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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider Pricing Announced!

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso

Fiat USA has released pricing on the new Fiat 124 Spider model range. With prices starting at $24,995*, the Fiat 124 Spider offers an outstanding value package. Fiat's all-new roadster is the lowest-priced turbocharged convertible in America.

  • Fiat 124 Spider Classica $24,995*
  • Fiat 124 Spider Lusso $27,495*
  • Fiat 124 Spider Abarth $28,195*

Early reports in Europe indicate the more powerful Fiat offers stronger acceleration and flatter cornering than the Mazda MX5 Miata. There is also an enhanced Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package that makes the Spider quieter and feel more refined.

Fuel economy figures have also been announced and the 124 Spider achieves an EPA fuel economy rating of 26 city / 35 highway for manual transmission and 25 city / 36 highway for automatic transmission.


Fiat 124 Spider Offers Exceptional Value

Comparing the numbers to the Miata gives you an idea of the value the 124 Spider offers.

Price comparison between the Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX5 Miata. Destination charges added in:

Mazda MX5 Miata

  • Sport: $25,735
  • Grand Touring: $30,885
  • Club: $29,420

Fiat 124 Spider

  • Classica: $25,990
  • Lusso: $28,490
  • Abarth: $29,190


The more powerful and quieter Spider Classica is just $165 more than the MX5 Sport, while the Euro-elegant Lusso is a substantial $2,395 less than the Grand Touring. The Spider Abarth, which has 36 ft.lbs of torque more than the Miata, is actually $230 less.


Fiat 124 Spider Classica

The Fiat 124 Spider Classica starts at $24,995 with a manual transmission. Classica models with a six-speed automatic transmission are $26,345.


Fiat 124 Spider Classica standard equipment
  • 1.4L MultiAir® Turbo Engine with Six-Speed Manual Transmission Delivers 160 HP and 184 LB-FT of Torque
  • Electric Power Steering System, Independent Front and Rear Suspension, Electronic Locking Differential, Electronic Stability Control+ and Traction Control
  • Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Engine Brake Assist
  • Black Cloth Soft Top (Manual Operation)
  • Halogen Daytime Running Lamps and LED Taillamps
  • Power Exterior Mirrors with Body-Color Mirror Caps
  • 16-Inch Painted Silver Aluminum Wheels and 195/50R16 Performance Tires
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire-Specific Display
  • Dual Stainless Exhaust Tips
  • FIAT® Radio 3.0 with AM/FM, Bluetooth® Connectivity, Six Speakers and Connections for a USB and MP3 Player
  • Instrument Cluster with a Large Analog Tachometer, an Analog speedometer and a Driver Information Digital Display
  • Keyless Go Start/Stop Push Button Ignition and Remote Keyless Entry
  • Black Premium Cloth Seats and Soft Instrument Panel and Door Panel Inserts
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob

The Classica is available in six colors: Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic), Grigio Moda (dark gray metallic) and Bronzo Magnetico (bronze metallic).

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso


Fiat 124 Spider


The Lusso model with its luxurious appointments, leather interior will be priced at $27,495. Six-speed automatic transmission Lusso models are priced at $28,845.

Fiat 124 Spider Lusso model adds the following additional equipment.
  • 17-Inch Premium Aluminum Wheels Painted Silver and 205/45R17 Performance Tires
  • Fog Lamps, Automatic Headlamps and Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Dual Chrome Finish Exhaust Tips
  • Keyless Enter 'n Go™
  • Stainless Steel Sill Scuff Plates
  • FIAT® Connect 7.0 with 7-Inch Full-Color Touchscreen Display, an AM/FM Radio, Six Speakers, an SD Card Reader and a Multimedia Control Knob
  • Full-Color Personalized Driver Information Digital Cluster Display
  • Automatic Temperature Control (Dual-Zone Available)
  • Heated Leather-Trimmed Seats (Black or Tan)
  • ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera+ (Rear View Mirror)

Lusso models are available in seven colors: Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic), Grigio Moda (dark gray metallic), Bronzo Magnetico (bronze metallic) and Bianca Perla (crystal white pearl tri-coat).

Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione


Fiat 124 Spider in Azzurro Italia paint


The first production run of 124 vehicles will be offered as an exclusive version called the Prima Edizione Lusso and is priced at $35,000.


This limited-edition 124 Spider will be individually numbered with a commemorative badge and available only with the exclusive Azzurro Italia (blue) exterior paint as shown at the Spider's debut at the LA Auto Show. This color will only be offered on Spider Prima Ediziones so once these 124 cars are gone it won't be available again.

Special-Edition 124 Spider Prima Edizione model includes:

  • Limited-Edition Azzurro Italia paint
  • Commemorative Prima Edizione badging
  • Saddle leather interior
  • Lusso luxury package
  • Limited-edition 124 Spider swag, including wearables and poster


Owners who purchase a Prima Edizione will also receive limited-edition swag, including a matching blue leather bag, journal with pen, and a poster showcasing original design illustration with vehicle dimensions.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth


Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

Big news is what was once called the 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is now a full fledged Abarth model complete with a more powerful engine that has earned its Abarth badging. Prices for the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth start at $28,195. 124 Spider Abarth models with a six-speed automatic transmission are priced at $29,545.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth features:
  • Turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine with 165 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, available with manual transmission or automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Bilstein Sport suspension
  • Front Strut Tower Bar
  • Torsen mechanical limited slip differential
  • Sport Mode selector
  • Sport-tuned, chrome quad-tip exhaust
  • Available Brembo braking system and Recaro seats
  • Unique front and rear fascia, 17-inch Gun Metal (metallic gray) aluminum wheels, Gun Metal exterior accents
  • Available hand-painted hood stripe and trunk ant-glare paint

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth models are available in five colors: Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic) and tri-coat Bianco Perla (crystal white pearl).

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Fiat 124 Spider models will be available in studios early this summer.



* plus $995 destination charge. Preliminary information and equipment subject to change.

Source:FCA US LLC

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Announced!

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Shown
The new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth earns its Abarth nose badge! We'll have images soon!

The 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth is now a full fledged Abarth model complete with a more powerful engine which has earned the car's its Abarth badging! The new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth now boasts 164 hp and offers unique Abarth tuning and Sport Mode selector. In fact, the new car has the same output of the 170 hp European Abarth 124, the difference is our figure is expressed in SAE numbers while European car uses the CV rating.***

The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is essentially the European Abarth 124, complete with Abarth badging on its hood. The Elaborazione moniker has been retired. Probably the main difference between the European and North American car is the Racing Alcantara Kit (Alcantara dash trim and steering wheel) didn't make it over due to differences in US airbag specs.

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Dash and Steering Wheel

This also means the US car will wear a Fiat badge on the steering wheel while a new US spec steering wheel complete with an Abarth logo goes through safety testing certification. This may take up to a year.**

The other difference is the European car gets an Abarth Record Monza, dual mode exhaust as standard equipment, while the US cars will get the Record Monza as an option.

The Fiat 124 Spider already delivers best-in-class horsepower and torque, but the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth bumps it even more. On top of that, the 124 Spider Abarth pricing starts at $28,159 which represents an outstanding value.

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth with a six-speed automatic transmission has a U.S. MSRP of $29,545.*

The 124 Spider Abarth will be available in five colors: Bianco Gelato (white clear coat), Rosso Passione (red clear coat), Nero Cinema (jet black metallic), Grigio Argento (gray metallic) and tri-coat Bianco Perla (crystal white pearl).

