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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept Debuts!

Fiat 500L-Vans design concept


Fiat debuted their Fiat 500L-Vans design concept at the Vans US Open of Surfing over this past weekend. The Vans company made their name with athletic shoes and apparel so this special Fiat 500L features design elements inspired by classic Vans products and materials. Inside, Vans logos on the instrument panel with vintage palm-patterned canvas and Vans Waffle Soles on the pedals and in storage bins reminds one of the original Vans hi-top sneakers.

Fiat 500L-Vans Interior


Outside, Off-road LED daytime running lamps in an integrated brush guard and unique body cladding standout. The matte blue and gloss white two-tone paint is topped with a Vans checkerboard pattern, and Shoe sole waffle pattern accents for the grille, step pad and rear cladding carry on the Vans theme. A raised ride height along with 18 inch blacked out wheels gives the car a rugged appearance. A roof mounted double decker surf board carrier with basket complete the look.

Fiat 500L-Vans Concept


You can view the Fiat 500L-Vans design concept as well as the full Fiat model line up at the Vans US Open for Surfing event going on now and running through August 3rd at Huntington Beach, California. The event is free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast at the Vans US Open of Surfing website.


Fiat 500L-Vans Dashboard

Fiat 500L-Vans Seats


Fiat 500L-Vans Waffle Pattern Pedals

Interior Features:
  • Vans Canvas Pattern fabric with white and blue leatherette and leather accents
  • Vintage Vans Logo Stickers through the years detail on instrument panel trim
  • Vans waffle pattern Sole Texture on rubber surfaces and pedals

Exterior Features:
  • Unique Vans Checker roof
  • Matte and gloss paint with gloss black accents
  • Off-road LED daytime running lamps in integrated brush guard
  • Unique cladding with pronounced fenders
  • Roof rack with basket and surf board double decker
  • Shoe sole waffle pattern accents (grille, step pad and rear cladding)
  • 18” wheels with higher ground clearance and wider track

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fiat at US Open of Surfing

Fiat 500 Watercrafts


Fiat is making a big splash this weekend at the Vans US Open of Surfing. Starting July 26 and running through August 3 in Huntington Beach, California, the Vans US Open of Surfing is the largest surfing competition in the world. This year, Fiat will be pulling out the stops with a beach display showing off its full model range, including the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio, 500L Trekking, and the all-electric Fiat 500e. Fiat will also debut a special Fiat 500L design concept inspired by the Vans clothing and accessories brand.

Fiat Water Ski


This is the second year in a row that Fiat has partnered with the Vans US Open. The event is expected to draw 500,000 spectators.

Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat brand North America explains why teaming up with the US Open of Surfing is a good fit for the brand:

“Last year’s Vans US Open of Surfing gave us the opportunity to be a part of an event that matches the spirit and playfulness of the FIAT brand. As we continue to launch new products, including the all-new automatic Fiat 500 Abarth, the US Open of Surfing remains a great platform to showcase the depth of our portfolio and interact with the young audience attending this event.”


Fiat 500 Watercrafts Cruising

In addition to the land display, Fiat will bring back its Fiat 500 watercrafts that debuted at the event last year. Professional surfer Brianna Cope will be on hand to sign autographs and there will be plenty of giveaways, including Wayfarer sunglasses, branded shoelaces, and other FIAT-branded items available. The event is free and open to the public and can be viewed daily on the live webcast at the Vans US Open of Surfing website.

Brianna Cope

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fiat and Renault Team Up for New Vehicle

Fiat Scudo Commercial Van


Fiat and Renault have signed an agreement to produce a new commercial vehicle to be manufactured at a Renault factory in France. The vehicle will be the replacement for the Fiat Scudo, a medium duty commercial van that Fiat had produced in a joint venture with France's Peugeot. Fiat and Peugeot had cooperated on the Scudo for the past 20 years, but that will end when its replacement arrives in 2016. The new Fiat commercial van will feature distinctive Fiat Professional design elements and be based on a Renault platform. Production will begin during the second quarter of 2016 at the French company's Sandouville plant.

Fiat Scudo Passenger Van

The Fiat Scudo is smaller than the Fiat Ducato (Ram ProMaster in the North America) and comes in either a cargo or passenger van configuration.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Fiat FreakOut Recap

2014 Fiat FreakOut


The Fiat Club America held their annual Fiat FreakOut national convention last weekend and the highly anticipated event was another roaring success. It was the 31st year for the Fiat FreakOut and the event was held in the Chicago area for the first time. Fiat owners and fans from all around North America enjoyed four days filled with fun activities and friendly people. There were plenty of new and vintage Fiats on hand to entertain.

