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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fiat 500 Sales for April 2016

Fiat 500C in New York

Fiat brand sales total 3,045 cars in April, down 19% compared to the same month last year. This brings the year-to-date total of Fiats sold in the US to 12,054, off 19% percent compared to last year's total of 14,794 for the same period.

Fiat 500 hatchback sales totaled 1,488 last month or about even with the previous month.  Fiat 500L sales totaled 463 units in April, which is just above the 422 car average so far this year.  The Fiat 500X crossover sales took a surprising dip last month to 1,094, down from 1,399 in March.



The Fiat 500X may be running into an identity crises as the public may be confusing the much larger and roomier 500X for its smaller 500 hatch sibling. The Fiat commercial above called "Room with a View" highlights the roominess of the 500X and tells viewers in no uncertain terms "the Fiat 500X is a lot bigger than than you think."


Fiat 124 Spider Euro version


April Fiat News
Fiat announced pricing of the new Fiat 124 Spider, which is about to hit Fiat Studios this summer. The Fiat 124 Spider brings Italian style and excitement back to the roadster segment where it belongs. Fiat has given the 124 Spider high style, the best power rating in its class and a super price.

Price comparison between the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX5 Miata. Destination charges added in:

Mazda MX5 Miata
Sport: $25,735
Grand Touring: $30,885


Fiat 124 Spider
Classica: $25,990
Lusso: $28,490


The more powerful and quieter Spider Classica is just $165 more than the MX5 Sport, while the Euro-elegant Lusso is a substantial $2,395 less than the Grand Touring.


Abarth 124 design sketch


Fiat turned up the heat on the recently introduced 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and has made it into a full blown Abarth. Listening to its fans who wanted nothing less than the Abarth 124 that Europe gets, Fiat USA switched gears quickly and granted their wish.


Ditching the tongue twisting Elaborazione moniker and now called the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, the new model has more horsepower and sports Abarth badges on the hood and trunk. Besides besting the MX5 Miata by 10 horsepower and a substantial 36 ft.lbs of torque, the Spider Abarth has a lower base price. The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth promises to become of the most sought after sportscars of the year.

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Fiat 500 Sales in the United States, January - April 2016
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalVol Change
April 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,488
     463
    1,094
    3,045

  2,498
   1,258
     0
  3,756

   -40%
   -63%
    New
   -19%

    5,266
    1,730
    5,058
    12,054

        10,493
           4,301
            0
        14,794

    -50%
    -60%
    New
    -19%
March 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,490
     533
    1,399
    3,422

  3,276
   1,218
     0
  4,494

   -55%
   -56%
    New
   -24%

    3,778
    1,267
    3,964
    9,009

        7,995
           3,043
            0
        11,038

    -53%
    -58%
    New
    -18%
February 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,081
     365
    1,547
    2,993

  2,333
   956
     0
  3,289

   -54%
   -62%
    New
   -9%

    2,288
     734
    2,565
    5,587

        4,719
           1,825
            0
         6,544

    -52%
    -60%
    New
    -15%
January 2016
500
500L
500X

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

  2,386
   869
     0
  3,255

   -49%
   -58%
    New
   -20%

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

        2,386
           869
            0
         3,255

    -49%
    -58%
    New
    -20%




Figures and sources: FCA US LLC,
Images: FCA US LLC and author

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider Pricing Announced!

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Fiat USA has released pricing on the new Fiat 124 Spider model range. With prices starting at $24,995*, the Fiat 124 Spider offers an outstanding value package. Fiat's all-new roadster is the lowest-priced turbocharged convertible in America.

  • Fiat 124 Spider Classica $24,995*
  • Fiat 124 Spider Lusso $27,495*
  • Fiat 124 Spider Abarth $28,195*

Early reports in Europe indicate the more powerful Fiat offers stronger acceleration and flatter cornering than the Mazda MX5 Miata. There is also an enhanced Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package that makes the Spider quieter and feel more refined.

Fuel economy figures have also been announced and the 124 Spider achieves an EPA fuel economy rating of 26 city / 35 highway for manual transmission and 25 city / 36 highway for automatic transmission.


Fiat 124 Spider Offers Exceptional Value

Comparing the numbers to the Miata gives you an idea of the value the 124 Spider offers.

Price comparison between the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX5 Miata. Destination charges added in:

Mazda MX5 Miata

  • Sport: $25,735
  • Grand Touring: $30,885
  • Club: $29,420

Fiat 124 Spider

  • Classica: $25,990
  • Lusso: $28,490
  • Abarth: $29,190


The more powerful and quieter Spider Classica is just $165 more than the MX5 Sport, while the Euro-elegant Lusso is a substantial $2,395 less than the Grand Touring. The Spider Abarth, which has 36 more ft.lbs of torque more than the Miata, is actually $230 less.


Fiat 124 Spider Classica

The Fiat 124 Spider Classica starts at $24,995 with a manual transmission. Classica models with a six-speed automatic transmission are $26,345.


