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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fiat Sales for August 2018

Fiat model lineup

Fiat sales are in for August and show Fiat sold a total of 1,374 cars in the US last month, up 11 percent over July. Increased sales of 500 hatch and Cabrios as well as 500L models helped offset lower sales of 500X and Spiders for the month. Comparing overall August sales to the same month last year, however, show the Fiat brand is still taking a beating, being off 35 percent.

Fiat 500L Blu Denim

Year-to-date, Fiat has sold a total of 10,889 cars compared to 19,046 through the same period last year. That is a 43 percent decline, with only the 500L MPV enjoying an 8 percent increase over last year. The redesigned 500L MPV has been having positives sales nearly every month for the past year.


2018 Fiat 500 Cabrio Turbo

Good news is the long-awaited and revamped 500 hatch and Cabrio, Fiat's traditional best selling models, have finally arrived at dealerships and have begun boosting sales. Fiat sold 563 of these models compared to 363 the previous month.


Fiat Abarth 131 at FreakOut

August Fiat News
Big news for Fiat fans was the 35th annual Fiat FreakOut was held at Disney World, Florida. The Fiat FreakOut is the Fiat Club America's national convention and is the largest Fiat event of the year. Attendees were treated to a multi-day event featuring fun activities, friendly people and lots of Italian cars including rare models.

 Anneliese Abarth

This year, the keynote speaker was Anneliese Abarth, wife of the legendary Carlo Abarth. Mrs. Abarth worked at Abarth & Co and was by the side of her husband during the glory years of the company and tirelessly greeted and mingled with participants, answered questions and recounted the life and times of her and her husband's time with the company. Mrs. Abarth is heavily involved in racing and preserving the Abarth legacy through the Abarth Foundation which everyone is encouraged to join.






Fiat unveiled a refreshed 500X in Europe, complete with the next generation Firefly engine family. These modern engines will power future Fiats we will see in this country. The redesigned 500X features numerous enhancements and include more creature comforts, upgraded infotainment, and refined styling. The new 500X is available for order in Europe now, and we anticipate the car arriving in the US sometime next year. An anonymous source in the company mentions a much-improved performance version coming to the US in around 18 months.


Fiat Brand Sales in the United States January through August 2018
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
Aug
500
500L
500X
124

    563
    136
    332
    343
    1,374

 937
 141
 660
 382
  2,120

  -40%
   -4%
   -50%
   -10%
   -35%

    3188
    1147
    3935
    2629
    10,889

        9419
       1058
       5237
          3332
        19046

    -66%
    8%
    -25%
    -21%
    -43%
July
500
500L
500X
124

    363
    107
    378
    392
    1,240

 1026
 171
 597
 450
  2,244

  -65%
   -37%
   -37%
   -13%
   -45%

    2625
    1011
    3603
    2286
    9,525

        8,482
       917
       4577
          2950
        16926

    -69%
    10%
    -21%
    -23%
    -44%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    354
    157
    514
    401
    1,426

 995
 184
 553
 510
  2,242

  -64%
   -15%
   -7%
   -21%
   -36%

    2262
    904
    3225
    1894
    8,285

        7,456
       746
       3980
          2500
        14682

    -70%
    21%
    -19%
    -24%
    -44%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    264
    184
    568
    425
    1,441

 1240
 163
 703
 564
  2,670

  -79%
   13%
   -19%
   -25%
   -46%

    1908
    747
    2711
    1493
    6,859

        6,461
       562
       3427
          1990
        12440

    -70%
    33%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    335
    168
    564
    337
    1,404

 1201
 115
 758
 465
  2,539

  -72%
   46%
   -26%
   -28%
   -45%

    1644
    563
    2143
    1068
    5,418

        5,221
       399
       2724
          1426
        9770

    -69%
    41%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    439
    173
    607
    325
    1,544

 1671
 106
 726
 419
  2,922

  -74%
   63%
   -16%
   -22%
   -47%

    1309
    395
    1579
    731
    4,014

        4,020
       284
       1,966
           961
        7,231

    -67%
    39%
    -20%
    -24%
    -44%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    416
    118
    484
    223
    1,241

 1131
 72
 640
 302
  2,145

  -63%
   64%
   -24%
   -26%
   -42%

    870
    222
    972
    406
    2,470

        2,349
       178
       1,240
           542
        4,309

    -63%
    25%
    -22%
    -25%
    -43%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

 1218
 106
 606
 240
  2,164

  -63%
   -2%
   -19%
   -24%
   -43%

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

        1,218
       106
       600
           240
        2,164

    -63%
    -2%
    -19%
    -24%
    -43%




Sources: FCA US LLC.
131 Abarth image source: Fiat 500 USA Forum member sarasotabill

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fiat Sales for July 2018

2018 Fiat 500 Urbana

Fiat sales are in for July and show Fiat sold a total of 1,240 cars in the US last month. This compares to 2,244 vehicles sold in July 2017 making for a 45 percent decline. All models posted losses compared to the same month last year including the 500L which had been enjoying a sales renaissance beginning last September. While sales of the 500L were down 37 percent last month, sales of this model are still up 10 percent overall for the year.

