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The Fiat 500X has the highest possible IIHS safety rating in its class

Driving the New Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth!

A look at how the new Fiat 124 Spider stacks up against the original

Fiat 500L Design

Within its compact dimensions, the Fiat 500L has the room of a full-sized car. See how Fiat did it and the concept and goals of the design team

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Debut

Watch the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Debut Video at the LA Autoshow

Fiat 500 Abarth Oil Change

Everything you need to know about changing the oil on a Fiat 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Vote Now for the Fiat 124 Spider!

Vote now for the Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat 124 Spider has been nominated for Best-Looking New Car of 2017 in The Car Connection Driver’s Choice Awards.

The only thing keeping the 124 Spider from winning this title is you not voting, so go over to the Car Connection right now and vote! Tell your friends, too, and even those who aren't your friends - like your co-workers - to stop goofing off on the internet and do something important and vote for the 124 Spider!


Voting ends on November 1 and the winners will be announced on November 14. Please vote NOW!



Monday, September 26, 2016

Abarth 124 Rally Testing Video

Abarth 124 Rally Prototipo

Abarth has released a video of the new 124 Rally being tested in advance of its 2017 racing debut. The new Abarth 124 Rally is heavily modified 124 Spider that is homologated to run in the FIA Group R-GT Rally series.



Replacing the standard 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo is a 1.8 liter "bialbero" turbocharged direct injection engine with up to 300HP at 6500 rpm. Bialbero is the Italian way of saying "Twin Cam" which is a nod to the historic Twin Cam engines the company produced in the 1960s.

Abarth 124 Rally Engine

People will recognize this engine as the Alfa Romeo 1750 Turbo Benzina used in cars like the Giulietta and 4C sports cars. A sequential six-speed paddle shifted transmission, and a mechanical self-locking differential is also part of the package.



The Italian race specialist company, LM Gianetti, worked with Abarth's Technical Team to completely re-engineer the bodywork and the suspension of the new Abarth Rally. The first change is the replacement of the convertible top with a fixed carbon fiber hard top. Full rally spec chassis reinforcements and roll bar are added. EXT SHOX contributed and developed a 4-way adjustable coilovers for use in the purpose-built rally car. BMC worked together with Abarth to develop a high-performance air intake system, and the OZ wheel company came up with a new, light-weight rugged racing wheel.

Abarth 124 Rally Interior

Sabelt supplies the seats as well as racing harnesses and the interior is trimmed in Alcantara to cut on down sun glare and reduce weight.


Original Fiat Abarth 124 Rally on the Sanremo Rally circuit.

In addition to being able to compete in the R-GT Rally series, Abarth will have its own promotional race series or Trophy. Abarth will also offer the best under-23 driver in the series the driver's seat in an official factory 124 Rally to compete in the Montecarlo Rally during the opening event of the Rally World Championship.

Abarth 124 Rally Prototype


An interesting bit of trivia is the Abarth 124 Rally has an internal project code of SE139. This designation is said to have a history that goes back directly to Carlo Abarth. The SE stands for "Sports" and "Experimental," and the 139 is a progressive number that pays tribute to the 67-year history of Abarth, which has managed to develop an average of two racing projects per year. Something only a select few car manufacturers can be proud of.

The new Abarth 124 Rally can be ordered on the website www.racing.abarth.com and by writing to 124rally@abarth.com.





Source, images and video: FCA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fiat 500 Stuck Ignition Key Fix

Fiat 500 Ignition Switch

Here is a heads up for anyone who experiences not being able to remove your ignition key from your Fiat 500 or Fiat 500L. This typically happens when the car's 12-volt battery is run down or dead, and the chip in your key can’t be correctly identified by your vehicle’s theft-deterrent system. This is not exclusive to Fiat but is now a common situation in many modern cars. Below is how to remove a stuck ignition key from your Fiat 500 and 500L using the manual key release.*


Fiat 500 Abarth Steering Column
Remove the steering column lower shroud by removing the screws marked by the blue arrows. Carefully pry the lower and upper cover apart. Be cautious with this trim piece as it can be fragile.


When inserted, the ignition key FOB depresses a button within the ignition switch (1) used for the key-in-ignition reminder. The key-in reminder is monitored by the Body Control Module (BCM). The ignition switch has an antenna ring mounted (2) to it, which is used by the BCM to read the key FOB and verify that it is valid.