Fiat 124 Spider Classica standard equipment
  • 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo Engine with Six-Speed Manual Transmission Delivers 160 HP and 184 LB-FT of Torque
  • Electric Power Steering System, Independent Front and Rear Suspension, Electronic Locking Differential, Electronic Stability Control+ and Traction Control
  • Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Engine Brake Assist
  • Black Cloth Soft Top (Manual Operation)
  • Halogen Daytime Running Lamps and LED Taillamps
  • Power Exterior Mirrors with Body-Color Mirror Caps
  • 16-Inch Painted Silver Aluminum Wheels and 195/50R16 Performance Tires
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire-Specific Display
  • Dual Stainless Exhaust Tips
  • FIAT® Radio 3.0 with AM/FM, Bluetooth® Connectivity, Six Speakers and Connections for a USB and MP3 Player
  • Instrument Cluster with a Large Analog Tachometer, an Analog speedometer and a Driver Information Digital Display
  • Keyless Go Start/Stop Push Button Ignition and Remote Keyless Entry
  • Black Premium Cloth Seats and Soft Instrument Panel and Door Panel Inserts
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

The Classica is available in six colors: Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic), Grigio Moda (dark gray metallic) and Bronzo Magnetico (bronze metallic).

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso


Fiat 124 Spider


The Lusso model with its luxurious appointments, leather interior will be priced at $27,495. Six-speed automatic transmission Lusso models are priced at $28,845.

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso model adds the following additional equipment.
  • 17-Inch Premium Aluminum Wheels Painted Silver and 205/45R17 Performance Tires
  • Fog Lamps, Automatic Headlamps and Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Dual Chrome Finish Exhaust Tips
  • Keyless Enter 'n Go™
  • Stainless Steel Sill Scuff Plates
  • FIAT® Connect 7.0 with 7-Inch Full-Color Touchscreen Display, an AM/FM Radio, Six Speakers, an SD Card Reader and a Multimedia Control Knob
  • Full-Color Personalized Driver Information Digital Cluster Display
  • Automatic Temperature Control (Dual-Zone Available)
  • Heated Leather-Trimmed Seats (Black or Tan)
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera+ (Rear View Mirror)

Lusso models are available in seven colors: Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic), Grigio Moda (dark gray metallic), Bronzo Magnetico (bronze metallic) and Bianca Perla (crystal white pearl tri-coat).

Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione


Fiat 124 Spider in Azzurro Italia paint


The first production run of 124 vehicles will be offered as an exclusive version called the Prima Edizione Lusso and is priced at $35,000.


This limited-edition 124 Spider will be individually numbered with a commemorative badge and available only with the exclusive Azzurro Italia (blue) exterior paint as shown at the Spider's debut at the LA Auto Show. This color will only be offered on Spider Prima Ediziones so once these 124 cars are gone it won't be available again.

Special-Edition 124 Spider Prima Edizione model includes:

  • Limited-Edition Azzurro Italia paint
  • Commemorative Prima Edizione badging
  • Saddle leather interior
  • Lusso luxury package
  • Limited-edition 124 Spider swag, including wearables and poster


Owners who purchase a Prima Edizione will also receive limited-edition swag, including a matching blue leather bag, journal with pen, and a poster showcasing original design illustration with vehicle dimensions.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

Big news is what was once called the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is now a full fledged Abarth model complete with a more powerful engine that has earned its Abarth badging. Prices for the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth start at $28,195. 124 Spider Abarth models with a six-speed automatic transmission are priced at $29,545.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth features:
  • Turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine with 165 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, available with manual transmission or automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Bilstein Sport suspension
  • Front Strut Tower Bar
  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • Sport Mode selector
  • Sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhaust
  • Available Brembo braking system and Recaro seats
  • Unique front and rear fascia, 17-inch Gun Metal (metallic gray) aluminum wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents
  • Available hand-painted hood stripe and trunk ant-glare paint

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models are available in five colors: Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic) and tri-coat Bianco Perla (crystal white pearl).

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Fiat 124 Spider models will be available in studios early this summer.



* plus $995 destination charge. Preliminary information and equipment subject to change.

Source:FCA US LLC

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Announced!

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Shown
The new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth earns its Abarth nose badge! We'll have images soon!

The 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is now a full fledged Abarth model complete with a more powerful engine which has earned the car's its Abarth badging! The new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth now boasts 165 hp and offers unique Abarth tuning and Sport Mode selector. The Fiat 124 Spider already delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque, but the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth bumps it even more. On top of that, the 124 Spider Abarth pricing starts at $28,159 which represents an outstanding value.

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth with a six-speed automatic transmission has a U.S. MSRP of $29,545.*

The 124 Spider Abarth will be available in five colors: Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic) and tri-coat Bianco Perla (crystal white pearl).

