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Fiat 500: 140 Awards and Counting

The Fiat 500 is one of the most awarded cars on the road today. Here is a look at some of the accolades the 500 has won.

Fiat 500X All- Wheel-Drive System Explored

The Fiat 500X has an advanced All-Wheel-Drive system. See how it outperforms the competition.

Driving the New Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth!

A look at how the new Fiat 124 Spider stacks up against the original

Fiat 500L Design

Within its compact dimensions, the Fiat 500L has the room of a full-sized car. See how Fiat did it and the concept and goals of the design team

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Debut

Watch the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Debut Video at the LA Autoshow

Fiat 500X Uconnect Update

How to update the Uconnect 6.5 in a Fiat 500X

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Racing

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution

Can't wait for Friday to be over? Here is some Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution racing to kick off your weekend. The Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evolution is an upgraded version of the racing Abarth 695 Assetto Corse. The 1.4L T-Jet engine goes from 200 hp to 215 and weight goes down 44 lbs for a 2028 lbs total. For perspective, this Abarth 695 is about 3 - 400 lbs lighter than a Spec Mazda Miata and has around 50 horsepower more, so you can imagine the Abarth is a blast on the track.







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2015 Fiat 500, 500c and 500 Turbo Specs

2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Front Emblem

2015 Fiat 500, 500c Cabrio and Fiat 500T Turbo full specifications.
Dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.


FIAT 500 GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type A-segment hatchback or cabrio
EPA Vehicle Class: Mini-compact
Assembly Plant: Toluca, Mexico
Introduction Date Spring 2011 as a 2012 model

FIAT 500 BODY/CHASSIS
Layout: Transverse-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive (FWD)
Construction: Unitized steel body

FIAT 500 and 500C ENGINE: 1.4-LITER MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
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 heads and aluminum-alloy bedplate
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Power (SAE net): 101 bhp (75 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (73.8 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 97 lb.-ft. (132 N•m) @ 4,000 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,900 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: 4.6 qt. (4.4 liter)
Emission Controls: Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors
and internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow


EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy): Fiat 500 Pop, Sport and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Fiat 500c Pop and Lounge:
31/40 (five-speed manual)
27/34 (six-speed automatic)
Engine Assembly Plant:; Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

FIAT 500T TURBO ENGINE: 1.4-LITER TURBOCHARGED MULTIAIR I-4
Availability: Standard — Fiat 500 Turbo
Type and Description: Inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, turbocharged
Displacement: 83.48 cu. in. (1,368 cu. cm)
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): 18 psi / 1.24 bar
Power (SAE): 135 bhp (101 kW) @ 5,500 rpm (98.7 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE): 150 lb.-ft. (203 N•m) @ 2,400-4,200 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: 4.6 qt. (14.4 liter)
Emission Controls : Dual three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features(a)
Max. Gross Trailer Weight: Not rated for trailer tow
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/highway/combined): 28 / 34 / 31
Engine Assembly Plant Dundee, Mich.
(a) Meets Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emission requirements and LEV II requirements in California, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

Fiat 500 Turbo Leather Shift Knob


TRANSMISSION: C514 FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge models
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone 3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.174
3rd 1.345
4th 0.974
5th 0.766
Reverse 3.818
Final-drive Ratio:
3.44 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)
3.73 (500 Sport)
Overall Top Gear:
2.63 (500 and 500c Pop and Lounge)
2.85 (500 Sport)

TRANSMISSION: AISIN AUTOMATIC SIX-SPEED OVERDRIVE WITH AUTO STICK
Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Pop, Sport, Turbo and Lounge models
Description: Auto Stick driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gear Ratios:
1st 4.044
2nd 2.371
3rd 1.556
4th 1.159
5th 0.852
6th 0.672
Reverse 3.193
Final Drive Ratio: 4.103
Overall Top Gear: 2.76

TRANSMISSION: C510 PERFORMANCE FIVE-SPEED MANUAL
Availability: Standard on Fiat 500T Turbo
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone
Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.238
3rd 1.520
4th 1.156
5th 0.872
Reverse 3.909
Final-drive Ratio: 3.353
Overall Top Gear: 2.92

