept Centoventi speaks of Fiat, particularly in its most charming and functional details, like the retro-futuristic minimalist hinges and locks, the new multifunctional dashboard that recalls the famous pocket, the slender seats, the coloured wheel covers, which today use the sector's most innovative materials and the front grille where the familiar vertical vents become the battery charge indicator LEDs.

The Fiat identity is not only clear in these details; the car's overall exterior look is also typical of the Italian brand. In a simple, uncluttered style, the new Fiat Concept Centoventi has rugged, compact, almost monolithic proportions, with dimensions that make the most of every space, to the point where the large block of the cockpit is "rested" on the one underneath, separated by a straight waistrail which underlines its two-box look and short line of contact with the bonnet.

This impression of solidity is also emphasised by the wide door bumpers made from a new expanded foam material that absorbs scratches and knocks without denting thanks to its elasticity. What's more, their “3d texture” emphasizes the feeling of protection and safety conveyed by the car's exterior.



Modulable electric range of up to 500 km
The freedom to customise is also clear in the electrical power source that drives Fiat Concept Centoventi. It consists of a set of modular batteries offering the great possible flexibility of use.

As standard, the car comes with a factory-mounted battery with a range of 100 km. But if a longer range is needed, up to 3 additional batteries, giving an increase of 100 km each, can be purchased or hired. The extra batteries are installed underneath the floor of the car, by the service network. A sliding rail which supports and connects the batteries makes their installation or removal particularly quick and easy.

An additional battery, for mounting under the seat, is also available; it can be disconnected and put on charge directly in the user's home or garage, just like the battery of a modern e-bike. The total range which can be achieved is 500 kilometres.

Impressively, the way the car is designed, with the roll centre exactly midway between the two axle shafts, and the placing of the batteries underneath the vehicle's centre of gravity, mean that the car's weight distribution and handling are unchanged regardless of the number of batteries installed. The braking system is suitably sized to ensure maximum deceleration even when fully laden.

Last but not least, the multiple charging socket is located at the bottom of the windscreen. Specifically, this is a cable reel housed underneath the trim, which eliminates the need for a cable cavity in the boot and, thanks to its central position, is equidistant from charging points on either side, or can act as a hub for several vehicles in case of energy sharing. The socket lights up in the dark and can be used as an electric torch and windscreen defrosting device.



Perfect for business and for sharing
As well as for individual use, Fiat Concept Centoventi is born ready to become the future star of company fleets, as well as for sharing with other users. No surprise, since Fiat Concept Centoventi excels in all aspects of urban mobility. It is the least expensive BEV on the market, partly thanks to the modular set of batteries, as well as being the easiest to clean, repair and service, with lower risk of damage and even lower total cost of ownership.

Fiat Concept Centoventi main technical data
• Length: 3680 mm
• Height: 1527 mm
• Width: 1740 mm (with door mirrors 1846 mm)
• Wheelbase: 2430 mm
• Front overhang: 658 mm
• Rear overhang: 592 mm


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Fiat Brand Sales for February 2019

Fiat 500c in the Snow

Overall car sales in the US were down in February, and the Fiat brand was not immune. Fiat sales in the US totaled just 616, a 50 percent decline compared to the same month last year. This is the lowest sales figure ever recorded since the brand came back in March 2011 and 18 percent lower than last month, which previously held the lowest record.

Abarth Snowy Logo

According to Reid Bigland, U.S. Head of FCA Sales, "The overall industry is starting off slower due in part to weather, the U.S. government shutdown and concern over tax refunds. We still see a strong, stable economy and anticipate any lost winter sales will be made up in the spring."

We can only hope!


NoJeebS Bagged 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 USA Forum
The Fiat 500 USA Forum is filled with happy and friendly Fiat owners sharing their passion and enjoyment for their cars. The forum was started in 2010, and has become the most popular modern Fiat forum based in the US, and boasts over 300,000 interesting and informative posts and 20,000 members. Make sure you visit and join in the fun.

Some great threads to check out:




Besides the 500 and 500 Abarth, the forum extensively covers the 500e electric, the 500L MPV, the 500X Crossover and Fiat Spider. We also have sections on Alfa Romeo,  classic Fiats and host the Fiat Club America Forum.

