The Truth About Cars » Fiat 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Fiat 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Fiat Sales Are Crumbling In America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/fiat-sales-crumbling-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/fiat-sales-crumbling-america/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1237417 New product is not fueling renewed American interest in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ namesake Fiat brand. The 500X, the latest product added to Fiat’s U.S. lineup, was clearly the brand’s best-selling model in November 2015, but sales at the brand slipped three percent, a modest drop of 82 units. Rewind one year and Fiat’s lineup featured only […]

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New product is not fueling renewed American interest in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ namesake Fiat brand. The 500X, the latest product added to Fiat’s U.S. lineup, was clearly the brand’s best-selling model in November 2015, but sales at the brand slipped three percent, a modest drop of 82 units. Rewind one year and Fiat’s lineup featured only […]

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Review: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-fiat-500-abarth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-fiat-500-abarth/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=861481 Is there a car enthusiast whose pulse does not quicken when he or she hears the brrrap brap of the exhaust  when the North American spec Fiat Abarth fires up? TTAC’s managing editor Derek Kreindler is correct, the Abarth does indeed sound faster than it actually is, but it still sounds glorious. Don’t tell me […]

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Is there a car enthusiast whose pulse does not quicken when he or she hears the brrrap brap of the exhaust  when the North American spec Fiat Abarth fires up? TTAC’s managing editor Derek Kreindler is correct, the Abarth does indeed sound faster than it actually is, but it still sounds glorious. Don’t tell me […]

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Fiat 500 Love Affair: Over In Canada, At a Passionate Peak In Mexico http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/fiat-500-love-affair-canada-passionate-peak-mexico/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/fiat-500-love-affair-canada-passionate-peak-mexico/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:45:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=997650 Fiat 500 sales plunged to an all-time low in Canada in January 2015, falling 69% to just 148 units. To be honest, 500 sales were lower in Canada on one occasion. In February 2011, only nine were sold. Then again, the 500 didn’t truly began to trickle into dealers until the following month. Canadian sales […]

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Fiat 500 sales plunged to an all-time low in Canada in January 2015, falling 69% to just 148 units. To be honest, 500 sales were lower in Canada on one occasion. In February 2011, only nine were sold. Then again, the 500 didn’t truly began to trickle into dealers until the following month. Canadian sales […]

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Fiat 500 Sales Declines: 14 Months And Counting http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/fiat-500-sales-declines-14-months-counting/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/fiat-500-sales-declines-14-months-counting/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:42:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=889810 After 15 consecutive months in which U.S. sales of the Fiat 500 increased on a year-over-year basis, U.S. sales of the Fiat 500 have declined in each of the last 14 months. Not surprisingly, the more recent streak began the exact same month in which Fiat’s large, less popular 500L arrived. During the former 15-month […]

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After 15 consecutive months in which U.S. sales of the Fiat 500 increased on a year-over-year basis, U.S. sales of the Fiat 500 have declined in each of the last 14 months. Not surprisingly, the more recent streak began the exact same month in which Fiat’s large, less popular 500L arrived. During the former 15-month […]

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QOTD: Marchionne Says Government Made Him Sell Fiat 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-marchionne-says-government-made-him-sell-fiat-500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-marchionne-says-government-made-him-sell-fiat-500/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:38:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=828290 An event held at Washington D.C’s Brookings Institute saw FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and former National Economic Council head Larry Summers discuss the auto bailout on its five-year anniversary. As always, Marchionne had some colorful commentary, with a one interesting nugget about Fiat. According to Christina Rogers of the Wall Street Journal, Marchionne claimed that […]

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An event held at Washington D.C’s Brookings Institute saw FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and former National Economic Council head Larry Summers discuss the auto bailout on its five-year anniversary. As always, Marchionne had some colorful commentary, with a one interesting nugget about Fiat. According to Christina Rogers of the Wall Street Journal, Marchionne claimed that […]

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Fiat Adds Automatic Abarth, Young People “Don’t Drive A Manual Transmission” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/fiat-adds-automatic-abarth-young-people-dont-drive-a-manual-transmission/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/fiat-adds-automatic-abarth-young-people-dont-drive-a-manual-transmission/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:39:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=788642 In a bid to boost sales of the Fiat 500 Turbo and Abarth, the two boosted versions of Fiat’s city car will get an optional automatic transmission. Automotive News is reporting that Fiat will add the two-pedal gearbox in July, when the 2015 models begin production. While Fiat sold about 36,000 500s in the USA […]