2015 Fiat 500 Digital Instrument Panel


FIAT 500 ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator:
105-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with automatic transmission) and 500c Pop, Sport and Lounge models
120-amp — Standard on 500 Pop (with manual transmission) and 500 Turbo
Battery: 500 CCA, maintenance free

FIAT 500 SUSPENSION
Front:
MacPherson suspension, coil spring with twin-tube shock absorbers and stabilizer bar — included with 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Sport-tuned shock absorbers and springs — included with 500 Sport
Sport-tuned shock absorbers, springs and performance-designed lower-control arm — included with 500 Turbo

Rear: Rear twist-beam axle with coil springs and twin-tube shock absorbers — included with 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Sport-tuned shock absorbers and springs — included with 500 Sport and 500 Turbo

FIAT 500 STEERING
Type: Power rack and pinion with electric power steering (EPS) column
Overall Ratio: 16.3:1
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb): 30.6 ft. (9.32 m)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock): 3.0

FIAT 500 BRAKES
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop and Lounge, 500 Sport
Front:
Rotor size and type: 10.1 x 0.86 (257 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type: 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear
Rotor size and type: 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Caliper size and type: 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)

Availability: Standard on 500 Turbo
Front:
Rotor size and type: 11.1 x 0.86 (282 x 22) vented
Caliper size and type: 2.12 (54) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 193 sq. in. (1,244 sq. cm)
Rear
Rotor size and type: 9.4 x 0.4 (240 x 11) solid
Caliper size and type: 1.33 (34) single-piston with aluminum housing
Swept area: 153 sq. in. (984 sq. cm)

2015 Fiat 500c Cabrio Interior


FIAT 500 DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES(D)
Wheelbase: 90.6 (2,300)
Track, Front:
500 — 55.4 (1,406.8)
500c — 55.4 (1,406.8)
500 Turbo — 55.4 (1,406.8)
Track, Rear:
500 — 55.0 (1,397.0)
500c — 55.0 (1,397.0)
500 Turbo — 55.0 (1,397.0)
Overall Length:
500 — 139.6 (3,546.7)
500c —139.6 (3,546.7)
500 Turbo — 144.4 (3,667.3)
Overall Width: 64.1 (1,627.0)
Overall Height:
500 — 59.8 (1,519)
500c — 59.8 (1,519)
500 Turbo — 59.8 (1,519)


Ground Clearance:
500 Pop — 4.5 (114)
500 Sport and Lounge — 4.5 (114)
500c — 4.6 (118.0)
500 Turbo — 4.5 (114)
Drag Coefficient (Cd):
500 Pop — 0.332
500 Sport — 0.362
500 Lounge — 0.359
500c Pop and Lounge — 0.364
500 Turbo — 0.362
Curb Weight, lb. (kg):
500 with five-speed manual — 2,366 (1,074)
500 with six-speed automatic— 2,452 (1,112)
500c with five-speed manual — 2,424 (1,099)
500c with six-speed automatic— 2,511 (1,139)
500 Turbo with five-speed manual — 2,505 (1,136)
500 Turbo with six-speed automatic — 2,576 (1,168)
Weight Distribution, percent Front/Rear:
500 with five-speed manual — 63/37
500 with six-speed automatic — 65/35
500c with five-speed manual — 62/38
500c with six-speed automatic — 64/36
500 Turbo with five-speed manual — 65/35
500 Turbo with six-speed automatic — 66/34
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (liter) 10.5 (40)
(d) All dimensions measured at curb weight with standard tires.

FIAT 500 ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity, F/R: 2/2
Front Seat
Headroom:
500 — 38.9 (989.1)
500 with sunroof — 37.6 (956.3)
500c — 38.6 (980)
Legroom: 40.7 (1,034.8)
Shoulder room: 49.4 (1,254.8)
Hip room: 47.9 (1,215.4)
Total seat travel:
Driver — 8.2 (210.0)
Passenger — 8.2 (210.0)
EPA front row interior volume:
500 — 45.3 cu. ft. (1.282 cu. m)
500c — 44.9 cu. ft. (1.272 cu. m)