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth features:

POWER TRAIN

  • Turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-liter engine with 164 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.***
  • 6 speed manual or automatic transmission w/Paddle Shifters
  • Torsen mechanical limited slip differential
  • Front and rear Bilstein sport suspension
  • Front strut tower bar
  • Sport Mode selector

EXTERIOR

  • 17” Aluminum Sport wheel painted Gunmetal
  • 17” 3 Season Bridgestone Potenza RE 050
  • Sport front and rear fascia with air conveyers
  • Quad tipped exhaust with chrome accent
  • Gunmetal A pillar header and roll bar finish
  • Black side sills
  • Available hand-painted hood stripe and trunk anti-glare paint

INTERIOR

  • Sport Cluster
  • Sport Steering Wheel
  • Performance heated leatherette microfiber seats
  • Red accent stitching throughout
  • Leatherette wrapped passenger lower instrument panel
  • Leatherette wrapped cluster brow
  • Dark matte instrument panel accents
  • Aluminum accent sport pedals

FEATURES

  • Fiat Connect 7.0 touchscreen radio display with multimedia control knob
  • Passive Keyless Enter’n Go
  • ParkView back-up camera with grid lines



Fiat 124 Spider models will be available in studios early this summer!



*plus $995 destination.

**5/18/2016 updated story to make it clearer  the Elaborazione is out and the new car is called the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
***update 6/15: horsepower figure revised to 164. Read  "The Real Power Difference Between the Abarth and Standard Spiders"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider News


Some news while we wait for the Fiat 124 Spider to arrive at Fiat Studios this summer. Sources inside the company confirm the Fiat 124 Spider Lusso edition will now be available with a manual transmission!

Preliminary information at the 124 Spider's introduction last November at the LA Auto Show was the base Classica edition was to have a manual transmission, and the premium Lusso model would only be available in Automatic. News of the manual transmission availability in the Lusso model will be welcome news for manual trans enthusiasts.


Clarification and a heads-up
Some folks that visited the NY Auto Show in March to check out the new 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth have mentioned the car appeared to lack the paddle shifters. We can confirm the vehicle did indeed have paddle shifters, and while they are easy to reach and use from the driver's seat, they can be difficult to see from outside the car.

Fiat 124 Spider Paddle Shifters

Also, badging on the pre-production 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth and other details were not finalized at the time of the show, so we may see some differences on the production car. Stay tuned...

This is getting exciting! We'll have details coming shortly.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider Free Like a Bird Ad


The new Fiat 124 Spider is coming soon and promises to make you feel free like a bird... Wait, strike that and reverse it...




Fiat has a new commercial for the Fiat 124 Spider that uses the bird's eye view of a white-tailed eagle to capture the feeling of freedom when driving the open top roadster. But being a Fiat ad means there has to be a twist. Watch and see.


Filmed in the Campania region of southern Italy, Fiat worked closely with world-renowned falconer, Jacques-Olivier Travers to help create the video. Travers is from the conservation movement called FREEDOM, a group that promotes protecting wildlife and the environment throughout Europe. Visit the FREEDOM website to learn more.



Behind the scenes making of the Fiat Free Like a Bird launch video.  Visit the Fiat USA YouTube Channel for more videos.



Source: FCA US LLC YouTube channel


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia Model Range Debut

Alfa Romeo Giulia at Geneva Motor Show

Alfa Romeo debuted the European Giulia model range at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show early in March. The new models unveiled join the top of the range Giulia Quadrifoglio that debuted in Italy last June and at the LA Auto show in November.

The new Giulia reestablishes Alfa Romeo as a force to be reckoned with in the premium mid-size car category. Utilizing the best and brightest Italian designers and engineers and under the leadership of ex-Ferrari managers, the new Giulia is the distillation of the traits and attributes that make up the Alfa Romeo legend.

In the video below, Harold Wester, Head of Alfa Romeo presents the new Giulia and tells us what makes it so exceptional.



