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Saturday, May 13, 2023

New Fiat 500e at 2023 Fiat FreakOut!


Fiat 500e at The Fiat FreakOut
Fiat is bringing the New Fiat 500e to the 2023 Fiat FreakOut

The New Fiat 500e all-electric vehicle will be on display at the 2023 Fiat FreakOut next month.  The Fiat FreakOut is the Fiat Club America national event and is in its 40th year. This is the premier Fiat event in North America and is something that should not be missed, 

Fiat FreakOut Image

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The Fiat Club America is filled with fun, friendly and helpful members with chapters all over. Make sure you stop by the Fiat Club America website and check out what the club is all about. The 2023 Fiat FreakOut is being held on June 7-11,2023 in Bartlett, New Hampshire

The last day to register for the FreakOut is Sunday, May 13th 2023, so don't delay!

Quick Link to 2023 Fiat FreakOut Registration Page

 Learn All About The New Fiat 500e Here!

Friday, January 27, 2023

Fiat 500X Makes Best Value New Cars List


Fiat 500X Trekking

The Fiat 500X has made's 2023 Best Value New Cars list. More than 70 vehicles were evaluated by model, trim, features, fuel efficiency and compared against the median price for cars in their category. The vehicles selected offer the best value among their competition.

Jane Ulitskaya, the editor, is quoted saying:

"In 2023, consumers are expected to be more cautious when spending money on larger items.'s Best Value New Car report helps car shoppers find vehicles that have the technology and features they need and that won't blow their budget. The 2022 Fiat 500X Pop is one of the small SUVs that would be a good option for shoppers who want the convenience of an SUV without the high price tag." 

Fiat 500X Sport

The Fiat 500X was selected as one of the Best Values in the growing category of small SUVs. According to, the median price among dealers for non-luxury small SUVs is $34,195. The 2023 Fiat 500X price starts at $28,965.* 

The 2023 Fiat 500X The 500X offers as standard an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and up to 75 advanced safety and security features, including:

  • Standard blind-spot warning
  • Standard LED headlights
  • Standard heated seats
  • Standard Forward Collision Warning with Full Stop

2023 Fiat 500X
2023 Fiat 500X Pop with Sport Appearance Package.

Additionally, the 2023 Fiat 500X includes:

  • Uconnect 4 with a  7-inch touchscreen radio with steering-wheel controls, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice command, and streaming audio.
  • Available navigation and SiriusXM Radio. 

The 500X has a 1.3-liter direct-injection turbocharged MultiAir III engine that produces  177 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo engine has the best torque rating in its class. It achieves a fuel economy rating of 24/30/26 (city/highway/combined mpg).

2023 Fiat 500X Sport

The 2023 Fiat 500X is available in two trims: Pop and Sport. Either model can be had with an Al-Fresco soft-top roof option.

2023 Fiat 500X Available Colors

  • Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat)
  • Italia Blue
  • Blu Venezia (Blue Metallic)
  • Grigio Moda (Graphite Gray)
  • Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat)
  • Rosso Passione (Red Clear Coat)

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About the 500X All-Wheel-Drive System

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*excluding $1,595 destination charge.
Images: Fiat USA and Author
Note: Fiat 500X Trekking shown is last year's model, and is still available in limited quantities.

Friday, December 23, 2022

Fiat Night Before Christmas 2022


Fiat Santa

A Fiat Christmas poem written by our friend John Montgomery, longtime Fiat owner and the Studio Manager of Benson Fiat Alfa Romeo.  Benson Fiat Alfa Romeo is one of the country's top Fiat / Alfa dealers. John is the former multi-term president of the Fiat Club America, a Fiat enthusiast for decades, and everyone will tell you, one of the best guys you could ever buy a car from. Enjoy!

“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 carpets were eaten by moles

 The top was a mess, all tattered and torn

 The paint was dull, weathered and worn   

 Tires were bald, the radiator leaking

A turn of the wheel sent tie rods a-creaking

So I put on my coat, with I-pad and chart

Went out to the bay to get it to start

The engine turned over--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, can’t take it no more!”

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? I’m Sergio Marchionne!”

“This Fiat 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 Fiat cars, just make up-a da rules!”

“We’ll get her cranked over—no way that she’ll stall

But stand back over there, behind the shop wall”

With a cough and a sputter, the shaking was stunning--

I couldn’t believe it! The darn thing was running!

“Now get it to the body shop and then over to detail

 Depreciation’s a myth, sell it for retail!”

 Then he held up an electrical harness while kicking a tire

“Whatever you do, DO NOT TOUCHA THIS WIRE!”