Fiat 500L


Sales of other Fiat models have not fared as well this year with the 500 being off 69 percent, 500X crossovers being down 37 percent and even the 124 Spider, which should be enjoying the convertible selling season, lagging behind 22 percent year-to-date compared to last year.

Fiat 500X Urbana
Fiat 500X Urbana is a new trim level offered on the 500X.


All this news has Fiat enthusiasts scratching their head wondering what Fiat USA is going to do to try to reverse the trend. New trim is being offered on the 2018 500X and 500L models which is nice, but the late availability of the traditional best selling 500 hatch and Cabrio models have severely impacted sales. While the 2018 500 has finally made it into showrooms, it begs the questions are they too late and should they have been called 2019s?

Sergio Marchionne


Fiat July News
The biggest headline last month was the sudden passing of Sergio Marchionne, the former CEO of FCA and Ferrari, among other things. The link below has all our Marchionne stories you may find interesting.



Fiat and the Hoonigan brand teamed up with a contest to promote the car enthusiast and motorsport lifestyle. The winner gets a new 124 Spider Abarth plus joins the Hoonigan team. We have the details of this fun and entertaining contest.


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Italian cars are known for being fun and cool and the experts at Driving Today agree, naming the Fiat 500e and 124 Abarth Spider to their Top 10 List of Coolest Cars Under $35,000. The list ranks the cars for their cool factor, and the two Fiats beat out some impressive competition. We posted the details, and the cars the 500e and Spider Abarth outshone.



The 2018 Fiat 500 range is available in up to 11 exterior colors, depending on the model. We list the new colors including their color codes, plus the discontinued colors from last year.



Fiat Brand Sales in the United States January through July 2018
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
July
500
500L
500X
124

    363
    107
    378
    392
    1,240

 1026
 171
 597
 450
  2,244

  -65%
   -37%
   -37%
   -13%
   -45%

    2625
    1011
    3603
    2286
    9,525

        8,482
       917
       4577
          2950
        16926

    -69%
    10%
    -21%
    -23%
    -44%
June
500
500L
500X
124

    354
    157
    514
    401
    1,426

 995
 184
 553
 510
  2,242

  -64%
   -15%
   -7%
   -21%
   -36%

    2262
    904
    3225
    1894
    8,285

        7,456
       746
       3980
          2500
        14682

    -70%
    21%
    -19%
    -24%
    -44%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    264
    184
    568
    425
    1,441

 1240
 163
 703
 564
  2,670

  -79%
   13%
   -19%
   -25%
   -46%

    1908
    747
    2711
    1493
    6,859

        6,461
       562
       3427
          1990
        12440

    -70%
    33%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    335
    168
    564
    337
    1,404

 1201
 115
 758
 465
  2,539

  -72%
   46%
   -26%
   -28%
   -45%

    1644
    563
    2143
    1068
    5,418

        5,221
       399
       2724
          1426
        9770

    -69%
    41%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    439
    173
    607
    325
    1,544

 1671
 106
 726
 419
  2,922

  -74%
   63%
   -16%
   -22%
   -47%

    1309
    395
    1579
    731
    4,014

        4,020
       284
       1,966
           961
        7,231

    -67%
    39%
    -20%
    -24%
    -44%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    416
    118
    484
    223
    1,241

 1131
 72
 640
 302
  2,145

  -63%
   64%
   -24%
   -26%
   -42%

    870
    222
    972
    406
    2,470

        2,349
       178
       1,240
           542
        4,309

    -63%
    25%
    -22%
    -25%
    -43%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

 1218
 106
 606
 240
  2,164

  -63%
   -2%
   -19%
   -24%
   -43%

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

        1,218
       106
       600
           240
        2,164

    -63%
    -2%
    -19%
    -24%
    -43%



Sources: FCA US LLC.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fiat and Hoonigan Looking for Racers!

Fiat 124 Abarth Rally

Fiat and the Hoonigan brand is holding a contest looking for racers to compete for a free car and to join the Hoonigan team.  Ten contestants will be selected to compete in a series of driving challenges, and the winner will get a track-ready Fiat 124 Spider Abarth specially modified and prepared by Hoonigan, the car motorsports enthusiast brand. 


Sara Price, last year's winner, competing in a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rally factory-built racecar in the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, the nation’s oldest hillclimb event.

Entering is easy, just create a 60-second video on your phone about why you should be included in the competition, and upload it to YouTube with the #hooniganswanted hashtag. You then fill out the form on hooniganswanted.com, and promote your video on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Note:
Submission period ends at 12pm PDT on August 10th. So get going!