Just some of the sub-forums:







Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January thru February 2019
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    207
    51
    219
    139
    616

 416
 118
 484
 223
  1241

  -50%
   -57%
   -55%
   -38%
   -50%

    468
    107
    493
    299
    1367

        870
       222
       972
           406
        2470

    -46%
    -52%
    -49%
    -26%
    -45%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    261
    56
    274
    160
    751

 454
 104
 488
 183
  1229

  -43%
   -46%
   -44%
   -13%
   -39%

    261
    56
    274
    160
    751

        454
       104
       488
           183
        1229

    -43%
    -46%
    -44%
    -13%
    -39%



Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: Blue Abarth image from NoJeebS Bagged 500 Abarth Build forum thread
other images: FCA and author

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fiat Brand Sales for January 2019

Fiat on Ice


Fiat brand sales for January 2019 totaled 751 units, a 39 percent decline compared to the same month last year. This is the lowest overall sales figure recorded since March 2011, which was when the brand only had one model and was only on sale for its first month here in the US.

First Month of Fiat Brand Sales Recorded
First Month of Fiat Brand Sales Recorded




Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Fiat News for January
We broke news about the upcoming 2020 Fiat 124 Spider. We discussed the exciting new option package available on the base Classica models plus gave details on all colors and options that will be offered on the 2020 car. Be the first to read about it here:


2019 Fiat 500 Urbana


In January, we also continued our discussion on the 2019 Fiat 500 hatch and Cabrio, posting all the available features and options, plus the complete specs. Expect to see the 2019 Fiat 500 beginning to hit Fiat showrooms at the end of the first quarter.









Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January 2019
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    261
    56
    274
    160
    751

 454
 104
 488
 183
  1229

  -43%
   -46%
   -44%
   -13%
   -39%

    261
    56
    274
    160
    751

        454
       104
       488
           183
        1229

    -43%
    -46%
    -44%
    -13%
    -39%



Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and author

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2020 Fiat 124 Spider Model Year Changes

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Veleno

Information from our sources about the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider has begun to trickle in, and preliminary news shows the 2020 Spider will be much like the 2019 model, and available in three versions – Classica, Lusso, and Abarth. Changes for 2020 include a new Technology Plus II option package for Classica models and the elimination of the Magnetico Bronze Metallic color. Back for 2020 are the Urbana and Veleno edition introduced in the 2019 model year as well as the striping packages that debuted that year.

Fiat 124 Spider Cutaway


Mechanical
The document we've seen on the 2020 Fiat Spider lists the veteran 1.4L MultiAir Turbo engine as the sole engine choice. The powerful MultiAir Turbo won the 2012 Best New Engine Award in the annual International Engine of the Year Awards competition and is used in all Fiats sold in the US, except for the new 500X. That model is using the newly introduced 1.3L FireFly engine series which is favored to eventually replace the MultiAir engine in all models. The FireFly Turbo has the potential for more power, but so far, there is no word on that happening with the Spider. Naturally, we will report back if we hear any news.


Fiat 124 Spider in the Sun


Colors
The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider is available in eight colors, down from the nine offered last year. The Magnetico Bronze Metallic color (previously known as Bronzo Magnetico or Titanium, color code PDF) has been dropped for 2020.


2020 SPIDER CLASSICA / LUSSO COLORS
  • BRILLANTE WHITE - PWE
  • CERAMICA GRAY METALLIC - PAQ
  • CHIARO SILVER METALLIC - PSP
  • FORTE BLACK METALLIC  - PXC
  • HYPNOTIQUE RED - PKM
  • MARE BLUE METALLIC - PHB
  • MODA GRAY METALLIC - PA5
  • PURO WHITE TRI-COAT PEARL - PWW (N/A on Classica models)



2020 SPIDER ABARTH COLORS
  • BRILLANTE WHITE - PWE
  • CERAMICA GRAY METALLIC - PAQ
  • CHIARO SILVER METALLIC - PSP 
  • FORTE BLACK METALLIC - PXC 
  • HYPNOTIQUE RED - PKM 
  • MARE BLUE METALLIC - PHB (N/A NERO/ROSSO interior)
  • PURO WHITE TRI-COAT PEARL - PWW


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Veleno


Special Editions and Options
Back is the Spider Abarth's Veleno appearance package. The Veleno package with its red accents makes the US Abarth Spider resemble the European market's car. For those wondering, Veleno translates to poison in Italian.

VELENO APPEARANCE GROUP
  • ABARTH CARPETED FLOOR MATS - (CLR)
  • BRIGHT DEAD PEDAL - (CA2)
  • FASCIA LOWER LIP - RED - (MJD)
  • MIRROR CAP - RED - (LFS)
  • TOW EYE OPENING CAP - RED - (XGT).