  Sergio put down his tools and said not to worry,

 “Have a seat in the lounge to hear my story, from decades past Lee Iacocca's glory” 

 “There once was a buyer with a three pointed star, who spent a lot of money to remake a Pentastar”

  “The Germans surrendered, Chrysler’s doors wouldn't stay open, so I bought it for a song and my expresso potion

 I arrived at Chrysler in 2009 and cast my spell, no one believed it would do so well

 You see all those Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep brands? 

 They all got saved by my mighty hands! 

  We had great success and paid off our loans, put Challengers, Chargers and Cherokees in most every home. 

But that was then and this is now, electric cars are now somehow in style. It’s quite the shock with success underway, so we merged companies, it’s the American way

 Senore FCA and Madam PSA, married last year on a January day.

  A ménage a Trois merger sounded mighty fine, mix American Iron with croissants and wine.

 Welcome Stellantis, our new family name. I was just learning Italian, now it’s a new game.

  Rescue has come in the hands of the French, Carlos Tavares will do his best! 

 Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall and Opel we surely don't know, these car brands from nowhere now running the show  

   Electric cars may rule one day or so they say…incentive money may just pave their way! We’ve got Tonale and Pacifica “P-H-EV”, plus a new juiced up Wrangler called “4-XE”. But the future is what we want it to be.

 As long the badge says Alfa, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat or Ram, people still love Hemi’s so says Instagram! 

 Then Sergio 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 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!

- John Montgomery, Fiat Club America, December 2022


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who stops by our little corner of the internist. 

All the best, 


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* just a note: I originally posted an older version of the poem made a few years ago.  The poem above is the 2022 version.  My apologies for the mistake.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Hear The Abarth 500e on The Road!

New Abarth 500e

Take a few minutes to daydream and listen to what the new Abarth 500e sounds like on the road. Quicker than the last generation gas version, the new Abarth 500e promises to be one wicked car. We'll have all the details on this car, so stick around. With any luck, we'll see this car in the US.

Engine sounds start around 3 minute mark, Enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

New Abarth 500e Launch Video!

New Abarth 500e

The New Abarth 500e full electric made its official debut today, Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022. Watch the launch video below to learn more about this hot new car!



Thursday, November 17, 2022

Fiat 500e Armani, Kartell and Bulgari Show Cars

For the Fiat 500e press conference being held today at the LA Auto, three one-off show cars were sent from Italy to commemorate the occasion. The vehicles are from the renowned Italian brands Giorgio Armani, Kartell, and Bvlgari. The brands are considered the symbols of Italian excellence and design worldwide. Their collaboration with the 500 is meant to celebrate the arrival of the all-electric 500 and the change it ushers in.

The making of the three show cars are documented here in this video.

The three brands partnered with are considered the top iconic brands in their field and correspond to the three leading facets of the 500-style, creativity, and craftsmanship.   Gorgio Armani was selected for fashion design, Bulgari for craftsmanship, and Kartel for eco-sustainable design.

Each brand created its unique interpretation of the 500 using natural, recycled, and regenerated materials.

The show cars were originally prepared to be shown at the launch of the new Fiat 500e at the 2020 Geneva Motorshow. However, the show was canceled, and the launch moved to Milan and became a televised event.

Eventually, the cars will be auctioned off to support important non-profit organizations for environmental protection. 

Here's a look at each one:

Fiat 500e Giorgio Armani

Fiat 500e Armani

The Giorgio Armani version of the electric 500 captures the Italian elegance of the the brand.

Fiat 500e Armani Hood

 The 500e Armani uses laser technology to etch the car's metal work with exclusive microchevron engraving, giving it the three-dimensional look of an Armani suit fabric. In addition, the car is painted in Armani gray-green "silk effect" paint color. The "GA" logo on the wheels and soft fabric top, and amber-colored glass are the notable exterior changes.

Fiat 500e Armani Dash

Fiat 500e Armani Interior

Fiat 500e Armani Studio

The interior features Poltrona Frau sourced full-grain natural leather in a "greyge" color with microchevron wool bands. In addition, the 500's sculptural dashboard insert is covered with reconstituted open-pore wood layered with thin strips of aluminum inlay,  said to be inspired by the Armani/Casa line.

Fiat Bulgari B.500 "MAI TROPPO"

Fiat Bulgari B.500

The Bvlgari brand is world-renowned for jewelry design and craftsmanship. Their interpretation of the 500 is called B.500 "MAI TROPPO" (never too much). The exterior sheet metal is covered in saffron-colored pearlescent paint made with gold powder salvaged from the jewelry production scraps. Unique moldings, special wheels with the  Bvlgari star logo, and black lacquer with gold trim are also featured. Fittingly, the car has a jeweled badge in polished gold, with a diamond-paved B.500 logo on the side.

