Chrysler Debuts Updated Uconnect Access System

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Detroit's North American International Auto Show may start next week, but there's another big show making news. Automakers are showing off their latest tech advances this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveiled the latest version of its Uconnect Access app-based connected-car system.

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New features include Vehicle Finder, Send Destination to Vehicle, Vehicle Health Report and Vehicle Health Alert. Aside from the added functionality, the app has been redesigned as well; FCA says that aside from a whole new look, the app is faster and more intuitive.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Used-Car Prices Fall for Eighth Month in a Row

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Late-model used-car prices sank $115 to $21,643 in December. This is the lowest prices have been all year; they're down 6.9 percent ($1,594) since the beginning of the year.

Fiat 500c prices dropped the most this month. The subcompact car was down 4.6 percent ($741) to $15,495. The Ford Ranger pickup truck and Dodge Grand Caravan minivan followed it, with declines of 3.4 percent ($600) and 3 percent ($516), respectively.

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Prices for used luxury cars, particularly those from Mercedes-Benz, continue to strengthen. For the second month in a row, the Mercedes S-Class flagship sedan had the biggest price increase. It was up 2.1 percent ($1,200) to $59,145. The Mercedes M-Class SUV came next, with its price up 1.9 percent ($708). Following it was the Toyota Sequoia SUV, which was up 1.6 percent ($649).

By Mike Hanley | December 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Fiat 500X Video

Fiat's new SUV is a bit smaller than the brand's 500L tall hatchback, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2016 Fiat 500X is the most capable but conventional-looking Fiat so far. The brand's newest offering made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Inside, Mays says drivers will be impressed with the quality of the cabin materials and the easy-to-use controls. Check out the video for more.

Watch on YouTube

By Jennifer Geiger | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Fiat 500X: Up Close

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Fiat's most-recent four-door foray in the U.S. was the supremely ugly, yet versatile Fiat 500L. Much of our staff loved the space-efficient 500L, but I found it hard to look past its pimply, high school-faced awkwardness.

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I'm more onboard with the 2016 500X, Fiat's smaller newcomer with available all-wheel drive, meant to compete with the growing breed of smaller-than-compact SUVs like the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax.

By Joe Bruzek | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Fiat 500X Photo Gallery (29 Photos)

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Fiat is expanding its tiny lineup of cars with an SUV that may be the biggest Fiat yet, but is still pretty compact. The 2016 500X, debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, is based on the new Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV but wears distinctive Fiat-branded styling.

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Where the Renegade looks rugged, Fiat's version strikes a more whimsical look. Two wide, slatlike grille openings divided by the Fiat logo are front and center, flanked by perky, wide-eyed headlights.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Fiat Reveals Specs for U.S. 500X

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We first saw Fiat's plumped-up version of the little 500X at last fall's Paris Motor Show but U.S. specs were not released. The 2016 500X just made its official U.S. debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, complete with U.S. drivetrain information.

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The compact SUV is based on the tiny Jeep Renegade and will compete in the budding micro-SUV class against the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke. Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking (pictured above) and Trekking Plus models will be available; the latter two wear unique front- and rear-end designs for a more rugged look.

Two engines will be available in the states. Base models will use a 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Also available is the 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder that makes 180 hp; it's paired with a nine-speed automatic on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models.

There's no word yet on pricing, but the 2016 Fiat 500X goes on sale early next year. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Toyota Leads, Fiat-Chrysler Disappoints in Consumer Reports' Latest Reliability Study

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Toyota and its Lexus subsidiary earned the top two spots in Consumer Reports' 2014 Auto Survey (subscription required), which rates reliability from consumer surveys of some 1.1 million vehicles over the past 12 months. Of the 28 brands ranked in terms of predicted reliability, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Fiat, Jeep, Ram and Dodge brands landed in the bottom four slots. At the top and bottom of the survey, those results played out similarly to Consumer Reports' study a year ago.

Related: Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Buggy multimedia systems, including navigation systems, Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility, garnered the most complaints. It's a recurring trend, Consumer Reports notes, and respondents to J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study have expressed similar frustrations.

But rankings between the two have otherwise limited correlation. Consumer Reports says its reliability study surveys subscribers for malfunctions on existing cars, whether recently purchased or older. J.D. Power says its IQS surveys those who recently bought a new car for objective malfunctions and subjective dislikes in the first 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power ranked 32 brands in its IQS this year; Consumer Reports ranked 28. Five brands made the top 10 in both studies: Honda, Kia, Lexus, Porsche and Toyota. Just three brands made the bottom 10 in both: Fiat, Infiniti and Jeep. To some degree, that cements the reliability — or lack thereof — for those eight.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (8)

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Hits the Stock Market on Monday

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Having cleared all regulatory hurdles, the merger between Fiat and Chrysler will become fully effective on Sunday, The Detroit News reports. The recently formed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will issue common shares Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Italian stock market.

It's the final step in a process that began more than five years ago. Fiat took a stake in then-teetering Chrysler in June 2009 as part of the U.S. government's $85 billion bailout of Chrysler, GM and their financing arms. The Italian automaker completed its acquisition of Chrysler in January 2014, and the FCA name was born. Trading of existing Fiat stock ends this Friday. Current owners will receive one share of FCA for every Fiat share they owned, Fiat said in January.

Read the full story from our friends at The Detroit News here.

By Kelsey Mays | October 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Fiat 500X: First Look

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Competes with: Mini Countryman, Chevrolet Trax, Nissan Juke

Looks like: A perky hatchback

Drivetrains: To be determined engines with manual and automatic transmissions, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: First half of 2015

Fiat fans have known since at least earlier this year that the Italian brand would build a small SUV. Well, the wait is over. Witness the 2016 500X, an all-new model that's based on the soon-to-go-on-sale-itself Renegade from Jeep, one of umpteen mashups to be expected in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' future. The 500X debuted at this week's 2014 Paris Motor Show, and a full reveal for the U.S. version will come at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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Roughly the size of the forthcoming Chevrolet Trax — and a bit larger than the Mini Countryman and Nissan Juke, two other micro-SUV competitors — the 500X is technically the longest current Fiat model in the U.S., eclipsing the 500L by about an inch. The 500X will come in both metro- and adventure/leisure flavors. Fiat says it will sell the car in "more than 100 countries," including the U.S. in the first half of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | October 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

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