Friday, March 27, 2015
The retro looking Fiat 500 1957 Edition was a big hit last year. It was so successful, Fiat is bringing it back for 2015. What is more, they are introducing a CABRIO version! The Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio has all the same features as the hardtop but with a white folding top. Fiat Studios are placing orders now, so stop by and get yours in!
The Fiat 500 1957 Edition celebrates the original Nuova Fiat 500 that debuted on July 4, 1957. Based on the top of the line Fiat 500 Lounge, the 500 1957 Edition adds exclusive trim and features that separate this model from others. The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is very well equipped with all the standard features that the 500 Lounge model is known for: leather seats, all power conveniences such as windows, door locks, climate control and a six-speaker, 276-watt Fiat premium audio system with SiriusXM Radio just to name a few.
The Fiat 500 1957 Edition presents a modern interpretation of the iconic model produced between 1957 and 1975. To achieve that, three vintage looking colors - Bianco (white), Verde Chiaro (light green) and Celeste (celestial blue) were selected. The last two colors come with a Bianco painted roof and mirror caps for an authentic retro look. Special 16 inch forged aluminum wheels designed to resemble the steel wheels used on 1950 era Fiats standout. A sport tuned suspension makes the 1957 Edition a nimble handler, just like the original.
The classy looking interior is furnished in high quality Marrone (brown) and Avorio (ivory) leather and is lavished on the seats, shift knob and hand stitched steering wheel. Noteworthy are the unique grey door panels that have Avorio inserts with Marrone leather upholstered armrests. A stylized key fob with Marrone casing and Avorio-painted "1957" graphic is a nice touch. The interior and exterior are finished off with period correct Fiat badging.
New Fiat 500 “1957 Edition” to Debut!
Contact your Fiat Studio for more info:
Criswell FIAT of Gaithersburg, Maryland - 1-888-878-2488
FIAT of Austin, Texas - 1-877-908-3428
Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295
Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716
FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Fiat 500 Custom in Grigio Campovolo (Campovolo Grey)
Abarth showed off its 2015 model range at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Abarth street models for Europe consists of the Abarth 500, 595 and 695 series cars, the Abarth Punto Evo having bowed out of production in 2013. As for last year, Abarth 500 sales reached 6,869 in EMEA, up 12.2% over 2013.
By the way, what is called the Fiat 500 Abarth in the NAFTA market is technically known as the Abarth 500 in most of the world. Abarth being its own division in Fiat or, as it is now called, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles).
Abarth 500 in Azurro Leggenda (Legend Blue)
For 2015, the Abarth lineup starts off with the Abarth 500 Custom. The base Abarth is equipped with a 1.4 L T-Jet engine which, unlike the North American 500 Abarth, does not feature MultiAir. Horsepower for the European Abarth 500 Custom is rated at 135 for cars with the 5 speed manual transmission or 140 for cars with the 5 speed automated transmission. The later is called the Abarth MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) and is a C510 manual transmission with automated controls added on. Customization is the hallmark of Abarth, and the 500 Custom has a plethora of options available.
Abarth 595 Turismo in two-tone metallic Rosso Officina and Grigio Pista
Next up in the range is the 595 series cars. The Abarth 595 models offer more horsepower (160-180hp), a higher level of equipment plus comes in 16 colors! The 160 hp 595 Turismo has leather seats, climate control and 17 inch wheels as standard.
Abarth 595 Competizione
Going to the 595 Competizione brings even more equipment: the 180 hp engine, Brembo 4 piston caliper brakes and the coveted Sabelt seats Abarth enthusiasts around the world long for. Standard xenon headlights are also part of the package.
The Abarth 500 Custom and 595 series cars are available in Cabrio form.
Abarth 695 biposto
Abarth also offers the 695 as well as its "Specialties" series for those who want even more performance and aren't limited by budgets. The range-topping Abarth 695 biposto is the most over the top version yet and typically costs 40,000 - 69,000 Euros depending on equipment. By comparison, an Abarth 500 Custom starts at approximately 19,000 Euros.
Dubbed the "littlest supercar," the 695 biposto is a car enthusiasts wishlist of performance accessories. A coilover suspension, 18 inch wheels, an AIM Data Logger, Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust and a 190 hp engine are just a few items that turn the 695 biposto into one angry street car. The biposto has the distinction of having the most hp ever offered in a street going Abarth in addition to being the only street legal car in the world with a racing type dog-ring gearbox.