The Fiat 124 Spider Urbana edition arrived during the 2019 model year and featured blacked-out exterior trim, new alloy wheels, and special interior trim. Urbana is Italian for Urban, and the Urbana trim gives the cars a sporty urban, sophisticated look. The Urbana package is only available on base Classica models.

Fiat Spider


URBANA EDITION
  • 17X7.0 BLACK DIAMOND ALUMINUM WHEELS - (WBR)
  • 1-YR. SIRIUSXM RADIO SERVICE - (X9B)
  • 205/45VR17 3S S001 PERF TIRES - (TAK)
  • BRIDGESTONE BRAND TIRES - (TZB)
  • EXHAUST TIPS - DUAL BRIGHT - (NEL)
  • EXTERIOR ACCENTS-PIANO BLACK - (MHY)
  • FRONT FOG LAMPS - (LNJ)
  • MATTE GRAY INTERIOR ACCENTS - (XSG)
  • SIRIUSXM SATELLITE RADIO - (RSD)
  • URBANA LEATHER/MICROFIBER SEATS - (LLX9)
  • WRAPPED INSTRUMENT CLUSTER HOOD - (JEU)
  • WRAPPED LOWER INSTRUMENT PANEL - (JEK)

Fiat 124 Spider in Italy


Custom center stripe options returns for 2020 and are available on Classica models. There is a “Double Rally Stripe” is available in either white or red and also a multi-colored “Retro Stripe” in both white/gray and red/gray combinations.

Brand new for 2020, Fiat has put together a new option package for the Classica model that adds equipment previously unavailable on this base model:


TECHNOLOGY PLUS II GROUP
  • ADAPTIVE FRONT HEADLAMPS - (LM6)
  • AIR CONDITIONING W/AUTO TEMP CONTROL - (HAB)
  • AUTOMATIC HEADLAMP LEVELING SYSTEM - (JKJ)
  • AUTOMATIC HEADLAMPS - (LMG)
  • DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS - LED - (LPY)
  • HEADLAMP WASHER - (JHS)
  • LED HEADLAMPS - (LPX)
  • PARKSENSE REAR PARK ASSIST SYSTEM - (XAA)
  • RAIN SENSITIVE WINDSHIELD WIPERS - (JHC)

Fiat Spider


Arriving?
This is all preliminary information which is subject to change.  However, it is a good sign for those who were thinking 2019 would be the last year of the Spider.  There is a long lead time once a dealer places an order - typically nine months plus - and as of now the order books aren't open, so we don't anticipate seeing the 2020 Spider until later this year at the soonest.  We will keep you updated when we hear anything.

Read more:


Note: The three letter code listed after the features are the paint/ production code for the item listed.

Images:FCA

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2019 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth Specs

2019 Fiat 500 Turbo

Complete specs for all 2019 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth models. Includes engine/transmission and mechanical specs, fuel economy, interior/exterior dimensions and much more.

2019 Fiat 500 / 500 Abarth SPECIFICATIONS


Specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication.
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.
All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires and wheels.


GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type; A-segment hatchback (500) or cabrio (500c)
EPA Vehicle Class: Mini-compact
Assembly Plant: Toluca, Mexico
Introduction Date;
Spring 2011 as a 2012 model
Fiat 500 Abarth: Spring 2012 as a 2012 model
Fiat 500c Abarth: Spring 2013 as a 2013 model

BODY AND CHASSIS
Layout: Transverse-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)
Construction: Unitized steel body

ENGINE: 1.4-LITER TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 Pop and Lounge
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System: Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost: (psi / bar) 18 psi / 1.24 bar
Power :(SAE) 135 hp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (98.7 bhp/liter)
Torque: (SAE) 150 lb.-ft. (203 N•m) @ 2,400-4,200 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement:
87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity; 4.0 quarts (3.8 liters) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity: 4.6 quarts (14.4 liters)
Emission Controls:
 Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
and internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/highway/combined):
28 / 33 / 30 with five-speed manual transmission
24 / 32 / 27 with six-speed automatic transmission
Engine Assembly Plant; Termoli, Italy