Below is the official Fiat press release with details:

FIAT Brand and Hoonigan Team Up for Next Great Driver Search


  • After the success of crowning the next great female racer last summer, the FIAT brand and Hoonigan are teaming up for a second straight year to support auto racing and to find the next great driver/Hoonigan personality with this year’s competition
  • Contestants will be put through a number of driving challenges in FIAT models: the Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, and (in the ultimate challenge) a Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Car - FIAT’s factory-built race car
  • Finalists will be selected by celebrity drivers and team captains, including Rhys Millen
  • Winner will be announced in September
  • Follow the competition as it rolls out on FIAT and Hoonigan social channels
  • Included with the purchase of every 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth and 124 Spider Abarth is the opportunity for new owners to attend a segment-exclusive Abarth Driving Experience at no additional charge

Hoonigans wanted!

FIAT Brand North America and Hoonigan, a motorsport-lifestyle brand, are teaming up for a second straight year to find the next Hoonigan great driver.

Beginning this week, drivers who feel their skills are worthy may submit their video entries via HoonigansWanted.com, illustrating why they should be chosen to be a part of the challenge series.

“Building on last year’s success, FIAT will once again team up with Hoonigan in search of the next great driver,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Abarth name is synonymous with a strong racing heritage and finalists will have a unique opportunity to showcase their skills in our Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500 and 124 Spider Abarth models.”

From all submissions, 10 contestants will be chosen to battle for the chance to join the Hoonigan team. In response to the tremendous and passionate enthusiasm received from last year’s search for the next great female racer, this year’s competition is expanded to include both female and male contestants.

Top finalists will be selected and divided by each of the celebrity drivers and Team Captains, including Rhys Millen, who has won countless racing championships, as well as Hill Climb records, and wins in multiple disciplines, including off road, drifting, rally and rally cross.

Over five episodes, the teams will be put through a number of challenges in a Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiat 124 Spider Abarth and Fiat 124 Abarth Rally Car models, testing their skill behind the wheel, team work, pit duty, stunt driving and time-attack trials, to name a few.

This year’s grand prize winner will receive a custom Fiat 124 Spider Abarth track-ready car (custom modified by the Hoonigan team). Viewers will be able to watch the vehicle build in its entirety via Hoonigan’s You Tube channel on their show Garage Garage.

Last year, driver Sara Price from Canyon Lake, California, was chosen the winner from more than 150 all-female entries as the next great female racer. She went on to compete with the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Rally factory-built racecar in the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, the nation’s oldest hillclimb event.

Stay tuned to Hoonigan and FIAT social and digital channels to watch as the competition unfolds and find out which contestant will ultimately represent FIAT and be the next Hoonigan great driver.

-July 24, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Michigan


Source:FCA US LLC

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sergio Marchionne Has Died

Sergio Marchionne


Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, passed away Wednesday, July 25, from complications following surgery. In addition to being the CEO of FCA NV, he was also the chairman and CEO of FCA US LLC, the chairman and CEO of Ferrari and the chairman of CNH (Case and New Holland) Industrial.


John Elkann, who is the chairman who controls FCA NV and also who runs EXOR, the holding company that owns most of FCA and Ferrari among other companies, has issued a statement.

EXOR announcement
July 25, 2018 , Amsterdam - It is with the deepest sadness that EXOR has learned of the passing of Sergio Marchionne.

John Elkann said: “Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone.

"I believe that the best way to honor his memory is to build on the legacy he left us, continuing to develop the human values of responsibility and openness of which he was the most ardent champion.

"My family and I will be forever grateful for what he has done. Our thoughts are with Manuela, and his sons Alessio and Tyler.

"I would ask again everyone to respect the privacy of Sergio’s family.”


Monday, July 23, 2018

Marchionne Gravely ill, Manley New CEO

Sergio Marchionne and Fiat 500

We have sad news to report that Sergio Marchionne has fallen ill and Mike Manley has been appointed as the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Marchionne was expected to announce his successor sometime after second-quarter results, which are being published on Wednesday, July 25, however, Marchionne has had a health crisis necessitating Manley's immediate appointment this past Saturday.

FCA has not released details on Marchionne's medical condition, but the information in Italian media has been grim, reporting he is in a deep coma, gravely ill and unlikely to recover.*  Marchionne is 66 years old and was to retire in 2019.

Mike Manley has been Head of Jeep brand since June 2009 and Head of Ram brand since October 2015. He will be implementing the Five-Year plan that Marchionne outlined on June 1st this year.

