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Cars We Own: 2017 Abarth 595 diary

It's bright red, sounds great and, crucially, comes from Italy. It isn't a Ferrari, though. Meet the CarAdvice Abarth 595, a pocket rocket with character to burn.  This is a Cars We Own diary for our own Abarth 595...

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2018 Fiat 500X pricing and specs
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2018 Fiat 500X pricing and specs

Fiat has announced local pricing and specification information for the refreshed 500X SUV, which kicks off at $24,990 before on-road costs. On the outside, changes between the outgoing 500X and its face-lifted replacement are hard to spot: there are two new colours (Donatello Bronze and Alpi Matte Green) for buyers and, er, that's it...


Cars We Own: A weekend fling in the Abarth 595
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Cars We Own: A weekend fling in the Abarth 595

When CarAdvice offered me one of their cars for a week, I gladly took on the Abarth 595. Although I’m a fan of compact cars, the Fiat (and Abarth) range is something I’ve overlooked. I think it’s because I had a Fiat Freemont hire car once, and really struggled to find anything I liked about it. I wasn’t expecting amazing things from the little 595 then...


FCA enters resto-mod world with 'Reloaded by Creators' program
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FCA enters resto-mod world with 'Reloaded by Creators' program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has joined the crowd of manufacturers giving old cars a new lease on life, launching the Reloaded by Creators program. Unlike some other manufacturers, FCA won't be building old cars from scratch. Instead, the company will buy "carefully selected" used vehicles and treat them to an exacting restoration...


Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix
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Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix

Fiat has recalled the 2.3-litre diesel Ducato van over concerns the intercooler sleeve could come loose from the throttle body. The manufacturer says if the condition occurs, the engine warning light will illuminate and drivers will experience a loss of power. Should the vehicle unexpectedly lose power when in use, it could increase the risk of an accident...


Cars We Own: Tall man, meet the Abarth 595
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Cars We Own: Tall man, meet the Abarth 595

The Abarth 595 is a very small car. I am a very tall man. I’m also new here at CarAdvice. You can probably see where this is going. The team in Melbourne threw me the keys to our littlest, reddest hatchback and, through fits of laughter, told me to have fun. We've already taken a detailed look at how we specced the Abarth, but here’s a quick rundown of the highlights...


Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition arrives from $28,990
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Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition arrives from $28,990

The Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition has arrived in Australia, priced from $28,990 before on-road costs. Following the recently-released 500 Anniversario, the 500 60th Anniversary celebrates the 60th birthday of the 1957 'Nuova' Fiat 500. Differing from the Anniversario, however, is the fact that this latest edition is available solely as a cabriolet...


Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution
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Fiat Chrysler, owners and US government nearing diesel solution

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered talks with diesel owners and the US Department of Justice, as the parties near settlement over cars fitted with emissions defeat devices. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a lawsuit against FCA in May this year, arguing the company used a 'defeat device' in 104,000 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs fitted with the 3...


Abarth 595 Old v New: 1970 v 2017
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Abarth 595 Old v New: 1970 v 2017

CarAdvice's own 2017 Abarth 595 (pre-facelift) takes on a replica of the legendary 1970 Abarth 695!


Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models
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Euro NCAP stars fall for facelifted models

Euro NCAP has released its latest safety scores this week for a number of models, including updated ratings for ageing vehicles still sold as new cars. Several all-new cars got full five-star ratings, including the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, BMW 6 Series GT and Jaguar F-Pace, while re-testing of some recently-facelifted versions of older models revealed some sub-par results - including a zero-star score...


Abarth 595 Old v New: 1970 v 2017
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Abarth 595 Old v New: 1970 v 2017

When it came time for us to add another car to the CarAdvice collection, we realised there was a giant hole – it was one that had to be filled by an Italian car. Ferrari or Lamborghini weren’t the most practical options, so last year we welcomed a red (pre-facelift) 2017 Abarth 595 to our family – a Fiat 500 with extra horsepower and badging, which is something that’s needed for us car people to get around the city swiftly...


FCA in partnership talks with Hyundai
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FCA in partnership talks with Hyundai

Fiat Chrysler is discussing with Hyundai regarding hydrogen fuel-cell technologies and vehicle transmissions. Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, spilt the beans to Bloomberg while speaking to media at the launch of Alfa Romeo's return to Formula One. Marchionne highlighted the "potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai" to develop transmissions and hydrogen technology...


2018 Fiat 500 Anniversario Special Edition arrives from $21,990
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2018 Fiat 500 Anniversario Special Edition arrives from $21,990

The 2018 Fiat 500 Anniversario Special Edition is now on sale in Australia, celebrating the iconic Italian nameplate's 60th anniversary. Designed to commemorate the beginning of production for the legendary Fiat 500 in Turin, Italy, some 60 years ago, the car is a retro limited-edition variant of the current 'Series 4' 500 hatchback to Australia...


2018 Abarth 595 review
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2018 Abarth 595 review

The 2018 Abarth 595 features some important upgrades over the model it replaces. Still not the most sensible option in the segment, it is an undeniable enthusiast's car, with retro appeal, a willing engine, and go-kart fun factor.

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$26,990 - $31,990

2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix
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2016-17 Fiat Ducato recalled for exhaust fix

The 2016-17 Fiat Ducato van has been recalled this week over concerns the exhaust recirculation system could break and cause a loss of drivability. According to the manufacturer, affected vehicles may be fitted with an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) pipe that breaks due to "potential non-conformity"...


Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability
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Sergio Marchionne casts doubt on Tesla, electric vehicle viability

Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, is still sceptical about the economic viability of Tesla, and the short-term profitability of production electric vehicles. Speaking at an event in New York, Marchionne said he was “unconvinced” as to whether Elon Musk would be able to bring Tesla to profit with his current model...


2018 Fiat 500X update revealed, in Australia from first quarter
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2018 Fiat 500X update revealed, in Australia from first quarter

The upgraded 2018 Fiat 500X has been revealed for the US market, with an Australian launch confirmed for sometime in the first quarter of next year. As is often the case with Fiat's 500-badged models, the retro styling of the 500X shows only subtle changes for the new model year. Indeed, tweaks on the outside are limited to new colours: Donatello Bronze (bottom) and Alpi Matte Green (top)...


Monster bambino: Fiat 500 gets Alfa 4C engine, widebody makeover
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Monster bambino: Fiat 500 gets Alfa 4C engine, widebody makeover

Oof! A highly modified Fiat 500 with a crazy body kit has been spotted at the 2017 Best of Italy race. What's the story? Italian tuner Gran Torino Engineering produced the Giannini 350 GP to celebrate its centenary. The original Fiat 500 1...


2011-15 Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont recalled for steering wheel fix
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2011-15 Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemont recalled for steering wheel fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for 9896 vehicles across its 2011 to 2015 Dodge 'JC' Journey and Fiat 'JF' Freemont model lines over concerns a faulty steering wheel harness could cause the airbag to deploy randomly. The manufacturer reports that the steering wheel wire harness may become trapped between a tab on the wheel plastic back cover and the edge of the horn plate...


Fiat 500 Anniversario: Even more retro version revealed
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Fiat 500 Anniversario: Even more retro version revealed

The Grandfatherly Fiat 500 'Cinquecento' just turned 60, and the Italian company has created a special edition of the current model to celebrate. Called the Fiat 500 Anniversario and due to hit Australia in October, it picks up some design tweaks to make the retro wonder look even more old-school...