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In a bid to boost sales of the Fiat 500 Turbo and Abarth, the two boosted versions of Fiat’s city car will get an optional automatic transmission. Automotive News is reporting that Fiat will add the two-pedal gearbox in July, when the 2015 models begin production. While Fiat sold about 36,000 500s in the USA […]

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Fiat Punto to Be Axed, $13.2 billion Spent On 20 New Models Over Next 3 Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/fiat-punto-to-be-axed-13-2-billion-spent-on-20-new-models-over-next-3-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/fiat-punto-to-be-axed-13-2-billion-spent-on-20-new-models-over-next-3-years/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=676138 Sources tell Bloomberg News that Fiat Spa will spend as much as 9 billion euros ($12 billion) over the next three years developing new models for for the European market. The Italian automaker hopes the strategy will end losses on the continent and restore drastically underutilized Italian factories to profitability. Many of the new models […]

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Sources tell Bloomberg News that Fiat Spa will spend as much as 9 billion euros ($12 billion) over the next three years developing new models for for the European market. The Italian automaker hopes the strategy will end losses on the continent and restore drastically underutilized Italian factories to profitability. Many of the new models […]

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Dispatches Do Brasil: 56 anos de 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/dispatches-do-brasil-56-anos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/dispatches-do-brasil-56-anos/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=651786 1957. Italy was having a ball. La dolce vita was in full swing and Italians were on the up and up. Along came the original Fiat 500, or Cincuecento, to enliven things that much more. It’s hard to understand nowadays how exciting it is to see a nation get motorized, but the 500 helped Italians […]

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1957. Italy was having a ball. La dolce vita was in full swing and Italians were on the up and up. Along came the original Fiat 500, or Cincuecento, to enliven things that much more. It’s hard to understand nowadays how exciting it is to see a nation get motorized, but the 500 helped Italians […]

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Cain’s Segments: The Fiat 500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/cains-segments-the-fiat-500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/cains-segments-the-fiat-500/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=605793 Fiat’s recent North American downturns have caught the attention of many automotive industry observers, particularly those who never believed Fiat had a high-volume future on this side of the Atlantic. There’s no better way to keep brand volume high than by introducing new models. Consider the new CLA250, which helped Mercedes-Benz to a 6.6% year-over-year […]

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Fiat’s recent North American downturns have caught the attention of many automotive industry observers, particularly those who never believed Fiat had a high-volume future on this side of the Atlantic. There’s no better way to keep brand volume high than by introducing new models. Consider the new CLA250, which helped Mercedes-Benz to a 6.6% year-over-year […]

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That “Small SUV” Coming From Chrysler Will Be A B-Segment Jeep Crossover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/that-small-suv-coming-from-chrysler-will-be-a-b-segment-jeep-crossover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/that-small-suv-coming-from-chrysler-will-be-a-b-segment-jeep-crossover/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:40:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=526673 Much has been made over the one future product announcement in Chrysler’s IPO filing. Apparently, it will be a an SUV based off of the Small Wide platform. A bit of detective work can help us figure out what it will be. Small Wide currently underpins the Fiat 500L and we were told that there […]

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Much has been made over the one future product announcement in Chrysler’s IPO filing. Apparently, it will be a an SUV based off of the Small Wide platform. A bit of detective work can help us figure out what it will be. Small Wide currently underpins the Fiat 500L and we were told that there […]

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Review: 2014 Fiat 500L (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/review-2014-fiat-500l-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/review-2014-fiat-500l-with-video/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:15:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=507441 I have to admit, I’m a fan of the Fiat 500. Yes, I know it’s just a Fiat Panda with bubbly sheetmetal. Yes I know it’s a little peculiar. Yes I know it’s trying to ride on MINI success. It doesn’t matter, the wee Fiat makes me grin every time I drive one. Whether it’s […]

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I have to admit, I’m a fan of the Fiat 500. Yes, I know it’s just a Fiat Panda with bubbly sheetmetal. Yes I know it’s a little peculiar. Yes I know it’s trying to ride on MINI success. It doesn’t matter, the wee Fiat makes me grin every time I drive one. Whether it’s […]

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Review: 2013 Fiat 500e Electric (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-fiat-500e-electric-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-fiat-500e-electric-video/#comments Sat, 22 Jun 2013 16:45:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491871 Despite being an incredibly small part of the US market share, you don’t have to look far in California’s urban areas to find a car with a plug. The reason for that is California’s controversial EV mandate. California wants 1.4 million EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2025. Up till recently, California’s regulations […]

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Despite being an incredibly small part of the US market share, you don’t have to look far in California’s urban areas to find a car with a plug. The reason for that is California’s controversial EV mandate. California wants 1.4 million EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2025. Up till recently, California’s regulations […]