Rear Seat
Head room:
500 — 35.6 (902.9)
500c — 36.8 (934)
Legroom: 31.7 (805.1)
Shoulder room: 46.4 (1,177.5)
Hip room: 42.6 (1083.1)
EPA second row interior volume:
500 — 30.2 cu. ft. (0.854 cu. m)
500c — 31.3 cu. ft. (0.887 cu. m)
Total Passenger Interior Volume:
500 — 75.5 cu. ft. (2.137 cu. m)
500c — 76.2 cu. ft (2.159 cu. m)
EPA Luggage Compartment Volume:
500 — 9.5 cu. ft. (0.269 cu. m)
500c — 5.4 cu. ft. (0.152 cu. m)
EPA Interior Volume Index:
500 — 84.9 cu. ft. (2.405 cu. m)
500c — 81.6 cu.ft (2.311 cu. m)
Trunk Liftover Height: 27.7 (703.6)

2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Wheel


FIAT 500 TIRES
Availability : Standard on 500 Pop and 500 Lounge
Size and type: 185/55R15 BSW All-season
Mfr. and model: Continental ContiProContact or Firestone Firehawk GTH or Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S
Revs per mile (km) 906 (563)

Availability: Standard on 500 Sport and 500 Turbo
Size and type: 195/45R16XL BSW All-season
Mfr. and model: Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S or Continental ContiProContact
Revs per mile (km) 901 (560) or 911 (566)

FIAT 500 WHEELS
Availability: Standard on 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material: Steel wheels with tech silver painted wheel covers
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Pop
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five-oval spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500 Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, nine split-spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, seven-split spoke design, fully painted tech silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Optional on 500 and 500c Lounge
Type and material: Cast-aluminum premium finish, radial design, fully painted premium silver
Size: 15 x 6.0

Availability: Standard on 500 Sport
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, polished face with dark mineral gray painted pockets
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Standard on 500 Turbo
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, polished face with gloss black painted pockets
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Optional on 500 Sport
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five split-spoke design with polished face with dark mineral gray painted pockets and Rosso accented center cap
Size: 16 x 6.5

Availability: Optional on 500 Turbo
Type and material: Cast-aluminum, five split-spoke design with Hyper Nero face and Rosso accented center cap
Size: 16 x 6.5

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2015 Fiat 500 Model Changes

2015 Fiat 500 Gets New Console
2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Specifications
Inside the 2012 Fiat 500 Engine

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fiat Labor Day Sales Event!

Fiat 500c

Celebrate the last days of summer in style with a new Fiat 500! From now until Spetember 2, Fiat USA is offering an additional $1,000 sales incentive on the cool 2014 Fiat 500 and 500c Cabrio plus the hot Fiat 500 Abarth. Called the Fiat Labor Day Sales Event*, the $1,000 is on top of any other sales incentives going on in your local market area. Below is an example for Mid-Atlantic residents:

2014 Fiat 500 Sport

Mid-Atlantic 2014 FIAT Retail Bonus Cash: $500
Mid-Atlantic FIAT 2014 Consumer Cash: $2,000
Mid-Atlantic 2014 FIAT Bonus Cash: $1,000
Labor Day Retail Bonus Cash: $1,000
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Total Cash Allowance $4,500


That is $4,500 off of a 2014 Fiat 500 Sport! If you've been waiting to buy a new 2014 Fiat 500, now is the time. You need to take delivery by September 2!

Discounts and incentives vary from model and market areas so make sure you visit the Fiat USA Incentive Page for details and contact your local dealer for more information.

Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio

Contact the following Fiat Studios for more details:

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


or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.

*This incentive program applies to the purchase of a new 2014 FIAT 500 or FIAT 500c, including Abarth models. The offer ends September 2, 2014, so act fast or you'll miss out.



Friday, August 22, 2014

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic Up Close

Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic on racetrack

Allison Singer, Vehicle Integration Engineer for the Fiat 500 Abarth platform talks about what makes the Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic different than a traditional automatic transmission equipped car. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is not your grandfather's old slushbox!



In the video, Singer describes the care taken to ensure the full 500 Abarth driving experience is retained. When sport mode is selected, more aggressive transmission settings are activated such as throttle-blipping, rev-matching downshifts along with gears being held longer when accelerating out of corners and when getting off the gas. Snappy upshifts (150-200 milliseconds at full-throttle!) are accompanied by a fuel-cut that makes for a nice pop through the dual tailpipes 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.

