I drive a Subaru Forester. You can put two babies in it. No one has ever remarked on it other than to point out they have the exact same boring, perfectly reasonable vehicle. It was a surprise, then, when people were excited to see me in a Fiat 500X.
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.
I didn't expect to like the 2016 Fiat 500X as much as I did after seeing it in person at the LA Auto Show. Believe it or not, it's kind of a great design, and far better looking than the various attempts Mini has made at a crossover.
Fiat, for some reason, seems to think they can only sell one model name here in America, and as such all their cars here have to fit into the 500 line — the enlarged 500L, which was already pushing the look a bit, and now the brawnier 500X. I'm not sure I get why they think this way.
I'm not exactly sure what an "automotive analyst" does, but they have 'anal' in their job title, and that's good enough for me. One automotive analyst, though, is pushing the same tired car-gendering crap I'm sick of, so let's talk about that.