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Driving the New Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fiat at 2017 New York Auto Show

Fiat Abarth Spider and Megan Agrusa

The Fiat displayed its full model range at the 2017 New York International Auto Show (Apr 14 - Apr 23). The range, which started out in 2011 as a single model - the 500 Hatchback - has now blossomed into quite a few choices with something for most anyone. There's the stylish and fun 500 Hatch and Cabrio models, the fantastically roomy 500L family car, the classy and capable 500X crossover plus sporty models like the world renown 500 Abarth and 124 Abarth Spider.

Fiat 2017 New York Auto Show

One of Fiat's hallmarks is offering an extreme amount of value for the money. All their cars are typically loaded with features found in cars at much higher price points. In 2017, Fiat is pulling out the stops by lowering prices across the board on most models while at the same time increasing content.

Fiat 500X at 2017 New York Auto Show

Below is a look at various Fiats on display at the NY Auto Show, plus links to each model's 2017 updates and changes.

2017 Fiat 500 Lounge Cabrio

The 2017 Fiat 500c Lounge Cabrio on display showed off its ingenious sliding roof and gorgeous leather interior,. The folding roof design on the Cabrio offers open air thrills yet helps maintain the stiff body structure of the 500 for safety as well as comfort and driveability.

Fiat 500 Lounge Cabrio Interior

The 500c's steel frame side window design produces 70 percent less header shake then its key competitors, plus delivers class leading interior sound quality (quietest at 45 mph, 70 mph and lowest powertrain noise). An interesting detail is the windshield is slightly taller to help reduce wind buffeting and also to increase forward visibility for rear seat passengers.

2017 Fiat 500 Pop Cabrio

The Fiat 500c Pop Cabrio is the most affordable convertible in America and comes loaded with features. What's more, the 2017 500c Pop Cabrio is an incredible $4,905 less than the comparable 2016 model!

Fiat 500 Pop Cabrio Interior

The interior of the 500c Pop Cabrio is high style all the way. Besides the good looks, there is substance with over 35 safety and security features available, most of which are included at no extra cost.

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

The Abarth name is a legend in the automotive world with a history of producing championship winning high performance race cars from everyday Fiats. Just like the Abarths from the past, the company takes the standard Fiat 500 and gives it the full treatment by upgrading suspension, brakes and driveline. With 70 percent more engine torque, and 59 percent more power compared to the regular Fiat 500, the Abarth 500 is one wicked machine. In fact, the 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth is the most powerful small sports car under $20,000. New for 2017, Fiat has reduced the price of the 500 Abarth between $2500 and $5200 depending on the model.

Fiat 500 Abarth Interior

Carlo Abarth, the founder of Abarth & Co, was an accomplished racing driver, entrepreneur and engine tuner but also a man of impeccable style. He made sure all his creations looked the part with a serious dose of attitude and toughness. The Fiat 500 Abarth caries on the tradition.

2017 Fiat 500L Urbana

The Fiat 500L is the car for people that need room but don't want to drive a mini-van. Within its compact exterior dimensions, the 500L pacts the interior room of a fullsize car. Along with all that room is a European driving experience which means excellent roadability with great high-speed stability, tight back road handling and sure footed braking. The Fiat 500L is the best selling car in its class in Europe and offers fantastic value here in the United States. For 2017, Fiat has simplified the model lineup, increased features and content and reduced prices. The Fiat 500L may be the best value in family cars on the market today.

2017 Fiat 500X Trekking

The Fiat 500X is what you get when you take a Jeep drivetrain and dress it in Italian style and give it European driving characteristics. The classy and capable Fiat 500X is the crossover for people who never thought they would drive one.

2017 Fiat 500X Lounge

Available in two design themes - the sophisticated Urban look or the athletic Trekking edition - the 500X offers something for everyone. The 500X is more than just a good looking car, though, and it is loaded with up to 70 standard and available safety and security features. It is no wonder that in Europe the 500X is a top seller in its class.

