Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2016 Fiat 500 USA Model Changes

2016 Fiat 500 Sport in Spitfire Orange
2016 Fiat 500 Sport in Spitfire Orange

The 2016 model year brings some changes to the Fiat 500 model lineup. Exterior wise, North American 2016 Fiat 500 hatch and Cabrio models forego the changes made to European 500s and are identical to 2015 cars, except for a few new colors and the availability of new wheels. A new model called the Easy has been added to the lineup and slots in between the Pop and the Sport model. The biggest change is Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system replaces the old add-on TomTom setup used in previous years and has been added to all 2016 Fiat 500 models above the Pop level.

2016 Fiat 500 Uconnect 5.0


Chrysler's award-winning Uconnect 5.0 system features a 5-inch touchscreen and integrated CD player. This infotainment system enables handsfree calling via Bluetooth-equipped phones, as well as voice-command control of AM/FM, and optional SiriusXM Radio and navigation. Digital music can be streamed wirelessly from compatible Bluetooth smartphones or audio players supported by a media hub equipped with an auxiliary jack and USB port that enables recharging and easy operation of portable devices.

The 2016 model year also brings four new exterior paint colors: Spitfire Orange, Grigio Cenre (light gray), Rhino (dark gray) and Latte Menta (light green). Celeste Blue (light blue), previously only available on the Fiat 500 1957 Edition, is now available throughout the Fiat 500 lineup. Additionally, new-for-2016 wheel options are available.

Fiat 500 and 500c Easy model takes a 500 Pop and adds features including the Uconnect 5.0 system, unique interior with premium cloth bucket seats, standard 7-inch color high-definition cluster display, premium audio system and 15-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires.


2016 Fiat 500 Dashboards for NAFTA


2016 Fiat 500 Dashboard. Click for larger image.

1. Turn Signal/Lights Lever (behind steering wheel)
2. Uconnect 5.0 Voice Recognition Controls
3. Instrument Cluster
4. Speed Control
5. Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Controls
6. Wiper/Washer Lever
7. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) OFF
8. Audio System
9. Glove Compartment
10. Defroster
11. Hazard Lights Button
12. Climate Controls
13. Power Windows
14. Transmission Gear Selector
15. Hood Release
16. Power Mirror Switch


2016 Fiat 500e Dashboard. Click for larger image.

1. Turn Signal/Lights Lever (behind steering wheel)
2. Uconnect 5.0 Voice Recognition Controls
3. Instrument Cluster pg. 8
4. Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Controls
5. Speed Control
6. Wiper/Washer Lever
7. Audio System
8. Glove Compartment
9. Defroster
10. Hazard Lights Button
11. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) OFF
12. Climate Control
13. Power Windows
14. Transmission Gear Selector Buttons
15. Hood Release
16. Power Mirror Control

Fiat 500 Sales for August 2015

Fiat 500C Cabrio


Fiat brand sales for August showed a positive gain over last year. Helped by the arrival of the new Fiat 500X crossover, Fiat sold 3,388 cars in August, up 1% over the same month last year. So far this year, Fiat has had a hard time keeping up with the record pace it set last year. This modest increase is hoped to indicate that overall Fiat sales are on the upswing. The 500X arrival comes just in time as the market for small cars have collapsed under the growing shift to buying crossovers.

2016 Fiat Trekking


Sales of the new Fiat 500X crossover in August increased 7% over the previous month as more of cars made their way into dealerships across the country. Built in Italy, the 500X comes in a multitude of variations - front or all wheel drive, 12 colors, 5 trim levels and numerous option packages - and Fiat has been steadily building up its availability at its distribution centers here in this country.

Fiat 500 hatchback and Cabrio sales were down 38% in August compared to the same month last year, but it should be noted that August 2014 was a record month for 500 sales. Year-to-date sales of the 500 have been averaging around 2,400 units per month or off 19% compared to the same period last year.

