The Truth About Cars » fiat 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:06:11 +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 500L 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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New Round of IIHS Small Offset Tests a Mixed Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/new-round-iihs-small-offset-tests-mixed-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/new-round-iihs-small-offset-tests-mixed-bag/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 15:54:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=878322   The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Only one car earned a “Good” rating from the Institute for this test, with […]

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  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its latest round of small offset crash tests. This latest group of twelve cars posted a wide range of scores, highlighting the challenging nature of the Institute’s newest test. Only one car earned a “Good” rating from the Institute for this test, with […]

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Dispatches Do Brasil: Young Americans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/dispatches-do-brasil-young-americans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/dispatches-do-brasil-young-americans/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:41:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875449 FCA has been trying to broaden the appeal of its Fiat line in the US. Success may be a ways off, into the future, or at least won’t materialize until the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are launch. But that won’t stop the Italians from trying. In a bid to show off its minivan as a […]

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FCA has been trying to broaden the appeal of its Fiat line in the US. Success may be a ways off, into the future, or at least won’t materialize until the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are launch. But that won’t stop the Italians from trying. In a bid to show off its minivan as a […]

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Rental Review: 2014 Fiat 500L “Easy” FWD http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/rental-review-2014-fiat-500l-easy-fwd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/rental-review-2014-fiat-500l-easy-fwd/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=845017 “Cheap and cheerful.” It’s a phrase the Brit mags like to use all the time to describe poverty-priced cars that attempt to use design and color to mask their humble aspirations. Think Scion xB compared to Toyota Tercel — but nobody does the C&C music factory like the Europeans. The original Twingo set the template, […]

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“Cheap and cheerful.” It’s a phrase the Brit mags like to use all the time to describe poverty-priced cars that attempt to use design and color to mask their humble aspirations. Think Scion xB compared to Toyota Tercel — but nobody does the C&C music factory like the Europeans. The original Twingo set the template, […]

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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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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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Jeep Consolidates Patriot/Compass Starting In 2014 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/jeep-consolidates-patriotcompass-starting-in-2014/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/jeep-consolidates-patriotcompass-starting-in-2014/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:19:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494066 Buyers hankering for a more macho alternative to the Buick Encore won’t have to wait too long for something to fill that void. According to Edmunds, an all-new Jeep, similar in size to the Encore, will debut next year. The Jeep Compass and Patroit will both die in 2014 to make room for a B-segment Jeep […]

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Buyers hankering for a more macho alternative to the Buick Encore won’t have to wait too long for something to fill that void. According to Edmunds, an all-new Jeep, similar in size to the Encore, will debut next year. The Jeep Compass and Patroit will both die in 2014 to make room for a B-segment Jeep […]

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Will The Real Fiat Multipla Please Stand Up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/will-the-real-fiat-multipla-please-stand-up/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/will-the-real-fiat-multipla-please-stand-up/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:09:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492692 Hours after I longed for a return of the Fiat Multipla, Fiat delivered. The 500L Living will be a true MPV, carrying seven. The last Multipla only carried six. It will be a bit longer than our 500L and have the option of a 0.9L TwinAir engine, two diesels or a naturally aspirated 1.4L gasoline […]

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Hours after I longed for a return of the Fiat Multipla, Fiat delivered. The 500L Living will be a true MPV, carrying seven. The last Multipla only carried six. It will be a bit longer than our 500L and have the option of a 0.9L TwinAir engine, two diesels or a naturally aspirated 1.4L gasoline […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Fiat 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/capsule-review-2014-fiat-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/capsule-review-2014-fiat-500l/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492501 The car you see above is actually not the 2014 Fiat 500L. For most of you, this will be a relief. It’s actually a Fiat Multipla from the mid-1990s. It is ugly. So ugly, in fact, that I love it. I’ve been thinking about importing an LPG-fueled version for use as a daily driver, so […]

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The car you see above is actually not the 2014 Fiat 500L. For most of you, this will be a relief. It’s actually a Fiat Multipla from the mid-1990s. It is ugly. So ugly, in fact, that I love it. I’ve been thinking about importing an LPG-fueled version for use as a daily driver, so […]

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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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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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NAIAS 2013: Fiat 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/fiat-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/fiat-500l/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:30:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473731 Tucked away in the corner of Fiat’s booth was the Serbian-built 500L.  The most striking part of the car was the interior – it’s much more subdued than the regular 500, lacking the flashy, colorful hard plastic dash surfaces. It looks more Dart than Fiat, really.  

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Tucked away in the corner of Fiat’s booth was the Serbian-built 500L.  The most striking part of the car was the interior – it’s much more subdued than the regular 500, lacking the flashy, colorful hard plastic dash surfaces. It looks more Dart than Fiat, really.  