Following up after Geneva last month, Alfa Romeo introduced Americans to the Giulia at the New York Auto show. While showgoers weren't treated to a spectacular press conference like the one held for the Giulia Quadrifoglio at the LA Auto, the car was still one of the must see cars of the show. Below is the press release and all the details on the North American Giulia.



Alfa Romeo Giulia a the NY Auto Show

  • Alfa Romeo Debuts the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Lineup at the New York International Auto Show
  • Rebirth of the brand – the all-new 2017 Giulia is the first of eight all-new Alfa Romeos debuting through 2020, and embodies the brand's La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Giulia nameplate reflects a 55-year heritage of Alfa Romeo's lightweight, performance sedan tradition and over 105 years of brand history, carving its legend on road courses around the globe
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti models deliver seductive Italian style and craftsmanship to the premium mid-size sedan segment
  • All-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine with eight-speed automatic transmission delivers a class-leading, standard 276 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to launch from 0-to-60 miles per hour (mph) in less than 5.5 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 149 mph
  • The innovative Alfa Q4 all-wheel-drive system offers the Giulia and Giulia Ti models even more all-season capability and performance
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission, with available column-mounted paddle shifters, is designed for enthusiasts with gear shifts in less than 100 milliseconds
  • As the “halo” model in the lineup, Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport know how with best-in-class 505 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a record-setting 7:39 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring
    Update: The Giuia beat its own record and set a new one! Alfa Giulia QV Fastest Four-Door
  • Near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, segment-leading torsional rigidity and the most direct steering ratio on the market, thanks to Giulia’s all-new rear-wheel-drive architecture
  • Exclusive to Giulia Quadrifoglio, state-of-the-art technologies, including torque vectoring, active aero front splitter and Alfa DNA Pro mode selector with Race mode, combine to maximize the all-new Giulia’s driving exhilaration

Expanding Alfa Romeo’s lineup beyond the ultra-high performance Giulia Quadrifoglio, the all-new 2017 Giulia and Giulia Ti models will make their North American debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, further highlighting the first of a new-generation of vehicles embodying Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, world-class performance, advanced technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment.

Alfa Romeo Giulia


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Specifications

Alfa Romeo Giulia

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia North American model range complete specifications.

PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.
Information shown is correct at time of publication and is subject to change.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type: Mid-size sedan, rear-wheel drive (RWD/AWD)
Assembly Plant: Cassino Assembly Plant, Cassino, Italy
EPA Vehicle Class: Mid-size car

BODY/CHASSIS
Layout: Longitudinal front engine, RWD or AWD
Construction: Unitized high-strength steel body
Aluminum front and rear vehicle frames, front shock towers, brakes,
suspension components, doors and fenders
Composite rear cross member
Carbon fiber driveshaft
Carbon fiber roof and hood (Quadrifoglio exclusive)

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio engine


ENGINE: ALL-ALUMINUM 276-HP DIRECT-INJECTION 2.0-LITER 16-VALVE TURBO
Availability: Standard on Giulia and Giulia Ti
Type and Description: Inline-four, direct injection, turbo
Displacement: 121.7 cu. in. (1,995 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 3.31 x 3.54 (84.0 x 90.0)
Valve System:
MultiAir2, SOHC, four valves per cylinder with silent chain driven
timing drive
Hollow assembled exhaust camshaft with end pivot roller finger
followers and hydraulic lash adjusters
Turbocharger: Direct mount twin-scroll turbocharger with electric wastegate
actuation. Composite intake manifold with liquid cooled charge
air cooler
Fuel Injection: Gasoline direct-injection with injector centrally located in the
combustion chamber
Max injection pressure: 200 bar
Construction Cylinder head: permanent mold air quenched cast aluminum alloy
with integrated exhaust manifold
Crankcase: precision sand cast aluminum alloy with cast in steel
liners
Crankshaft: super-finished forged nitride steel with journals offset
from cylinder bore centerline
Piston: forged aluminum cooled with pressure actuated oil jets
Power (SAE net): 276 hp (206 kW) @ 5,250 rpm (138 hp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 295 lb.-ft. (400 N•m) @ 2250-4,500 rpm
Redline: 6,100 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,200 rpm
Fuel Requirement: Regular unleaded, 91 octane (R+M)/2
Engine Assembly Plant: Termoli, Italy