The Aisin AW automatic transmission used in the 500 Abarth is a traditional torque converter type, beefed up for high performance use with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capacity. The Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic is available now to drive at Fiat Studios across the country. Try one out!

Contact the following Fiat Studios for more details:

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


or go to the Fiat USA website here to find your nearest dealer.


Fiat 500 Abarth AW6F25 Transmission Specifications

Six-Speed Automatic, Electronically
Controlled, Fully Adaptive, Electronically
Modulated Torque Converter, Auto Stick
driver-interactive manual control

Gear Ratios
1ST: 4.044
2ND: 2.371
3RD: 1.556
4TH: 1.159
5TH: 0.852
6TH: 0.672
REVERSE: 3.193
Final-drive Ratio 3.50
Overall Top Gear 2.35

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
(city/highway/combined)
24 / 32/ 27 with six-speed automatic transmission


Fiat 500 Abarth C510 Performance FIVE-SPEED Manual

Availability:  Standard on Fiat 500 Abarth and Fiat 500T
Description:
1st, 2nd gear: Double Cone
3rd, 4th, 5th, gear: Single Cone

Gear Ratios
1st 3.909
2nd 2.238
3rd 1.520
4th 1.156
5th 0.872
Reverse 3.909
Final-drive Ratio 3.353

Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg:
(city/highway/combined)
28 / 34 / 31 with five-speed manual

Full Specs here:

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Abarth Experience Adds New Venues

Fiat 500 Abarth Racetrack

Fiat has announced additional venues for the Abarth Track Experience. What's the Abarth Track Experience you ask? It's a full day of high performance driving instruction that is included with the purchase of every new Fiat 500 Abarth. At the Abarth Experience, owners are able to explore the performance of the 500 Abarth in a safe and controlled race track environment under the watchful eyes of professional high performance driving instructors. One more thing - Fiat supplies the cars!



This year, Fiat has expanded the Abarth Track Experience by adding new locations: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.; and Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Fiat 500 Abarth Racing


The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic will be available at events held in the fall. Make sure you register NOW because space is limited.


Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, FL
  • September 9, 2014: space available
  • September 10, 2014: space available
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT
  • September 29, 2014: space available
  • September 30, 2014: space available
Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA
  • November 11, 2014: space available
  • November 12, 2014: space available

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fiat 500 Improved Starting TSB

Fiat 500 Abarth Autocross

Have you had an issue starting your Fiat 500? There is a new Fiat Technical Service Bulletin (Fiat TSB) that has been released announcing a software update that fixes starting issues for owners of 2012 - 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth models. The symptoms are an occasional cranking no start condition. Fiat 500 owners may also experience an engine that sounds like it is freewheeling or has no compression. In most situations, this is normally resolved by simply trying to restart the car.

Additionally, a small number of Fiat 500 owners may experience a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) illumination with a P2299 (Brake Pedal Position/ Accelerator Pedal Position Incompatible) code being set.

The fix involves reflashing the Fiat 500 Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with revised software. The reflash also enhances cold weather starting performance.

Fiat 500 Prima Edizione Interior


Note this is for 2012-2013 Fiat 500, 500T Turbo and Fiat 500 Abarth models equipped with the 1.4L MultiAir and MultiAir Turbo engines (sales code EAB or EAF).*


Contact your Fiat Studio for more information. Refer them to Fiat Technical Service Bulletin 18-007-14 REV. A, dated August 14, 2014.**

The Tech Bulletin has been updated.  Read more here: Fiat 500 Improved Starting Fix

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Want an All Wheel Drive Fiat 500L?

Fiat 500L Trekking


All Fiat 500L models sold in the US feature an advanced traction control similar to the Traction Plus system used in Europe that enhances drivability on slippery surfaces. Grab a set of snow tires and you'll be surprised how good a 500L can be when the going gets tough. Still, there are those who live in areas where the remote possibility of getting stuck is not an option. For a person in that situation, All Wheel Drive (AWD) can give that extra bit of assurance that nothing mother nature throws at them will slow them down. With that in mind, here is a poll asking if the lack of All Wheel Drive kept you from buying a Fiat 500L.