2014 Fiat FreakOut Show


The Fiat FreakOut is always chock full with things to do and this year's event kicked off with some kart racing. A poker run to the Volo Auto Museum and a late night cruise around Chicago were memorable. One of the key things about the Fiat FreakOut is socializing with fellow Fiat owners and the FreakOut's cocktail parties, lunches and dinners are a relaxed way to meet new people. Wandering the parking lot and seeing rare Fiats and talking with friendly owners is a popular Fiat FreakOut pastime. Vendors, movies and raffle prizes also added to the enjoyment and things to do.

1976 Lancia Scorpion at FreakOut

The highlight of the event is the concours auto show held on Saturday. This year, some early rain in the day failed to dampen the mood and the show field was full of some of the best examples of vintage, rare and significant Fiat Group cars.

Fiat USA was a major sponsor and sent a street team with the Fiat 500L to display. Nicole Longhini, Brand Manager for Fiat North America, was there for the second year in a row and gave a presentation on Fiat marketing that included the Funny or Die comedy video "Neighbors."

The 2015 Fiat FreakOut is already in the works, so make plans next year this time to attend. We'll have info on the 2015 Fiat FreakOut as soon as it is available, so keep an eye here on the blog. Don't forget to visit the Fiat Club America website and join the largest Fiat club in America!

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Fiat 500 at 2014 Fiat FreakOut




Images: Thanks to the following for sharing their Fiat FreakOut experience: aevansgatech, Thad, Abarth67, Fiat Club America

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fiat 500 Tech Bulletin Updates

Fiat 500 Test Track

Since its introduction just over three years ago, there have been more than 141,000 Fiat 500s delivered to owners in North America. The Fiat 500 is unique because it provides a high style, fun Italian driving experience at an affordable price point. Like any new model though, there are always going to be quirks, annoyances or issues that rear their head over time. Fiat has published a few updates recently that address the petty annoyances that some owners have experienced.

Fiat 500C Cabrio

These updates are in the form of Technical Service Bulletins issued to Fiat Studio technicians to help them identify, diagnose and rectify these issues. Here are a few of the latest Fiat TSBs that may be of interest to owners. Note: not all cars will have these issues and as always, consult your Fiat Studio for the latest information and to see if your car falls under these bulletins.

How to find your Fiat 500's MDH (Month Day Hour):

Decoding the Fiat 500 VIN

 Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 23-015-14: Rear Window Washer Nozzle Drips And/Or Leaks While Driving

MODELS:
2012 - 2013 FF 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or before April 15, 2013 (MDH 0415XX) equipped with Rear Window Wiper/Washer sales codes (JHB).
Qty. Part No. Description
1 68238613AA CHECK VALVE, Washer

This latest TSB has to do with a rear window washer that leaks. Some cars built before April 15, 2013 may exhibit a rear washer nozzle that dribbles occasionally. Fiat has issued an update that involves installing a check valve and hose assembly behind the rear window washer nozzle.

 Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 08-012-14 REV. A: Clock In The Cluster Gains Or Loses Time

MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500 Models

This can happen on 2012 Fiat 500s. An owner may notice the clock picks up a minute or two a month or lose the same amount. This minor problem may or may not be annoying, but now there is a solution out there that involves updating the software in the Instrument Panel Cluster.


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 17-001-14: Rear Axle Alignment Shims

MODELS:
Fiat 500
Part Number: 68236620AA Shim Kit : (Kit contains 1 front shim, 1 rear shim, and 4 spindle bolts)

This bulletin is to inform service personnel of the availability of rear axle alignment shims.

This is something Fiat owners have been waiting for, especially owners of the high performance Fiat 500 Abarth model. The rear suspension on a Fiat 500 is a torsion beam axle design. This type of suspension has a limited range of wheel alignment adjustment built in. Until the release of this kit, you were only able to shift the axle over to correct thrust angle adjustment on a Fiat 500. Now with this kit, toe in or out can be adjusted. The kit contains two rear axle alignment shims and replacement spindle mounting bolts. This is enough for one side.

Here are a couple of notes when using these shims. Please refer to the Fiat 500 Repair Manual available online at the Tech Authority website.