ENGINE: ALL-ALUMINUM 505-HP DIRECT-INJECTION 2.9-LITER 24-VALVE BI-TURBO V-6
Availability Giulia Quadrifoglio
Type and Description: V-6, 90-degree, direct injection
Displacement: 176.4 cu. in. (2,891 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 3.40 x 3.23 (86.5 x 82.0)
Valve System:
Chain-driven DOHC with intake and exhaust continuous camshaft
phasing
Four valves per cylinder roller finger actuated with hydraulic
lash adjusters
Mechanical cylinder deactivation on right bank
Turbochargers: Integrated IHI single-scroll turbo manifold with water charge
air cooler
Fuel Injection: Gasoline direct-injection, side mounted
Max injection pressure: 200 bar
Construction Cylinder: head and cover: aluminum alloy with integrated cam carrier
Crankcase: closed deck aluminum alloy with wet steel liner
Bedplate: aluminum alloy with integrated blow-by control reed valves
Crankshaft: super-finished forged nitride steel with single con-rod pin
Piston: forged aluminum cooled with twin oil jets
Compression Ratio: 9.3:1

Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio Engine Dyno Chart


Power (SAE net): 505 hp (377 kW) @ 6,500 rpm (174.6 hp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 443 lb.-ft. (600 N•m) @ 2500-5500 rpm
Redline: 6,500 rpm
Max. Engine Speed :7,250 rpm
Fuel Requirement: Premium unleaded, 91 octane (R+M)/2
Engine Assembly Plant: Termoli, Italy

Alfa Romeo Giulia rear suspension


SUSPENSION
Front:
Double wishbone with semi-virtual steering axle
Rear:
Alfa Link design with vertical rod (patented design)
Active Damping Standard on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Included with Performance Package on Giulia Ti

STEERING
Type: Rack and pinion with Variable Electric Assist
Ratio: 11.8:1

Alfa Giulia 19-inch 5-Hole Dark Aluminum Wheels


BRAKES
Standard brake system 
Standard on Giulia and Giulia Ti
Front
Rotor size and type: 13.0 x 1.1 (330 x 28)
Caliper size and type Four-piston calipers
Rear
Rotor size and type: 12.5 x .86 (320 x 22)
Caliper size and type One-piston calipers

High-performance Brembo brake system 
Standard on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Front
Rotor size and type: 14.2 x 1.26 (360 x 32) vented
Caliper size and type: Six-piston aluminum-monoblock calipers
Rear
Rotor size and type: 13.8 in x 1.1 in (350 x 28) vented
Caliper size and type: Four-piston aluminum-monoblock calipers

Ultra-high-performance Brembo Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake system
Optional on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Front
Rotor size and type: 15.4 x 1.3 (390 x 34) two-piece, vented carbon ceramic matrix
Caliper size and type: Six-piston aluminum-monoblock calipers
Rear
Rotor size and type: 14.2 x 1.1 (360 x 28) two-piece, vented carbon ceramic matrix
Caliper size and type: Four-piston aluminum-monoblock calipers



DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Wheelbase: 111 (2.820)
Track, Front:
61.3 (1,557) – Giulia and Giulia Ti (RWD)
61.2 (1,555) – Giulia Quadrifoglio
Track, Rear:
63.9 (1,625) – Giulia and Giulia Ti (RWD)
63.3 (1,607) – Giulia Quadrifoglio
Overall Length: 182.6 (4,643)
Overall Width (not including mirrors): 73.7 (1,860)
Overall Height:
56.5 (1,436) – Giulia and Giulia Ti
57.1 (1,450) – Giulia Q4 and Giulia Ti Q4
56.1 (1,426) – Giulia Quadrifoglio
Ground Clearance: 3.9 (100) – Giulia Quadrifoglio
Drag Coefficient (Cd): 0.32 – Giulia Quadrifoglio
Fuel Tank Capacity, gal. (liter): 15.3 (58)