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth features:

POWER TRAIN

  • Turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine with 165 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 6 speed manual or automatic transmission w/Paddle Shifters
  • Mechanical limited slip differential
  • Front and rear Bilstein sport suspension
  • Front strut tower bar
  • Sport Mode selector

EXTERIOR

  • 17” Aluminum Sport wheel painted Gunmetal
  • 17” 3 Season Bridgestone Potenza RE 050
  • Sport front and rear fascia with air conveyers
  • Quad tipped exhaust with chrome accent
  • Gunmetal A pillar header and roll bar finish
  • Black side sills
  • Available hand-painted hood stripe and trunk anti-glare paint

INTERIOR

  • Sport Cluster
  • Sport Steering Wheel
  • Performance heated leatherette microfiber seats
  • Red accent stitching throughout
  • Leatherette wrapped passenger lower instrument panel
  • Leatherette wrapped cluster brow
  • Dark matte instrument panel accents
  • Aluminum accent sport pedals

FEATURES

  • Fiat Connect 7.0 touchscreen radio display with multimedia control knob
  • Passive Keyless Enter’n Go
  • ParkView back-up camera with grid lines



Fiat 124 Spider models will be available in studios early this summer!



*plus $995 destination.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider News


Some news while we wait for the Fiat 124 Spider to arrive at Fiat Studios this summer. Sources inside the company confirm the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso edition will now be available with a manual transmission!

Preliminary information at the 124 Spider's introduction last November at the LA Auto Show was the base Classica edition was to have a manual transmission, and the premium Lusso model would only be available in Automatic. News of the manual transmission availability in the Lusso model will be welcome news for manual trans enthusiasts.


Clarification and a heads-up
Some folks that visited the NY Auto Show in March to check out the new 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth have mentioned the car appeared to lack the paddle shifters. We can confirm the vehicle did indeed have paddle shifters, and while they are easy to reach and use from the driver's seat, they can be difficult to see from outside the car.

Fiat 124 Spider Paddle Shifters

Also, badging on the pre-production 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and other details were not finalized at the time of the show, so we may see some differences on the production car. Stay tuned...

This is getting exciting! We'll have details coming shortly.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider Free Like a Bird Ad


The new Fiat 124 Spider is coming soon and promises to make you feel free like a bird... Wait, strike that and reverse it...




Fiat has a new commercial for the Fiat 124 Spider that uses the bird's eye view of a white-tailed eagle to capture the feeling of freedom when driving the open top roadster. But being a Fiat ad means there has to be a twist. Watch and see.


Filmed in the Campania region of southern Italy, Fiat worked closely with world-renowned falconer, Jacques-Olivier Travers to help create the video. Travers is from the conservation movement called FREEDOM, a group that promotes protecting wildlife and the environment throughout Europe. Visit the FREEDOM website to learn more.



Behind the scenes making of the Fiat Free Like a Bird launch video.  Visit the Fiat USA YouTube Channel for more videos.



Source: FCA US LLC YouTube channel


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Range Debut

Alfa Romeo Giulia at Geneva Motor Show

Alfa Romeo debuted the European Giulia model range at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show early in March. The new models unveiled join the top of the range Giulia Quadrifoglio that debuted in Italy last June and at the LA Auto show in November.

The new Giulia reestablishes Alfa Romeo as a force to be reckoned with in the premium mid-size car category. Utilizing the best and brightest Italian designers and engineers and under the leadership of ex-Ferrari managers, the new Giulia is the distillation of the traits and attributes that make up the Alfa Romeo legend.

In the video below, Harold Wester, Head of Alfa Romeo presents the new Giulia and tells us what makes it so exceptional.



Following up after Geneva last month, Alfa Romeo introduced Americans to the Giulia at the New York Auto show. While showgoers weren't treated to a spectacular press conference like the one held for the Giulia Quadrifoglio at the LA Auto, the car was still one of the must see cars of the show. Below is the press release and all the details on the North American Giulia.



Alfa Romeo Giulia a the NY Auto Show

  • Alfa Romeo Debuts the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Lineup at the New York International Auto Show
  • Rebirth of the brand – the all-new 2017 Giulia is the first of eight all-new Alfa Romeos debuting through 2020, and embodies the brand's La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Giulia nameplate reflects a 55-year heritage of Alfa Romeo's lightweight, performance sedan tradition and over 105 years of brand history, carving its legend on road courses around the globe
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti models deliver seductive Italian style and craftsmanship to the premium mid-size sedan segment
  • All-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine with eight-speed automatic transmission delivers a class-leading, standard 276 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to launch from 0-to-60 miles per hour (mph) in less than 5.5 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 149 mph
  • The innovative Alfa Q4 all-wheel-drive system offers the Giulia and Giulia Ti models even more all-season capability and performance
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission, with available column-mounted paddle shifters, is designed for enthusiasts with gear shifts in less than 100 milliseconds
  • As the “halo” model in the lineup, Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport know how with best-in-class 505 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a record-setting 7:39 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring
  • Near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering ratio on the market, thanks to Giulia’s all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture
  • Exclusive to Giulia Quadrifoglio, state-of-the-art technologies, including torque vectoring, active aero front splitter and Alfa DNA Pro mode selector with Race mode, combine to maximize the all-new Giulia’s driving exhilaration

Expanding Alfa Romeo’s lineup beyond the ultra-high performance Giulia Quadrifoglio, the all-new 2017 Giulia and Giulia Ti models will make their North American debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, further highlighting the first of a new-generation of vehicles embodying Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, world-class performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment.

Alfa Romeo Giulia