Fiat 500 Manual Ignition Key Release


In case the key is unable to return to the OFF position for any reason, many Fiat 500 and 500L models have a manual key release lever (3) mounted to the ignition cylinder. Pressing the lever will allow the key to be turned to the OFF position, and the key can be removed from the ignition switch. Note, your lever may be mounted on the forward side of the ignition cylinder and may be colored red.



*Note, not all the cars have this feature, but it is a simple procedure and worth checking. If your car doesn't have the manual key release, and your battery is dead, charging your battery or changing it will normally release the key

Source and image: FCA US LLC

Friday, September 9, 2016

Alfa Giulia QV Fastest Four-Door


The BMW M3 killing Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio set the record as fastest four-door production car ever on the Nürburgring with a time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds. That's faster than the BMW M3 F80's 7:35 time, the M3 CSL and M4's 7:50 time and even quicker than a Lamborghini Murcielago.



The Giulia was developed by a team of elite engineers hand picked from all over FCA and overseen by senior managers and engineers from Ferrari. With a Ferrari-derived, 510 hp Twin Turbo V6, and patented suspension systems along with a host of technological advancements, the Giulia Quadrifoglio offers stupendous performance as can be seen in the video.


The Alfa Romeo Giulia is expected to arrive in North America later this year.

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Source and images: FCA

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2017 Fiat 500 and 500c Cabrio Specs

2017 Fiat 500

2017 Fiat 500, and 500C Cabrio 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

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

ENGINE:
1.4-LITER MULTIAIR I-4
Availability Standard — Fiat 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
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 heads and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Power (SAE net): 101 hp (75 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (73.8 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 97 lb.-ft. (132 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,900 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

EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy)
Fiat 500 Pop and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Fiat 500c Pop and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Engine Assembly: Plant Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont,
Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

TRANSMISSION
C514 FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability Standard — 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge
Description
1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone 3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st: 3.909
2nd: 2.174
3rd: 1.345
4th: 0.974
5th: 0.766
Reverse: 3.818
Final-drive Ratio: 3.44 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)
Overall Top Gear: 2.63 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)

2017 Fiat 500 Pop


TRANSMISSION
AISIN AUTOMATIC SIX-SPEED OVERDRIVE WITH AUTO STICK
Availability Optional — 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge
Description: Auto Stick driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated
torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios
1st: 4.044
2nd: 2.371
3rd: 1.556
4th: 1.159
5th: 0.852
6th: 0.672
Reverse: 3.193
Final Drive: Ratio 4.103
Overall: Top Gear 2.76

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator: 105-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with automatic transmission) and 500c
Pop and Lounge
120-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with manual transmission)
Battery: 500 CCA, maintenance free

SUSPENSION
Front:
MacPherson suspension, coil spring with twin-tube shock absorbers and
stabilizer bar
Rear:
Rear twist-beam axle with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers

STEERING
Type: Power rack and pinion with electric power steering (EPS) column
Overall Ratio 16.3:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 30.6 ft. (9.32 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 3.0

BRAKES
Availability Standard — 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge
Front
Rotor size and type: 10.1 x 0.86 (257 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(D)
Wheelbase 90.6 (2,300)
Track, Front
500 — 55.4 (1,406.8)
500c — 55.4 (1,406.8)
Track, Rear
500 — 55.0 (1,397.0)
500c — 55.0 (1,397.0)
Overall Length:
500 — 139.6 (3,546.7)
500c —139.6 (3,546.7)
Overall Width: 64.1 (1,627.0)
Overall Height
500 — 59.8 (1,519)
500c — 59.8 (1,519)
Ground Clearance
500 Pop — 4.5 (114)
500 Lounge — 4.5 (114)
500c — 4.6 (118.0)
Drag Coefficient (Cd)
500 Pop — 0.332
500 Lounge — 0.359
500c Pop and Lounge — 0.364
Curb Weight, lb. (kg)
500 with five-speed manual — 2,366 (1,074)
500 with six-speed automatic— 2,452 (1,112)
500c with five-speed manual — 2,424 (1,099)
500c with six-speed automatic— 2,511 (1,139)
Weight Distribution, % F/R
500 with five-speed manual — 63/37
500 with six-speed automatic — 65/35
500c with five-speed manual — 62/38
500c with six-speed automatic — 64/36
Fuel Tank Capacity, gallon (liter) 10.5 (40)
(d) All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.