TIRES
Availability Giulia Quadrifoglio
Size and type
Front
P245/35ZR19 (93Y) XL
Pirelli PZero Corsa (AR) BSW three-season high-performance
Rear
P285/30ZR19 (98Y) XL
Pirelli PZero Corsa (AR) BSW three-season high-performance

Alfa Giulia 19-inch Tecnico Dark Aluminum Wheels


WHEELS
Availability Standard on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Type and material 19-in. forged alloy, Technico design, Light
Size 19 x 8.5-in. (front) and 19 x 10-in. (rear)

Availability Optional on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Type and material 19-in. forged alloy, technico design, Dark Gray
Size 19 x 8.5-in. (front) and 19 x 10-in. (rear)

Availability Optional on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Type and material 19-in. cast and Fluoform alloy, five-hole design, Light
Size 19 x 8.5-in. (front) and 19 x 10-in. (rear)

Availability Optional on Giulia Quadrifoglio
Type and material 19-in. cast and Fluoform alloy, five-hole design, Dark Gray
Size 19 x 8.5-in. (front) and 19 x 10-in. (rear)





Source and images: FCA US LLC

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fiat 500 Pop Italia Coming!

Fiat 500 Ribelle
The Fiat 500 Pop Italia is similar to the above Ribelle special edition offered last year minus the red roof, but with an added body-side stripe containing an Italian tri-color design (not shown).


A new, special edition Fiat 500 will be arriving in showrooms this summer. The Fiat 500 Pop Italia offers upgraded exterior trim content at a fantastic price.

Included in the Fiat 500 Pop Italia package is:
•15-inch black painted alloy wheels
•Black head and tail lamps
•Red exterior mirrors
•Body color sport rear spoiler
•Italia stripe on sides (optional)

The 500 Pop Italia available in 3 exterior colors:

  • Nero Puro
  • Granito Lucente
  • Bianco


Fiat 500 blacked out lighting and alloy wheels
Blacked out headlight, running and taillights are included in the Italia as well as blacked out alloy-wheels and...

Normally, the cost of all these upgrades would come to $895, but the Fiat 500 Pop Italia package comes in at only $395 - a substantial savings.

And of course, the 500 Pop comes with a load of standard equipment. Some highlights:

Performance
•1.4L I4 Multi-Air Engine
•5-speed Manual Transmission
•Available 6-speed Automatic Transmission
•4-Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Power Brakes

Safety
•Seven Standard Air Bags Including:
°Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags
°knee bag
°driver/front passenger
°knee air bag
°side curtain
°seat mounted
•Active Head Restraints
•Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor
•Hill Start Assist
•Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
•Electronic Stability Control
•Electronic Brake Assist (Hydraulic Brake Assistance)
°equalizes brake pressure so optimum force over optimum time is applied
All-Speed Traction Control
•Tire Pressure Monitoring Display

Interior
•Uconnect 5.0” System with AM/FM/Bluetooth
•5.0" Touchscreen Display
•Integrated Voice Command W/Bluetooth
•Vehicle Information Center
•Cloth Bucket Seats
•Rear 50/50 Split Fold-Down Seat
•Power Locks
•Power Windows
•Air Conditioning
•Tilt Steering Column
•Body Color Power Heated Mirrors
•Remote Keyless Entry
•12V Aux Power Outlet, Center Console
•USB Charging Port
•Media Hub (USB, Aux)

Exterior
•Bi-Function Halogen Projector Head Lamp
•Daytime Running Headlamps, High Beam
•Chrome Exhaust Tip
•Chrome Door Handles

Ribella looks similar to the Italia special edition

...a body-colored roof spoiler and red painted mirror covers.