ENGINE: 1.4-LITER TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR I-4
Availability Standard — Fiat 500 Abarth and 500c Abarth
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke: 2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System:
Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot
roller rockers
Fuel Injection: Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction: Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio; 9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost (psi / bar): 18 psi / 1.24 bar
Power (SAE):
160 hp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (117 hp/liter)
(with five-speed manual)
157 hp (117 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (114.8 hp/liter)
(with six-speed automatic)
Torque (SAE):
 170 lb.-ft. (230 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
(with five-speed manual)
183 lb.-ft. (248 N•m) @ 2,400-4,000 rpm
(with six-speed automatic)
Max. Engine Speed: 6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement:
87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity; 4.0 quarts (3.8 liters) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity: 4.6 quarts (14.4 liters)
Emission Controls:
 Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
Max. Gross Trailer Weight; Not rated for trailer tow
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/highway/combined):
28 / 33 / 30 with five-speed manual transmission
24 / 32 / 27 with six-speed automatic transmission
Engine Assembly Plant: Termoli, Italy



TRANSMISSION: C510 PERFORMANCE FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard
Description;
1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st :3.909
2nd; 2.238
3rd: 1.520
4th; 1.156
5th; 0.872
Reverse; 3.909
Final-drive Ratio: 3.353

TRANSMISSION: AISIN SIX-SPEED AUTOMATIC
Availability: Optional
Description:
Auto Stick driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st: 4.04
2nd: 2.37
3rd: 1.56
4th; 1.16
5th: 0.85
6th:  0.67
Reverse: 3.19
Final-drive Ratio: 3.50
Overall Top Gear: 2.35

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator: 120-amp
Battery: 500 CCA, maintenance free

SUSPENSION
Front:
500 Pop and Lounge-
Sport-tuned MacPherson suspension, coil spring and performance-designed lower control arm
Abarth-
Performance MacPherson suspension, coil spring with KONI frequency
selective damping (FSD) twin-tube struts and stabilizer bar

Rear:
500 Pop and Lounge-
Twist-beam axle Sport-tuned shock absorbers and coil springs
Abarth-
twist-beam axle with Performance-tuned twin-tube shock
absorbers and coil springs with 0.86 (22 mm) solid stabilizer bar

STEERING
Type Power rack and pinion with electric power steering (EPS) column
Overall Ratio 15.5:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb) 37.6 ft. (11.45 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock) 2.3


BRAKES
Availability Standard
Front
Rotor size and type 11.1 x 0.86 (282 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear
Rotor size and type 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Caliper size and type 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Wheelbase 90.6 (2,300)
Track, Front 55.4 (1,406.8)
Track, Rear 55.0 (1,397.0)
Overall Length 144.4 (3,667.3)
Overall Width 64.1 (1,627.0)
73.5 (1,866.0 with side mirrors)
Overall Height 500 Pop and Lounge — 59.8 (1,519)
500 Abarth — 59.2 (1,502) to antenna base
500 Abarth — 58.7 (1,490) to roof
500c Abarth — 59.2 (1,504) to roof

Ground Clearance 500 Pop and Lounge — 4.5 (114)
500 Abarth — 4.1 (103.7)
500c Abarth — 4.6 (117.2)
Drag Coefficient (Cd) 500 Pop and Lounge — 0.362
500 Abarth — 0.352
Curb Weight, lb. (kg) 500 Pop and Lounge with five-speed manual — 2,505 (1,136)
500 Pop and Lounge with six-speed automatic — 2,576 (1,168)
500 Abarth — 2,512 (1,141.8)
500c Abarth — 2,545 (1,154.2)
Weight Distribution, % F/R 500 Pop and Lounge with five-speed manual — 65/35
500 Pop and Lounge with six-speed automatic — 66/34
500 Abarth: 64/36
Fuel Tank Capacity, gallon (liter) 10.5 (40)
(d) All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.

2019 Fiat 500 Abarth Interior


ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity, F/R 2/2
Front Seat
Headroom 500 — 38.9 (989.1)
500 with sunroof — 37.6 (956.3)
500c — 38.6 (980)
Legroom 40.7 (1,034.8)
Shoulder room 49.4 (1,254.8)
Hip room 47.8 (1,215.3)
Total seat travel Driver — 8.2 (210.0)
Passenger — 8.2 (210.0)
EPA front row interior volume 500 — 45.3 cu. ft. (1.282 cu. m)
500c — 44.9 cu. ft. (1.272 cu. m)

Rear Seat
Headroom 500 — 35.6 (903)
500c — 36.8 (934)
Legroom 31.7 (805.1)
Shoulder room 46.4 (1,177.5)
Hip room 42.6 (1,083.1)
EPA second row interior volume 500 — 30.2 cu. ft. (0.855 cu. m)
500c — 31.3 cu. ft. (0.886 cu. m)
Total Passenger Interior Volume 500 — 75.5 cu. ft. (2.137 cu. m)
500c — 76.2 cu. ft. (2.159 cu. m)
EPA Luggage Compartment Volume 500 — 9.5 cu. ft. (0.269 cu. m)
500c — 5.4 cu. ft. (0.152 cu. m)
EPA Interior Volume Index 500 — 84.9 cu. ft. (2.405 cu. m)
500c — 81.6 cu. ft. (2.311 cu. m)
Trunk Liftover Height 500 — 27.2 (690.9)
500c — 27.7 (703.6)

