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Regularly checking the fluids under the bonnet can help keep your car in top shape and you could pick up major problems early. In this DIY video Tegan Lawson takes you through the basics, checking the oil, brake fluid, coolant, washer fluid and power steering fluid...

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Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary
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Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary

The next version of the Fiat 500 will feature styling revisions, but it won’t push the boundaries of styling, according to the company’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Giolito expressed his intent to keep up with the times, yet maintain true to the original – and the current – 500 model...


Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X
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Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X

Fiat will increase its presence in the performance arena through its Abarth sub-brand, with the Italian company suggesting the new Fiat 500X model will spawn a go-fast variant. Fiat head of European design Roberto Giolito told CarAdvice that Abarth cannot be limited only to the 500 hatchback with its 595 derivatives. “The Abarth vision is not only based on 500s...


Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch
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Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch

The Fiat Punto could soon become a member of the Fiat 500 family. Fiat’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito, told CarAdvice that the next-generation Fiat 500 hatchback line has the potential to include a five-door model. If Fiat were to expand the 500 range to include a five-door, it would follow the likes of fellow retro brand Mini with its new 5 Door...


Fiat Chrysler chief slams “deluded” idea of affordable electric cars
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Fiat Chrysler chief slams “deluded” idea of affordable electric cars

The man in charge of one of the world’s largest car-making groups says he remains highly skeptical of the cost-effectiveness of vehicle electrification within this decade. Sergio Marchionne, president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles —  also encompassing Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari — has long been a high-profile critic of the economic case for EVs, and remains committed to this line of thinking...


2015 Fiat 500X details revealed
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2015 Fiat 500X details revealed

The 2015 Fiat 500X has made its debut at the 2014 Paris motor show, with the high-riding hatch to be offered in two different trim levels: One more "metropolitan" and the other "ideal for leisure". Fiat says the city-slicker version of the 500X is more style-focused, designed to "win over young, dynamic and metropolitan customers"...


Fiat Abarth 695 biposto: Australian orders open for $65,000 street-legal Italian racer
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Fiat Abarth 695 biposto: Australian orders open for $65,000 street-legal Italian racer

The order books for the hardcore Fiat Abarth 695 biposto have opened ahead of the Australian debut of the Italian marque's fastest-ever model. Starting at $65,000, the two-seat 997-kilogram Fiat Abarth 695 biposto – first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show back in March – is effectively a road-going version of the 151kW/300Nm Abarth 695 Assetto Corse race car that finished 18th overall at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour...


Fiat Doblo facelift debuts in Hanover
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Fiat Doblo facelift debuts in Hanover

The Italian automaker has used the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover to debut a facelifted version of its Fiat Doblo small van. Visually the biggest changes have been wrought up front, where the outgoing model's bulbous headlights and single frame grille have been ditched for more conventional headlamps and a full-width grille...


Fiat version of next-generation Mitsubishi Triton confirmed
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Fiat version of next-generation Mitsubishi Triton confirmed

A Fiat-badged version of the next generation Mitsubishi Triton is seemingly on the cards for Latin America and, possibly, Europe. Overnight both Fiat and Mitsubishi issued a single sentence statement confirming that the companies "have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the possibility to develop and manufacture a mid-size pick-up truck, supplied by Mitsubishi and based on the next generation of L200"...


Fiat 500X spotted camouflage free on an Italian street
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Fiat 500X spotted camouflage free on an Italian street

A forum user has posted a photo of an undisguised Fiat 500X on an Italian street around half-a-month ahead of its scheduled public debut. The photo was shared by a user on the message boards run by Italian motoring website Quattroruote (Four Wheels). Given the recent video teaser released by Fiat, earlier spy photos and images of the 500X's naked body shell, there are few reasons to doubt the authenticity and accuracy of this photo...


Ferrari to boost production volume under new leadership
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Ferrari to boost production volume under new leadership

Ferrari will become a little bit less exclusive following a management shakeup that has seen long-serving chief Luca di Montezemolo move aside for parent company boss Sergio Marchionne. Bloomberg reports that Fiat SpA chief executive officer Marchionne will become Ferrari chairman on October 13, and that under his guidance the brand will look to increase its yearly sales volumes from the current 7000 per annum to 10,000 units globally...


2015 Fiat 500X teased ahead of Paris motor show debut
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2015 Fiat 500X teased ahead of Paris motor show debut

The new high-riding 2015 Fiat 500X baby SUV has been teased ahead of its global reveal at the 2014 Paris motor show next month. A video released by Fiat Poland shows highlights of the new 500X’s design, including silhouettes of the baby SUV’s front, side and rear, offering an idea of how the new model – which shares its platform with the Jeep Renegade revealed earlier this year – will look...


Fiat Australia explains its decision to steadily up 500 base price
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Fiat Australia explains its decision to steadily up 500 base price

Fiat Australia claims it has been steadily increasing the price of the base 500 Pop over the past 12 months because its previous bargain-basement (and heavily subsidised) $14k entry price was making the rest of the 500 range too expensive by comparison.  The Italian company in essence ‘re-launched’ here in June 2013 after having consolidated its official, rather than outsourced, distributorship...


Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Review

Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Review

We test the Fiat 500 wild child - the purebred Abarth Assetto Corse race car.


2015 Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2015 Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 Review

Fiat adds a new range-topping Freemont Crossroad V6 to the range at a price bound to tempt prospective seven-seat SUV buyers...


Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 : Pricing and specifications
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Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 : Pricing and specifications

The new range-topping Fiat Freemont Crossroad V6 has arrived in Australia, priced from $36,500 plus on-road costs. The seven-seat SUV/crossover wagon shares its 3.6-litre V6 engine with its twin, the Dodge Journey, with the big petrol unit producing 206kW of power and 342Nm of torque...


2015 Fiat 500 Review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2015 Fiat 500 Review

For 2015 there aren't many changes to the Fiat 500, so it's still one of the cutest city cars around. If you want chilli with your 500, then the Abarth models are still the pick.

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$17,000 to $41,000

I like it rough, loud and dirty
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I like it rough, loud and dirty

That’s right, you heard me. When it comes to a car’s engine noise and exhaust note, as well as the all-encompassing thrill and feel of driving something that claims to offer ‘sporty’ performance, I expect the driving experience to be rough, loud and dirty. But sometimes a car that promises a lot on paper can leave you feeling unsatisfied...


Fiat 500X spy photos: Jeep Renegade's twin spotted in public
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Fiat 500X spy photos: Jeep Renegade's twin spotted in public

Our little birds have caught the Jeep Renegade's Italian twin, the Fiat 500X, out testing on public roads in Europe. The smallest Jeep and the off-roader-ish Fiat 500X both ride on the same platform, but, from what we can see here, the two will look very different...


2015 Fiat Abarth 595: Pricing and specifications
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2015 Fiat Abarth 595: Pricing and specifications

Fiat may have upped the price of its 500 city car, but the racy 2015 Fiat Abarth 595 spinoffs are now cheaper than ever, with a starting price of $33,500 plus on-road costs.  Now called the 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione, the new hot-shoe Italians replace the Esseesse models that were priced from $34,990 plus on-roads, meaning the new price of entry is $1490 cheaper than before...