2017 Fiat 500 Pop 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: 47.9 (1,215.4)
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 (902.9)
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. (0.854 cu. m)
500c — 31.3 cu. ft. (0.887 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 cuff (2.311 cu. m)
Trunk Liftover Height: 27.7 (703.6)

WHEELS
Availability: Standard — 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material: Steel wheels with Tech Silver painted wheel covers
Size 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard — 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, nine split-spoke design, fully painted Satin Carbon
Size 15 x 6.0

Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, polished face with Tech Silver painted pockets
Size 15 x 6.0

TIRES
Availability: Standard — 500 Pop and Lounge
Size and type: 185/55R15 BSW All-season
Mfr. and model Continental ContiProContact or Firestone Firehawk GTH or Pirelli
Cinturato P7 A/S
Revs per mile (km) 906 (563)

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Images and source: FCA US LLC

Friday, September 2, 2016

2017 Fiat 500 and Abarth Model Changes

2017 Fiat 500 Pop

Fiat is revamping and repricing its entire model lineup for 2017. Fiat 500 hatch and Cabrio models including Abarth models feature extreme value with upgraded trim levels and a new low, low prices. For example, what was the higher spec $17,745 500 Easy model last year, now is renamed and becomes this year's base entry 500 Pop with a low $14,995 price. That's $2,750 less than the 2016 500 Easy model and even $2,000 less than last year's base Pop. The new 2017 Fiat 500 Pop is even $1,000 less compared to its price when it was originally introduced in 2011 and now has even more equipment.



This is just a taste of the savings, though. Lounge models are $2,000 less than last year and the high performance 2017 500 Abarth now is $2,580 lower than last year. Cabrio models also get revised pricing and range from $4,605 to $5,205 less than last year's comparable model. This is facilitated because now the Cabrio option can be added to any model for just $1,495. It should be noted that the price cuts are done without removing any features, and Fiat has even added additional content in most cases.

To streamline the lineup this year, Fiat is dropping last year's Easy model and folding its upgraded content into the this year's entry-level Pop. The popular 500 Sport is dropped as a stand alone model and will now be a package, but no worries, the 2017 winds up being $1,910 less than last year. Also gone from the lime up is the 500 Turbo. The new $19,995 price of the Abarth makes last year's $19,700 Turbo superfluous.

2017 Fiat 500 Pop Rear

Absent this year are any of the European Styling updates. Rumors say that this may happen once production of the NAFTA Fiat 500 is transferred to the Tychy, Poland plant that makes the 500 for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Below sums up the each model, the new prices, standard equipment changes, and option codes and pricing.


2017 FIAT 500 POP - $14,995*

2016 MSRP was $17,745 (Easy model) - PRICE DECREASED $2,750

Now Standard for 2017:
NEW 15” Painted Wheels
NEW Pop is now contented as an Easy

Note:
Base Pop content dropped
Sport appearance package is optional


2017 FIAT 500 POP Cabrio - $16,490*


2016 EASY Cabrio MSRP was $21,395 - PRICE DECREASED $4,905

Note:
Now add a Cabrio top to all trims for $1,495

AVAILABLE OPTIONS:
•Cabrio (FFFS27) – Hatch + $1,495

•Sport Appearance Pkg (AGA) - $995

  • Sport fascias
  • Side sill ground effects
  • Sport spoiler
  • Fog lamps
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Black trimmed lights

•Popular Equipment Pkg (AFB) - $495

  • Auto temp control
  • Rearview mirror w/auto dim

•Beats Premium Audio System (RCV) - $695
•Navigation + Satellite Pkg (AS4) - $695
•Power Sunroof (GWL) - $795
•Compact Spare Tire - $450
•Avorio (Ivory) Seats - $250
•Tri-Coat Paint - $500

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
Performance
•1.4L MultiAir Engine 101hp/98lb-ft
•5 Speed MTX
•Anti-Lock 4-wheel disc brakes
•Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
•Hill start assist
•Remote keyless entry Exterior
•15-inch aluminum wheels
•Body color power heated mirrors
•Tinted glass windows
•Rear window defroster
•Daytime running lights
•Body color fascias
•Chrome door handles