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Honda Cuts Fit EV Lease Costs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/honda-cuts-fit-ev-lease-costs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/honda-cuts-fit-ev-lease-costs/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 16:37:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490072 New and current Honda Fit EV customers can look forward to a reduction in their lease costs.   The old lease cost of $389/month for 36 months with 12,000 miles allowed annually has now become $259/month for 36 months with unlimited mileage. Also included are scheduled maintenance, collision coverage and a free 240V charger (the […]

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New and current Honda Fit EV customers can look forward to a reduction in their lease costs.   The old lease cost of $389/month for 36 months with 12,000 miles allowed annually has now become $259/month for 36 months with unlimited mileage. Also included are scheduled maintenance, collision coverage and a free 240V charger (the […]

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Fiat 500XL Forgot Its Epi-Pen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/fiat-500xl-forgot-its-epi-pen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/fiat-500xl-forgot-its-epi-pen/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:51:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486294 The next example of the Fiat 500 range, the rather literally named Fiat 500XL, has revealed itself via a leaked photo. It looks a bit like a Fiat 500L that’s all swollen via anaphylaxis. The 500XL may not even make it to North America, but that’s ok. We’ll take the Panda instead. Apparently, the 500XL […]

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The next example of the Fiat 500 range, the rather literally named Fiat 500XL, has revealed itself via a leaked photo. It looks a bit like a Fiat 500L that’s all swollen via anaphylaxis. The 500XL may not even make it to North America, but that’s ok. We’ll take the Panda instead. Apparently, the 500XL […]

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Marchionne Claims $10,000 Loss On Each Fiat 500e http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/marchionne-claims-10000-loss-on-each-fiat-500e/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/marchionne-claims-10000-loss-on-each-fiat-500e/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:54:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485889 Despite overwhelmingly positive press for the Fiat 500e, the electric Fiat is known to be a bete-noir for Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. Speaking at the SAE Congress last week, Marchionne claimed that Fiat loses $10,000 on each 500e, describing it as “masochism”. Marchionne has repeatedly stated that Fiat is only building the car to comply […]

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Despite overwhelmingly positive press for the Fiat 500e, the electric Fiat is known to be a bete-noir for Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne. Speaking at the SAE Congress last week, Marchionne claimed that Fiat loses $10,000 on each 500e, describing it as “masochism”. Marchionne has repeatedly stated that Fiat is only building the car to comply […]

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Fiat Pushing $199 Lease For 500e http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/fiat-pushing-199-lease-for-500e/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/fiat-pushing-199-lease-for-500e/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485168 California consumers interested in a Fiat 500e will be getting a sweetheart deal from Fiat; a $199 lease for 36 months with a $999 down payment. At retail, the car will cost $32,500 plus a $7,500 tax credit. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, customers who lease won’t be able to collect the tax […]

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California consumers interested in a Fiat 500e will be getting a sweetheart deal from Fiat; a $199 lease for 36 months with a $999 down payment. At retail, the car will cost $32,500 plus a $7,500 tax credit. But as the Los Angeles Times reports, customers who lease won’t be able to collect the tax […]

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Fiat Panda To Join The Crossover Party, New Product Lines Due In 2015 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/fiat-panda-to-join-the-crossover-party-new-product-lines-due-in-2015/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/fiat-panda-to-join-the-crossover-party-new-product-lines-due-in-2015/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480504 The latest member of the fast-growing “European small crossover club” will likely be the Fiat Panda, which will get a model that will grow in size, to compete against C-Segment SUVs. The Panda crossover would fight a battle on two fronts, taking on the wildly popular Nissan Qashqai and the Skoda Yeti in the mainstream […]

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The latest member of the fast-growing “European small crossover club” will likely be the Fiat Panda, which will get a model that will grow in size, to compete against C-Segment SUVs. The Panda crossover would fight a battle on two fronts, taking on the wildly popular Nissan Qashqai and the Skoda Yeti in the mainstream […]

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Fiat 500 Moving To Poland, Chrysler Heads South http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/fiat-500-moving-to-poland-chrysler-heads-south/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/fiat-500-moving-to-poland-chrysler-heads-south/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:39:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477307 The next generation Fiat 500 will no longer be hecho en Mexico for the North American market. Faced with a modern plant and unused capacity, Fiat will consolidate all of its 500 production to its site in Tychy, Poland, in 2015. So what does this mean for Mexico? The move may have as much to […]

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The next generation Fiat 500 will no longer be hecho en Mexico for the North American market. Faced with a modern plant and unused capacity, Fiat will consolidate all of its 500 production to its site in Tychy, Poland, in 2015. So what does this mean for Mexico? The move may have as much to […]