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Wheel

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Dash

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Interior

Fiat Bulgari B.500 Rear

 The interior of the B.500 has a dashboard fascia upholstered with heritage Bvlgari silk scarves. The seats are in teal leather with "Diva" pattern embroidery, gold details, and scarf inserts. In addition, three semi-precious stones, amethyst, topaz, and citrine, are placed in a removable brooch in the center of the steering wheel.

Fiat 500e Kartell

Fiat 500e Kartell

The Kartell brand is renowned for Italian industrial design and eco-sustainability. The 500 Kartell's exterior features different types of materials – metal, glass, rubber, sustainable plastic, and fabric in the same color: Kartell blue, derived from Yves Klein blue, the color iconic of the brand. Furthermore, the bodywork surfaces' mirror effects are obtained with environmentally friendly chrome paint. In addition, the brands' logos are made out of sandblasted polycarbonate. 

Fiat 500e Kartell Front

The plastics used are recycled from end-of-life parabolic projectors and are used in the 500 Kartel's front grille, wheels, and mirror caps. These parts were made in the pattern and texture of Kartell's Kabuki lamp, created and developed by the designer Ferruccio Laviani and used as a motif for the car's identity.

Fiat 500e Kartell Interior

Fiat 500e Kartell Mirror

Fiat 500e Kartell Wheel

The Kabuki theme carries over to the interior, with the pattern on the dashboard insert and applied to the seats.

Special attention was paid to the brightness of the interior. The tactile textile plastics used in the interior are 100% recycled polypropylene, and the soft-feel fabrics are made from fully recycled polyester.

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Source and images: Stellantis N.V.

New Fiat 500e Arrives 1st Quarter 2024!

 Fiat 500e Euro Model

Today, Fiat will officially announce that the all-electric Fiat 500e  will arrive on US shores in the first quarter of 2024. At a press conference scheduled today at the 2022 LA Auto Show, Olivier Francois, Fiat CEO and CMO Global of Stellantis, will outline plans for the arrival of the new Fiat 500e. However, today's event is more of an introduction than a debut, as the North American Fiat 500e will be unveiled a year from now at the 2023 LA Auto Show. 

Fiat 500e Armani Kartell and Bvlgari
Fiat 500e Bvlgari, Armani, and Kartell show cars.

On stage at the LA Auto Show will be three one-off 500e European showcar creations done by iconic Italian design houses: Armani, Kartell, and Bvlgari. Each one is said to showcase Italian craftsmanship, creativity, and sophistication.  

Fiat 500e LaPrima Front Logo

Readers of this site are no doubt familiar with the new 500e, but for those who aren't, please follow the links in this article to learn about this exciting car.

New Fiat 500e Preview

Fiat 500 Electric Official Unveiling Video

Fiat 500e Complete Specifications (Euro Version)

Fiat 500 La Prima Edition

The press conference begins at 10:45 PST and can be viewed on the Fiat USA website:

Watch the Fiat 500e Press Conference at the 2022 LA Auto Show

Fiat 500e LaPrima

The New 500e is a Best Seller

The new Fiat 500e was introduced in Europe in 2020 and has become one of the top-selling EV models. The 500e is the number one selling EV in Germany and Italy and in the top three in Spain and France. The Fiat 500e is third in overall EV sales in Europe in the first part of this year. Over 100,000 units have been sold in the past two years.

Euro Fiat 500e La Prima Interior

Sustainable Design, Sustainable Fashion, and Sustainable Luxury

The new 500e differs entirely from the 500 sold in the US between 2011 and 2019. Designed from the start as an EV, the new 500e is slightly larger than the old model and has a more upscale look and feel. Owners of the previous generation car will especially like the upgraded interior and infotainment/connectivity systems, which are considered among the best of its competitors.

The motor used in the 500e is rated at 118 HP and is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the floor. Acceleration from 0-100km/h  is listed as 9 seconds. The average range is 320 km  (199 miles) as measured in the WLTP cycle. The 500e's Combo 2 type charging socket is under a filler flap on the right side. It can be charged by alternating current up to 11 kW and continuous up to 85 kW. The battery is charged to 80% in 35 minutes at the 85kW rate, and  Fiat states 5 minutes are enough to give the car an additional 50 km of range when needed.

In the short time the 500e has been on the market, it has won more than 30 international awards in nine countries. In August, for the second year in a row, the 500e won the "Best Small Electric" award by the prestigious What Car? magazine in the UK. 

The new 500e is sold in 38 countries in four different geographical locations: Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and Japan. 

Look for the New 500e at US dealers in the first part of 2024. Stay with for updates and when the order books will be open.  

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Source and images: Fiat USA, Stellantis N.V. 