Marchionne and Elkann


Legacy
John Elkann, the chairman of FCA and the great-grandson of Giovanni Agnelli, one of the original founders of Fiat and whose family would later come to control the company, was instrumental in giving Marchionne the job in 2004 to help turn the company around. Elkann himself was newly put in charge, having taken over for his uncle, Umberto Agnelli who just died that year and had himself just taken over for the legendary Gianni Agnelli who died in 2003. Marchionne became Fiat's CEO on June 1, 2004.

Fiat Auto back then was laden with debt and had suffered from a vast bureaucracy that stifled growth and innovation. Marchionne's careful and skilled leadership extracted the company from an alliance with GM via a Put Option that the late Gianni Agnelli had shrewdly made GM agree to when the two companies formed a joint venture on platform and powertrain development.

 In this alliance, GM acquired 20 percent of Fiat Auto, but the Put Option forced GM to buy the remaining 80 percent upon Fiat's request. In the early 2000s, Fiat Auto finances were in dire conditions, and by 2005 the car division was losing several million dollars a day.* That year, Marchionne successfully negotiated a $2 billion payment from GM to get out of this deal.

Marchionne took the windfall, cut the bureaucracy and overhauled the company turning it completely around. The result was just three years later in 2008, the company would have its most profitable year ever in its 109 -year history.



Marchionne wasn't done yet, and in 2009, he saw an opportunity no one else saw in acquiring the bankrupt Chrysler company. The two companies would form an alliance eventually becoming one company in 2014. This vision would be fortuitous because an economic downturn in Europe hit Fiat particularly hard and what was first a helping hand saving the Chrysler would be reciprocated by Chrysler helping Fiat weather their own economic storm over the past few years.

Fast forward to today, and the company is expected to announce soon it will be debt free, possibly by the end of this month. Under Marchionne' s 14 years of leadership, he has turned a company that had $10 billion of debt into a company valued at $40 billion and increased the Agnelli family's holding company (that controls FCA) value 10 times over, to $80 billion.***

Marchionne has not been without his controversies. A particularly sharp criticism is his ignoring European brands to concentrate and save the American brands. Fiats lack of new models has strongly upset longtime owners and enthusiasts of the brand, who feel abandoned by his actions. His moving the company headquarters to London and out of Turin and incorporating FCA in the Netherlands has also been pointedly criticized.

Criticisms aside, what cannot be argued is his commitment and around the clock effort to the company in keeping it alive. It is tragic to see someone who worked so hard not see, possibly missing it by days, the ultimate debt-free outcome he worked so hard to achieve.

Below are the latest company statements including a personal note from John Elkann:

Marchionne and Worker


FCA Announcement
With reference to the health of Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. communicates with profound sorrow that during the course of this week unexpected complications arose while Mr. Marchionne was recovering from surgery and that these have worsened significantly in recent hours.

As a consequence, Mr. Marchionne will be unable to return to work.

The Board of Directors of FCA, meeting today, firstly expressed its closeness to Sergio Marchionne and his family and underlined the xtraordinary contribution, both human and professional, that he has made to the Company in these years.

The Board resolved to accelerate the CEO transition process that has been proceeding over the past months and named Mike Manley as CEO. The Board will therefore propose to the next Shareholder Meeting, to be called in the coming days, that he be elected to the Board and serve as an executive director of the Company.

In the meantime, in order to provide for his full authority and operational continuity for the company, the Board has with immediate effect granted Mr. Manley all the powers of CEO. He will also assume responsibility for the NAFTA region.

Mr. Manley and his management team will proceed with the implementation of the 2018 – 2022 Business Plan as presented on 1 June this year, a plan that will further assure FCA’s strong and independent future.

London, 21 July 2018



Statement by John Elkann
I am profoundly saddened to learn of Sergio’s state of health. It is a situation that was unthinkable until a few hours ago, and one that leaves us all with a real sense of injustice.

My first thoughts go to Sergio and his family.

What struck me about Sergio from the very beginning, when we met to talk about the possibility of him coming to work for the Group, even more than his management skills and unusual intelligence, were his human qualities, his generosity and the way he understood people.

Over the past 14 years together we have lived through successes and difficulties, internal and external crises, but also unique and unrepeatable moments, both personal and professional.

For so many, Sergio has been an enlightened leader and a matchless point of reference.

For me, he has been someone with whom to share thoughts and in whom to trust, a mentor and above all a true friend.

He taught us to think differently and to have the courage to change, often in unconventional ways, always acting with a sense of responsibility for the companies and their people.

He taught us that the only question that’s worth asking oneself at the end of every day is whether we have been able to change something for the better, whether we have been able to make a difference.

And Sergio has always made a difference, wherever his work took him and in the lives of so very many people.

Today, that difference can be seen in the culture that he introduced in all the companies he has led, a culture that has become an integral part of each and every one of them.

The succession plans we have just announced, even if not without pain from a personal point of view, mean we can guarantee the maximum possible continuity, preserving our companies’ unique cultures.

It has been my privilege to have had Sergio at my side for all these years.

