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Fiat 500 : Italian city car to get new six-speed auto in US; not for Oz

A new six-speed automatic transmission will be the highlight of the updated US-bound Fiat 500 range when it makes its New York auto show debut next week. Australia will miss out on the new self-shifting gearbox, however...

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Renault Twingo
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Renault Twingo 'copied' Fiat 500, says former Fiat executive

Outspoken Italian businessman Lapo Elkann has accused the new Renault Twingo of copying the design of the Fiat 500. Elkann, who is the former marketing manager of Fiat and brother of current Fiat chairman John Elkann, called on Renault to “stop the cheating” in a Facebook post with images of the 500 and a rendering of a new-generation Twingo...


Fiat Abarth 695 biposto : fastest-ever street-legal Abarth revealed
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Fiat Abarth 695 biposto : fastest-ever street-legal Abarth revealed

The Fiat Abarth 695 biposto has been unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show, debuting the marque's fastest-ever model and marking 50 years since the first Abarth 695 premiered at the same event in 1964. Powered by a 141kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder and weighing 997kg, the Abarth 695 biposto claims a 5...


Alfa Romeo and Mazda : Fiat or Abarth Roadster partnership likely
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Alfa Romeo and Mazda : Fiat or Abarth Roadster partnership likely

The long-rumoured Alfa Romeo and Mazda partnership now looks likely to result in a Fiat or Abarth Roadster rather than an Alfa Romeo convertible, according to the Italian company’s boss. Speaking to the media at yesterday’s Geneva Motor Show, Sergio Marchionne said the project with Mazda is still on going, but hinted that it’s unlikely to be used as an Alfa Romeo model...


2014 Fiat 500 revealed with new Cult flagship variant
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2014 Fiat 500 revealed with new Cult flagship variant

The 2014 Fiat 500 has been revealed with a new top-of-the-range Cult variant. The Italian brand's city car introduces a range of changes, including updated interiors with new alloy wheel designs, new seats, new fabric choices inside the cabin, and a new 7.0-inch instrument display panel with digital speedometer and multimode functionality for Eco and Sport settings...


Fiat Freemont Cross : Rugged-looking V6 AWD seven-seat SUV here in Q3
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Fiat Freemont Cross : Rugged-looking V6 AWD seven-seat SUV here in Q3

The tougher-looking Fiat Freemont Cross will introduce a V6 and all-wheel drive to the Italian car maker's local line-up when it lands in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of 2014. Documents seen by CarAdvice reveal Fiat Chrysler Australia has homologated a 206kW/342Nm 3...


Fiat Panda Cross revealed
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Fiat Panda Cross revealed

Rugged, tiny and just a little bit cute - this the new Fiat Panda Cross. The Italian brand's new four-wheel-drive city SUV boasts all the rough-and-tumble styling cues, with restyled bumpers featuring underbody protection and improved approach (24-degree) and departure (33-degree) angles, hard-wearing body cladding and high-profile (65-aspect) tyres wrapped around 15-inch wheels...


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: completed acquisition brings new name, logo
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: completed acquisition brings new name, logo

Fiat S.p.A. has approved the formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as a fully integrated global car maker and revealed the newly formed company's logo. The formation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – now the world's seventh-largest car maker – comes one week after Fiat completed its US$4.35 billion ($4.94 billion) acquisition of a 41...


Fiat 500 : La Petite Robe Noire special edition revealed
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Fiat 500 : La Petite Robe Noire special edition revealed

The little black dress just got a touch cuter, thanks to the latest Fiat 500 special edition. The Italian car maker has teamed up with French perfume brand Guerlain for the limited edition Fiat 500 La Petite Robe Noire ("the little black dress") model. Oddly enough, it's offered in two colours - Funk White and Crossover Black...


Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition for $4.94 billion
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Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition for $4.94 billion

Fiat has acquired the remaining stake in Chrysler for US$4.35 billion ($4.94 billion), making the US brand now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Italian car maker. Acquiring a 41.46 per cent stake in Chrysler held by a United Auto Workers-affiliated retiree healthcare trust, the Fiat deal comprises US$3.65 billion ($4.15 billion) in cash – US$1...


ANCAP awards nine new cars five-star safety ratings
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ANCAP awards nine new cars five-star safety ratings

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded nine new vehicles covering a diverse range of classes and price points its maximum five-star safety rating. The newly released Fiat Panda, Ford EcoSport, Isuzu D-Max 4x4 crew cab, Isuzu MU-X 4x4, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Nissan Altima, Nissan Pulsar hatch, Toyota HiLux 4x4 dual cab and Suzuki SX4 S-Cross all received the top safety rating...


Fiat 500L Review
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Fiat 500L Review

A bigger, more practical version of everyone's favourite little Italian.


Fiat 500L under serious consideration for Australia
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Fiat 500L under serious consideration for Australia

The Fiat 500L is under serious consideration for the Australian market as Fiat looks to further expand its local model line-up following a year that's seen the brand's sales grow by almost 600 percent. The Fiat 500L will likely head to Australia in 2015 after the standard 500 range gets updated around the middle of next year...


Renault, Subaru, Fiat Chrysler enjoy record sales in November
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Renault, Subaru, Fiat Chrysler enjoy record sales in November

November was a record-breaking month for a number of brands in Australia, with Renault, Subaru and Fiat Chrysler all posting best-ever sales. Released yesterday, the November sales figures reveal Renault enjoyed its biggest single month of deliveries ever with 875 vehicles sold, taking the French manufacturer’s year to-date total to 6247, representing an increase of 40 per cent over 2012...


Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour
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Fiat Abarth 695 to tackle Mount Panorama at Bathurst 12-Hour

Two factory-backed Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corse racecars will take on Mount Panorama at next year's Bathurst 12-Hour. Aimed at showcasing the brand's Italian heritage and Abarth's racing pedigree, the Fiat Abarth 695 Assetto Corses will be finished in a specially designed Fiat Abarth Motorsport livery that will be unveiled before Christmas...


Fiat 500 1957 Edition: vintage-styled city car revealed
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Fiat 500 1957 Edition: vintage-styled city car revealed

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition has been revealed in the US ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles auto show, celebrating the 57th anniversary of the Italian brand's original 1957 Nuova Cinquecento. Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the new 500 1957 Edition features vintage styling cues inside and out...


Fiat takes full control of diesel makers VM Motori
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Fiat takes full control of diesel makers VM Motori

Fiat Group has purchased the remaining half of Italian diesel engine manufacturer VM Motori S.p.A from General Motors for 34.1 million euro ($49.3 million). The acquisition gives Fiat complete ownership of the engine maker, which supplies diesel engines for various Chrysler Group models including the Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300C...


FiatChrysler: "We can
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FiatChrysler: "We can't do niche sales in Australia any more"

FiatChrysler Australia says it’s determined to turn the Fiat and Alfa brands from niche to serious volume players in the Australian market. The local subsidiary of the Italian-US alliance has introducing sharp driveaway pricing across the board since taking control of the two brands from independent importer Ateco in May 2012...


Fiat Panda 4x4 knocked out by new baby Jeep
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Fiat Panda 4x4 knocked out by new baby Jeep

An upcoming baby Jeep looks to have ruled out a 4WD version of the Fiat Panda just released in Australia. The Fiat Panda 4x4 had been a strong consideration on Fiat Australia’s Italian shopping list as part of its local product growth plans but has decided the model could clash with the similarly sized Jeep. Jeep’s smallest model yet is expected to be unveiled in 2014...


Fiat Panda Review
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Fiat Panda Review

Curious pricing but Fiat's third city car offering in Australia has a charming personality and is enjoyable to drive.