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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evo at Spa Francorchamps

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione

Watch the video of Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and Abarth 500 Assetto Corse race cars compete on the demanding Spa Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium. These racing highlights were filmed during the Trofeo Abarth Selenia Europe race series that were held July 24 - 24th, 2015. The Trofeo Abarth Selenia Europe race series gives Abarth drivers an affordable opportunity to race their cars on the most prestigious race tracks across Europe. The Abarth Assetto Corse cars are prepared directly by the Abarth Officine (Workshop), and are then delivered to “Abarth Racing” tuners who care for racetrack maintenance and support.

Abarth Assetto Corse are special built race cars and come in various levels - the 190 hp 500 Assetto Corse, 205 hp 695 Assetto Corse and the top of the line 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione. The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione is powered by a 1.4 T-Jet engine with 215 hp and uses a 6-speed sequential gearbox. During the races on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione ran an extremely high average speed of 150 km/h.

Abarth Officine preparing Assetto Corse Race Car

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fiat 500 Ranked Best in JD Power APEAL Awards

Fiat 500 Picnic

The Fiat 500 ranked best in class in the JD Power's APEAL Awards. The J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) test study examines what owners like about their new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. APEAL is based on evaluations of 77 attributes in 8 categories of vehicle performance and design: engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior.

The Fiat 500 was the only car to outperform the segment's average in this year's APEAL Study. It was the second time the Fiat 500 has won its segment since its introduction in the 2012 model year.

New Fiat 500C and Original

The Fiat 500 was scored as having the best overall performance and design; features and instrument panel, performance, and style in its class. Competitors in the City Car category soundly beaten by the Fiat 500 included the Chevrolet Spark and Smart FourTwo.

JD Powers APEAL Ratings by Category - City Car
Overall Performance and DesignPerformanceComfortFeatures and Instrument PanelStyle
Fiat 500       *****      *****   **       **********
       ***        ***    *****       ***  **
Smart FourTwo       **        **  ****       **  **

***** Among the best **** Better than most *** About average **The rest

The Fiat 500 has won many awards, but this JD Power award is particularly important because it shows that Fiat owners are happy with the design and performance of their car, which is what ultimately matters the most.

To give perspective on how well the Fiat 500 did, let's take a look at how some other popular cars were ranked by owners in the JD Power Appeal awards.

Fiat 500 VS. Others in JD Powers APEAL Ratings
Overall Performance and DesignPerformanceComfortFeatures and Instrument PanelStyle
Fiat 500       *****      *****   **       **********
       ***        ***    ***       ****  ***
       ***        ***    *****       ***  ***
       ***        **    ****       ***  ***
       **        **    **       **  **
       **        **    **       **  **
       ***        ***    ***       ***  ***
       ***        ***    ***       ****  ****

The Fiat 500 is sold in more than 110 countries and sales have reached over 1 million since 2007. Just ask an owner and they'll tell you why.

Source:JD Power

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fiat 500 Number 1 in Total Quality

Fiat 500e Wins Total Quality Award

The Fiat 500 was ranked number one in total quality in Strategic Vision's Total Quality Awards program. The research firm Strategic Vision specializes in understanding consumer decision making and is used by a variety of Fortune 100 clients. Their Total Quality Award measures the overall ownership experience, and the Fiat 500 took top honors in its class, beating the VW Golf, Mazda3, Nissan Cube and Kia Soul among others.

Total Quality Index score is ranked by customers and is based on the following:
  • Satisfaction with the complete ownership experience
  • Perception of quality
  • Owner reported delight
  • Future purchase intent
  • Emotional attachment to vehicle

2015 Total Quality Awards Score rankings in the Small Multi-Function Car Segment
  1. Fiat 500: 867
  2. Volkswagen Golf: 861
  3. Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback: 859
  4. Nissan Cube: 859
  5. Fiat 500L: 858
  6. Kia Soul: 855
  7. Ford Fiesta Hatchback: 854
  8. Mazda Mazda2: 850
Segment Average: 834
Note: Only cars that scored above the segment average are shown

According to Strategic Vision, differences of 3-5 points in this scoring system are significant, so the Fiat 500's score over its competitors is impressive.

Fiat 500C Cabrios in New York

The Fiat 500e was also awarded the Total Quality Award in the Small Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car Segment.

Small Alternative Powertrain (APT) Car Segment Rankings:
  1. Fiat 500e: 856
  2. Ford C-MAX Hybrid: 850
  3. Honda Civic Hybrid: 827
Segment Average: 824

Strategic Vision has presented Total Quality Awards annually since 1995. The Fiat 500 also earned the Top Quality Award in 2012.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fiat 500X in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh from the Fiat 500X backseat

Made it to Pittsburgh for the 2015 Fiat FreakOut earlier this week and decided to take a look at this historic city that has contributed much to the world. Pittsburgh was a pillar of the industrial revolution and the hub of America's steel production for nearly 100 years. During World War II, Pittsburgh produced more steel than Germany, Japan and Italy combined. The city also outproduced all the allied countries put together. There is a nearly countless list of innovative firsts developed in the city and by its residents. These include:

  • Alternating current is developed by Pittsburgh's Westinghouse Electric.
  • Pittsburgh's George Ferris invented the first Ferris Wheel.
  • Dr. Jonas Salk, of the University of Pittsburgh, developed the polio vaccine.
Home of numerous world’s firsts, including:
  • The first wire cable suspension aqueduct bridge.
  • The Western Hemispheres first successful petroleum refinery.
  • The world’s first motion picture theater.
  • The first gas station.
  • The first full-scale atomic-powered electric plant.
  • The first production of commercial aluminum.

