Before Fiat married Chrysler it was just Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, but most people probably would have told you it stood for this: “Fix It Again, Tony.” My dad took this as a personal challenge and adopted a 1979 Spider 2000 in the ’90s. The car’s still in the family. Actually, it practically raised me.
Over the weekend the International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted a video of three MAN KAT 1 cargo trucks slogging through a “road” that looks more like a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The trucks are towing each other, and seem to be moving under their own power at the same time.
There’s two groups of people who I think know more about cars than nearly any other: the people who work at the Lane Motor Museum and the collective, moist hive mind that is the Jalopnik readership. Incredibly, one of these groups has found something that’s stumping it, and I’m hoping the other group can help. I think…
One of the things I’ve learned about myself over my life is that I’m much more interested in cheap crap than nice things. I’m not sure if it stems from some deep-seated inferiority complex or what, but I’m generally more impressed by things made with severe restrictions than unlimited budgets. Maybe that’s why I’m so…
It’s August in New York City. The streets smell like trash and pee, condensation drips from window-mounted air-conditioning units and hoards of children in fluorescent summer camp t-shirts press uncomfortably close. These are all things driving a 2017 Abarth 124 Spider makes you painfully aware of because—as long as…
Have you ever dreamed of cruising under the Tuscan sun, top down on your convertible, with all of your troubles and worries dissipating in the wind? Well, we can’t exactly do that for you, but we can provide you with some relaxing photos of it.
Divorces are unpleasant, messy things, something that seems true for both people and car companies. When Fiat and Spanish carmaker SEAT parted ways back in 1983, it got messy. One of the results of that messiness is the car you see above, one of the rare cars that became an important part of a legal battle. There’s a…
Sometimes, you see a car and just know that the world is a better place because that car exists. Here is the most ridiculous and wonderful Fiat I’ve ever seen, complete with obviously home-built active aerodynamics and a Yamaha R1 engine swap. It is glorious.
If the Fiat Panda 4x4 can do it, so can you!
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.
Actor Tom Hanks posed for photos next to some old tiny cars while filming in Hungary, tweeted them, and now some Polish people are trying to ship him a car.
Scrutineering for the grueling Dakar Rally is on now before teams set off on Jan. 2. With it each year comes some incredible machinery, including not only the insane Kamazes that are as big as a house, but also James May’s small car of choice: a Fiat Panda.
Part of what makes the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel interesting are the guest stars he invites onto the show. Often these people are car collectors or mechanics. In this week’s video, the guest was neither.
What does one look for in a city car? Good visibility, ease of parking and at least some general zippiness, I would assume. Massive amounts of horsepower, probably not. Curiously, though, the concepts of a “city car” and “Fiat 124 Spider” didn’t merge until I was done driving it in decidedly un-city places.
Things have gone from bad to considerably more bad for Fiat heir Lapo Elkann, who was arrested in New York this Sunday on charges of faking his own kidnapping and ransom because he allegedly needed cash to pay for a coke- and pot-fueled party binge with an escort. (As one does.) Now he’s been reportedly cut off by his…
Lapo Elkann, billionaire heir to the Italian family that built Fiat and a notorious playboy, was arrested in New York last weekend for faking his own kidnapping with an escort, multiple news sources report.
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Here’s a perplexing recipe: take what may be the best all-around pure sports car of the modern era. Add seemingly arbitrary touches, like a thicker steering wheel and new door handles. Give it a turbo engine, but don’t give it that much extra power. Make the suspension a whole lot softer. And make it Italian, but…
When I first saw the Fiat 124 Abarth R-GT rally car, I figured it was another one of those concepts that’s a makeup-and-stickers fantasy. The sort of thing a car company does when it wants to say “we could do this if we were awesome, which we are not.” But holy crap, it’s real. It’s been testing. And it is glorious.
Yesterday, after geeking out about some modified Peruvian Beetles, a reader sent me a picture of a car that I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of. It’s a humble vehicle, a workhorse, but it’s so goddamn clever in design it makes me want to squeeze something. Hard. It’s a Fiat Panda Van.