WHEELS
Availability Standard — 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material Aluminum Titanium semi-gloss
Size 16 x 6.5
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material Polished aluminum with Mineral Gray pockets
Size 16 x 6.5
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Standard — 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material Aluminum, painted Tech Silver
Size 16 x 6.5
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material Bright aluminum, fully painted
Size 16 x 6.5
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Standard — 500 and 500c Abarth
Type and material Forged Hyper Black aluminum
Size 16 x 6.5
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Abarth
Type and material Forged Hyper Black aluminum
Size 17 x 7
Weight: 18.9 lbs
Offset: 35mm
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm

Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Abarth
Type and material Bronze forged aluminum
Size 17 x 7
Weight: 18.9 lbs
Offset: 35mm
Center Hub Diameter: 58.1mm



TIRES
Availability Standard
Size and type 195/45R16XL BSW All-season
Mfr. and model Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S or Continental ContiProContact
Revs per mile (km) 901 (560) or 911 (566)

Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Abarth
Size and type 205/40R17XL BSW
Mfr. and model Pirelli P-Zero Nero Three-season
Revs per mile (km) 877 (545)



Source: FCA

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fiat 2018 North American Sales Totals

2019 Fiat 500 Turbo

It was a tough year for the Fiat Brand. Fiat sales in North America (USA, Mexico, and Canada) totaled 26,104 units in 2018 compared to the 41,329 sold the previous year. Sales of all 500 and 124 models were down in all three countries.

Fiat 500 Turbo Interior

The Fiat brand sold 15,521 cars in the US during 2018, 41 percent less compared to 26,492 sold in 2017.

Fiat sales in Mexico totaled 9,938, a 20 percent decrease over 12,498 units sold the previous year. It should be noted that Fiat Mexico also sells a variety of models besides the 500 and 500L. Sales in Mexico of the 500X and Spider were discontinued last year.

Fiat Canadian sales dropped 72 percent to 645 units from 2017's total of 2,359 cars.

One of the key reasons for these declines were the lack of availability of Fiat's iconic 500 hatch and Cabrio models, Fiat's traditional best selling models. Fiat shut down production of the 500 to retool for the updated 2018 model year which delayed cars getting out to the dealers until summer. This six-month delay severely impacted sales.*

Fiat USA Sales: 15,521
Fiat Brand Sales in Canada: 645
Fiat Brand Sales in Mexico: 9,938
Total: 26,104




Fiat 500 Sales
The conspicuous absence of the best selling 500 models had a significant impact on sales last year. The model breakdown in the US shows that there was a total of 5,370 Fiat 500 hatchback, Cabrios and Abarth sold in 2018. This number is down 58 percent compared to 2017's figure of 12,685 cars.

In Canada, there were 269 Fiat 500s sold in 2018 compared to 840 in 2016. Fiat 500 sales in Mexico amounted to 52 during 2018 versus 440 in 2017.


Fiat 500L Trekking


Fiat 500L Sales
Even though Fiat 500L sales in the US had been in positive territory the first part of the year, the model finished off 15 percent down for the year. Fiat 500L sales in the US for 2018 totaled 1,413, compared to 2017's figure of 1,664 cars.

Fiat sold 13 500L MPVs in Canada last year versus 42 sold in 2017. In Mexico, 52 500L's were sold last year versus 143 in 2017.

Fiat 500X Sales
Fiat 500X sales in the US totaled 5,223 last year, down 32% compared to 2017.

In Canada, Fiat sold only 79 500X crossovers, compared to the 856 total sold in 2017 - a 91 percent drop. Mexican sales of the 500X ended in 2018.

Abarth 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider
US sales of the Spider totaled 3,516 units last year, compared to 4,416 in 2017, a 22% decline.

There were 284 Spiders sold in Canada in 2018, a 53 percent decline over the 601 sold the year before.  Sales of the Spider were discontinued in Mexico.


Fiat 500X


Looking Forward
The 2019 model year brings more refinement and enhancements to the 500l, 500X and Spider model ranges. The 500X, in particular, has been given a refreshed design with an upmarket look, plus a more powerful engine. Because of their late introduction, the 500 hatch and Cabrio models remain the same for 2019 other than some color changes.