Fiat 500X Trekking in Arancio

New for 2017, the 500X model lineup gets simplified going from 5 trim packages from last year down to 3 this year. Feature content is up and option package prices have been dramatically reduced, making the 500X the most affordable European crossover available in this country.

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

The Fiat 124 Spider was one of the most highly anticipated cars of the past year. Just like the original 1960s 124 Spider that was a revelation of refinement in its class, the new Spider has all the comfort and sophistication you expect in a European roadster along with performance.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Designed in Italy under the watchful eye of Felix Kilbertus, former lead designer at Pininfarina, the new Spider brings back the flavor of the classic Spiders of the past but with a thoroughly modern interpretation. New for this year are added colors and the ability to mix and match options compared to last year.

Fiat 124 Abarth Spider

The 124 Spider Abarth is the ultimate Spider for those who want the utmost in performance and aggressive looks. The optional hand-painted Racing Heritage blacked-out hood and trunk recall the legendary Fiat Abarth 124 Rally cars from the 1970s. It should be noted that the Abarth Spider in Europe is a limited production car that commands a €40,000 ($42,900) price tag, however in the US the car is priced starting at $28,195. It is one of the great sports car buys out there.

Images: Author

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Lineup Debuts in NY

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Folks attending the 2017 New York International Auto Show (Apr 14 - Apr 23) will be treated to Alfa Romeo debuting their new Stelvio high-performance SUV model range. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers top of the class power and performance wrapped in high-style Italian bodywork.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The powerful all-wheel-drive SUV comes in three models: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti, and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Each model has impressive stats. The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti feature an all-aluminum, 4-cylinder 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine, pumping out 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing the cars to achieve 0-60 mph in an estimated 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The top of the line Stelvio Quadrifoglio is even more impressive and has an all-aluminum, direct-injection, 2.9-liter, 24-valve, twin-turbo intercooled V-6 engine with 505 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque. The Stelvio QV can get to 0-60 mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds and has a mind-numbing top speed of 177 mph.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV is said to be the fastest SUV ever to lap the Nurburgring, with a top lap time of 7 minutes 59.00 seconds, laying waste to competitors like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (7:59.79), Cayenne Turbo (8:13.00) and Range Rover Sport SVR (8:14.00).

Alfa Stelvio

Sales of the Stelvio are expected to begin in the second or third quarter this year. will be at the New York Auto Show and posting images during press day, Wednesday, April 12. Check our social media pages during the day.

Below is the full Alfa Romeo Press Release plus links to other Alfa Romeo Articles:

Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Silver

Alfa Romeo Debuts the 2018 Stelvio SUV Lineup at the 2017 New York International Auto Show

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo introduces the 2018 Stelvio and Stelvio Ti to North America
  • All Stelvio models feature a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, class-leading power and performance and an eight-speed automatic transmission with available steering column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters with gear shifts in less than 100 milliseconds
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature the Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, standard leather seats, bi-xenon headlamps, and an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo I-4 engine, delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve 0-60 mph in an estimated 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 144 mph
  • The innovative Q4 AWD system, standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides all-season traction and superior control in all weather conditions
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio also offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including available Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy

April 6, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Expanding Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio lineup beyond the ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio, Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models further highlight the second of a new generation of vehicles embodying Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit. The full Stelvio lineup brings world-class performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Dashboard

“The 2018 Stelvio lineup marks Alfa Romeo’s venture into the second fastest-growing premium segment and an important next chapter of the brand’s rich 105-year heritage as we continue to grow in North America,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “From the new Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models, to the ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio model, each of our Alfa Romeo SUVs deliver class-leading power and driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, next-level technologies and race-inspired performance, plus gorgeous design and breathtaking style that could only be from an SUV born in Italy.”

