The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is the best of all worlds; it has Italian design and performance with Japanese engineering. Our man Ballaban says it’s even better than the Miata. But I wouldn’t rush down to my local Fiat store right away, and here’s why.
Things are weird in the land of two-seater convertibles these days! We’ve Mazdas running around dressed up as Fiats, Japanese cars with turbocharged Italian engines, black is white, up is down, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! It makes me long for a simpler time.
Our Jason Torchinsky is at the Lane Museum in Nashville, a place he considers close to his version of heaven here on earth (obviously sans the giant anthropomorphic Q*bert) and he’s done a live version of Jason Drives wherein he’s driven a real Amphicar. On the water!
Bosch, the automotive supplier that played a crucial role in Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, allegedly tipped German authorities off to a cheat software in the Fiat 500X diesel. The software, Reuters reports, uses a timer to sense when the test cycle is over, after which point it disables emissions features.
When Top Gear was lamenting the death of Saab, they did a whole bit about Swedish versus Italian crash tests back in the 1990s. Saab and Lancia don’t really exist nowadays (not in any meaningful way, anyway), but Volvo and Fiat still do. And it looks like the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Fiat Chrysler is laying 1,300 employees off from its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, the place where the struggling Chrysler 200 sedan is built, according to Automotive News. The 200 was supposed to represent the once-struggling company’s “triumphant” return to the highly important midsize sedan segment, but this…
Sometimes I want to buy a Fiat X1/9. What’s wrong with me? Should I see some kind of psychiatrist or clergyperson?
In America the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth will be called the 124 Elaborazione Abarth. We’ll see it at the New York Auto Show this week. We won’t see it out on our favorite back road for a few months, which isn’t soon enough if you ask me.
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Do you want an Italian car that sounds as gnarly as a Ferrari but you can park at Trader Joes? Enter the Fiat 500 Abarth. What do you need to know before you buy a Fiat 500 Abarth? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you everything right here in the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
Fiat turned the regular 2017 Fiat 124 Spider into an Abarth 124 Spider with 170 horsepower, a mechanical LSD, Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers and a loud exhaust, and while they were at it, the performance brand also rolled out a rally version for Geneva. Oh hell yeah.
But you won’t be able to buy it.
Rumors of Apple venturing into the automotive space have been swirling for quite a while, and that swirl really swirled the swirl when Apple-watchers determined that a company called SixtyEight Research is likely a shell company for Apple’s automotive R&D. Also telling is that company is known to have bought just one…
A German environmental group which has already accused Renault, Mercedes, BMW and Opel cars of producing too much pollution has now identified a new NOx-spewing culprit: the Fiat 500X 2.0-liter diesel.
When you have a hundred-years-old car car with 250 horsepower, 3,000 pound feet of torque (!!!) and the weight balance of the RMS Titanic, people start to take notice on the road. And then go deaf.
Welcome to Cars of the Ku, a sometimes weekend segment where we highlight a cool car found on the Japanese streets. Ku (区) is the Japanese word for “city ward.” Today, we have this lovely green Fiat 127 I saw on my up-hill, both ways travails through Minato-Ku in central Tokyo. Isn’t it adorable?
Those old Fiat Abarths were the business, man.