Fiat 124 Abarth Spider Veleno


The 124 Spider model range gets some new colors and more flexibility when ordering and combining options. The 2019 124 Spider also offers increased content on the base Classica edition compared to 2018, plus new striping options.



*Fiat 500 production for the NAFTA region for the 2017 model year ended in Toluca, Mexico in August 2017.  Production of 2018 models began after some delays late in the first quarter of the new year with cars arriving at dealers in earnest around June/August.


Fiat Brand Sales in the United States January through December 2018
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
Dec
500
500L
500X
124

    418
    39
    336
    184
    977

 667
 111
 673
 287
  1,738

  -37%
   -65%
   -50%
   -36%
   -44%

    5370
    1413
    5223
    3516
    15,521

        12685
       1664
       7665
          4478
        26492

    -58%
   -15%
    -32%
    -22%
    -41%
Nov
500
500L
500X
124

    707
    47
    358
    197
    1,309

 782
 127
 556
 268
  1,733

  -10%
   -63%
   -36%
   -26%
   -24%

    4952
    1374
    4887
    3331
    14,544

        12018
       1553
       6992
          4191
        24754

    -59%
   -12%
    -30%
    -21%
    -41%
Oct
500
500L
500X
124

    528
    96
    308
    219
    1,151

 801
 159
 561
 248
  1,769

  -34%
   -40%
   -45%
   -12%
   -35%

    4245
    1327
    4529
    3134
    13,235

        11236
       1426
       6436
          3923
        23021

    -82%
   -7%
    -30%
    -20%
    -43%
Sept
500
500L
500X
124

    529
    84
    286
    286
    1,185

 1016
 209
 638
 343
  2,206

  -48%
   -60%
   -55%
   -17%
   -46%

    3717
    1231
    4221
    2915
    12084

        10435
       1267
       5875
          3675
        21252

    -64%
   -3%
    -28%
    -21%
    -43%
Aug
500
500L
500X
124

    563
    136
    332
    343
    1,374

 937
 141
 660
 382
  2,120

  -40%
   -4%
   -50%
   -10%
   -35%

    3188
    1147
    3935
    2629
    10,889

        9419
       1058
       5237
          3332
        19046

    -66%
    8%
    -25%
    -21%
    -43%
July
500
500L
500X
124

    363
    107
    378
    392
    1,240

 1026
 171
 597
 450
  2,244

  -65%
   -37%
   -37%
   -13%
   -45%

    2625
    1011
    3603
    2286
    9,525

        8,482
       917
       4577
          2950
        16926

    -69%
    10%
    -21%
    -23%
    -44%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    354
    157
    514
    401
    1,426

 995
 184
 553
 510
  2,242

  -64%
   -15%
   -7%
   -21%
   -36%

    2262
    904
    3225
    1894
    8,285

        7,456
       746
       3980
          2500
        14682

    -70%
    21%
    -19%
    -24%
    -44%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    264
    184
    568
    425
    1,441

 1240
 163
 703
 564
  2,670

  -79%
   13%
   -19%
   -25%
   -46%

    1908
    747
    2711
    1493
    6,859

        6,461
       562
       3427
          1990
        12440

    -70%
    33%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    335
    168
    564
    337
    1,404

 1201
 115
 758
 465
  2,539

  -72%
   46%
   -26%
   -28%
   -45%

    1644
    563
    2143
    1068
    5,418

        5,221
       399
       2724
          1426
        9770

    -69%
    41%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    439
    173
    607
    325
    1,544

 1671
 106
 726
 419
  2,922

  -74%
   63%
   -16%
   -22%
   -47%

    1309
    395
    1579
    731
    4,014

        4,020
       284
       1,966
           961
        7,231

    -67%
    39%
    -20%
    -24%
    -44%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    416
    118
    484
    223
    1,241

 1131
 72
 640
 302
  2,145

  -63%
   64%
   -24%
   -26%
   -42%

    870
    222
    972
    406
    2,470

        2,349
       178
       1,240
           542
        4,309

    -63%
    25%
    -22%
    -25%
    -43%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

 1218
 106
 606
 240
  2,164

  -63%
   -2%
   -19%
   -24%
   -43%

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

        1,218
       106
       600
           240
        2,164

    -63%
    -2%
    -19%
    -24%
    -43%





Sources: FCA US LLC, Fiat Mexico, Fiat Canada
Images: FCA