Monday, November 14, 2022

New Fiat 500 EV Debut at 2022 LA Auto Show


Fiat 500e 3+1 La Prima

The new Fiat 500 EV will be revealed at the 2022 LA Auto Show on November 17 at 10:45 AM PST.  We posted back in July preliminary information that the 500 EV would be arriving on our shores. We will have all the details on the exciting new Fiat 500 EV this Thursday so check back!

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Make sure you bookmark and watch the reveal on the Fiat USA website on Thursday the 17th at 10:45 AM PST:

Fiat USA Website

In the meantime, check out our articles on the new electric Fiat 500 and make sure you visit the Fiat 500 USA Forum for discussions on the 500 EV

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Friday, November 4, 2022

2023 Abarth Range Unveiled

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

For the lucky Europeans, Abarth has unveiled their 2023 Abarth lineup. The new 2023 Abarth model range consists of the 165HP Abarth 595 and a 180HP Abarth 695 series. By 2024, Abarth has pledged to be an all EV company, so this may be the last hurrah of a tuned Abarth exhaust note. 

Below is the full press release for you to enjoy, or lament!


  • Create your Abarth in just 3 steps: choose its soul, Turismo or Competizione, color, and fine-tune it with Packs. Simplicity at its best.
  • Making its debut, there is a brand-new Orange Racing livery which comes from the combination of the iconic Abarth colors of red and yellow and was inspired by the racing world and the historic Fiat 131 Racing Volumetrico Abarth.

Configuring your new, thrilling and exclusive Abarth has never been so simple thanks to the brand’s new intuitive and innovative customer experience. The new Abarth range has been streamlined according to the strategy of "simplicity and customer satisfaction".

All it takes is just a few minutes to make your own made-to-measure Abarth, as if it were a tailored Italian suit, based on your own personal needs and tastes.

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

You can set your adrenaline level with either a 165CV Abarth 595 or a 180CV Abarth 695. Both versions offer thrilling performance, a roaring exhaust, an irreverent and playful, yet bold, style and, of course, the joy of driving. Then you can choose between two souls, Turismo or Competizione, which are available for both powertrains and in both hatchback and convertible versions.

Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

2023 Abarth 595 Competizione
2023 Abarth 595 Competizione

Specifically, the Turismo’s soul is linked to the values of style and comfort which are typical of Italian Granturismo and, therefore, meant for those customers who like to stand out and those who love the city but still want to live boldly. It features black leather seats, 17” Turismo alloy wheels and the Turismo badge. On the other hand, the Competizione has been made for hardcore performance and sportsmanship lovers and those who want to enjoy the on-road driving experience in the same way they do the track. In short, this soul is dedicated to those who never give up on turning a trip into an extraordinary experience. It offers Sabelt Carbon seats, 17” Competizione alloy wheels and the Competizione badge.

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

Once this first exciting step has been taken, you can then configure your own customized versions thanks to two iconic packs. These instantly recall the Scorpion’s legendary tuning kits, which turned standard vehicles into unbeatable race cars in the Sixties.

The two packs reflect the brand’s core values of performance and style:

Tech: designed for those customers who are looking for hi-tech equipment, it includes a 7” Navi and Clima auto.
Comfort: designed for the ones who are looking for premium features to stand out on every occasion, it offers a Beats audio system and Xenon headlights.

Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

Finally, you can pick your favorite bold color to finish off the configuration of your new Abarth. Making its debut, there is the new “Orange Racing” livery which was created from the combination of the brand’s iconic colors of yellow and red. It is the essence of the Abarth badge and represents the colors that have made the Scorpion legendary. In short, it is the color of all Abarth’s instincts.

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

2023 Abarth 595 Turismo

The bold and eye-catching color, whose name recalls the racing world, harkens back to the historic connection between the Brand and the Fiat 131 Racing Volumetrico Abarth limited edition with its Orange Racing 255 livery.

Fiat 131 Racing
Fiat 131 Racing

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

New 2023 Fiat 500 EV Coming to US!

Fiat 500 3+1 LaPrima

It is official. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, has confirmed that the New Fiat 500EV will arrive on US shores. The confirmation came during a conference call discussing First Half 2022 financial results.  


"We will bring, at one point in time, the Fiat 500E to the US market, as we believe that there is also potential over there to make profitable sales in some specific states."

The New Fiat 500 E was introduced in 2020 and has become the number one selling EV in Germany and Italy and in the top three in Spain and France. Overall, the Fiat 500E ranked third in total sales in the European electric car market.

The New 500 E is sold in 38 countries throughout four different geographical areas: Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Japan. Sales of the New Fiat 500E have totaled 100,000 in the past two years, and the car has earned 30 international awards in nine countries. 

Stay tuned for more news!

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Source: Stellantis First Half 2022 Results at 24'19"