Before ordering the Axle Alignment Shim Kit, first attempt to correct the out of toe condition, by adjusting the alignment thrust angle until a zero thrust angle is achieved. If the toe angle is still out of specification after adjusting the thrust angle, use the Axle Alignment Shim to correct the out of specification toe condition. Shim will provide approximately 1/4 degree of toe correction. Do not use more than one shim kit per axle side and do not stack shims.

CAUTION: Do NOT completely remove more than 1 spindle bolt at a time to prevent the spindle and wheel assembly from rotating or coming off the vehicle because damage to the brake hose may occur. Loosen but do NOT remove all four spindle bolts on side of rear axle requiring alignment shim.

Note: Some repair manuals may have the wrong alignment specs listed:

Other Fiat Technical Service Bulletins


 Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 02-002-13: Cold Weather Noise From Front End Over Bumps

This bulletin involves replacing both left and right front jounce bumpers.
MODELS:
2012- 2013 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built prior to March 7, 2013 (MDH 0307XX).
Issues:
Owners may experience a noise from the front of the vehicle while going over bumps which may be more noticeable in colder temperatures.


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 08-014-14 Flash: Enable Shift Up Indicator

This Bulletin involves updating the software in the Instrument Cluster (IC).
MODELS:
2013 Fiat 500 Turbo
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or before February 07, 2013 (MDH 0207XX), equipped with 1.4L I4 16V Multiair Turbo Engine (sales code EAF), 5- SPD C510 Manual Transmission (sales code DDE) and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) (sales code LAZ).

 Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-040-13 MIL Illumination P0456: Evap System Small Leak or P0128- Thermostat Rationality

This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software.
MODELS:
2013 Fiat 500/Abarth
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a 1.4L engine (sales code EAB or EAF) built on or before June 24, 2013 (MDH 0724XX)


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-028-13 REV. A MIL Illumination P1CEA- Boost Side Evap Purge System Performance, P0456- Evap System Small Leak or P0128- Thermostat Rationality

This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software.
MODELS:
2013 Fiat 500/Abarth (Hatchback only)
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a 1.4L engine (sales codeEAF) built on or before February 14, 2013 (MDH 214XX).


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 08-062-12: Tom Tom Message Searching For GPS Or Can't Pair With Blue And Me

This bulletin involves updating the software or replacing the unit if instructed.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicle built before July 26, 2012 (MDH 0726XX).


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 08-054-12 Flash: Convertible Decklid Will Not Close And Ajar Indicator Lamp On

This bulletin involves flash reprogramming the Body Control Module (BCM) with new software.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500 (Cabrio only)
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built before May 18, 2012 (MDH 0518XX).


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-014-12 Flash: MIL Illumination Or Cancel Cruise Control Bump Feeling Or Chime With Message In Cluster - Coolant Overtemp Turn Ignition Off

This bulletin involves selectively erasing and reprogramming the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500
NOTE: **This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a 1.4L engine (sales code EAB) built before March 12, 2012 (MDH 0312XX).**


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 08-065-11: Express Down Window Function Stops With Window Part Way Down

This bulletin involves flash reprogramming the Body Control Module (BCM) with new software.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to Fiat 500 vehicles built before April 21, 2011 (MDH 0421XX).


Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 09-003-11: Unable To Add Engine Oil

This bulletin involves verifying the oil fill housing is not partially blocked. If blockage is present replacing the oil fill housing will be necessary.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with a 1.4L engine (sales code EAB) built between January 18, 2011 (MDH 0118XX) and March 3, 2011 (MDH 0302XX).

 
Fiat 500 Shift Knob

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 21-002-13: Chrome Top Cap On Shift Knob is Loose

This bulletin involves inspecting and if necessary replacing the shift knob.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles without (sales code DF1) 6-Speed Aisin Auto Transmission built after June 30, 2011 (MDH0730XX) and prior to June 26, 2012 (MDH0626XX).

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 23-034-13: B-Pillar Body Creak Noise

This bulletin involves diagnosing noise source and spraying lubricant into B-pillar area.
MODELS:
2012-2013 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built on or after September 3, 2012 (MDH 1203XX) and on or before August 9, 2013 (MDH 809XX).
Issue:
Body creak noise coming from the passenger side lower B-pillar area during light acceleration, deceleration, and braking.