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology
Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest-growing segments in the U.S.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Rosso

Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models
The true manifestation of Italian performance, craftsmanship and design, the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models provide a wide-ranging list of standard features, including an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo I-4 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering a class-leading 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, Alfa DNA drive mode selector, class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels (available 19- and 20-inch wheels), leather seating, backup camera with rear park sensors, remote start, passive entry with keyless & go, Formula One-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated push-button start.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Seats

Crafting control: Q4 all-wheel-drive
The intelligent Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including Quadrifoglio – delivers even more all-season traction and performance capability, thanks to the system’s ability to transfer up to 60 percent of the engine’s torque to the front axle.

In addition to the expansive list of standard features in the all-new Stelvio, Stelvio Ti adds even more luxury and convenience offerings, including standard 19-inch wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel, front park sensors, genuine wood interior accents and an 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment display. Available Sport and Lusso packages provide drivers with two unique offerings that further accentuate the bold characteristics of Stelvio Ti.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Front Seats

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fiat Sales For March 2017

2017 Fiat 500C Lounge

Fiat sales for March 2017 showed some improvements. The Fiat 500 had its best sales month since December 2015. Fiat sold a total of 1,671 hatch and Cabrios in March, up 12% from the same month a year ago. The Fiat 124 Spider also did well in March, having its best sales month since October of last year. Fiat sold 419 Spiders last month, up 39 % from the previous month.

Fiat 124 Spider

While overall sales of the 500L and 500X models were down from the same period a year ago, both models did see an increase over the previous month. March sales of the 500L were up 47 % compared to February, and Fiat 500X sales were up 13% compared to the same period. It was the 500X crossover's best sales month since December 2016.

Fiat 500X

Fiat News for March
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Abarth 595 Pista

Abarth fans visiting the 2017 Geneva Motor Show were treated to several new editions to the Abarth model lineup. The new Abarth 595 Pista, Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR special and the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione. We have video of the show plus images of the new models.

Fiat 500S

The Fiat display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Fiat 500 and highlighted the latest special editions of the Fiat brand.

Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - March 2017
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Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and author 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Abarth at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Abarth at 2017 Geneva Show

Abarth fans visiting the 2017 Geneva Motor Show were treated to several new editions to the Abarth model lineup. The new Abarth 595 Pista, Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR special and the Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione.

Abarth 595 Pista
The new Abarth 595 Pista is the latest special edition of the 595 series. For those who don't remember, the Abarth 595 replaced the 500 series last year and pay homage to the original Abarth 595 that debuted back in 1963. That Fiat Abarth 595 took the normal Fiat 500 to an extreme level, doubling the horsepower of the standard car and modifying the trim.

The new modern Abarth 595 carries on the tradition. Pista means "track" in Italian and the 595 Pista has 160 hp compared to the standard 145 HP in the regular 595. Additionally, the 595 Pista has drilled and slotted rotors, Koni FSD shocks all the way around and the Dual -Mode Record Monza exhaust. Interior and exterior trim are also upgraded.

Abarth 595 Pista

Abarth 595 Pista Rear

Noteworthy is the titanium exterior trim and the ability to choose the color of the grille trim and mirror covers. The Abarth 595 Pista is available in five paint colors with contrasting details: Campovolo Grey, Gara White, Abarth Red, Record Grey and Scorpione Black.

Abarth Telemetry system

One of the neat features of the Abarth 595 Pista is the Abarth Telemetry system which lets you to load famous racing circuits, like Monza, and Spa-Francorchamps into the GPS and allows you to record your track times and sessions. You can then view and analyze them later to improve your performance.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR
Abarth also showed off their limited edition Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR. The Abarth 695 series is the top of the pecking order in the Abarth lineup and features more performance than the 595 series and offers unique trim. The Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR commemorates Abarth's partnership with the Yamaha Factory Racing Team. For the third year in a row, Abarth is the Official Sponsor and Official Car Supplier of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team which will be competing in the 2017 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR and Bike

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR Plaque

The new Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha comes exclusively in Pista Grey paint, and only 695 hatch and 695 convertibles will be made. The arrival of this limited edition car coincides with the unveiling of the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth motorcycle, which also comes in the same Pista Grey with red trim as the car. Both the car and bike share some of their features such as a good helping of carbon fiber and Akrapovič ultralight exhaust systems.

