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Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Accessories Catalog

Fiat 500 Abarth Bike Carrier

What's the first thing a new Fiat 500 Abarth owner does when they get their car? Start accessorizing it, of course! The official 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Accessories Catalog is here, and it is full of great ideas to create your own personal Abarth experience. Everything from wheels and decals to custom fit floor mats to leather interiors, the Abarth accessories catalog will have something for everyone.

Fiat 500 Abarth Katzkin Leather Interior

The parts are tested and guaranteed to meet original equipment standards, so there is no concern with fitment or function. Fiat Studios around the country warranty the parts and have you covered. Contact the Fiat Studios listed below or follow the link to find your nearest dealer. They'll have pricing and availability. Treat yourself to something nice today!

Contact the following top 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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Register Now for the 2015 Fiat on the Dragon

Fiat on the Dragon

Attention Fiat enthusiasts: The 2015 Fiat on the Dragon Spring Event is coming soon! The Fiat on the Dragon kicked off in 2013 and has quickly become a favorite among Fiat owners. The event takes place at one of the most beautiful areas in the country and on one of the best roads anywhere in the world. The road called Tail of the Dragon is located deep in the Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. With 318 curves packed into 11 miles, the road is a Fiat enthusiast's dream.

More than just a drive, though, Fiat on the Dragon is a family-friendly event with activities planned, both at the host motel and in the area, throughout the weekend. There will be organized sightseeing drives, food, social time, bonfires, raffles and much more.

The Fiat on the Dragon event starts on Friday, April 10 and runs through Sunday, April 12. Don't miss it! along with the Fiat 500 USA Forum is happy to announce that once again we are a contributing sponsor. This year the Fiat 500 USA Forum will help offset the cost of the Friday picnic lunch so they will be available at a reduced cost and also offer a raffle prize.

Other contributors include the title sponsor, our friends over at Eurocompulsion and Harper FIAT.

Fiat on the Dragon Event

Below is the official press release with complete details on the 2015 Fiat on the Dragon Spring event:


Calling All FIATs!

The winding and twisty roads of East Tennessee and North Carolina are beckoning once again, FIAT fanatics! The Third Annual ‘FIAT on the Dragon’ Spring Event is April 10-12 and features both spirited and scenic drives on some of the country’s most renowned and popular highways and byways. The 2015 edition includes everything that made the first two events immediate hits with dozens of FIAT enthusiasts from across the country - and takes it to the next level with big improvements and new surprises. No matter your age or walk of life…Everyone’s welcome!

Drives are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but for the best all-around experience, plan to arrive on Thursday and depart on Sunday. Our base of operations is once again at the historic, family-owned Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, Tennessee, the “peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains.” All rooms at the Talley Ho have been set aside for ‘FIAT on the Dragon’ participants, so reserve your room now before they’re gone - Call 1-800-448-2465 or visit The Talley Ho is exceptionally car-friendly and will be the hub for our dinners, bonfires, socializing and most non-driving activities. It’s definitely where you want to be!

So back to the drives… The highlight of the weekend is, of course, a series of group drives that both thrill and inspire. The thrills come by way of the event’s namesake, the Tail of the Dragon, a legendary stretch of US Highway 129 that connects Tennessee and North Carolina and features 318 curves in only 11 miles - and the Devil’s Triangle, a lesser known but equally adventurous drive north of Oak Ridge in the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau. And inspiration is found in the ever-popular Cherohala Skyway, a breathtaking trek through the spectacular Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests.

Fiat 500 Abarth at the Fiat on the Dragon Event

‘FIAT on the Dragon’ fully supports local businesses whenever possible. This starts with the Talley Ho and includes stops at eateries such as the Harrow Road Cafe in Historic Rugby, already an event tradition. The selection of this particular weekend in early April also precedes the usual rush of tourism that’s soon to follow, ensuring that our group is very welcome and most appreciated at these fine businesses.