I would ask everyone for their understanding in these circumstances and to respect Sergio’s privacy and that of those who are dear to him.

=============================


* Marchionne Condizioni di Salute Irreversibili
** GM Pays 2 Billion to Sever Ties

*** Updated article to clarify company value. Source: Auto News Europe


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fiat 500e and 124 Abarth on Coolest Cars List

Fiat 124 Abarth Spider

Fiats can be very practical cars, but arguably their most celebrated attribute is how much fun they are. From the cheerful 500 to the exciting 124 Abarth Spider, each one packs character and enjoyment into their just-the-right-size dimensions. It seems the experts at Driving Today agree and just listed the Fiat 500e and 124 Abarth Spider in the Top 10 List of Coolest Cars Under $35,000. Another FCA vehicle, the high-performance Dodge Challenger R/T was also named.

Fiat 500e

Driving Today was established in 1999, and their mission is to provide all you all you need to know to make satisfying car-buying and car-ownership decisions. Their automotive experts put together a list of cars the coolest cars under $35K - the average price of a new car today. The cars chosen go beyond solid transportation and are for those who want something with personality. They can be fast, stylish and/or technologically advanced. This is an excellent way to describe the whole Fiat line up, and the Fiat 500e and 124 Spider Abarth were placed high on the list of cars.

Jack R. Nerad, contributing editor, Driving Today, is quoted in FCA press release saying:

"From a pure electric vehicle, to a classic two-seat sports car, to what has to be the best muscle car bargain on the planet, FCA is offering some of the coolest cars out there. The Fiat 500e is the cheekiest EV on the street; the Fiat 124 channels the best aspects of the traditional sports car, and then there is the Dodge Challenger R/T and its beefy HEMI V-8. Each one of them is cool."

124 Abarth Spider


The Fiat 124 Spider Abarth was ranked number two coolest car and beat out notable competition including the Number 4 MINI Cooper S Convertible, Number 5 Chevrolet Camaro, Number 7 Ford Mustang and even the Number 9 Mazda MX-5 Miata! The experts at Driving Today voted the 124 Spider ahead of the Miata for its exotic Fiat / Italian heritage and design and more powerful engine.

Fiat 500e Electric Car


The Fiat 500e was ranked number six on the list, ahead of the Number 8 VW Beetle convertible, the Mustang, the Miata and the Number 10 Chevy Volt. The editors thought the limited production 500e all-electric vehicles was stylish, fun and packed with technology.


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Source: Driving Today, FCA US LLC
Images:FCA

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Fiat 500 / 500 Abarth Colors

2018 Fiat 500 Billet Argento


The 2018 Fiat 500 is available in up to 11 exterior colors, depending on model. This year, there are three models to choose from:
• Pop
• Lounge
• Abarth

Fiat has added three new colors for 2018 and has changed the name on carry over colors from the previous year. Below are all available colors, including their former name.

Available Exterior Colors for 2018:
• Brillante Red (new for 2018; late availability)
• Luminosa Orange (Formerly known as Spitfire Orange)(not available on Abarth)
• Oliva Green Pearl
• Metallo Gray (Formerly known as Rhino Clear Coat)
• Laser Blue Metallic (Formerly known as Laser Blu (Bright Metallic Blue)
• Mezzanotte Blue Pearl (new for 2018; late availability)(not available on Abarth)
• Granito Gray (Formerly known as Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal)
• Pompei Silver (Formerly known as Billet Argento (Silver)
• Vesuvio Black Pearl (new for 2018; late availability)
• Perla White Tri-coat (Formerly known as Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)
• Bianco White Ice (Formerly known as Bianco (White) (not available on Abarth)

The eye catching Giallo Moderna Perla color has been discontinued for 2018.


Abarth fans will be sad to see Giallo Moderna Perla (Modern Yellow Pearl) Tri-coat is no longer available. Retired for 2018 are the following colors.

  • Giallo Moderna Perla (Modern Yellow Pearl) Tri-coat
  • Grigio Cenre (Light Gray) Clear Coat
  • Celeste Blue (Light Blue) Clear Coat
  • Latte Menta (Light Green) Clear Coat
  • Nero Puro (Black Gloss) Clear Coat
  • Rosso (Red) Clear Coat
  • Verde Chiaro (Green) Clear Coat


For reference, below are the color names and paint codes available for 2018:

2018 Fiat 500 Pop and Lounge Color Codes and Names


BIANCO WHITE ICE Color Code PW3
Formerly known as Bianco (White)

BRILLANTE RED Color Code PRM
Late Availability

GRANITO GRAY Color Code PAU
Formerly known as Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal)

LASER BLUE METALLIC Color Code PBJ
Formerly known as Laser Blu (Bright Metallic Blue)