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 23-029-13: Side Door Glass Is Inoperable, Binds and/Or Moves Slow

This bulletin involves inspecting the door glass guide for excessive material and if necessary replacing the door glass and glass run weatherstrip.
MODELS:
2012- 2013 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built prior to September 14, 2012 (MDH 0914XX).
Issue:
Side Door Glass is inoperable, binds and/or moves slow.

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 23-023-13: Front And/Or Rear Emblems Bubbling And/Or Fading

This bulletin involves replacing the rear FIAT emblem and inspecting and if necessary replacing the front Fiat emblem.
MODELS:
2012-2013 Fiat 500
NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles built before January 25, 2013 (MDH0125XX).
Issue:
Front and/or rear emblems bubbling and/or fading.

Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 23-035-12: Liftgate Emblem Paint Peeling

This bulletin involves inspecting for paint peeling and if necessary replacing the rear Abarth liftgate emblem.
MODELS:
2012 Fiat 500 (Abarth Only)
NOTE: This applies to vehicles equipped with (sales code MEA) Abarth exterior badging built before July 07, 2012 (MDH0707XX).

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Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 Fiat FreakOut Happening Now!

On the Road to the Fiat FreakOut


Fiat owners from all around North America are packed up and heading right now to the Chicago area for the Fiat FreakOut, the largest Fiat event of the year. The Fiat Club America's national convention is a four-day event filled with cars, activities and enjoyable, fun people. This year, the event is held in a beautiful location, 30 miles west of downtown Chicago at Pheasant Run Resort, a 250 acre resort.

Fiat 500 Abarth Trunk Room


The Fiat FreakOut kicked off yesterday but runs through Sunday, July 14th. Registration deadlines have passed, but there are still ways to participate and enjoy the event. For example, the car show Saturday is open to viewing and starts at 9:30 AM at Cantigny Park, a gorgeous park about 9 miles from the Resort. The Park does collect a small fee to get in, but it is nominal. There will be vendor tables setup at the hotel and, of course, plenty of late night parking lot action where you can mingle and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere loaded with Italian car talk. It is definitely worth a road trip to see what the Fiat FreakOut is all about.


2013 Fiat FreakOut Image Gallery by Fiat500USA.com


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fiat "Neighbors" Web Series

Fiat Neighbors Web Series

Fiat in partnership with the comedy video website Funny Or Die has launched a web series titled “Neighbors." The web series features five webisodes showcasing the 2014 Fiat 500L as it follows the adventures (or misadventures) of a suburban American couple as they interact with their new Italian neighbors. “Neighbors,” debuted in June on Funny Or Die and was promoted on the TBS cable channel. Fiat’s “Neighbors” will premiere its final two episodes this week on Funny Or Die, which can be viewed at funnyordie.com

The Fiat web series "Neighbors" is the follow up to the popular "Backseat Italians" that aired earlier on the Funny Or Die website.

Fiat 500L and Neighbors


According to Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer - Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat Group Automobiles Head of Fiat Brand:

"The FIAT brand’s playful personality and Italian heritage give us license to find new ways to tell our brand story. Partnering with Funny Or Die, which has a huge built-in fan base and social media following, has proven to be a winning formula for us. The reaction to our ‘Backseat Italians’ video proved the power of great content and a passionate fan base that Funny Or Die brings to the partnership. Since the launch of this latest series of videos, we've seen an uptick in web traffic, and this deeper engagement with our brand ultimately leads to FIAT Studio visits.”

The web series begins with “The New Neighbors Are So … Italian,” when a middle-age suburban couple gears up to meet the hot, young and stylish Italians moving in to the house next door. The series follows the two couples through a series of four additional episodes: “Espress Lane to Trouble” proves that overdosing on espresso is no way to impress the cool, new Italian neighbor; “Spanking” demonstrates that the threat of being punished by a beautiful woman somehow does nothing to stop the neighborhood boys’ bad behavior; “Gluten Free” brings the American couple over for dinner at the Italian neighbor's home; and finally, “When in Rome” leaves everyone lost in translation when a figure of speech leads to a big misunderstanding.

Fiat Neighbors Spanking


Viewers of “Neighbors” can follow along on Twitter by using the hashtag #italianneighbors. The posted webisodes currently hold “Funny” rankings by Funny Or Die viewers.

In celebration of world soccer fever with cultures coming together all over the world, FIAT is sponsoring “Funny Or Die Soccer Week,” a special weeklong programming event featuring soccer-themed videos and articles, which can be viewed at funnyordie.com/soccer.


