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New 2018 Fiat 500 is Even More Fun to Drive

The new 2018 Fiat 500 now comes turbocharged, making it the most powerful car in its class. All the details here.

Fiat 500X Safety Systems Explored

The Fiat 500X is available with an astounding 70 safety features and systems. Here is the complete list and what they do.

2018 Fiat 124 Spider Model Changes

What's new for the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

The Roomy Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L has the room of a full-sized car within its subcompact dimensions. Learn more about this versatile car

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Two Millionth Fiat 500 Made in Europe

2 Millionth Fiat 500

The two millionth Fiat 500 was made at the Tychy Plant in Poland last Thursday, the 10th of May. The Fiat 500 is a worldwide sales phenomenon being sold in over 100 countries. Over 80 percent of sales are outside of Italy. In Europe, the Fiat 500 has been a consistent best seller in the city car segment since its introduction in 2007.

Fiat 500 assembly line

Eleven years after its debut, the 500 had its best quarter ever this year, selling 60,000 units making it the market leader in nine countries ( Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Slovenia) and in the top three in seven others ( Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, and Sweden.).


Fiat 500 being manufactured

The Fiat 500 for the European, Middle East, African as well as Chinese and Vietnam markets is produced at the FCA factory in Tychy, Poland. Cars sold in the NAFTA region, as well as South America, are built at FCA's Toluca, Mexico plant. Fiat's Tychy factory is one of Europe's largest and the most advanced. Additionally, Tychy is FCA's most productive European factory, and at peak production, one car rolls off the assembly line approximately every 46 seconds. Sheet metal stock can be converted into a finished car in under 12 technological hours.

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NAFTA Fiat 500 assembly line

For those of us on this side of the Atlantic and interested in the NAFTA Fiat 500, the factory in Toluca Mexico received a $550 million investment to upgrade and build our 500. Production of the NAFTA Fiat 500 began in December 2010 and to date, has reached 296,397 units. Fiat has sold a total of 237,681 500s in North America as of April.

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Sources: Images and figures provided by FCA

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fiat 500 Abarth One of Fastest Cars for the Money

Fiat 500 Abarth

Six years after its introduction, the Fiat 500 Abarth is still winning awards. This time the Fiat 500 Abarth made U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of “Fastest Cars for the Money.” According to the website, the list comprises of exciting vehicles that blend an affordable price tag with plenty of power, nimble handling, and fun-to-drive attitudes.


U.S. News & World Report says of the Fiat 500 Abarth:

"... excellent performance, a rockin' exhaust note, and a suspension setup that makes it a blast to toss around corners."

"The Abarth is named for legendary Italian Fiat tuner Carlo Abarth, who began tuning Fiat vehicles in the 1950s. He’s noted for his upgraded exhausts, which gave his cars a distinct sound. That tradition continues with the impressive rasp from the 500 Abarth’s 160-horsepower four-cylinder turbo."

"... one bright spot is the 500’s tech. It comes standard with a 5-inch UConnect infotainment system, which is one of the most intuitive systems available in the class."

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Source: U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of “Fastest Cars for the Money.”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition Coming Soon

2018 Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition

Fiat announced there will be a new 500X edition out later this Spring. The new 2018 Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition features a large, dual-pane power sunroof along with satin-chrome exterior accents and unique blue interior trim. The car looks based on the European 500X "Mirror" edition which offers similar if not exactly the same trim and features.

Steve Beahm, Head of the Fiat Brand – North America describes the 500X Sky Blue Edition saying:

“With all-wheel-drive confidence, best-in-class torque and room for five, the Fiat 500X is fun to drive and wrapped in iconic Italian design. The new Blue Sky Edition offers yet another unique customization option for our Fiat 500X customers.”


Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition

The 2018 Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition comes with automatic headlamps, fog lamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

500X Blue Sky Edition Valance

Satin chrome mirror caps, door handles, body-side moldings, fog-lamp bezels, front and rear badges, tail lamp bezels and liftgate handle complete the exterior look.

Fiat 500X Sky Blue Dash
This is the European 500X "Mirror" edition's dashboard which features a color called "Denim Blue". It is likely that the US 500X Sky Blue dashboard will be the same. We will investigate this and let you know. UPDATE: We have gotten confirmation that the Blue Sky is based on the Mirror package and the dash and interior are the same.

The interior of the Blue Sky sports blue-toned trim with unique blue-patterned cloth seats, blue instrument panel and a dual-pane powered sunroof.

Fiat 500X Blue Sky Interior
Another shot of the 500X Mirror edition's interior with blue trim. This should give a preview of what the Sky Blue's interior will look like.

The 2018 Fiat 500X Blue Sky Edition comes in four exterior paint colors: Blue Sky Metallic, Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat), Grigio Graphite (Graphite Grey) and Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat).

The Blue Sky Edition package is available on Pop models for $1,495 for front-wheel-drive cars and $1,195 for all-wheel-drive cars. The 500X Pop models start at $19,995 and $23,890 U.S. MSRP, respectively, excluding destination.



Source and images: FCA

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fiat Sales for April 2018

Fiat 500


Fiat brand April sales numbers are in and show a 45 percent decline compared to the same month last year. In April, Fiat sold a total of 1,404 cars compared to 2,539 last year.   Sales of all models except for the 500L MPV were down last month, with 500 hatch and Cabrio models particularly having a rough month.  Production of these 500 models ended last September and what was once Fiat's best selling model is now scarce at dealers.  Production of the 2018 500 has begun and will arrive this summer, meaning the lack of cars will continue until then.

Fiat 500L Trekking


As mentioned, sales of all Fiat models were down except for the 500L MPV.  The versatile 500L has enjoyed a sales rally since last August and year-to-date are up 41 percent.


2018 Fiat 500 Lineup

Fiat News for April
Fiat displayed the new, 2018 Fiat 500 Urbana edition at the NY Auto Show last month. The 500 Urbana is similar to the 500 Turbo of previous years. We have images of the Urbana and all the details, including the differences between it and the older 500T.



Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Trim Preview


Fiat500USA.com got the inside scoop there will be an Urbana edition of the Fiat 124 Spider coming out for the 2019 model year. All the details here:


Fiat Spider Colors


Speaking of the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider, we also broke the news there will be a new color available in 2019. Additionally, we published a list of all the paint / color codes available on the 124 Spider for people's convenience.


Fiat had a Spring Savings Sale in April offering substantial savings across the model lineup. We had the details, plus an important link to the Fiat Incentives page that should always be checked whenever you are in the market to buy.



Fiat Brand Sales in the United States January through April 2018
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
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.
Images: FCA and Author