Even with front wheel drive, the Fiat 500L goes well on low traction surfaces. This European spec Fiat 500L has the traction plus system that enhances traction. All NAFTA Fiat 500 and 500L models use a similar system as standard equipment.

All Wheel Drive Fiat 500L test cars have been spotted running throughout Europe and the US, so something may be in the works. Let Fiat know and vote!

Note: Poll is above story, below the Criswell Fiat advertisement.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Fiat500USA.com on Instagram!

Fiat500USA.com on Instagram


Can't get enough Fiat pictures? Then make sure you visit the Fiat500USA.com Instagram page - username: fiat500usaforum! Over 150 great Fiat images and growing are there for your enjoyment. There is something for every Fiat enthusiast there. Whether you're a fan of the modern day Fiat 500 or love the older, historic cars, fiat500usaforum has it all.  Follow us today!

Find us on Instagram at: fiat500usaforum

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fiat Store Sale Happening Now!

Fiat Store

One of the neat things about being a Fiat enthusiast is all the cool Fiat merchandise and apparel available. To help you get your swag on, the Fiat Store is running a "Back 2 School" sale now until August 10th. The Fiat Store sells exclusive, high quality products with Italian flair and stylish design - from toys and lifestyle accessories to apparel, the Fiat Store has it all.

To participate in the sale, just enter the promotion code "BACK2SCHOOL" to save 20 percent off your entire order.* Besides the "Back 2 School" sale, the Fiat Store is also offering up to 75 percent off on clearance items. It doesn't get much better than this, folks! Show the world you have style and good taste. Visit the Fiat Store today!


Fiat Accessories

Fiat Store Abarth Swag

*The coupon code listed on the site is wrong.  Use the one I posted. Visit the Fiat Store for details on sale items.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fiat and Chrysler Merger Complete

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


Fiat shareholders approved the merger of Fiat SpA and Chrysler LLC last Friday, officially forming the 7th largest car company in the world. The newly formed group, called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will be legally registered in the Netherlands with its headquarters set in Britain. Moving the headquarters out of Torino, Italy, the home of Fiat for 115 years is the one slightly melancholy aspect of the merger to longtime Fiat enthusiasts, however looking at the reasoning makes it clearer why this was done.

Fiat Lingotto Factory


Having its tax domicile listed in the United Kingdom is a smart move because of the country's favorable corporate tax structure. It also brings Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closer to neutral territory and gives the company a more global presence. Italy has been struggling for more than a decade through tumultuous economic times. The continual lack of the government to create a clear cut economic plan has resulted in unemployment at near record levels and little progress in attracting economic investments. Taking this into account, it is logical to move the financial headquarter into a more business friendly environment.



The merger of Fiat and Chrysler allows for a brighter future because without the economy of scale, a smaller car manufacturer like Fiat that makes affordable cars has little chances of surviving with ever increasing and costly government-mandated regulations and a reliance on small markets.

While the financial headquarters may be in the UK, it should be noted that the heart of the Fiat Brand will always have an Italian identity. Italian design, style and heritage are what separates the Fiat brand from everything else on the road. It is what makes a Fiat a Fiat.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Logo

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fiat July 2014 Sales

Fiat 500 and Friends

The totals are in and Fiat has recorded its best July sales figures since the brand's return to the United States back in 2011. Overall Fiat sales were up 1 percent last month compared to July 2013. This marks the eighth consecutive month of sales growth for the Fiat brand. Fiat sold a total of 3,807 cars last month compared to 3,783 for the same month last year.

The Fiat 500L had a particularly good month in July, selling 1,436 units - an all time record for the roomy 4 door Fiat. Sales of the 500L were up 49 percent last month compared to July 2013.

Fiat 500 Abarth Race Track

Sales of the Fiat 500 Hatchbacks and Cabrios, including Abrth models continue to run about 14 - 15 percent lower this year compared to last year.  Still overall Fiat sales are ahead of last year.  Fiat has sold a total of 28,779 cars so far this year compared to 25,395 over the same period last year, a 13 percent improvement.

As the 2015 Fiats begin to show up on Fiat Studio lots within the coming weeks, expect to see some action especially when the new automatic transmission equipped Fiat 500 Abarths, and 500 Turbos hit showrooms.



