Fiat Updates 500 Lineup for 2015


Visitors to the 2014 New York International Auto Show this month will find a 2015 Fiat 500 lineup with updated offerings inside, outside and under the hood. Perhaps the most significant among these is a newfangled gauge cluster with a 7-inch high-definition display, which will be standard on the 2015 Fiat 500 Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth models, and optional on the Pop. Meanwhile, the performance-focused Abarth, Abarth Cabrio and Turbo models will offer a new six-speed automatic transmission.

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Fiat says the new Thin Film Transistor, or TFT, instrument cluster allows drivers to more easily monitor data including speed, fuel level, Eco index and trip info. On the main screen, an image of the vehicle is surrounded by info such as distance traveled, gas mileage and range; other display options include audio and phone screens showing station and call info, respectively. For models equipped with rear parking assist, a screen shows drivers their backup camera view.

By Matt Schmitz | April 7, 2014 | Comments (3)

When Can You Buy Stock in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles?


You can buy Fiat stock right now, but the exact date of when the recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer its own shares remains up in the air. CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters on March 14 that the automaker, which concluded its merger in late January, still wants to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1. But that listing could be delayed as late as the beginning of 2015.

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"Look, everybody has an internal date of Oct.1, but we're running against the clock," Marchionne said at a Michigan unveiling of the production line for the redesigned Chrysler 200 sedan, according to the Detroit News. It could be "30, 60 or 90 days later."

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Fiat 500L


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 18,100 model-year 2014 versions of the Fiat 500L.

The Problem: According to the automaker, Chrysler received reports that some vehicles equipped with the automatic transmission were not consistently shifting out of Park and not shifting into other gears in a timely fashion. "The investigation discovered the function of one microcontroller component may be compromised by certain temperature extremes. A software update resolves the issue," the automaker said in a statement. No accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will upgrade the vehicle's transmission software for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Alfa Romeo Plans Arrival of 4C for June


The Alfa Romeo 4C has become an auto-industry punch line, a car whose ETA is in perpetual delay — sort of like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's backup-camera mandate. It looks like Alfa will beat NHTSA to the punch: The Detroit News reports that Maserati dealerships will sell the lightweight sports car in June 2014.

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We'll believe it when we see it. Fiat first showed a 4C concept at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. A production version bowed two years later with U.S. sales promised sometime in 2013. That didn't happen, but at least this latest announcement keeps with the delay Fiat issued in September 2013. High-performing Fiat dealerships — some of which are standalone dealers, some of which are incorporated into Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram showrooms — will get the car, too, though exact timing remains elusive. Maserati and Alfa Romeo are two subsidiaries of the recently merged Fiat Chrysler Automobile.

By Kelsey Mays | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

New Global Parent Company Dubbed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles


With the stated intention of establishing itself as a true global automaker, Fiat's board of directors today announced a corporate reorganization creating a parent company over all its operations, which include both the Fiat brand and Chrysler. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., or FCA, will be headquartered in the Netherlands and based for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. Its shares will be listed on the New York and Milan stock exchanges.

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"Five years ago we began to cultivate a vision that went beyond industrial cooperation to include full cultural integration at all levels," Sergio Marchionne, Fiat CEO and Chrysler chairman and CEO said in a statement. "We have worked tenaciously and single-mindedly to transform differences into strengths and break down barriers of nationalistic or cultural resistance. Today we can say that we have succeeded in creating solid foundations for a global automaker with a mix of experience and know-how on a level with the best of our competitors."

By Matt Schmitz | January 29, 2014 | Comments (6)

IIHS: Chevrolet Spark is Safest Microcar


This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise, but microcars just aren't as safe as larger vehicles, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new round of crash tests. Of the 11 model-year 2013 and 2014 microcars and subcompacts evaluated, the agency reported that only the Chevrolet Spark earned an acceptable rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test. The 10 others in the group earned marginal and poor scores, the two lowest ratings. "Minicars are the worst performing group so far in this test," IIHS said in a statement.

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The 40 mph crash test simulates the front corner of a vehicle striking a smaller-diameter object like a tree or a telephone pole. The Honda Fit and Fiat 500 got the lowest scores of the group. "In both the 2013 Honda Fit and the 2014 Fiat 500, intruding structure seriously compromised the driver space, and the dummy's head didn't stay in contact with the frontal airbag. The 500's driver door tore open at the hinges," IIHS said in a statement. The agency also reported that the side-curtain airbag failed to deploy in the Toyota Yaris (pictured below), leading to its low score.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2014 | Comments (20)

Fiat Buys the Rest of Chrysler: What It Means to You


In a $4.35 billion deal announced Wednesday, Italian automaker Fiat reached an agreement to purchase the remaining 41.5 percent of Chrysler from a United Auto Workers health care trust. It's a deal five years in the making, and one that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has long wanted. The deal reportedly closes on Jan. 20.

What does it mean for car shoppers? Not much right now. Chrysler’s five brands — Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat — have dozens of upcoming cars on the horizon, and we doubt the acquisition changes that. The automaker reintroduced Fiat to U.S. shoppers with the 500 hatchback in March 2011. The 500C convertible arrived two months later, and the four-door 500L hit dealers in June 2013.

By Kelsey Mays | January 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Fiat 500L Fits Families Just Fine


I recently had a stint in the 2014 Fiat 500L with my family, which includes a 6-foot-2 husband and three growing daughters ages 9, 11 and 13. I wasn't expecting much more than a fun and novel week driving something instantly recognizable, but the truth is that the 500L is much more functional for families than one would think.

In a world full of large, practical SUVs that start to look and feel the same, I really enjoyed previous weeks in both the Fiat 500c and the 500 Abarth. I was concerned that the 500L would sacrifice the fun factor and uniqueness of the little Fiats, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does it look great in the flesh, but it also proved to be very practical. While some of its competitors in the "cute little car" market have grown without gaining significant, practical everyday space (Mini Countryman, anyone?), the 500L is an exception.

By Kristin Varela | December 26, 2013 | Comments (6)

Fiat 500 Special Edition Dishes Italian Nostalgia


On July 4, 1957, the introduction of the Fiat Nuova 500 marked the beginning of the automaker's mission to provide an efficient, affordable car for the masses of Italy during the nation's post-World War II recovery. Now, the automaker is dipping into the nostalgia well with the limited-run, vintage-styled 2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition." It is set to arrive in spring 2014, which is 38 years after the last Nuova 500 hatchback rolled off the line in 1975; pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

Fiat says the two-door 1957 Edition is meant to be evocative of the romance surrounding Italian cars, brands, fashion and design.

By Matt Schmitz | November 14, 2013 | Comments (5) Reviews the 2013 Fiat 500e

2013Fiat500e reviewer Aaron D. Bragman is all charged up over the 2013 Fiat 500e, calling it "one of the best small cars I've ever driven, electric or otherwise." That's high praise for a tiny electric vehicle, especially since it's considered to be little more than an appeasement of a zero-emissions mandate in California — the only place you can get one. But with horsepower outgunning the gas-powered base model, spirited ride and handling, Fiat's funky styling and an 80-mile range, the 500e is anything but a mere "compliance car." Read Bragman's review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

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