Abarth 695 Yamaha XSR Rear

The 695 XSR Yamaha sports a 165 HP T-Jet engine, Koni FSD rear shocks and Eibach springs, 17'' Supersport alloy rims with Matte Black finish, Satin Chrome accents on handles and badge supports, red details on bumpers and mirrors, red brake calipers and drilled brake rotors. If desired, a tuning kit is available to bump the power to 180 HP and improve handling with Koni front struts with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) valving. Braking is also upgraded with drilled Brembo 305x28mm floating front rotors and high-performance Ferodo HP 1000/1 pads.

Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione

Abarth 124 Spider
Abarth is riding high on the excitement caused by the arrival of the Abarth 124 Spider last year, but it's not resting on its laurels. At Geneva, Abarth unveiled the new Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione, a decontented Abarth Spider but with all the performance features of the standard car. This is great news for purists or those who want performance without frills. The Abarth 124 Spider Scorpione is available in two colors: "San Marino 1972 Black" with "Forgiato Grey" details or "Turini 1975 White".

Abarth Tuning
In Europe, Abarth offers an extensive tuning and accessories program for their different models. At the show, Abarth displayed three conversion kits they have for the Abarth 595.

Abarth Transformation Kit

The "160HP Tune-Up Kit" increases engine power from 145 to 160 HP. The package also includes Koni shocks all the way around and Eibach lowering springs, Ferodo brake pads and "Abarth Elaborazione" exterior badge. Abarth supplies the kit in their conversion box - the traditional wooden crate, just like they did in the 1960s.

Abarth offers a "180HP Tune-Up Kit" for their 595 Turismo that takes this car from 165 to 180 HP. The 595 Turismo is a higher spec car in the 595 range and is geared towards luxury along with increased performance. The Tune-Up kit included Koni front struts (the Turismo already has them in the rear), Brembo floating front brake rotors with red calipers, Ferodo brake pads, "Abarth Elaborazione" exterior badge along with the wooden conversion crate.

The last kit on display was the "Record Monza Exhaust System Kit" This Dual Mode muffler has a valve that bypasses the muffler when the engine speed goes over 3,000 rpm. Its name honors Carlo Abarth's speed record he personally set at Monza race track in 1965. It also comes in its own special box which any Abarth enthusiast would covet.

Record Monza Exhaust System Kit

Besides these kits, Abarth offers a full range of tasty accessories: ultralight Esseesse white and titanium rims, mirror caps, pillar liners and carbon fiber dashboards, gear knobs, kick plates and pedal boards made of aluminum and carbon fiber.

Abarth owners in North America may lament that Fiat USA doesn't offer the same extensive line of accessories as they do in Europe, but that should not hinder too much. The vendors on the Fiat 500 USA Forum have you covered. All the accessories listed above and then some can be had through the vendors on the forum.

Images and source: FCA

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fiat at The 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Fiat 500 60th Anniversary

The Fiat display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Fiat 500 and highlighted the latest special editions of the Fiat brand.

Fiat 500 60th Anniversary
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the debut of the Nuova Fiat 500 on July 4, 1957. To commemorate that event, Fiat has introduced a 60th-anniversary special edition. Available as a convertible, the Fiat 500 60th Anniversary sports a new two-tone paint job known as Dolcevita: Three-layer White for the lower body and Pastel Ivory for the hood and pillars. A gray and burgundy pinstripe separates the upper and lower colors.

Fiat 500 60th Anniversary Dash

The interior also has retro details and color scheme, with seats in ivory leather with contrasting burgundy seams, a neat vinyl covered burgundy dash and unique dual-color car mats. A special "560" logo is included which is a red "6" and "0" inside the familiar 500 logo. Neat.