Adapted from Chrysler Media Press Release

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic Video

Fiat 500 Abarth Autocross

In this video, Matt Davis, Head of Product Marketing and Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, give an overview on some of the features and rational behind the new 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic. The new car is scheduled to hit Fiat Studios by the end of summer and sporst revised interior features, a new digital instrument cluster and automatic transmission option. Davis answers purists concerns about the driving dynamics of the car, while Stoicevich explains that 50 percent of the sales that come from the Fiat 500 Abarth competitors are equipped with an automatic transmission. Fiat 500 Abarth sales have been up 16 percent over last year and the new automatic transmission option is expected to give a nice bump to sales.



Performance of the Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is said to be on par with the manual transmission equipped car - with 0 - 60 mph acceleration only being slower by .2 seconds. Extra care has been taken to guarantee the 500 Abarth's sporting driving experience is retained. Pressing the dash mounted Sport button switch activates more aggressive transmission settings such as throttle-blipping, rev-matching downshifts, and allows the gears to be held longer when accelerating out of corners and when getting off the gas. Fuel-cut upshifts smooth out drivetrain shock, and the transmission downshifts when getting hard on the brakes to assist stopping performance and to ensure the car is in an appropriate gear to accelerate again. Upshifts at full-throttle can occur in as little as 150-200 milliseconds!

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic Cabrio


Fuel economy for the 500 Abarth Automatic is EPA rated to get 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for a combined average of 27 mpg. This is just slightly less than the manual transmission's 28 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined average figures.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Jeep Gives Clues on Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X
Fiat 500X Concept was first shown in 2012.

The recently unveiled 2015 Jeep Renegade is built on the Fiat chassis called the Small Wide 4x4 Architecture. This flexible platform is derived from the Fiat 500L and will be used in the upcoming Fiat 500X Crossover. The specifications for the Jeep Renegade give some clues about Fiat 500X.

Jeep Renegade

The two new models will be built on the same assembly line at the Fiat plant in Melfi, Italy. The Jeep Renegade will begin production during the second quarter of this year, with the 500X following sometime during the third quarter. Anticipated production volume is estimated at 280,000 cars with the 500X accounting for 150,000 of this total.

Fiat Sedici

The Fiat 500X replaces the Fiat Sedici crossover that Fiat sells in Europe. The Fiat Sedici is a joint venture with Suzuki and will be recognized in the US as the Suzuki SX4.


Fiat 500X Body
Fiat 500X bodies lined up at the factory waiting for assembly. Note the Jeep Renegade bodies in the background.


The Fiat 500X is rumored to make its public debut tomorrow on July 4th - the 57th anniversary of the introduction of the Nuova Fiat 500. While we are waiting, let's take a look at the specification on the Jeep Renegade and get familiar with the platform. We'll see what corresponds to the Fiat 500X once we get more information.

Fiat 500L and 500X
This image was included in the 500L Design Brief to illustrate the 500L concept of maximum interior room, minimum overhang. It also gives a clue to the sporty 500X Crossover's proportions.

What we know is the Fiat 500X will be available in 2 and 4-wheel drive variants. Length is said to be around 165 inches (4.2 meters), about 26 inches longer than the 500 hatchback and a few inches longer than the European-spec 500L. The US version is expected (guaranteed?) to have the 1.4L MultiAir Turbo used in the 500L model, so that is no mystery. The C635 manual and DDC transmission is also a given. However, we have included the specs on the 2.4 L TigerShark engine along with the 9-speed Automatic just in case that becomes available.

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2015 Jeep® Renegade SPECIFICATIONS


Specifications are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Body Style
Sport-utility vehicle (SUV)
Assembly Plant
Melfi, Italy
EPA Vehicle Class
Multipurpose vehicle

BODY AND CHASSIS
Layout
Transverse front engine, 4x2 and 4x4
Construction
Steel uniframe

ENGINE: 1.4-LITER MULTIAIR TURBO
Availability
Standard: Renegade Sport (4x2 and 4x4) and Latitude (4x2 and 4x4)
Type and Description
In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement
83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cc)
Bore x Stroke
2.83 x 3.31 (72.0 x 84.0)
Valve System
Belt-driven, MultiAir, SOHC, 16 valves, hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection
Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction
Cast-iron block with aluminum-alloy head and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio
9.8:1
Maximum Turbo Boost (psi / bar)
22 psi / 2.49 bar
Power (SAE)
160 hp (119 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Torque (SAE)
184 lb.-ft. (250 N•m) @ 2,500-4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed
6,500 rpm (electronically limited)
Fuel Requirement
87 octane (R+M)/2 acceptable
91 octane recommended
Oil Capacity:
4.0 qt. (3.8 liter) with dry filter
Coolant Capacity
5.5 qt. (5.2 liter)
Emission Controls
Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features
Fuel Economy
TBD
Towing
Not recommended
Engine Assembly Plant
Dundee, Mich.