Here are some random shots of Pittsburgh while we toured the city in our Fiat 500X.

Pittsburgh bridge

Pittsburgh is home of 446 bridges. The most of any city in the world.

Fiat 500X at Pittsburgh Doubletree

Arrived at the Doubletree Hilton, ready to unpack.

Fiat 500X Trunk


Fiat 500X concealed cargo area

Almost forget the concealed cargo area!

The Duquesne Incline

The Duquesne Incline on the way down.

View at top of the Duquesne Incline

Breathtaking view of Pittsburgh at the top of the Duquesne Incline.

Pittsburgh Industry

Pittsburgh was the steel capital of the world.

Pittsburgh Smog

Lots of pollution back then.

Pittsburgh 1936 Flood

Pittsburgh saw its share of floods.

Pittsburgh Architecture

Great architecture all over the city.

Pittsburgh Strip District

The 500X in the very cool Pittsburgh strip district.

Fiat 500X in Pittsburgh

Lots of cozy neighborhoods in Pittsburgh filled with shops, restaurants and theaters.

Senetor John Heinz History Center Sherman Tank

Senator John Heinz History Center is a must see. You will learn the fascinating history of Pittsburgh and all the surprising contributions the city has made to the world.

Source: Pittsburgh Firsts

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On the Road to the 2015 Fiat FreakOut!

2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus in Bianco Gelato

Fiat owners from all over the country are on the road right now heading to the Fiat FreakOut. The Fiat Club America's national convention called Fiat Freakout is a fun family event held over 4 days and brings Fiat enthusiasts from around all over North America. Now in its 32nd consecutive year, the 2015 Fiat FreakOut is being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and starts July 15.

 Fiat500USA.com packed up our new 500X and headed out on the 400 + mile road trip to the FreakOut on Monday. Along the way we couldn't help but stop at Punxsutawney, the town nicknamed the Weather Capitol of the World, to visit Punxsutawney Phil, the noted weather prognosticator. Here are some images and notes from the trip.

2016 Fiat 500X Luggage Capacity

Travelling "light." Eight days worth of luggage for three people (minus Buddy!).

2016 Fiat 500X Trunk
It all fits! The dog is in there somewhere! ;)

2016 Fiat 500X Back Seat

We found him! Buddy is on vacation, too. Going to the pet resort complete with doggy water park!

2016 Fiat 500X on Highway

The Fiat 500X is at home on the highway. The highways we traveled on in Pennsylvania where smooth, plus the speed limit is 70 mph in many parts! Being from Italy, the Fiat 500X is made to handle high speed roads like Italy's Auto Strada and the speed unlimited Autobahn in Germany. So far, our Fiat 500X has averaged 32.06 mpg on the trip.

2016 Fiat 500X on Winding Road

Besides highways, Pennsylvania also has many twisty country roads. The 500X's is also at home here. Italy is a mountainous country and Italians expect a car that has impeccable handling and powerful brakes. The 500X is a joy to drive on these roads.

2016 Fiat 500X Center Console

The obligatory Fiat travel mugs and Charms candy.

Punxsutawney Road Sign

Punxsutawney, home of Phil the Groundhog was along the route so we decided to stop.

Punxsutawney Phil and Fiat 500X

Punxsutawney Phil checked us in at the hotel. Phil is everywhere in this quaint town.

About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day dates back to 1866. Over the years it has become a world-wide phenomenon as tens of thousands attend Punxsutawney's Groundhog Day event held on February 2nd. In 1997, over 35,000 people showed up to see Phil's weather prediction.

Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney with Fiat 500X

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil in his burrow. You can visit him all year long in a pleasant park located in the center of town.

Punxsutawney Phil and the FIat 500X

Yep, Phil is everywhere! Next stop: Pittsburgh!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fiat 500 Birthday Celebration 2015

Fiat 500 Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Car Image

The Fiat 500 celebrated its birthday last weekend. July 4th marked the 58th anniversary of the debut of the Fiat 500 in 1957. Every year Fiat holds a celebration to mark the occasion. This year was also special because Fiat rolled out the new, redesigned 500.

New Fiat 500 at Parco Sempione

Fiat kicked off the weekend early on July 3rd with "500 Night," an event held at Fiat dealers throughout Italy where people could buy Fiats at special sale prices.

 Fiat 500 Logo at Parco Sempione

July 4th brought "500 Days" with the unveiling of the new Fiat 500 and other fun activities held during a picnic at Parco Sempione in the heart of Milan. More than 15,000 people attended the celebration, during which 328 people formed a human image of a 500 and broke a Guinness World Record for the "Largest Human Car Image." Colorful mats were also layed out to form the distinctive 500 logo visible from above. Celebrants could lounge on these all day long, eating and relaxing to music at "GQ FreakOut," a concert Fiat sponsored with GQ magazine at the park.

New Fiat 500 Masterpiece Reloaded

If you are in Italy next year at this time, make sure you check out what events Fiat has planned. They shouldn't be missed!

Fiat 500 Classics on Display at Parco Sempione

Here are some more birthday celebrations Fiat has held over the years.