Optional Transmission
•AISIN 6 speed Automatic Transmission

Fuel Economy
Manual Trans: 31/40 mpg City/Hwy
Auto Trans: 27/34 mpg City/Hwy

Interior
•5-inch touchscreen radio
•Alpine premium audio
•6 speakers
•Leather wrapped steering wheel
•7-inch TFT cluster
•Premium cloth bucket seats
•Passenger seat armrest

2017 Fiat 500C Lounge Cabrio



2017 FIAT 500 LOUNGE - $18,395*

2016 MSRP WAS $20,395 – PRICE DECREASED $2,000

Now Standard For 2017:
NEW 15” Aluminum Wheels
Standard Heated Leather Seats
Standard Glass Roof

2017 FIAT 500 LOUNGE CABRIO- $19,890*

2016 MSRP was $24,495 PRICE DECREASED $4,605

AVAILABLE OPTIONS:
•Cabrio (FFFP27) - Hatch + $1,495
•Navigation (GLN) - $495
•Beats Premium Audio System (RCV) - $695
•Power Sunroof (GWL) - $795
•16-inch Aluminum Wheel (WNS) - $445
•Compact Spare Tire - $450
•Avorio (Ivory) Seats - $250
•Tri-Coat Paint - $500

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
Performance
•1.4L MultiAir Engine 101hp/98lb-ft
•5 Speed MTX
•Anti-Lock 4-wheel disc brakes
•Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
•Hill start assist Exterior
•15-inch aluminum wheels
•Chrome power heated mirrors
•Chrome door handles
•Chrome exhaust tip
•Rear park assist

Optional Transmission
•AISIN 6 speed Automatic Transmission

Fuel economy
Manual Trans: 31/40 mpg City/Hwy
Automatic Trans: 27/34 mpg City/Hwy

Interior
•5-inch touchscreen radio
•Alpine premium audio
•Automatic air conditioning
•Leather trimmed bucket seats
•Heated front seats
•Leather wrapped steering wheel
•7-inch TFT cluster
•Satellite Radio


2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

2017 Fiat 500 ABARTH - $19,995*


2016 MSRP WAS $22,575 – PRICE DECREASED $2,580

Now Standard for 2017:
NEW 16” Aluminum Hyperblack Wheels
NEW Parksense

2017 FIAT 500 ABARTH Cabrio - $21,490*

2016 MSRP was $26,695 PRICE DECREASED $5,205

AVAILABLE OPTIONS:
•Cabrio (FFFX27) – Hatch + $1,495
•Popular Equipment Pkg (AFB) - $495

  • Auto temp control
  • Rearview mirror w/auto dim

•Navigation (GLN) - $495
•Beats Premium Audio System (RCV) - $695
•Leather Seats (*DL) - $1,195
•Power Sunroof (GWL) - $795
•17-inch Hyperblack Aluminum Wheels (WAC) - $1,395
•17-inch Bronze Aluminum Wheels (WBD) - $1,395
•Black Trimmed Lights (MFL) - $245
•Gray Mirror Cap/Stripe (M27) - $295
•Black Mirror Cap/Stripe (M2Y) - $295
•Red Mirror Cap/Stripe (M2X) - $295
•White Mirror Cap/Stripe (M2Z) - $295
•Compact Spare Tire - $450
•Tri-Coat Paint - $500

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
Performance
•1.4L MultiAir Turbo Engine 160hp/170lb-ft
•5 Speed MTX
•Anti-Lock 4-wheel disc performance brakes
•Performance suspension
•Dual bright exhaust
•3 mode Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
•Torque Transfer Control (TTC) Exterior
•16-inch aluminum wheels
•Pirelli brand tires
•Red brake calipers
•Performance Spoiler
•Side sills ground effects
•Rear park assist
(WGE) 16-inch Aluminum Forged Hyperblack - STD
(WAC) 17-inch Aluminum Forged Hyperblack - OPT
(WBD) 17-inch Aluminum Forged Bronzed - OPT

Optional Transmission
•AISIN 6 speed Automatic Transmission

Fuel Economy
Manual Trans: 28/34 mpg City/Hwy
Auto Trans: 24/31 mpg City/Hwy

Interior
•5-inch touchscreen radio
•Alpine premium audio
•Leather wrapped shift knob, instrument panel
•Perforated leather wrapped steering wheel
•Turbo boost gauge
•Aluminum pedal covers
•Performance cloth high-back bucket seats
•Parksense



*MSRP does not include $980 destination fee



Source and images:FCA US LLC