ENGINE: 2.4-LITER MULTIAIR2 TIGERSHARK
Availability
Standard: Renegade Limited (4x2 and 4x4) and Trailhawk (4x4)
Available: Renegade Sport and Latitude (4x2 and 4x4)
Type and Description
In-line four-cylinder, 16-valve MultiAir with multiport fuel injection
Displacement
144 cu. in. (2,360 cc)
Bore x Stroke
3.46 X 3.82 (88 X 97)
Valve System
SOHC, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Injection
Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction
Aluminum block, aluminum cylinder head
Compression Ratio
10:1
Power (SAE net)
184 hp (137 kW) @ 6,400 rpm
Torque (SAE net)
177 lb.-ft. (236 N•m) @ 4,400 rpm
Max. Engine Speed
6,500 rpm
Fuel Requirement
Unleaded regular, 87 octane
Oil Capacity
5.5 qt. (5.2 liter) (total)
Coolant Capacity
6.8 qt. (6.45 liter)
Emission Controls
Single catalytic converter, heated wide band lambda sensor upstream and mid-catalyst heated oxygen sensor
Fuel Economy
TBD
Towing
2,000 lbs. (907 kg)
Engine Assembly Plant
Dundee Engine Plant, Dundee, Mich.


TRANSMISSION: 948TE NINE-SPEED AUTOMATIC
Availability
2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark engine (4x2 or 4x4)
Description
Planetary gear train, transverse layout
Ratio Spread
9.81
Gear Ratios
1st:4.71
2nd:2.84
3rd:1.91
4th:1.38
5th:1.00
6th:0.81
7th:0.70
8th:0.58
9th:.48
Reverse:3.83
Axle Ratios
1.4-liter 4x4 — 4.334
2.4-liter 4x2 — 3.734
2.4-liter 4x4 — 3.734
2.4-liter 4x4 (Trailhawk) — 4.334

C635 SIX-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Availability
1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine (4x2 or 4x4)
Description
1st, 2nd, 3rd gear: Triple cone
4th: Double cone
Gear Ratios
1st:4.154
2nd:2.118
3rd:1.361
4th:0.978
5th:0.756
6th:0.622
Reverse:4.00
Final-drive Ratio
4.438 / 4.438 / 3.579 / 3.833
Overall Top Gear
2.38

4X4 SYSTEMS: JEEP ACTIVE DRIVE, JEEP ACTIVE DRIVE LOW
Availability
Jeep Active Drive is optional on all models
Jeep Active Drive Low is standard on Trailhawk
Type
Fully disconnecting 4x2 mode with automatic 4x4 engagement
Full-time 4x4 mode with active on demand clutch
Operating Modes
Auto 4x2/4x4, Neutral
Center Differential Type
None
Terrain Response
Unique tuning in all terrain modes
Crawl Ratio
20:1 (with Jeep Active Drive Low)

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator
150-amp (1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo) 160-amp (2.4-liter Tigershark w/ MultiAir2)
Battery
500-amp (1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo) 600-amp (2.4-liter Tigershark w/ MultiAir2)

SUSPENSION
Front
McPherson strut, coil springs, flat front steel crossmember, high-strength steel double shell lower control arms for 4x4 and high-strength steel mono shell lower control arms for 4x2, stabilizer bar
Rear
Chapman strut, high-strength steel links, isolated steel rear cradle for 4x4 and not-isolated for 4x2, coil springs, stabilizer bar

STEERING
Type
Electric power rack and pinion
Overall Ratio
15.7
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)
36.3 (11.07) 4x2 and 4x4
35.3 (10.76) Trailhawk 4x4
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)
2.68 (4x2 and 4x4)
2.76 (Trailhawk 4x4)