Big news for the 2015 event is the addition of official sponsors! Our good friends at Eurocompulsion and HPSI are graciously helping us out this year and will be attending as well. Be sure to catch up with the guys over the weekend, as they’ll be on hand to do flash tunes, offer expert advice and suggest top-of-the-line products that add even more fun to your FIAT. We are very happy to have them onboard!

We are also incredibly appreciative of the support provided by FIAT Club America and our friends at Harper FIAT in Knoxville, one of North America’s premiere FIAT Studios.

Speaking of Harper, an added bonus for ‘FIAT on the Dragon’ 2015 is Harper Auto Square’s Cars & Coffee on Sunday morning. This is one of the largest gatherings in the area and regularly attracts nearly 3,000 cars! The show runs from 8 to11am, so it will be the perfect grand finale to what’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend.

All sounds pretty awesome, right? What better way to spend an early spring weekend than thawing out your FIAT with epic rides on stellar roads through deep forests and beautiful mountains? Come out and join your fellow FIAT enthusiasts for one of the fastest growing and hotly anticipated driving events in the country. With participants already committed from 23 states (and Canada) and counting, this will surely be the best attended event so far. Our goal for 2015 is 100 FIATs! Be part of the fun!

Already a seasoned ‘FIAT on the Dragon’ veteran? Then help us spread the word! Share your past experiences here, as well as on other forums and social media. Tell your favorite stories and post a picture or two. This will help new potential attendees really get what this event is all about and why it can’t be missed. One participant has even referred to it as a ‘bucket list’ item! Maybe a stretch, but who are we to argue?

Aside from having fun in our FIATs, the big goal for this event is connecting with fellow FIAT enthusiasts. The weekend of April 10-12 will be a great opportunity to visit with old friends and make new ones. We’re one big, rambunctious family who share a love of the open road and a passion for the FIAT brand. Come join in!

In the meantime, stay tuned to the FIAT forums and the ‘FIAT on the Dragon’ Facebook page for updates and developments. To make sure you’re always in the loop, like our Facebook page!

See you in April!

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Images courtesy of Fiat on the Dragon

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fiat 500X US Production Beginning, Reserve Yours Today!

Now that deliveries of the Fiat 500X have begun in Italy, Fiat fans in the US have become even more excited about the upcoming arrival of the 500X on our shores. The US version of the Fiat 500X begins production on February 18 at the 500X factory in Melfi, Italy.

Fiat has spent $1.2 billion upgrading the factory to become one of the most modern automotive production facilities in the world. More than 1,000 additional workers have been hired to meet the anticipated demand, and more than 71,000 people have signed up for additional information on the Fiat 500X website.

Fiat Studios around the country are receiving details on their first allotment of 500X models, estimated to arrive in June. Customers can right now go to their local Fiat Studio and reserve one of these cars and ensure they will be among the first to own a 500X.

Fiat Studios will not be able to special order a 500X, but will instead be able to match customer preferences to already built units once they arrive at the Ports located around the country (Baltimore, Jacksonville & San Diego). To facilitate this, Fiat is collecting input from customers via dealers on what options and colors will be in demand. This is an excellent reason to visit a Fiat Studio and pre-plan your purchase and become familiar with the different packages and features of the 500X. Visiting the Fiat 500X configurator is also a must. For your convenience, the Fiat 500 USA Blog has a list of all the standard and available features of the 500X.

This is breaking news and dealers will be receiving more information going forward. Lease pricing is not yet announced. Contact the following top 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

Images courtesy of FCA

Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Fiat 500 Accessories Catalog

You just purchased your new Fiat 500. Now what do you do? Start personalizing it, of course! Mopar, the service, parts, and accessories division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a catalog full of ideas to help you create the 500 of your dreams. Each part has been tested to meet original equipment quality standards by the same engineers that produced your car. That means no fitment or function issues. With more than 500,000 ways to personalize a Fiat 500, the possibilities are endless. Get started today!