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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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500C+(2)500L = $$$: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/500c2500l-2012-los-angeles-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/500c2500l-2012-los-angeles-auto-show/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:31:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468274 Fiat dropped a product onslaught at the LA show, revealing two variants of the 500L, and an Abarth version of the 500C, so I can better sunburn my enormous bald spot. But since you already know what the 500C looks like, let’s focus on the Fiat 500L. All three cars share the Abarth’s 160 horsepower […]

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Fiat dropped a product onslaught at the LA show, revealing two variants of the 500L, and an Abarth version of the 500C, so I can better sunburn my enormous bald spot. But since you already know what the 500C looks like, let’s focus on the Fiat 500L. All three cars share the Abarth’s 160 horsepower […]

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Generation Why: My Gen Y COTY http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/generation-why-gen-y-coty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/generation-why-gen-y-coty/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:54:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467559 With the TWATs under way and awards season about to gear up, I would like to take a moment to highlight the one car I’ve found that ticks all the boxes for me personally. It’s the Fiat 500 Abarth. The base 500 might as well be the template for the “premium city car” segment that’s slowly […]

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With the TWATs under way and awards season about to gear up, I would like to take a moment to highlight the one car I’ve found that ticks all the boxes for me personally. It’s the Fiat 500 Abarth. The base 500 might as well be the template for the “premium city car” segment that’s slowly […]

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Fiat 500e Breaks Cover http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/fiat-500e-breaks-cover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/fiat-500e-breaks-cover/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:41:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467149 All you J.Lo fans hankering for the chance to get behind the wheel of an emissions-free Fiat 500, the wait is (almost) over. Visually, the Fiat 500e (for electric, natch) has only a few subtle changes, presumably to make it more aerodynamic. The 500e has been said to be a “compliance car” to appease California […]

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All you J.Lo fans hankering for the chance to get behind the wheel of an emissions-free Fiat 500, the wait is (almost) over. Visually, the Fiat 500e (for electric, natch) has only a few subtle changes, presumably to make it more aerodynamic. The 500e has been said to be a “compliance car” to appease California […]

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Fiat 500 Finally Gets The 40 MPG Brass Ring http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/fiat-500-finally-gets-the-40-mpg-brass-ring/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/fiat-500-finally-gets-the-40-mpg-brass-ring/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459594 A couple tweaks have finally pushed the Fiat 500 to the magical 40 MPG mark – but only on manual-equipped version. While automatic transmission 500s stay rated at 27/34 mpg city/highway, the manual versions get a bump to 31/40 mpg, up from 30/38 mpg. According to Fiat, the new rating comes from a taller final […]

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A couple tweaks have finally pushed the Fiat 500 to the magical 40 MPG mark – but only on manual-equipped version. While automatic transmission 500s stay rated at 27/34 mpg city/highway, the manual versions get a bump to 31/40 mpg, up from 30/38 mpg. According to Fiat, the new rating comes from a taller final […]

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2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/2013-fiat-500-turbo-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/2013-fiat-500-turbo-revealed/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:42:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457231 Here it is, the Fiat 500 Turbo that’s long been rumored. The Turbo uses a detuned version of the Abarth motor, good for 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. The sole transmission is a 5-speed manual, and there’s a tweaked chassis to go along with it. The Turbo also gets the same front end as the […]

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Here it is, the Fiat 500 Turbo that’s long been rumored. The Turbo uses a detuned version of the Abarth motor, good for 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. The sole transmission is a 5-speed manual, and there’s a tweaked chassis to go along with it. The Turbo also gets the same front end as the […]

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Fiat Feeling GILTy, Offers $5,000 Off A 500C Or Abarth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fiat-feeling-gilty-offers-5000-off-a-500c-or-abarth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fiat-feeling-gilty-offers-5000-off-a-500c-or-abarth/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:32:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454041 Gilt, a subscription-based fashion deal website, was offering an incredible deal on two hot Fiat products. $5,000 off a Fiat 500C or Fiat 500 Abarth. No more information is available at the Gilt website, but TTAC reader Robstar said that the deal involved “$5k deposit, refunded at purchase of a fiat 500 cabrio for $9,999 $5k […]

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Gilt, a subscription-based fashion deal website, was offering an incredible deal on two hot Fiat products. $5,000 off a Fiat 500C or Fiat 500 Abarth. No more information is available at the Gilt website, but TTAC reader Robstar said that the deal involved “$5k deposit, refunded at purchase of a fiat 500 cabrio for $9,999 $5k […]

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