BRAKES
Front
Size and Type
12 x 1.1 (305 x 28) vented rotor with 2.36 (60) single-piston floating caliper
11.06 x 1 (281 x 26) vented rotor with
2.24 (57) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (per caliper)
138.77 sq. in. (895.3 sq. cm), 1 x 60
115.88 sq. in. (747.6 sq. cm), 1 x 57
Rear
Size and Type
10.95 x 0.47 (278 x 12) solid rotor with 1.5 (38) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (per caliper)
101.7 sq. in. (656.4 sq. cm), 1 x 38
Power-assist Type
10 (254) vacuum assist
Four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)
Standard
Electronic stability control (ESC)
Standard
Parking Brake Type
Electric motor on caliper

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES(a)
Wheelbase: 101.2 (2,570)
Track, Front: 60.6 (1,540)
Track, Rear: 60.6 (1,540)
Overall Length: 166.6 (4,232)
Overall Width: 71.0 (1,804)
Overall Height: 66.5 (1,689)
Load-floor height: 29.8 (758)
Sill-step height: 19.4 (494) front, 19.6 (497) rear

Ground Clearances
6.7 (170) 4x2
7.9 (200) 4x4
8.7 (220) Trailhawk 4x4
Approach Angle, (with air dam) (degrees)
17.9 4x2
21.0 4x4
30.5 Trailhawk 4x4
Breakover Angle (degrees)
21.2 4x2
24.0 4x4
25.7 Trailhawk 4x4
Departure Angle (degrees)
29.7 4x2
32.1 4x4
34.3 Trailhawk 4x4
Curb Weight (kg)
3025 (1372) 4x2 and 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo
3190 (1447) 4x4 and 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo
3126 (1418) 4x2 and 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark 3311 (1502) 4x4 and 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark 3490 (1583) Trailhawk 4x4 with 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark
Aero Cd
0.350 4x2
0.360 4x4
0.370 Trailhawk 4x4
Fuel-tank Capacity
12.7 gal. (48 liters)

ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity — Front/Rear
2/3
Front Row
Head Room without Sunroof
41.1 (1,045)
Head Room with Sunroof
39.7 (1,009)
Legroom
41.2 (1,046)
Shoulder Room
55.9 (1,419)
Hip Room
53.1 (1,348)
Seat Travel
9.0 (230) driver / 10.2 (260) front passenger
Recliner Range (degrees)
From 25 nominal, 38 forward and 30 rearward (from vertical 13 forward, 55 rearward)
SAE Volume (standard roof),cu. ft. (cu. m)
54.8 (1.55)
Second Row
Head Room
40.5 (1,029)
Legroom
35.1 (891)
Shoulder Room
55.1 (1,400)
Hip Room
51.9 (1,319)
SAE Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)
45.3 (1.28)
Cargo Access
Liftover Height
30.2 (766)
Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening
40.1 (1,020)
Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening
39.0 (990) at bottom of opening
Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening
29.5 (749)
Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening
29.0 (739)
Distance Between Wheelhouse Interior Trim
37.6 (956)
SAE Cargo Volume
Rear Seats Up, cu. ft. (cu. m)
18.5 (0.525)
Rear Seats Folded, cu. ft. (cu. m)
50.8 (1.440)
EPA Interior Volume Index, cu. ft. (cu. m)
118.6 (3.359)
Behind Rear Seat, cu. ft. (cu. m)
18.5 (0.525) (rear seat at design position)
Behind Front-row Seats with Rear Seats Folded, cu. ft. (cu. m)
50.8 (1.440)

TIRES
Availability
Standard on Sport / Latitude
Size and Type
215/65R16 BSW, All-season
Mfr. and Model
Continental, CrossContact LX Sport
Revs per Mile (km)
749 (464)

Availability
Standard on Latitude (with 2.4-liter Tigershark w/ MultiAir2)
Size and Type
215/60R17 BSW, All-season
Mfr. and Model
Continental, CrossContact LX Sport
Revs per Mile (km)
768 (478)

Availability
Standard on Limited
Optional on Latitude
Size and Type
225/55R18 BSW, All-season
Mfr. and Model
Goodyear Eagle Sport or Kumho KL33
Revs per Mile (km)
729 (452)

Availability
Standard on Trailhawk
Size and Type
215/65R17 OWL, All-season
Mfr. and Model
Goodyear Wrangler SRA or Falken Wildpeak
Revs per Mile (km)
722 (448)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fiat 500 Sales for June 2014

Fiat 500L Lounge

Fiat recorded its best June sales figures since the brand came back to the US market in 2011. Fiat sold a total of 4,478 cars last month compared to 4,050 cars the same month a year ago - an 11 percent increase and the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. So far this year, Fiat has sold a total of 24,972 cars, up 16 percent over last year's 21,612 year-to-date total.

