February sales of the Fiat 500X crossover were up 52 percent compared to last month, helping offset slowing sales of 500 hatchback/Cabrio and 500L models. Overall Fiat brand sales for February 2016 totaled 2,993, down 9% compared to the 3,289 cars sold during February of last year.
Low gas prices as well as shifting market preferences to larger models and CUVs in particular, continues to impact sales of smaller cars. It is a trend that doesn't show signs of stopping anytime soon. It will be interesting to see how Fiat will conteract this trend and sources say we may see some changes coming in the near future.
Sales of the 500X may have picked up this month partly because of reports hitting the internet of its outstanding winter driving capabilities.
February Fiat NewsFebruary brought news that the Fiat 500 was ranked the most dependable car in its class by J.D. Power in their 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Not only did the 500 win its segment, the study also ranks the 500's dependability on par with BMW, Cadillac, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan and Subaru. The Fiat 500 is no stranger to awards and accolades but this one may come as a surprise to those who don't own or follow the brand.
We took a look at what the new Fiat 124 Spider costs in Europe and what it might be here in the U.S. The new spider may be the most anticipated sports cars this year and we have a busy forum buzzing with excitement for you to check out while you are waiting.
The new European Abarth 124 spider just debuted yesterday and there is talk that we may have more news about it at the NY Auto Show later this month. We'll be reporting from the show, so stay close to the Fiat 500 USA Blog for the latest news.
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