2012 Fiat 500 earns IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating

The itty-bitty 2012 Fiat 500 is proof yet again that size doesn't matter (Hey, that must be what it tells J-Lo!), as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2012 500 its "Top Safety Pick" award. The little Italian showed "good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear impact evaluations, and… » 10/18/11 10:30am 10/18/11 10:30am

U.S. to get sexified Fiat 500 Abarth in 2012

The spicy Abarth version of the Fiat 500 promised for U.S. shores early won't be the one on sale in Europe now, but a "next generation." Also, it's got a hard date. 2012. Express your wishes below. » 2/17/11 4:01pm 2/17/11 4:01pm

Is an all-wheel-drive Fiat 500 in the works?

Spies caught a Fiat 500 looking particularly lofty, hearkening a possible allroad version by 2013. Connecting dots, Steyr-Puch's surprisingly capable 4x4 setup from Fiat's Panda Cross could be on tap for potential Northern, sideways adventures. Abarth, please. » 2/03/11 11:00am 2/03/11 11:00am

America, This Is Your Fiat 500

The Chrysler Group has just officially announced the Fiat 500 Sport will be coming to America, but what does this European-imported MINI-fighter include? Sportier styling, new wheels, and a speedometer measuring in "miles per hour" for starters. » 9/14/10 11:15am 9/14/10 11:15am

Fiat On Two Wheels!

No, seriously, this is a Fiat Abarth Trofeo racing on two wheels. Did you catch that? We can't really be any clearer. Steely-eyed Cinquecento stuff, this. The best part? He saves it! » 4/29/10 5:15pm 4/29/10 5:15pm

Studiotorino Fiat 500 Diabolik Limited To Just 50 Italian Dragons

There's a lot you can do with a Fiat 500 » 9/12/08 3:20pm 9/12/08 3:20pm. You can make it into an or . If you're Studiotorino in Italy, you can use one as an homage to Italian comic hero Diabolik. In order to capture the essence of Diabolik, who is basically an Italian Omar, they've fixed it up in matte black paint, BORRANI spoked rims and a few…

Brits Lose Collective Mind: Fiat 500 Goes For Nearly $400,000

Fiat 500s sell for around $16,000 to $22,000 USD. A little high, perhaps, but not unreasonable. Fiat 500s with some artist's scribbles all over the place apparently sell for around £200,000 (or about $390,540 USD with today's kick ass exchange rate). That's practically brain numbing. Yep, some English artist named… » 6/10/08 4:00pm 6/10/08 4:00pm

Fiat 500 Convertible Confirmed, Jerry Seinfeld Spotted Helmet Shopping

Topless Fiat fans rejoice, a Cinquecento drop top is on the way. No word on when exactly we (or Europe, rather) will get it, but expect to be able to enjoy the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and the mocking stares of homophobic passersby combined with retro Italian styling by next summer. The 500… » 5/22/08 6:20pm 5/22/08 6:20pm

Woman Shifting Gears In Fiat 500 Oddly Entrancing

Apparently, the babes pumping pedals craze never gets old. But where we previously brought you video of a young woman shifting in a dinky Citroen hatchback, we've been hipped to a site run by, who else, the Italians. This time it's scantily clad girls in Bimmers, Porsches, Ferraris and even a Seven. All that being… » 5/16/08 10:40am 5/16/08 10:40am

Abarth-Tuned Fiat 500 Revealed

Our impromptu review of the 2007 Fiat 500 revealed few weaknesses in the little car but chief among them was the less than satisfying engine performance. Well, now Abarth has announced production for an up-powered version of the reborn Cinquecento. The 1.4-liter gas engine gets a turbo to bump the power from 100 bhp… » 2/18/08 8:30am 2/18/08 8:30am

2008 Fiat 500

A tour of Germany wouldn't be complete without test-driving some of Europe's forbidden fruits, now would it? In our case we just couldn't pass on the opportunity to sample Fiat's new retro mobile, the reborn Cinquecento. The Bamberg Fiat dealer was more than willing to let us grab the keys for a trip around the block… » 12/31/07 12:00pm 12/31/07 12:00pm

Fiat 500 Euro Car of the Year, High Cinque!

Europe has selected its COTY and it's Fiat's itty-bitty 500/Cinquecento, a car that's impossible not to like. As you'll remember, last year's winner was the edgy and muscular Ford S-Max. In order to win the honors, the micocar had to best the second place Mazda 2 and third place Ford Mondeo. The award will be… » 11/15/07 1:15pm 11/15/07 1:15pm

In a fiery display of the globe warming, Mount Etna blew its freaking top again yesterday. Residents of Catania were largely unaffected, and continued to motor about in ash covered Fiat Cinquecentos. The Pope slept through the entire event. [Sicily's Mount Etna Erupts] » 9/06/07 2:15pm 9/06/07 2:15pm

First Run of Fiat 500s Sold, Production to Go Kerplow

Automotive News reports Fiat will start kicking more 500s out of its Polish plant to meet swelling demand for the nuovo cinquento. The company had planned for 120,000 cinquecenti annually, starting in 2008, but CEO Sergio Marchionne told analysts today the company's revising the number upward to 140,000. That's based… » 7/26/07 10:22am 7/26/07 10:22am

Abarth Up Close: Tuner 500 on the 'Ring

The Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 could redefine the hot mini in Europe, just as the Suzuki Swift GTI did in the US about two decades ago. Of course the Abarth 500 is tuned in the present tense and the Swift is just a page from Road and Track that's long been Velcro'd to our cerebral cortex. Murmurings say the Abarth 500… » 7/11/07 10:26am 7/11/07 10:26am

Fiat 500 Variants in the Works?

We've seen this movie before. Car company revives storied marque, moves a chinchillion units then works up a more spacious variant. But Mini's conservative approach to its brand in the US (it took two years to crank out a convertible and six years to get the Clubman within a hair's breadth of production) may not be… » 7/09/07 8:00am 7/09/07 8:00am

Accessorize Me: Fiat 500's Mondo Options List

If you thought Mini buyers had a lot of accessories to pore through, better sharpen your number-two pencil. The Fiat 500's order sheet is like sweating out the SATs, without the raging hangover. Need a refill for the "Summer citrus fruit+Essence of the night+Breath of freedom" diffuser? Better check it off. Frau… » 7/05/07 12:17pm 7/05/07 12:17pm

Blue & Me and Fiat 500

Fiat Auto, Microsoft and components developer Magneti Marelli whipped up the "Blue & Me" system gracing the Fiat 500's furnishings (along with those of other Fiat models). The tech platform uses Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system to manage a network that integrates voice activation, steering wheel control… » 7/05/07 11:08am 7/05/07 11:08am

Fiat 500 Arrives, But Not for US

Fourth of July was the official launch date — 50 years after the original "Nuova 500" debuted. And a press conference this morning confirmed and elucidated what had been known for nearly a year. Fiat's new, new 500 is here. That is, in Europe; Fiat CEO Sergio Macchione dashed all hopes of a US-bound 500 in a… » 7/05/07 8:33am 7/05/07 8:33am

Marchionne Wants to Be Jobs, 500 to be His iPod

Sergio Marchionne is undoubtedly stocking up on black turtlenecks as we write this. The revived Cinquecento, according to the Fiat boss, is the cornerstone of his attempt to turn the company into "the Apple of cars, and the Cinquecento will be our iPod." The diminutive hatchback has already seen orders in excess of… » 7/04/07 4:15pm 7/04/07 4:15pm