Contact the following top 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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fiat 500 Sales For January 2015

2015 Fiat 500 Pop

Fiat kicked off 2015 with good news. Fiat brand sales last month were up 1 % making it the best January since the brand came back to the US market in 2011. January is typically the slowest month for car sales, so positive sales growth is an accomplishment. The Fiat 500L did particularly well, recording a 19 % sales increase last month.

2015 Fiat 500L Trekking

Fiat had record sales last year, selling more than 58,000 Fiat 500 and 500L models in North America in 2014. This figure compares to 55,405 sold in 2013. The Fiat 500 hatchback and Cabrios timeless design allows it to continue to post good sales figures despite being relatively the same vehicle introduced four years ago. Below is how the Fiat 500 did last year compared to its competitors. It should be noted that nearly all these cars have the advantage of coming from well-established brands here in the US, a considerable advantage in terms of sales and brand recognition. The Fiat 500 has exceeded sales of all these models.

Fiat 500 2014 Sales - 33,708
VW Golf 2014 Sales -- 33,675
MINI Cooper 2014 Sales -- 31385
VW Beetle 2014 Sales -- 29,182
Hyundai Veloster 2014 Sales -- 27,598
Scion Tc 2014 Sales -- 17,947
Mitsubishi Mirage 2014 Sales -- 16,708
Toyota Yaris 2014 Sales -- 13,724
Smart Fortwo 2014 Sales -- 10,453
Scion iQ 2014 Sales -- 2,040

Fiat 500 Sales in North America

All told, approximately 170,000 Fiat 500s have been sold in North America since Spring 2011, To achieve these result in four short years and to start with no brand awareness, no dealer network and basically no market for such a car this size, shows the 500 has been an outstanding hit. Keep this in mind if you hear someone talking about Fiat 500 sales.

2016 Fiat 500 Spy Shot

January News Recap
First images of a refreshed 2016 Fiat 500 showed up on the internet. They show heavily disguised front and rear fascias which is assumed to be hiding some revisions. The largest change spotted was a new navigation/radio screen resembling the Uconnect system now used in the Fiat 500L and upcoming 500X crossover. North American style power window switches also could be glimpsed and go along with what European sources say to expect the exterior dimensions to remain basically the same, but interiors parts to be more similar to the NAFTA version.

2016 Fiat 500 Spied!

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and stole the show. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider along with the Coupe gives supercar performance and features at an attainable price. We have covered Alfa Romeo extensively on the blog. Follow the links to learn more:

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider World Premier

Alfa Romeo Story Archives

Fiat 500 Sets World Record

The Fiat 500 set a new Guinness world record for parallel parking in January, highlighting the extraordinary manoeuvrability of the iconic 500.

Fiat 500 Sets World Record!

The Fiat 500X entered its final pre-launch phase in Europe and the order books were opened. Deliveries of the Fiat 500X Opening Editions are taking place in Italy. The US version of the Fiat 500X will be available later this Spring. Pricing was announced over the weekend during the Super Bowl.

Fiat 500X Power of X Tour with Dynamo

Fiat 500X Pricing Released!

Fiat 500X Driving Videos

Fiat 500X Lounge

Finally, the Fiat 500 USA Blog celebrated entering its sixth year with great news. Traffic to this site, which was always good, has exploded over the past 6 months with January being its best month ever with well over a quarter million page views. February has been even busier than last month with a record number of hits recorded on Super Bowl Sunday.

Sign Up Now For The 2015 Abarth Experience!

Not to be left behind, the Fiat 500 USA Forum has become the most popular Fiat 500 forum based in the US and has also enjoyed record growth earning nearly 1.5 million more page views last year compared to 2013. An interesting statistic is that images and videos posted by have achieved 50,360,000 views according to Google. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to everyone who stops by and contributes to the success of these sites.

Fiat 500 Sales in the United States - January 2015
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2016 Fiat 500 image courtesy of Quattroruote

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fiat 500X Pricing Released!