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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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Fiat 500L To Launch In Soft-Roader Guise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/fiat-500l-to-launch-in-soft-roader-guise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/fiat-500l-to-launch-in-soft-roader-guise/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:55:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467776 It’s an open secret that the Fiat 500L will debut in North American trim at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but the 500L will bow in somewhat different form than what we may have been expecting. The 500L Trekking will debut next week, with a raised ride height, a new fascia and body cladding […]

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It’s an open secret that the Fiat 500L will debut in North American trim at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but the 500L will bow in somewhat different form than what we may have been expecting. The 500L Trekking will debut next week, with a raised ride height, a new fascia and body cladding […]

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Oh Look, It’s The Fiat 500X http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/oh-look-its-the-fiat-500x/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/oh-look-its-the-fiat-500x/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:26:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451417 Slow sales of the Fiat 500 in America have Marchionne & Co. pinning their hopes on a small crossover, dubbed the 500X, to boost sales. Our first look comes via this video. It’s a bit of a tease, isn’t it? Looking like a cross between the Fiat 500L and the standard car, the 500X will […]

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Slow sales of the Fiat 500 in America have Marchionne & Co. pinning their hopes on a small crossover, dubbed the 500X, to boost sales. Our first look comes via this video. It’s a bit of a tease, isn’t it? Looking like a cross between the Fiat 500L and the standard car, the 500X will […]

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Sergio Marchionne Confirms Third Fiat Model By 2014 – But Only For Canada http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/sergio-marchionne-confirms-third-fiat-model-by-2014-but-only-for-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/sergio-marchionne-confirms-third-fiat-model-by-2014-but-only-for-canada/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:33:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437164 Our intrepid Brazilian correspondent Marcelo got the hearts of Canuckistani readers racing after he leaked news of an expanded Fiat lineup for Canada. According to Senhor de Vasconcellos, Fiat will add new product in Canada, where 500 sales have been much stronger than the USA. The only question is what the mystery product will be, […]

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Our intrepid Brazilian correspondent Marcelo got the hearts of Canuckistani readers racing after he leaked news of an expanded Fiat lineup for Canada. According to Senhor de Vasconcellos, Fiat will add new product in Canada, where 500 sales have been much stronger than the USA. The only question is what the mystery product will be, […]

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Fiat USA May Expand Lineup Beyond 500L http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiat-usa-may-expand-lineup-beyond-500l/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiat-usa-may-expand-lineup-beyond-500l/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:25:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435496 The Fiat 500L may be joined by another Fiat product, but the brand’s North American head said that it won’t necessarily resemble the 500 vehicles. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Fiat’s Tim Kuniskis said “We won’t bring you a commodity car…”Style, for sure, will be No. 1,” Kuniskis said. “Any car we sell has […]

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The Fiat 500L may be joined by another Fiat product, but the brand’s North American head said that it won’t necessarily resemble the 500 vehicles. Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Fiat’s Tim Kuniskis said “We won’t bring you a commodity car…”Style, for sure, will be No. 1,” Kuniskis said. “Any car we sell has […]

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Geneva 2012: Fiat 500L, Heir To The Multipla Throne http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-fiat-500l-heir-to-the-multipla-throne/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/geneva-2012-fiat-500l-heir-to-the-multipla-throne/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:31:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434274 North America missed on the ermm…unique…Fiat Multipla, sold in Europe in the late 1990’s, but Fiat dealers, clamoring for another product, will get the Multipla’s spiritual successor, the 500L. Although it bears the 500 moniker, the 500L is closer in size to a Mini Countryman. Built in Fiat’s factory in Serbian (making the 500L the first […]

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North America missed on the ermm…unique…Fiat Multipla, sold in Europe in the late 1990’s, but Fiat dealers, clamoring for another product, will get the Multipla’s spiritual successor, the 500L. Although it bears the 500 moniker, the 500L is closer in size to a Mini Countryman. Built in Fiat’s factory in Serbian (making the 500L the first […]

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Fiat Delays Italian Production Of Baby Jeep http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fiat-delays-italian-production-of-baby-jeep/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fiat-delays-italian-production-of-baby-jeep/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:32:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429288 Fiat will delay the launch of a B-segment Jeep, designed to slot below the Compass and Patriot. Instead, the Fiat version of the car will take precedence and launch in 2013. The rest of the world will have to wait until Q2 of 2014 for the new baby Jeep. The new Fiat will replace the […]

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Fiat will delay the launch of a B-segment Jeep, designed to slot below the Compass and Patriot. Instead, the Fiat version of the car will take precedence and launch in 2013. The rest of the world will have to wait until Q2 of 2014 for the new baby Jeep. The new Fiat will replace the […]

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Fiat 500L: A Multipla By Any Other Name Would Look As Strange http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fiat-500l-a-multipla-by-any-other-name-would-look-as-strange/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fiat-500l-a-multipla-by-any-other-name-would-look-as-strange/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:39:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429168 Some of the B&B doubted the veracity of early renderings, but it turns out they were accurate. This is the Fiat 500L, the car that’s supposed to boost Fiat sales here in the USA and carry on the legacy of the very unique looking Multipla. Despite carrying the “500” moniker, the 500L, like the Multipla, is […]

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Some of the B&B doubted the veracity of early renderings, but it turns out they were accurate. This is the Fiat 500L, the car that’s supposed to boost Fiat sales here in the USA and carry on the legacy of the very unique looking Multipla. Despite carrying the “500” moniker, the 500L, like the Multipla, is […]

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Fiat 500L Confirmed As New Crossover’s Nameplate http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-500l-confirmed-as-new-crossovers-nameplate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/fiat-500l-confirmed-as-new-crossovers-nameplate/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:25:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428431 Ditching the codename of “Ellezero” Fiat has given their new crossover the anti-climactic “500L” nameplate. And while Europe will get a three-row version with 7 seats, Americans will get the five seater only. Fiat thinks that North Americans won’t buy a 7-seater as small as the 500L – and they’re probably right. At a 23 […]

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Ditching the codename of “Ellezero” Fiat has given their new crossover the anti-climactic “500L” nameplate. And while Europe will get a three-row version with 7 seats, Americans will get the five seater only. Fiat thinks that North Americans won’t buy a 7-seater as small as the 500L – and they’re probably right. At a 23 […]

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