LUMINOSA ORANGE Color Code PF2
Formerly known as Spitfire Orange

METALLO GRAY Color Code PSQ
Formerly known as Rhino Clear Coat

MEZZANOTTE BLUE PEARL Color Code PBX
Late Availability

OLIVA GREEN PEARL Color Code PFP
Formerly known as Verde Oliva (Olive Green)

PERLA WHITE TRI-COAT Color Code PWH
Formerly known as Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)

POMPEI SILVER Color Code PSC
Formerly known as Billet Argento (Silver)

VESUVIO BLACK PEARL Color Code PXJ
Late Availability

Fiat 500 Abarth LASER BLUE METALLIC

2018 Fiat 500 ABARTH Color Codes and Names

BRILLANTE RED Color Code PRM*
Late Availability

GRANITO GRAY Color Code PAU*
Formerly known as Granito Lucente (Granite Crystal)

LASER BLUE METALLIC Color Code PBJ*
Formerly known as Laser Blu (Bright Metallic Blue)

METALLO GRAY Color Code PSQ
Formerly known as Rhino Clear Coat

OLIVA GREEN PEARL Color Code PFP*
Formerly known as Verde Oliva (Olive Green)

PERLA WHITE TRI-COAT Color Code PWH
Formerly known as Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)

POMPEI SILVER Color Code PSC*
Formerly known as Billet Argento (Silver)

VESUVIO BLACK PEARL Color Code PXJ*
Late Availability

*Newly available on Abarth

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Source:FCAUS LLC
Images:Author and FCA

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Fiat Sales for June 2018

Fiat 500C and Friends

Fiat sales for June 2018 show the brand sold a total of 1,426 cars last month, a 36% drop compared to the same month a year ago.  The lack of availability of the traditional best selling hatch and Cabrio models has continued taking its toll on sales. Fiat closed the 500's production line last September to retool for the 2018 model year. While production of the 2018 500 has begun, the arrival of the new models have been painfully slow, and there is still a dramatic lack of cars at dealerships.

Fiat 500L night on the town

Sales of the Fiat 500L MPV have benefited from the lack of 500 hatch and Cabrio models, and while the sales show a drop of 15 percent compared to the same month last year, 500L sales year-to-date are still running 21 percent ahead of last year.

Sales of Fiat 500X and Spider were also down for June, 7 and 21 percent respectively.

As 2018 500 hatch and Cabrio models start filling dealer inventories this month it is expected sales of these models will rebound. How much they do, we will have to wait and see.


2019 Alfa Romeo 8C


Fiat News for June
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles presented their 5-year business plan on June 1st. The highlight of the presentation is FCA has reduced its debt dramatically and will for the first time since the Fiat/ Chrysler merger in 2009, have more cash on hand than debt at the close of business in June. While the Fiat brand was not featured in the business plan outline, comments by FCA's CEO Marchionne indicate the brand will become heavily involved in Electric and Hybrid-Technology. The new 500, which is due out in the 2020 model year, will feature these alternative powertrains. With luck, we'll see the new 500 here in this country. Meanwhile, 2019 Fiat models are on in the pipeline, with 2019 model year 124 Spiders being produced and 2019 500L MPVs in dealer order books.

Released during the 5-year business plan was Alfa Romeo's 2018-2023 model roadmap. The exciting news is there will be a new GTV Coupe, an 8C supercar, a smaller crossover utility and some stretched versions of various models. We posted the complete business plan here for your enjoyment:



500X Adventurer Edition

Joining the recently announced Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition is a new 500X Adventurer Edition. The 500X Adventurer trim enhances the 500X's rugged, athletic good looks.


Fiat 500L Best Value Winner

The versatile and roomy Fiat 500L won the best value and lowest ownership cost award in Automotive Science Group's Annual award study. The Best Economic Performance Award is given to the vehicle with the lowest cost of ownership in its class. The Fiat 500L beat all its competitors in its segment.


Finally, the Fiat Club America Fiat FreakOut National Convention will feature Anneliese Abarth, the wife of the late Carlo Abarth, as the keynote speaker. The Fiat FreakOut is a fun, five day event filled with activities, great people and cool cars. It shouldn't be missed.


Fiat Brand Sales in the United States January through June 2018
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
June
500
500L
500X
124

    354
    157
    514
    401
    1,426

 995
 184
 553
 510
  2,242

  -64%
   -15%
   -7%
   -21%
   -36%

    2262
    904
    3225
    1894
    8,285

        7,456
       746
       3980
          2500
        14682

    -70%
    21%
    -19%
    -24%
    -44%
May
500
500L
500X
124

    264
    184
    568
    425
    1,441

 1240
 163
 703
 564
  2,670

  -79%
   13%
   -19%
   -25%
   -46%

    1908
    747
    2711
    1493
    6,859

        6,461
       562
       3427
          1990
        12440

    -70%
    33%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
April
500
500L
500X
124