2016 Fiat 500X US Versions

Pricing for the all new 2016 Fiat 500X Crossover has just been released! The Fiat 500X will start at $20,900* and will be available in five trim levels. The Street series models, including the Pop, Easy and Lounge, feature sophisticated Italian style for a decidedly urban and cosmopolitan appearance. The Trekking and Trekking Plus models have a more aggressive and athletic look with their unique front and rear fascia designs.

Fiat 500X Pop:

  • FWD: $20,900
Fiat 500X Pop Exterior
Fiat 500X Pop Interior

Fiat 500X Easy:

  • FWD: $23,200
  • AWD: $25,100
Fiat 500X Easy Exterior
Fiat 500X Easy Interior

Fiat 500X Trekking:

  • FWD: $24,000
  • AWD: $25,900
Fiat 500X Trekking Exterior
Fiat 500X Trekking Interior

Fiat 500X Lounge

  • FWD: $25,750
  • AWD: $27,650
Fiat 500X Lounge Exterior
Fiat 500X Lounge Interior

Fiat 500X Trekking Plus:

  • FWD:$29,100
  • AWD: 30,900
Fiat 500X Trekking Plus Exterior
Fiat 500X Trekking Plus Interior

The base Fiat 500X Pop is available with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with an output of 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The MultiAir Turbo is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. Optional is a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine that produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 500X Pop is available only in front-wheel-drive.

All other 500X models have the option of all-wheel-drive and use the 2.4 liter Tigershark and nine speed automatic. The advanced all-wheel-drive system used in the 500X features a disconnecting axle for reduced parasytic loses which helps boost fuel economy and also performance. It adds $1,900 to the price.

As with the entire Fiat line up, the 500X is all about personailization and there are numerous option packages available that allows owners to create their own unique car. In addition, Mopar, the parts and accessories division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will offer more than 100 accessories for the 500X. It is truly a stagering list of combinations and possibilitires.

The Fiat 500X has 70 safety and security features that are standard or available which includes: Forward Collision Warning-Plus with full stop, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Electronic stability control (ESC) with Hill-start Assist and electronic roll mitigation is standard on all models, as are seven air bags.

The 500X also features considerable technology. A 6.5 radio with a high-resolution touchscreen and navigation featuring award winning Uconnect system is available. There is Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go with remote start, and heated front seats and steering wheel. And that is just to name a few. Use the link below to see all tha availble features on the Fiat 500X.

Make sure you stop by the Fiat 500X configurator to build and price your own. Have fun!

Read more:

Discuss this story on the Fiat 500X Forum

2016 Fiat 500X Full Specifications

2016 Fiat 500X Engineering

Mopar Gears Up With Fiat 500X Accessories

Fiat 500X Detailed Images

* includes $900 destination fee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fiat 500X 2015 Super Bowl Commercial!

Fiat 500X Super Bowl Ad

The Fiat 500X just made its TV debut during the 2015 Super Bowl! Filmed in the beautiful medieval town of Pitigliano in Tuscany, the Fiat 500X Super Bowl commercial called "Blue Pill" sums up what the new Fiat 500X is all about - a Fiat 500 ready for action!

Smart, sexy and funny, it is typically Italian and captures the Fiat brands full of life character.

The Fiat 500X "Blue Pill" commercial was first show during the 500X's world introduction at the Paris Auto Show last October. Here is the behind the scenes.

The original version of the Fiat Blue Pill commercial shown in Europe is 20 seconds longer than the US version.

Read more below and don't forget to tell us what you think on the Fiat 500X Forum!

Fiat 500X Detailed Images

Fiat 500X Safety Features

Fiat 500X Full Features and Options

Fiat 500X Overview Video

Fiat 500X Design Explained

Fiat 500X Photo Album

2016 Fiat 500X Full Specifications

2016 Fiat 500X Engineering

2016 Fiat 500X Overview and Design

Mopar Gears Up With Fiat 500X Accessories

Poll: Fiat 500X Trekking or Street?

Fiat 500X Marketing Discussed

Fiat 500X Driving Videos