Abarth 595 50th Anniversary
The Abarth "Specialties" are limited production cars that usually have a commemorative theme. Currently, there is the 595 50th Anniversary and 695 Edizione Maserati listed as available, but don't be surprised if other models will be added during the year.
Abarth esseesse kit
Besides the cars, for 2015 Abarth is emphasizing the customization and tuning kits available for the various models.
Abarth 595 50th Anniversary BRM Watch
Finally, because Carlo Abarth was a man of style as well as a savvy entrepreneur, Abarth & Co offers a full range of fashion accessories, clothing, and assorted swag.
Friday, March 20, 2015
• Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show this month was the Fiat 500X equipped with the Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) and the 1.4 liter MultiAir II 140 HP engine with all-wheel drive. This powertrain combination, which will be available in Europe in the coming months, will not be available in the US.
• Also premiering at Geneva was the Fiat 500 Vintage '57, the European version of the North American Fiat 500 1957 Edition. Last year, the show car version of the car was shown to the public at the show (New 2014 Fiat 500 Debuts At Geneva Show).
• Fiat showed off its new Panda K-Way. This special edition Panda is a collaboration with the Fiat brand and the clothing maker K-Way, a maker of fashionable outdoor and weather proof apparel.
• The new Fiat Doblò Trekking equipped with the "Traction+" system debuted. Traction+ is an advanced traction control system that improves drivability on a variety of poor surfaces with limited grip.
• Garage Italia Customs displayed their sophisticated Fiat 500X 'Black Tie" show car.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The latest Fiat commercial called "Big Italian Family" makes the point that the Fiat 500 hatchback is no longer alone! The imminent arrival of the Fiat 500X crossover in the next few months means that Fiat Studios will be able to offer somewhere around 25 versions of cars made up of various Fiat 500, 500L and 500X models. It truly is a big Italian family!
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Italians are invading the Carolinas! Now this isn't the kind of invasion news that makes the history books, though, This is about a great Fiat event taking place in the beautiful South and North Carolina countryside this Saturday, March 21. Benson FIAT, one of the country's top Fiat dealers, has invited Fiat owners to a drive tour.
Starting at the Benson FIAT headquarter in Greer, South Carolina the tour will parade through the heart of downtown Greenville and proceed through the breathtaking roads in the area and beyond. Residents will be treated to seeing a column of various Fiat models that showcase Italian style and design moving throughout two states. Besides it being a fantastic way for Fiat owners to spend the first Saturday of Spring, it is also no better way to show the public the Fiat lifestyle of fun.
The Benson FIAT Italian Invasion Tour draws inspiration from this popular 2013 Fiat commercial
The Benson FIAT Italian Invasion Tour starts at 8:30 AM on Saturday, March 21 at the Benson FIAT Studio in Greer, South Carolina. Contact the Studio Manager, John Montgomery, for more details and to register:
Friday, March 13, 2015
The Fiat 500X "Black Tie" show car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last week. The car is a collaboration between Fiat and Garage Italia Customs and showcases the elegant side of the 500X. Using materials normally reserved for posh homes and exquisite clothing, Fiat 500X "Black Tie" looks like it should be parked in front of the home of a wealthy Italian entrepreneur - which is exactly who the designer Lapo Elkann is. For those who don't know, Lapo Elkann, noted fashion icon and a regular on the world's best-dressed list is also an heir to the Fiat empire.
Elkann through his company Garage Italia Customs lavished his celebrated taste onto the new Fiat 500X. Outside, the 500X "Black Tie" is wrapped in a combination of chrome plated film and paint in a herringbone pattern. The roof features varnished solid wood roof rails and handles.
Inside, Elkann uses quality materials to continue the elegant theme. Black Alcantara is used to cover the dashboard, panel structure and tunnel. The lower pillar lining, kick plate and floor mats are also finished in black Alcantara with dark stitching.
Black denim is used for the roof and upper pillar linings. The seats combine British-style cashmere, black leather edging and ice-color stitching with black denim trim. Cashmere and Alcantara are also used on the door panel inserts.
Picking up the exterior's wood trim theme, the inner door moulding, central console, dashboard accents and the entire luggage cover panel are made of solid wood.
Cars like the Fiat 500X "Black Tie" and the Mopar customized 500X give Fiat enthusiasts ideas on what they can do to their 500X. Mopar is working on more than 100 accessories for the 500X, many of which will be available shortly after the 500X hits the streets later this spring. By this time next year, we predict the Fiat 500X will be one of the most personalized cars in its segment!