July Recap
July is always a big month in the Fiat world.  Fiat celebrated their 115th anniversary on July 11th this year, the company being founded in 1899 in Torino, Italy.  Another noteworthy day was July 4th, the 7th "birthday" of the new Fiat 500 and the 57th anniversary of the introduction of the Nuova 500 in 1957.



Other news in July was the Fiat Club of America held their national convention called Fiat FreakOut.  This was the 31st anniversary for the FreakOut and was a resounding success.  Fiat fans from all over North America converged in the Chicago area and enjoyed four days filled with fun activities and great Italian cars. Next year's Fiat FreakOut promises to be something special. Make sure you visit the Fiat Club America's website and keep an eye out on Fiat500USa.com for details.


Fiat 500 Abarth Automatic


2015 Fiat 500 Abarth models equipped with automatic transmissions began showing up at Fiat Studios in July. Fiat Abarth engineers spent much time calibrating the transmission characteristics to guarantee a sporting and fun Abarth experience. A healthy bump in sales is anticipated.



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

     2,371
     1,436
     3,807

  2,821
    962
  3,783

     -16%
     49%
     1%

     20,550
     8,229
     28,779

         23,892
            1,503
         25,395

    -14%
    448%
     13%
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

Fiat 500L Knee Airbag Recall Announced

Fiat 500L Trekking

Chrysler Group LLC just announced the Fiat 500L will be recalled to replace the driver's knee airbag. According to the company, routine testing discovered the possibility that the driver's knee airbag may not deploy in the proper position if the driver is not wearing a seatbelt. The recall effects 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L models sold in the US and Canada. Chrysler estimates 29,500 cars will be effected by this recall. The numbers break down to approximately 25,500 cars in the US and about 4,000 cars in Canada.

Fiat 500L Driver's Knee Airbag
The Fiat 500L driver's knee bag works well when you use it as intended while wearing a seatbelt.

It is important to remember this issue involves drivers who don't wear seatbelts, which is illegal in most if not all of the United States. Chrysler will notify Fiat 500L owners when they can schedule this free service and advises all vehicle occupants wear seatbelts. Owners that are concerned may call Chrysler Group’s Customer Information Center at 1-800-853-1403.


Source: Chrysler Group LLC

Fiat 500L Small Overlap Crash

Fiat 500L Trekking

The Fiat 500L, a 2013 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, recently underwent the institutes new small overlap crash test. The Fiat 500L scored a surprising poor rating in this severe test. While this is a disappointing result, it should be noted that this is the first time the Fiat 500L has earned anything less than the highest rating in a crash test. Since its introduction in 2012, the Fiat 500L has been collecting excellent crash ratings in both Europe and America, actually earning the Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS in 2013.

The 2013 IIHS crash test series simulated a 40 MPH front moderate-overlap impact, a 31 MPH side impact, a roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a 20 MPH rear collision capable of causing a whiplash injury. The Fiat 500L achieved the highest possible ratings of good in each of these tests and was awarded the Institutes 2013 Top Safety Pick award.
 


The Fiat 500L underwent the IIHS moderate overlap crash test last year and earned top safety scores.

 

Fiat 500L 2013 IIHS Crashworthiness Ratings

Moderate overlap front: Good
Roof strength: Good
Head restraints and seats: Good
Side impact: Good

NHTSA Full Width Front Impact Test
In the National Highway and Traffic Association (NHTSA) frontal tests, cars are crashed into a solid barrier at 35 mph, representing a head-on collision of two cars of similar size and weight each moving at 35 mph.


IIHS 40% Moderate Overlap Test
The 40 mph moderate overlap test performed by the IIHS severely tests the passenger compartment integrity in addition to the restraint system. An offset test is more demanding of a vehicle's structure than a full-width test, while a full-width test is more demanding of a vehicle's safety belts and airbags.¹

IIHS 25 %Small Overlap Test
Starting in 2012, the IIHS devised a 25 percent small overlap test that simulates the front corner hitting a car or an object like a tree or utility pole. This type of impact is extremely severe because it typically bypasses most of the energy absorbing sections of the car. The IIHS is the only agency in North America or Europe that runs this test.²

For 2014, the small overlap test is being added to the other tests the Institute already runs and the results will effect a car's ability to win the coveted Top Safety Pick award. The new small overlap test subjects only 25% of the front end of the vehicle to a 40 mph impact.

