The Truth About Cars » Cinquecento http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Fiat 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/chicago-auto-show-2014-fiat-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/chicago-auto-show-2014-fiat-500l/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:21:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=476829 What happens when foreigners have been in America for a few years? They start getting fat like Americans. And so it is with the 2014 Fat 500L which has gained mass, two doors and a plumper overall visage. We found a red model strutting its chunky stuff at the back of the Chicago Auto Show […]

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What happens when foreigners have been in America for a few years? They start getting fat like Americans. And so it is with the 2014 Fat 500L which has gained mass, two doors and a plumper overall visage. We found a red model strutting its chunky stuff at the back of the Chicago Auto Show […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Who Killed The Fiat 500 Launch? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-who-killed-the-fiat-500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-who-killed-the-fiat-500/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:33:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419504 With today’s official confirmation that Fiat’s US market brand boss, Laura Soave, has been replaced by Timothy Kuniskis, there’s more than a little attention being paid to the Fiat 500’s stateside sales and marketing. Which is something of a curious state of affairs; after all, when the 500 was introduced to Europe, it was quite […]

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With today’s official confirmation that Fiat’s US market brand boss, Laura Soave, has been replaced by Timothy Kuniskis, there’s more than a little attention being paid to the Fiat 500’s stateside sales and marketing. Which is something of a curious state of affairs; after all, when the 500 was introduced to Europe, it was quite […]

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Fiat 500 Marketing Watch: Re-Boot In The Works? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/fiat-500-marketing-watch-re-boot-in-the-works/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/fiat-500-marketing-watch-re-boot-in-the-works/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:57:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419482 After an early downturn in sales, it appeared that Fiat might be distancing its 500 from the Jennifer Lopez-dominated image that hasn’t been panning out so well. With the debut of the 500 Abarth at the LA Auto Show, the ad shown above kept the sex-factor high, but focused far more on the male market. […]

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After an early downturn in sales, it appeared that Fiat might be distancing its 500 from the Jennifer Lopez-dominated image that hasn’t been panning out so well. With the debut of the 500 Abarth at the LA Auto Show, the ad shown above kept the sex-factor high, but focused far more on the male market. […]

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Can The Scorpion’s Sting Save Fiat’s Flopping 500? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/can-the-scorpions-sting-save-fiats-flopping-500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/can-the-scorpions-sting-save-fiats-flopping-500/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:33:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418446 Fiat’s 500 may be flopping early in the game, but then, what do you expect from a car with barely 100 horsepower? Though I’m sure the Cinquecento is better with a stick shift, my brief time in an autobox version left me feeling that Fiat’s italophile morsel could use considerably more brio. Well, consider the […]

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Fiat’s 500 may be flopping early in the game, but then, what do you expect from a car with barely 100 horsepower? Though I’m sure the Cinquecento is better with a stick shift, my brief time in an autobox version left me feeling that Fiat’s italophile morsel could use considerably more brio. Well, consider the […]

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Fiat 500: Yup, It’s Flopping http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/fiat-500-yup-its-flopping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/fiat-500-yup-its-flopping/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 01:26:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418183 I was not the only person to predict that the Fit 500 would enjoy strong initial sales and then flop as the novelty wore off… and I was half right! Sales climbed early, peaking at around 3k units per month this summer before dropping precipitously in September and October. In August were still wondering if the […]

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I was not the only person to predict that the Fit 500 would enjoy strong initial sales and then flop as the novelty wore off… and I was half right! Sales climbed early, peaking at around 3k units per month this summer before dropping precipitously in September and October. In August were still wondering if the […]

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Review: 2011 Fiat 500C Convertible http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2011-fiat-500c-convertible/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/review-2011-fiat-500c-convertible/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:38:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408321 Due to the state of the economy and the price of gasoline in America, it’s no small wonder small car sales are on fire. For those that wish to hide the fact that they have downsized for sensible reasons like lower operating costs, there is a segment of the market just for you: small retro […]

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Due to the state of the economy and the price of gasoline in America, it’s no small wonder small car sales are on fire. For those that wish to hide the fact that they have downsized for sensible reasons like lower operating costs, there is a segment of the market just for you: small retro […]

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Fiat Will Miss Its 50k Sales Goal This Year. What About Next Year? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/fiat-will-miss-its-50k-sales-goal-this-year-what-about-next-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/fiat-will-miss-its-50k-sales-goal-this-year-what-about-next-year/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:08:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406912 If you answered in the negative when we asked if Fiat would be able to make its 50k unit sales goal in the US this year, you were right. Executives for the Italian brand tell Automotive News [sub] that “We lost the whole first quarter”… If the store openings had occurred as planned, the sales […]

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If you answered in the negative when we asked if Fiat would be able to make its 50k unit sales goal in the US this year, you were right. Executives for the Italian brand tell Automotive News [sub] that “We lost the whole first quarter”… If the store openings had occurred as planned, the sales […]

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Capsule Review: 1968 Fiat 500 (595) Esse-Esse Abarth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1968-fiat-500-595-esse-esse-abarth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/capsule-review-1968-fiat-500-595-esse-esse-abarth/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:12:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406693 I haven’t been to Italy, in 21 years. My cousins and I are having dinner together for the first time in 21 years. If I didn’t already know it, I’d have learned it now: males with Italian blood are obsessed with cars. My cousin Nicola even works for FIAT, in the seaside town of Termoli. […]

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I haven’t been to Italy, in 21 years. My cousins and I are having dinner together for the first time in 21 years. If I didn’t already know it, I’d have learned it now: males with Italian blood are obsessed with cars. My cousin Nicola even works for FIAT, in the seaside town of Termoli. […]

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Review: 2012 Fiat 500 Sport (US-Spec) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-2012-fiat-500-sport-us-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/review-2012-fiat-500-sport-us-spec/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:05:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387759 It’s been over a quarter-century, so perhaps my memory grows hazy. But I recall enjoying the small, light subcompacts of the mid-1980s tremendously. They didn’t have much power. Power wasn’t a requirement, just a willingness to rev and to be tossed sideways through curves. I’ve spent the years since trying to recapture that experience. And […]

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It’s been over a quarter-century, so perhaps my memory grows hazy. But I recall enjoying the small, light subcompacts of the mid-1980s tremendously. They didn’t have much power. Power wasn’t a requirement, just a willingness to rev and to be tossed sideways through curves. I’ve spent the years since trying to recapture that experience. And […]

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Review: Fiat 500C http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-fiat-500c/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/review-fiat-500c/#comments Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:09:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353876 John Steel, 42. Resident Nurburgring hotlapper, amateur race driver and menace of all slow moving objects. On weekends, he likes thrashing his Porsche 997 Mark II GT3-RS around the local track. Karen Levy, 25. Professional mall stormer, party queen and dedicated student. Enjoys a fine café-latte by the Mediterranean Sea and the gentle spring breeze […]

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John Steel, 42. Resident Nurburgring hotlapper, amateur race driver and menace of all slow moving objects. On weekends, he likes thrashing his Porsche 997 Mark II GT3-RS around the local track. Karen Levy, 25. Professional mall stormer, party queen and dedicated student. Enjoys a fine café-latte by the Mediterranean Sea and the gentle spring breeze […]

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