Fiat 500L Trekking


The Fiat 500L had another weak month, with only 305 units being delivered in August. While one school of thought says that the 500X is stealing sales from the 500L, another says the 500L will ultimately benefit from the increase in dealership traffic the more mainstream 500X crossover is attracting. Right now it seems the proponents of the former hypothesis have the upper hand, but it is still too early to call.

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August Fiat News

August was a slow news month for Fiat, but Fiat500USA.com was able to publish the first look at the revised 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth dashboard complete with Uconnect. This modern, award winning system replaces the add-on TomTom unit used in previous years.


We also published a few helpful posts on various updates available for the infotainment systems in both the 500 and 500X.



Fiat 500 Sales in the United States, January - August 2015
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalVol Change
August 2015
500
500L
500X

     2,054
     305
     1,029
    3,388

   3,329
   33
     0
  3,362

  -38%
    824%
    New
    -1%

     19,403
     6,695
     1,999
    28,421

         23,879
           8,262
           0
         32,141

    -19%
    -19%
    New
    -12%
July 2015
500
500L
500X

     1,959
     314
     962
    3,235

   2,371
   1,436
     0
  3,807

  -17%
    -78%
    New
    -15%

     17,349
     6,390
     1,294
    25,033

         20,550
           8,229
           0
         28,779

    -16%
    -22%
    New
    -13%
June 2015
500
500L
500X

     2,283
     530
     324
    3,137

  3,328
   1,150
     0
  4,478

  -31%
    -54%
    New
    -30%

     15,390
     6,076
     332
    21,798

         18,179
           6,793
           0
         24,972

    -15%
    -11%
    New
    -13%
May 2015
500
500L
500X

     2,614
    1,245
     8
    3,867

  3,337
   1,434
     0
  4,771

  -22%
    -13%
    New
    -19%

     13,107
     5,546
     8
    18,669

         14,851
           5,643
           0
         20,494

    -12%
    -2%
    New
     -9%
April 2015
500
500L

     2,498
    1,258
    3,756

  3,041
   1,257
  4,298

   -18%
    0%
    -13%

     10,493
     4,301
    14,794

         11,514
           4,209
         15,723

    -9%
    2%
     -6%
March 2015
500
500L

    3,276
    1,218
    4,494

  3,316
    1422
  4,738

    -1%
    -14%
     -5%

    7,995
     3,043
    11,038

         8,473
           2,952
         11,425

    -6%
    3%
     -3%
Feb 2015
500
500L

    2,333
     956
    3,289

  2,664
    801
  3,465

   -12%
    19%
     -5%

     4,719
     1,825
     6,544

         5,157
           1,530
         6,687

    -8%
    19%
     -2%
Jan 2015
500
500L

    2,386
     869
    3,255

  2,493
    729
  3,222

   -4%
    19%
     1%

     2,386
     869
     3,255

         2,493
            729
         3,222

    -4%
    19%
     1%


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fiat 500X Uconnect Travel Link Update

Fiat 500X 6.5 Uconnect


The Fiat 500X Lounge and Trekking Pus models come with Chrysler's award-winning Uconnect 6.5 system that combines communication, entertainment and navigation features into one easy to use interface. Owners of very early production 500X vehicles may notice that the Sirius XM Travel Link* button is not displayed on their radio, If that is the case, Fiat has a software update that will fix the issue.

*SiriusXM Travel Link:
Real-time local fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie locations and times all featured in this subscription-based system provided by SiriusXM Radio

Fiat 500X 6.5 Uconnect without Travel Link Icon

When you press the "App" button on your Uconnect system and you don't see the Travel Link icon, your car may need this software update. This applies to cars built on or before June 07, 2015 (MDH
0607XX) equipped with Uconnect 6.5” VP4 (sales code RA4) radio.

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin (Fiat TSB) 08-059-15 REV.A titled "Travel Link Button Not Displayed On The Radio Screen" describes the problem and the fix.

Fiat 500X 6.5 Uconnect with Travel Link Icon

The image above shows what you should see when you press the App button. Notice the Travel Link icon in the lower right of the display.