    335
    168
    564
    337
    1,404

 1201
 115
 758
 465
  2,539

  -72%
   46%
   -26%
   -28%
   -45%

    1644
    563
    2143
    1068
    5,418

        5,221
       399
       2724
          1426
        9770

    -69%
    41%
    -21%
    -25%
    -45%
March
500
500L
500X
124

    439
    173
    607
    325
    1,544

 1671
 106
 726
 419
  2,922

  -74%
   63%
   -16%
   -22%
   -47%

    1309
    395
    1579
    731
    4,014

        4,020
       284
       1,966
           961
        7,231

    -67%
    39%
    -20%
    -24%
    -44%
Feb
500
500L
500X
124

    416
    118
    484
    223
    1,241

 1131
 72
 640
 302
  2,145

  -63%
   64%
   -24%
   -26%
   -42%

    870
    222
    972
    406
    2,470

        2,349
       178
       1,240
           542
        4,309

    -63%
    25%
    -22%
    -25%
    -43%
Jan
500
500L
500X
124

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

 1218
 106
 606
 240
  2,164

  -63%
   -2%
   -19%
   -24%
   -43%

    454
    104
    488
    183
    1,229

        1,218
       106
       600
           240
        2,164

    -63%
    -2%
    -19%
    -24%
    -43%



Sources: FCA US LLC.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Anneliese Abarth Attending the Fiat FreakOut!


Anneliese Abarth, the wife of Carlo Abarth, will be attending this year's Fiat FreakOut. The Fiat FreakOut is the Fiat Club America's national convention and the largest Fiat event of the year. This is the 35th year the Fiat FreakOut has been held and to celebrate the occasion; it is being held in Disney World, Florida. Every year the FreakOut gets bigger and better, and this year is no exception. We have a mini itinerary of some of what's happening this year, but one of the big treats is Anneliese Abarth will be the keynote speaker.




A lifelong car and racing enthusiast, Mrs. Abarth was by her husband's side and deeply involved in every momentous occasion, event, and race throughout the peak of the brand's most historic time. Anneliese Abarth is Brand Ambassador and actively represents Abarth & C. S.p.A. at many car events and international club meetings to communicate the brand's values and passion. It is fitting she is the brand's ambassador. It will be a rare opportunity for us in America to meet a person so involved with the legendary company.

Anneliese Abarth is also president of the Carlo Abarth Foundation, an organization that preserves and promotes the Abarth legacy. Every car enthusiast should know who Carlo Abarth is and what he achieved.





About Fiat FreakOut
The Fiat FreakOut is the largest get together of Fiat Group cars in North America. The four-day event is filled with cars, activities and enjoyable, fun people. The 2018 Fiat FreakOut runs from August 15 – August 19. It is the must-attend event of the year so don't miss it.

You can read more and register online here:


Note there are special discount rates for the hotel and the July 15th registration deadline is fast approaching, so make sure you register now.

Below are some of the activities planned. Make sure you visit the Fiat Club America website for complete details. You can also visit the Fiat Club America Forum for more discussions.



Images from the 2015 Fiat FreakOut Car Show


Wednesday, August 15th – Early Arrivals

  • AMPHICAR/WATER TAXI CRUISES & DINNER
  • OTHER OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: For those not interested in experiencing the magic of Disney Springs, an optional activity is offered at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games.


Thursday, August 16th

  • ‘LUIGI’S CRUISIN’ CUGINI’ GUIDED DRIVING TOUR OF THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
  • EXPLORE WALT DISNEY WORLD/REST AND RELAXATION TIME
  • ‘MIX AND MINGLE’
  • ‘FRESH FROM FLORIDA’ KICKOFF DINNER AND EVENT OVERVIEW


Friday, August 17th

  • FRANCE – LAKERIDGE WINERY IN THE HEART OF FLORIDA’S WINE COUNTRY
  • OPTIONAL ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNGER ATTENDEES
    Florida Showcase of Citrus. Monster Truck Rides, Citrus Groves, Florida-themed souvenirs.
  • GERMANY – YALAHA BAKERY"
    enjoy a leisurely drive through some of Florida’s wide open countryside along hilly backroads to Yalaha Country Bakery.
  • ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY:
    Florida moonshine distillery tour and shop next door!
  • ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY
    Orange grove photo op around the corner
  • ‘DECOMPRESSION’ TIME
  • ITALY – EPCOT CENTER’S ITALY PAVILION/FIREWORKS DESSERT PARTY