Sales of Fiat 500 hatchback and Cabrio models reached 3,328 for June, about the same as last month. The Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio enjoyed a 130 percent year-over-year sales increase, the strongest sales gain of any Fiat 500 model for the month. Below is a look at how sales of the Fiat 500 stack up against its popular competitors:
  • Fiat 500 June sales = 3,328, year-to-date total = 18,179
  • VW Golf June sales = 2,528 year-to-date total = 11,469
  • MINI Cooper June sales = 3,238, year-to-date total = 12,604
  • Hyundai Veloster June sales = 2,554 year-to-date total = 14,970
Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio
Sales of the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio have been up significantly this year. Fiat continued to have year-over-year sales gains last month, despite the month having two less selling days compared to June 2013.


Fiat 500L sales were 1,150 units, up 113 percent compared to June 2013, the first month the 500L was sold in the US. It should be noted sales of the Fiat 500L began halfway through June 2013, so the percentage increase is not 100 percent comparable. If you look at the first full twelve months of sales (July 2013 - June 2014) you'll see that Fiat sold a total of 13,654 500L MPVs in the United States during that time. The figure rises to 16,165 if you include Canadian sales.


June Recap
When it comes to social media, Fiat is always at the top of the game. There seems to always be multiple contests running each month on Fiat's Facebook page and last month we saw the "Jonesin' for a Fiat 500" and "Fiat's Open Road Challenge" contests kick off.


Fiat launched its new Tumblr page by introducing its new "Endless Fun" media campaign. The ‘Endless Fun’ campaign features 15 second animated GIFS that highlight specific attributes of particular Fiat models. These inexpensive ads have been run on TV and have been somewhat controversial because they are so unusual, but there is no doubt they definitely capture your attention.


June also brought some excitement to Abarth fans, with the road debut of the Abarth 695 biposto. The most outrageous factory Abarth 695 was the official car of the Gumball 3000 Rally. While we won't see the Abarth 695 biposto here in North America, the model has given inspiration to many Fiat 500 Abarth owners on this side of the Atlantic.


Fiat announced production of the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth has begun at its Toluco, Mexico plant. The new 2015 car features updated interior features, a digital dashboard and the availability of an optional automatic transmission. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth will hit showrooms towards the end of the summer.



The US media finally got its hands on the US version of the Alfa Romeo 4C last month and rave reviews followed. You can find the official Alfa Romeo dealer list here:



Next month, Fiat owners from around North America and beyond will converge on Chicago for the 31st annual Fiat FreakOut. The national convention of the Fiat Club America is the largest get together of Fiat owners in the country and is something you cannot miss. Deadlines are very close, so make sure you register for the 2014 Fiat FreakOut now!


Fiat 500 Sales in the United States - June 2014
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalVol Change
June 2014
500
500L

     3,328
     1,150
     4,478

  3,509
    541
  4,050

     -5%
    113%
     11%

     18,179
     6,793
     24,972

         21,071
            512
         21,612

    -14%
    1,156%
     16%
May 2014
500
500L

     3,337
     1,434
    4,771

  4,051
     0
  4,051

    -18%
     new
     18%

     14,851
     5,643
     20,494

         17,562
              0
         17,562

     -15%
     new
     17%
April 2014
500
500L

     3,041
     1,257
    4,298

  3,899
     0
  3,899

    -22%
     new
     10%

     11,514
     4,209
     15,723

         13,511
              0
         13,511

     -15%
     new
     16%
March 2014
500
500L

     3,316
     1,422
    4,738

  3,807
     0
  3,807

    -13%
     new
     24%

     8,473
     2,952
     11,425

         9,612
            0
         9,612

     -12%
     new
     19%
Feb 2014
500
500L

     2,664
     801
    3,465

  3,302
     0
  3,302

    -19%
     new
     5%

     5,157
     1,530
     6,687

         5,805
            0
         5,805

     -11%
     new
     15%
Jan 2014
500
500L

     2,493
     729
    3,222

  2,503
     0
  2,503

    0%
     new
     29%

     2,493
     729
    3,222

         2,503
            0
         2,503

     0%
     new
     29%


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*Sales sources: FCA, Automotive News