Contact your Fiat Studio for more information. The software update should take less than a half hour to perform.

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin: 08-059-15 REV. A
DATE: June 09, 2015

SUBJECT:
Travel Link Button Not Displayed On The Radio Screen

OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves upgrading the software on the RA4 Radio.

MODELS :
2016 (FB) Fiat 500X (U.S. Market Only)

NOTE:
This bulletin applies to U.S. cars built on or before June 07, 2015 (MDH
0607XX) equipped with Uconnect 6.5” VP4 (sales code RA4) radio.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
Fiat 500X owners may notice that the Sirius XM® travel link button is not displayed on the radio.







This is provided for informational purposes only. You should always contact your dealer for up to date information and to answer any questions. The dealer will be able to tell you if this TSB is applicable to your car.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fiat 500 Blue and Me Update

Fiat 500 Blue and Me

Blue&Me is the fully integrated in-vehicle infotainment system that is standard on all Fiat 500 models sold in the US and used worldwide on many other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It allows users to make hands-free telephone calls and control music and other functions using voice commands. It is a neat and convenient feature that adds to the enjoyment of owning a Fiat 500.

Some owners of 2015 Fiat 500 models may have experienced an anomaly where some functions don't operate as intended after the ignition key is cycled. If that is the case, there is a revised Technical Service Bulletin out (Fiat TSB 08-103-14 REV. A) that may help those who haven't brought their car to the dealer yet. It involves updating the Convergence Telematics Module (CTM). This TSB applies to cars listed below with CTM software id listed as G583. It will reflash the CTM to software id G755.

You may be able to check this yourself with the following procedure:

To verify the software version in the Convergence Telematics Module (CTM).*
  1. Press the Main/Phone button on the left side of the steering wheel.
  2. Scroll through the main menu using the left switch on the back of the steering wheel and select “Settings”.
  3. Select “Advanced Options” and then “Image ID”.
  4. On the cluster under application id, if “G583” displayed you probably need the CTM updated and should contact your dealer.
  5. If it is different, this TSB doesn't apply.
  6. If it is "G755" this update was already done.

Fiat TSB 08-103-14 REV. A*

Revised December 10, 2014,

SUBJECT:
Convergence Telematics Module (CTM) Software Enhancements

OVERVIEW:
This bulletin involves updating the Convergence Telematics Module (CTM) software.
MODELS:
2015 (FF) Fiat 500

NOTE:
This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or after June 16, 2014 (MDH 0616XX)on or before October 22, 2014 (MDH 1022XX) with CTM software id listed as “G583”

SYMPTOM/CONDITION:
You may notice the Blue and Me steering wheel controls and USB functionality may not operate properly after the ignition is cycled.

*This is provided for informational purposes only. You should always contact your dealer for up to date information and to answer any questions. The dealer will be able to tell you if this TSB is applicable to your car.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Dashboard

2016 Fiat 500 Abarth Dashboard with Uconnect
Click image for larger view

The first image of the 2016 Fiat 500 Abarth dashboard shows Uconnect 5.0 has replaced the TomTom add-on unit used in previous years. The Uconnect system integrates stereo and navigation functions under one screen and is a nice update over the older system. Center dashboard vents are now lower, and along with redesigned outboard air vents should offer enhanced airflow. We'll have more on the new 2016 Fiat 500 on September 1st!

2016 FIAT 500 ABARTH DRIVER COCKPIT
1. Turn Signal/Lights Lever (behind steering wheel)
2. Uconnect 5.0 Voice Recognition Controls
3. Instrument Cluster
4. Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) Controls
5. Speed Control
6. Wiper/Washer Lever
7. Audio System
8. Glove Compartment
9. Defroster
10. Hazard Switch
11. Sport Mode Selector
12. Climate Control
13. Power Windows
14. Shifter
15. Hood Release
16. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)Off Switch
17. Power Mirror Switch

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8/21 updated #16 description

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fiat 500X Fluids and Capacities

Fiat 500X Trekking

Wondering what oils, coolant or fuel to use in your Fiat 500X? Here is the list of recommended fluids including capacities to use in the 2016 Fiat 500X.