Saturday, August 18th

  • CONCORSO DI ELEGANZ
    Our annual peer-judged Concorso Di Eleganza
  • EXPO ITALIANO 2018
    Join us for a collection of enthusiast-driven showcases like you’ve never seen!
  • Chapter Showcases 
  • Studio Showcases 
  • Vendors Showcases
  • Symposiums – On the hour each hour, sit back and enjoy conversations ranging from “Tech Sessions” to “Restoration Tips” to “Getting the Most out of Your Fiat”.
  • “Tame the Gator Tail” – Departing from the Expo at various times throughout the day, interested drivers will be able to experience a Florida backroads drive through twisting roads and hilly terrain.
  • ‘MIX AND MINGLE’
  • ‘FEAST OF A HUNDRED FIATS’ DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION


Sunday, August 19th

  • BRUNCH AND RAFFLE.
  • VACATION PLANNING ASSISTANCE
    For anyone planning on visiting the theme parks as a way to close out the FreakOut, we’ll have a knowledgeable Disney Cast Member on hand to help them plan their day!
  • THEME PARK EXCURSION
    For those interested in heading to the parks together, we’ll board our complimentary Disney transportation from Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Source: Fiat Club America

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fiat 500L Wins Best Value, Lowest Ownership Cost Award

Fiat 500L Trekking


The 2018 Fiat 500L offers the best value and has the best economic performance in its class according to the Automotive Science Group's (ASG) annual Automotive Performance Index (API) study. The Fiat 500L won the ‘Best Economic Performance Award’ in the 2018 study, beating out all of its 26 competitors which includes cars like the Subaru Outback and Volvo V60.

The ASG Best Economic Performance Award is given to the vehicle with the lowest cost of ownership in its class. The assessment is based on initial vehicle purchase price and forecasted fuel and operating costs.

Fiat 500L


The 500L is the lowest priced vehicle in its class with an MSRP of $20,995 and has the lowest cost of ownership when considering purchase and operating costs across the first 6.5 years / 87,594 miles of its lifecycle.

Fiat 500L Polycarbonate Window

The Fiat 500L utilizes advanced design to keep it lightweight, yet strong. An example is the use of polycarbonate for the rear-quarter window. Polycarbonate is typically used in aircraft canopies, and the 500L is the first volume production car in the world to use it.

Fiat 500L Safety Cage


According to the study, ASG says the 500L lightweight maximizes operational efficiency. The 500L has the lightest vehicle architecture in its class, coming in at 590 pounds less than its average competitor. Fewer resources used add up to a reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.

Fiat 500L Luggage Capacity


The 500L’s weight advantage, combined with its best-in-class retail price and a fuel economy rating, helped it achieve a combined total cost savings of 35 percent over the initial 6.5 years of ownership when compared with the average vehicle in its class.

Fiat 500L Trunk


Besides being economical, the Fiat 500L is also a terrific family car, having the interior room of a full-size car within its sub-compact outer dimensions. The versatile 500L has best in class cargo room and the most storage and seating configurations compared to its competition. Being an Italian car also means the 500L is fun to drive, with sure-footed handling, excellent high-speed stability, strong brakes and a lively engine that features 184 ft.lbs of torque - the most of any car in its class. No wonder it is the best selling car of its kind in Europe over the past five years.

The 2018 Fiat 500L has been revamped with the following updates and enhancements:
  • Redesigned front and rear fascia design, bodyside molding design, wheel designs, daytime running light lens and rear side reflector design
  • Standard ParkView rear backup camera
  • New exterior paint colors available: Blu Denim, Arancio Pastello (Pastel Orange) and Bronzo Metallizzato (Metallic Bronze)
Fiat 500L USA Interior


Revamped interior with features that include:
  • Thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display
  • Improved center console with relocated cup holders, new gear shifter and new parking brake handle
  • Additional USB port
  • LED interior ambient lighting
  • New steering wheel and HVAC control knob position
  • Uconnect 4 system standard on all 2018 Fiat 500L models, and includes a 7-inch display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability





*Update 6/18: Corrected number of competitors. There were 26, not the 27 that I originally posted.

Source:FCA, Automotive Science Group
Images: FCA and Author

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition Coming Soon

2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition

Continuing its tradition of offering special versions of all its models, Fiat has announced the new 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition. The 500X is known for being fun and capable, and the new 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition is aimed at owners with an active lifestyle. Built on the off-road styling of the Trekking model, the Adventurer Edition joins the recently introduced 500X Blue Sky Edition, which is built on the urban styled Pop model.

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Fiat 500X Adventurer Stripe

The 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels, black roof rails, orange mirror caps and lower body-side graphic, roof cross bows, splash guards front and rear, molded rear cargo tray and all-weather front and rear slush mats. The Adventurer Edition is available in four colors: Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat), Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Grigio Graphite (Graphite Grey) and Grigio Argentino (Grey Metallic).


Fiat 500X Adventurer Cross Bows

The Adventurer Edition package retails for $945 and is available on both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models, which start at $23,685 and $25,585 MSRP respectively*. Look for the 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition at Fiat dealers this summer.




*excluding destination
Source:FCA US LLC