Fiat has done it again. The latest in an endless string of horrible ad campaigns is a group of Disney knockoffs threatening would-be buyers with death and dismemberment if they don't pony up the cash for a new 500. When will it end?
While I was testing the Fiat 500e, I found myself once again fortunate enough to be able to share a meal with some of Chrysler/Fiat's engineers and designers. As always, I took advantage of the opportunity to propose some ideas for cars that fit into my own perverse agenda, and I got some quality feedback.
The starting MSRP of the 2012 Abarth 500 will be $22K, not including a destination charge, when it goes on sale. A John Cooper Works Mini, by contrast, starts at $30,600.
A representative for FIAT confirmed to Jalopnik that Jennifer Lopez wasn't in the Bronx for a commercial about her being from the Bronx. The reason? In this "increasingly mobile" world, J. Lo is just too busy for the block, so they shot her wherever she was.
Fiat's been promising a Fiat 500 Abarth for those of us who don't own capri pants, but we've wondered if it would be the wimpy 135-hp lame one or the Bunga Bunga 160-hp version. Wonder no more. This new econobox is as wicked as Berlusconi.
Caught prowling the 405 in Los Angeles, this is the Mini Coupe that's expected to cross a stage in Frankfurt this fall minus BMW's corporate swirly wrap. How many models does Mini need, anyway?
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.
The first U.S. Fiat dealership opened last week, meaning it's time for Fiat to explain to America why they're no longer the "Fix It Again Tony" brand. Sadly, their first commercial is just senseless b-roll of happy active people.
Unlike the refreshed models Chrysler's trying desperately to pass off as "new," the Fiat 500 will actually be something original to this market. The advertising for it, though, is unlikely to be as original or sexy as what Europe gets.
I grew up on a farm. Occasionally drunks would swerve off the road and take out huge swaths of corn. Never once did a rally driver plow through our fields. Especially in a Fiat 500 Abarth.
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the City That Rust Sorta Ignored: Denver, Colorado. Here's an Italian machine that befuddled my new neighborhood a few weeks ago.
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!
The Fiat 500 will go on sale in the U.S. by the end of the year, according to Dodge Car Brand CEO Ralph Giles in a speech to the Economic Club of Chicago a few minutes ago.