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FCA chief Marchionne revives GM merger talks: "mediocrity", hugs and the vitality of Jeep

Never one to mince words, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne has again spoken of the need for his company’s board to consider a merger with General Motors - by something approximating “force” if necessary...

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Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition concept unveiled
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Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition concept unveiled

Overnight, the Italian company unveiled the Fiat Ducato 4x4 Expedition, a one-off concept that's ready for a spot of off-the-beaten-track camping. Based on the long-wheelbase, high-roof version of the Ducato campervan, the 4x4 Expedition made its debut at the Caravan Salon that's currently taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany...


Fiat planning ‘rational’ and ‘emotional’ divisions for future range - report
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Fiat planning ‘rational’ and ‘emotional’ divisions for future range - report

Fiat will split its future line-up into two distinct camps, with lifestyle models on one side of the fence and regular offerings on the other, a new report claims. The new strategy is understood to be built around core ‘Emotional’ and ‘Rational’ divisions - a plan which, according to the UK’s Autocar, was presented internally this week...


Fiat Freemont recalled - UPDATE
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Fiat Freemont recalled - UPDATE

There has been a recall for the 2013-2015 Fiat Freemont announced over a potential fire risk. According to the official recall notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website recalls.gov.au, the issue relates to 2013-2015 Fiat Freemont 2.4-litre petrol models only...


Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls
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Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has accepted the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles from owners after acknowledging a substandard execution of vehicle safety recalls...


Fiat 124 convertible coming to Australia in 2016
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Fiat 124 convertible coming to Australia in 2016

The hotly anticipated, Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 roadster has been officially confirmed for an Australian launch, almost certainly before the end of 2016, and potentially alongside a hotter Abarth sibling.  The reborn Fiat 124 (the original 1966 Fiat 124 Sport Spider classic version is pictured above) is expected to make its world premiere at the LA motor show in November this year, rather than the larger Frankfurt show in September...


Fiat Panda axed in Australia
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Fiat Panda axed in Australia

The unsung Fiat Panda has been quietly discontinued from Australia after fewer than two years on the market. Panda sales have been running at about one-tenth the level of the better-known Fiat 500. As such, Fiat Chrysler Australia has decided to rationalise (re-align) its range, given it will soon launch a pair of brand new models — the 500X crossover and 124 roadster — to keep its dealers occupied...


Abarth to build "extreme" version of Fiat 124 Spider
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Abarth to build "extreme" version of Fiat 124 Spider

Abarth will build a hardcore version of the upcoming Fiat 124 Spider to give the Italian half of the partnership a distinct performance advantage over Japanese sister car, the Mazda MX-5. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief operating officer Alfredo Altavilla told Auto Express there would be two versions of the new roadster: the “comfortable” Fiat 124 Spider and the “extreme” Abarth model...


Leather-clad Fiat 500 unveiled
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Leather-clad Fiat 500 unveiled

A one-off leather-covered special edition Fiat 500 has been unveiled and has be sold at auction, raising funds to promote human rights programmes. This unique Fiat 500 convertible features a white body overlaid with leather crafted by Stefano Conticelli, a tailor and luxury accessories craftsman from Umbria, Italy...


Fiat Chrysler CEO admits GM merger battle lost, but consolidation war far from over
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Fiat Chrysler CEO admits GM merger battle lost, but consolidation war far from over

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he is done with trying to form, by pen or by sword, a merger with American rival General Motors. Marchionne first approached his dream through overtures to GM CEO Mary Barra directly, via a personal email, with a plan that promised billions in development and production savings...


2016 Fiat 500 Revealed: Refreshed looks, new infotainment tech for final update
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2016 Fiat 500 Revealed: Refreshed looks, new infotainment tech for final update

Fiat has rolled out what is likely to be the final update to its ageing 500 hatch, revealed today ahead of the badge’s 58th anniversary tomorrow. As expected, styling updates for the tiny 2016 Fiat 500 are relatively light-on, limited to revised bumpers and garnish tricks, along with a simple but stylish update to the lighting at both ends...


2016 Fiat 500’s inside sneaks out
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2016 Fiat 500’s inside sneaks out

Fiat’s updated city car, the compact 500, has been spied once more this week, just hours before its July 4 unveiling. Earlier snaps of lightly camouflaged prototypes confirmed that we can expect a handful of small exterior tweaks to the 2016 500, but its interior had, until now, been more heavily disguised...


Large van comparison: Fiat Ducato v Ford Transit v Mercedes-Benz Sprinter v Renault Master
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Large van comparison: Fiat Ducato v Ford Transit v Mercedes-Benz Sprinter v Renault Master

Big white vans may seem bland to the majority of road users on the market, but these ubiquitous boxes on wheels are the lifeblood of thousands of businesses across Australia. Removalists, courier companies, stevedores and provedores use large vans such as these on a daily basis, so we’ve assembled four of the big players in the market to see which is our pick in terms of practicality, performance and payload...


Fiat Chrysler boss mulling plan B after GM rejection, might court activist investors - report
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Fiat Chrysler boss mulling plan B after GM rejection, might court activist investors - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne is reportedly considering his next move after an overture, earlier this year, to General Motors for a merger was rejected. Sources have told Bloomberg that Marchionne is considering alternate options after being privately and publicly rejected by the General...


2016 Fiat 500 to be born on the fourth of July
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2016 Fiat 500 to be born on the fourth of July

The 2016 Fiat 500 will make its world premiere on July 4 of this year — the iconic nameplate’s 58th birthday. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed the reveal timing overnight, and promised to hold “an unforgettable event” to mark the occasion...


Fiat 500 facelift spy photos
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Fiat 500 facelift spy photos

Our spy photographers have managed to snag images of the facelifted Fiat 500 in both regular 3-door hatch and convertible formats. The modern 500 was launched in 2007, and although it has received new engine options, countless special edition variations and various upgrades over the years, this will be the car's first true makeover since launch...


Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger
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Fiat Chrysler chairman confirms email from CEO requesting GM merger

The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, John Elkann, confirmed that his company's CEO, Sergio Marchionne, had sent an email to his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, requesting for a merger between the two automakers. Earlier this week Automotive News reported that Marchionne approached Barra via email in March this year...


Weekend deals on wheels for May 30
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Weekend deals on wheels for May 30

It’s time for the latest Weekend Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. Fiat Panda Pop - $14,500 drive-away Ok, it’s not powered by the great little TwinAir two-cylinder turbo engine that sounds vaguely like a hornets nest, but a Fiat Panda Pop for $14,500 drive-away looks like an interesting deal to consider...


Fiat Chrysler boss asked GM for a merger, was rebuffed - report
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Fiat Chrysler boss asked GM for a merger, was rebuffed - report

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, reportedly asked his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, about the possibility of merger earlier this year, but was turned down. A report in The New York Times claims that in March of this year, Marchionne sent Barra an email requesting a meeting to talk about a potential merger between the two automakers...


Fiat Aegea compact sedan unveiled - UPDATED
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Fiat Aegea compact sedan unveiled - UPDATED

The Fiat Aegea sedan made its global debut overnight at the Istanbul auto show. Developed under the name Project Aegea, the new sedan measures around 4.5 metres in length, 1780mm wide, 1480mm tall and rides on a wheelbase that's 2640mm in length. Fiat claims a capacity of 510 litres for the car's boot, as well as seating for five passengers...