FIAT 500X Engine Coolant

1.4L Engine Engine Coolant
MOPAR Antifreeze/Coolant 10 Year/150,000 Mile Formula OAT (Organic Additive Technology) or equivalent meeting the requirements of Material Standard MS.90032.

Part Number: 1 Gallon - 68163848AA (concentrate) 68163849AA (50/50)

Capacity: 5.5 Quarts/5.2 Liters*

2.4L Engine Engine Coolant
MOPAR Antifreeze/Coolant 10 Year/150,000 Mile Formula OAT (Organic Additive Technology) or equivalent meeting the requirements of Material Standard MS.90032..

Part Number: 1 Gallon - 68163848AA (concentrate) 68163849AA (50/50)

Capacity: 6.8 Quarts/6.5 Liters*

Fiat 500X 2.4L MultiAir 2 Engine


FIAT 500X Engine Oil with Filter

1.4L Engine Oil
SAE 5W-40 API Certified Synthetic Engine Oil, meeting the requirements of Material Standard MS-12991 such as MOPAR, Pennzoil, and Shell Helix. Refer to your engine oil filler cap for correct SAE grade.

Capacity: 4.0 Quarts/3.8 Liters

2.4L Engine Oil
SAE 0W-20 API Certified Engine Oil, meeting the requirements of Material Standard MS-6395 such as MOPAR, Pennzoil, and Shell Helix. Refer to your engine oil filler cap for correct SAE grade.

Capacity: 5.5 Quarts/5.2 Liters

1.4L Engine Engine Oil Filter
Part Number: MOPAR Engine Oil Filter 68102241AA

2.4L Engine Engine Oil Filter
Part Number: MOPAR Engine Oil Filter 68197769AA

Fiat 500X Fuel Type

1.4L Fuel Selection
91 Octane Recommended, 87 Acceptable, 0-15% Ethanol

Capacity: 12.7 Gallons/ 48 Liters

2.4L Fuel Selection
87 Octane, 0-15% Ethanol

Capacity: 12.7 Gallons/48 Liters

FIAT 500X A/C Refrigerant System

Refrigerant Type: R-1234yf
Capacity: 1.0 Pounds/0.450 Kilograms

* Includes heater and coolant recovery bottle filled to MAX level.
Note:
Nominal refill capacities are shown. A variation may be observed from vehicle to vehicle due to manufacturing tolerance and refill procedure.


FIAT 500X SPARK PLUGS

1.4L Spark Plugs
Part Number: 68070507AC

Gap: 0.026 in/0.65 mm

2.4L Engine Spark Plugs
Part Number: SP148183AB

Gap: 0.047 in/1.20 mm

Fiat 500X Drivetrain


FIAT 500X TRANSAXLE

Automatic
948TE Automatic Transaxle

Use only MOPAR ZF 8&9 Speed ATF Automatic Transmission Fluid, 9.55550-AV5 or equivalent. Note failure to use the correct fluid may affect the function or performance of your transmission.

Part Number: 68218925AA

Capacity: 6.35 Quarts/6.0 Liters

Manual
C635 Manual Transaxle

Use MOPAR C Series Manual & Dual Dry Clutch Transmission Fluid.

Part Number: 68092630AA

Capacity: 2.0 Quarts/1.88 Liters


FIAT 500X CHASSIS

Axles

Rear Differential (RDM)
Use synthetic lubricant SAE 75W-90 API GL5

Capacity: 0.63 Quarts/0.6 Liters

Transfer Case

Power Transfer Unit (PTU)
Use synthetic lubricant SAE 75W-90 API GL5

Capacity: 0.42 Quarts/0.4 Liters

FIAT 500X Brake Fluid

Brake Master Cylinder
MOPAR DOT 4. If DOT 4 brake fluid is not available, then DOT 3 is acceptable.

Part Number: 12 oz. Bottle - 04549625AD

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