Other features included in the Fiat 500 60th Anniversary Special Edition

  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Special 16" lightweight alloy wheel
  • Vintage Logos
  • Unique 560 logos on B-pillar, chrome door sills
  • Numbered limited edition nameplate on center console
  • Leather gear stick knob and steering wheel
  • 7" UconnectTM Radio Live touchscreen system with Bluetooth, Satellite navigator and USB and AUX IN ports;
  • 7" TFT,
  • Automatic climate control,
  • Fog lights
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • Speed Limiter and Cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay support
  • Android Auto integration
  • Rain & Dusk sensor
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Tinted rear windows and
  • Beats AudioTM

Engine choices are the 500's base 1.2L with 69 HP, the 0.9L TwinAir with 85 HP or the 95 HP 1.3L 16v Multijet II turbodiesel. The Fiat 500 60th Anniversary is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission (6 speed for TwinAir models) or the automated manual Dualogic gearbox with paddle shifters. There is no word if we'll get the 60th Anniversary here in North America.

Fiat 500X S-Design in Alpi Green

Fiat S-Design Series
Fiat unveiled their sporty S-Design series at this year's show. The new S-Design is a high style, sporty trim level that will be available starting off on the 500X and Tipo 5 door models.

Fiat 500X S-Design

The 500X S-Design shown had new matte Alpi Green paint and distinctive "18" alloy wheels.

The 500X S-Design also features the following trim with a burnished finish:

  • Side moldings
  • Door handles
  • Front spoiler
  • Taillight trim
  • Liftgate handle
  • Mirror caps

Fiat 500X S-Design Interior

Inside the 500X S-Design, you'll find dark colored trim along with special S-Design upholstery with copper colored 500 logos.

Fiat Tipo S-Design

The Tipo 5-door S-Design shown was finished in Metropoli Gray, and Piano Black trims, new diamond pattern 18" alloy wheels and body colored door handles. The interior also gets special treatment with trim changes.

Fiat Fullback Cross

Fiat Fullback Cross
Fiat is showing off their compact pickup truck they sell in various markets. Built on the Fiat 500X/ Jeep Renegade Small Wide 4X4 platform, this sporty pickup is around 208 inches long, 72 inches wide and 70 inches tall or just a tad bigger than a late model Ford Ranger. The vehicle shown has a 2.4-litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180 and 317 lbs-ft (!) of torque. Top speed is 111 mph. Two transmissions are offered: a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The All-Wheel-Drive Fullback Cross has a Torsen center differential that can be locked and along with an electronic locking rear differential (E-Locker) when the going gets rough.

Sadly, it is unlikely we will ever see the Fiat Fullback Cross here in the US.

Fiat 124 Spider Europa

Fiat 124 Spider Europa
The new limited edition 124 Spider Europa celebrated the launch of the original version by Pininfarina at the Geneva Show some 36 years ago.

Fiat Spider 2000 w/ four-spoke alloys

Painted in Passione Red, this well equipped Spider sports silver rear view mirror caps and a set of the highly desirable, 17" four-spoke alloy wheels, developed by Mopar as a tribute to the original Spider's. A numbered plaque on the center console and the 124 logo on the front grille round out the package.

Fiat 500S

Other Fiats Highlighted
The Fiat 500S is a sporty version of the 500 in Europe. The car has a distinctive look, with unique front and rear bumpers, built-in fog lamps, spoilers and side skirts. An exclusive "Satin Graphite" trim finish on door and trunk handles, mirror caps and wheel trim look good and would be a great addition to the NAFTA cars...

An interesting bit of trivia is in the last six months, the 500S models have accounted for about 15 percent of 500 sales in Europe.

The Fiat 500L has been the best selling in its segment every year since it was launched in 2013. At Geneva, Fiat displayed a fully equipped 500L Trekking complete with Traction+ and a 520 Watt Beats Audio entertainment system.

The Fiat 500L has the interior room of a full-sized car with the economy of a subcompact. The US 500L is one of the best values in family cars with the Trekking model now featuring a new lower price plus Fiat has added $1,700 worth of increased content over last year.

Images and source: FCA, brochure: authors