The Fiat 500 Pop Italia is limited to just 500 units and has a MSRP of $17,390.*

Contact these Fiat Studios for more info:

Palmen FIAT of Kenosha, Wisconsin - 1-888-379-0295
FIAT of Larchmont, New York - 1-888-405-2249
Benson FIAT, South Carolina - 1-888-380-1716




*does not include destination $995

images: FCA US LLC

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fiat 500 Sales For March 2016

Fiat 500e

Fiat sold a total of 3,422 cars in March, up 14 % from the previous month, but lower than the 4,498 cars sold in March 2015. This brings the year-to-date total of Fiats sold in the US to 9,009, down 18 percent over last year's total of 11,038 for the same period.

Still, five years after its introduction and with over 200,000 units sold, the Fiat 500 outsells a number of well-known cars:

Fiat 500 March Sales = 1490, 2016 YTD = 3,778
  • MINI Countryman March Sales = 1281, 2016 YTD = 2366
  • Scion Tc March Sales = 1129, 2016 YTD = 2761
  • Scion xB March Sales = 537, 2016 YTD = 2106
  • Smart FourTwo March Sales = 263, 2016 YTD = 1300
  • Toyota Yaris March Sales = 748, 2016 YTD = 2683
  • Volkswagen Beetle March Sales = 1468, 2016 YTD = 3319

Fiat 124 Spider.  European 50th Anniversary Model


Fiat Studios are gearing up for the arrival of the new Fiat 124 Spider just in time for Summer. Keep an eye on Fiat500USA.com for the latest, and make sure you visit the Fiat 124 Forum for many interesting discussions on the new exciting Spider.

Fiat 500X Trekking


March Fiat News
The Fiat 500X earned Autotrader.com's Must Test Drive award. Dozens of cars were evaluated by Autotrader, but just 10 winners were chosen. To win a coveted spot on the list, a car must offer good value, boasting excellent equipment and good quality for its price. The Fiat 500X made the list over rivals like the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Mazda CX-3.

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth


The biggest news last month was the unveiling of the Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth at the New York Auto Show. The Abarth package turns up the heat with numerous performance enhancing features.

Fiat 124 Elaborazione Abarth


The Elaborazione Abarth has an exclusive Sport Mode that changes the calibrations of the engine, automatic transmission, electric power steering and dynamic stability control system for increased responsiveness. A mechanical limited-slip differential is standard, as is a unique sport suspension that brings mono-tube Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers.



Fiat Abarth 124 Rally


Elaborazione Abarth models get the European Abarth 124 exterior upgrades including hand painted blacked out hood and trunks, just like the legendary Fiat Abarth 124 Rally cars of the 1970s. Interior trim is also upgraded.


Read more:

Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, January - March 2016
Fiat 500Current MonthLast Year 2015Vol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalChange  %
Mar
500
500L
500X

    1,490
     533
    1,399
    3,422

  3,276
   1,218
     0
  4,494

   -55%
   -56%
    New
   -24%

    3,778
    1,267
    3,964
    9,009

      7,995
       3,043
         0
      11,038

   -53%
   -58%
   New
   -18%
Feb
500
500L
500X

    1,081
     365
    1,547
    2,993

  2,333
   956
     0
  3,289

   -54%
   -62%
    New
   -9%

    2,288
     734
    2,565
    5,587

      4,719
       1,825
        0
       6,544

   -52%
   -60%
   New
   -15%
Jan
500
500L
500X

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

  2,386
   869
     0
  3,255

   -49%
   -58%
    New
   -20%

    1,207
     369
    1,018
    2,594

      2,386
       869
         0
      3,255

   -49%
   -58%
   New
   -20%






Figures and sources: FCA US LLC, Automotive News, goodcarbadcar.com
Images: FCA US LLC and author