This test, which made its first appearance in 2012, is far more demanding on the vehicle structure than the 40% offset test that has been an industry standard since 1995. In the small overlap test, the main structures of the vehicle’s front-end crush zone are bypassed, making it far more difficult for the vehicle to manage crash energy. The occupant compartment can be compromised as a result.



The Fiat 500L undergoing the IIHS Small Overlap Crash Test.

Many car models are struggling through this new test. In fact, of the 32 cars tested so far, only 19 have achieved a good to acceptable score. The rest have received a poor rating. Cars like the Fiat 500L that were designed before the test are particularly vulnerable to not doing well.

Fiat 500L Small Offset Crash Test Results


Injury measures

Looking at how the Fiat 500L did in this test, you will notice the 500L actually achieved top marks in Head/Neck and Chest injury measures as well as acceptable ratings in Lower Leg/Foot and Restraint and Dummy Kinematics. The 500L was letdown by a poor injury rating in Hip/Thigh.

Head/neck: Good
Chest: Good
Hip/thigh: Poor
Lower leg/foot: Acceptable

Restraints and dummy kinematics: Acceptable

According to the IIHS:

"The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but slid off the left side as the steering column moved 13 cm to the right, contributing to the head hitting the A-pillar. Head acceleration from the A-pillar hit was low, though. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed."

Body Structure: Poor

Bypassing the 500L's main energy absorbing load paths resulted in the safety cage taking the brunt of the impact and allowed what was considered excessive body structure intrusion into the passenger compartment. This was measured at 24-28 cm at the upper hinge pillar/instrument panel and up to 25 cm at the lower hinge pillar. The steering column was also pushed back 14 cm toward the driver. This was rated a poor performance.

For perspective on what the above numbers mean, here are some measurements of other cars that received an overall poor rating in the small offset crash.

2014 Nissan Juke - Overall rating Poor
24-27 cm at the upper hinge pillar
37 cm at the lower hinge pillar
The steering column was pushed back 10 cm toward the driver

2014 Nissan Versa - Overall rating Poor
27-29 cm at the instrument panel
42 cm at the lower hinge pillar
The steering column was pushed back 10 cm toward the driver

2014 Mazda CX-9 - Overall rating Poor
44 cm at the upper hinge pillar
33-38 cm at the instrument panel
43 cm at the lower hinge pillar
25 cm at the parking brake pedal
The steering column was pushed back 12 cm toward the driver

2014 Mazda 5 - Overall rating Poor
34 cm at the upper hinge pillar
25-27 cm at the instrument panel
35 cm at the lower hinge pillar
The steering column was pushed back 15 cm toward the driver

2013 Honda Fit - Overall rating Poor
31 cm at the upper hinge pillar
34 cm at the lower hinge pillar
The steering column was pushed back 12 cm toward the driver

2014 Honda Pilot - Overall rating Poor
35 cm at lower hinge pillar
42 cm at the parking brake pedal
26-28 cm at upper the hinge pillar and instrument panel.
The steering column was pushed back 11 cm toward the driver.

2014 Kia Sorrento - Overall rating Poor
21 cm at the upper hinge pillar
18 cm at the instrument panel
27 cm at the lower hinge pillar
28 cm at the parking brake pedal
The steering column was pushed back 7 cm toward the driver

2014 Buick Encore - Overall rating Poor
31 cm at the upper hinge pillar
22-26 cm at the instrument panel
32 cm at the lower hinge pillar

Final Thoughts

As in any crash simulation, real world results will vary and crash ratings can only be compared to cars in the same category/weight/size. Taken as a whole, the Fiat 500L has achieved the highest crash test ratings in every test performed in Europe and in North America to date except this recent one.

With Fiat's history of bringing safety innovations to affordable transportation, and based on previous statements, one can expect the company to not only continue striving towards improving vehicle performance for third-party tests, but also in building safe cars that perform well in the real world.


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Sources and credits: IIHS.org