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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...


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 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 500L Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Fiat 500L Review

The Fiat 500L is a proper spacious five-seater that blends elements of a city-friendly vehicle and a compact SUV. In many ways the Fiat 500L mimics its Mini rival by taking what was originally a small car (Mini Cooper/Fiat 500) and creating larger and more family-friendly variants (Mini Countryman/Fiat 500L)...


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...


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...


Video comparison review: Fiat 500 v Mitsubishi Mirage v Nissan Micra v Volkswagen Up!

Video comparison review: Fiat 500 v Mitsubishi Mirage v Nissan Micra v Volkswagen Up!

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$14,000

City car comparison: Fiat 500 v Mitsubishi Mirage v Nissan Micra v Volkswagen Up!
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City car comparison: Fiat 500 v Mitsubishi Mirage v Nissan Micra v Volkswagen Up!

They may not be the cars teenagers have pinned to their bedroom walls, but the Fiat 500, Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Micra and Volkswagen Up! are among the cheapest ways first-time drivers can get into a new car. Particularly when parents are often paying the bills, all four sub-light hatchbacks featured here cost $14,000 or less on the road, all are economical and all feature stability control and front and front-side airbags as standard...


Fiat 500: next-gen city car to grow around US customers
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Fiat 500: next-gen city car to grow around US customers

The next-generation Fiat 500 is set to be longer and wider than the current model as success in the US shapes the new car's design. The US became the Fiat 500's largest market last year, with 43,772 sales in the States outgunning the pint-sized Italian's 42,919 units in its home market...


Fiat 500 drops in on US surfers
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Fiat 500 drops in on US surfers

A trio of Fiat 500-inspired ‘personal watercrafts’ has been unveiled at the US Open of Surfing in California, as a part of the carmaker's efforts to increase its exposure in the US. Despite being Europe’s fourth largest car manufacturer, and owning a majority-share in Chrysler, Fiat is yet to successfully crack the US market...


Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio built from body art
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Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio built from body art

A new Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio has been built out of people for a new ad from the brand's North American division. More than a dozen female artists, models and contortionists have been painted, posed and photographed as a Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio for a new magazine ad that featured in the just released Body Issue of ESPN The Magazine – an annual edition...


Fiat 500L Trekking: off-road focus for extended city car
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Fiat 500L Trekking: off-road focus for extended city car

New details of the Fiat 500L Trekking have emerged, revealing a city car with genuine off-road intentions. First seen at last year’s Los Angeles auto show, the Fiat 500L Trekking order book has opened in the UK providing new information about its four-engine line-up, raised suspension and traction control system...


Fiat 500L Living: seven-seat
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Fiat 500L Living: seven-seat 'Magic Purpose Wagon' revealed

The first official images of the seven-seat Fiat 500L Living have been released ahead of its world premiere in July. Claimed to be the most compact '5+2-seater' MPV in its segment, the Fiat 500L Living gains an additional third seating row over the standard 500L seen in 2012. Measuring 4350mm long, 1780mm wide and 1670mm high, the Living is 210mm longer, just as wide, and 10mm taller than the 500L...


Fiat 500 Gucci from $23,200
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Fiat 500 Gucci from $23,200

If you’ve got $23,200 and want something awfully unique as a city car, the Fiat 500 Gucci might just tick the box. Unashamedly Italian and with the unmistakable Gucci colours proudly covering the sides (hatchback) or roof (cabrio), the Fiat 500 Gucci is not likely to go out of fashion anytime soon...


Fiat 500 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Fiat 500 Review

With the Fiat 500 having dropped to just $14,000 drive away, the petite Italian now faces a whole new horde of sub-light car rivals. Time, then, to see if it stacks up better now than when it cost Mini-money… The current Fiat 500 has been around since 2007 yet it arguably hasn’t aged a day. This is partially due to the design elements being taken from the original 500 back in 1957...

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$14,000 to $25,650

Fiat 500 drops to $14,000 driveaway
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Fiat 500 drops to $14,000 driveaway

The entry price of the Fiat 500 range has been lowered dramatically, with a new base model Fiat 500 Pop priced from just $14,000 drive-away. The Fiat 500 range, which previously started from $18,300 for the 0.9-litre TwinAir, has been extended to eight grades, which include the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol models as well as the turbocharged two-cylinder TwinAir...


Fiat 500: local range to expand in June
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Fiat 500: local range to expand in June

Fiat Chrysler Group has confirmed the local Fiat 500 range will be expanded beyond its current five-model line-up in the coming months. A Fiat Chrysler spokesperson confirmed to CarAdvice that the local line-upwould be expanded in June to offer new variations of the Italian city car beyond the currently available Fiat 500, 500C, Abarth 500 Esseesse, Abarth 500C Esseesse and the 695 Tributo Ferrari...


Fiat 500L gains two-cylinder TwinAir, 1.6 MultiJet diesel engines
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Fiat 500L gains two-cylinder TwinAir, 1.6 MultiJet diesel engines

The Fiat 500L has gained two new turbocharged engines, doubling the number of powertrains available in the compact five-door hatchback range. The Fiat 500L – currently sold in Europe but confirmed for Australian showrooms in 2014 – adds the two-cylinder TwinAir turbo petrol engine from the smaller 500 city car and the four-cylinder MultiJet II turbo-diesel found in overseas versions of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta...


Fiat 500L
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Fiat 500L 'Motherhood' ad goes viral

An eccentric commercial for the new Fiat 500L featuring a mother rapping about eating leftover fish fingers and faking orgasms has gone viral, attracting more than 2.2 million views in little more than three weeks. The UK's Daily Mail says the three-minute ad, ‘The Motherhood feat...


Fiat, Nissan in war of words over EV design
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Fiat, Nissan in war of words over EV design

A verbal stoush has erupted between Fiat and Nissan, with executives from both company's trading blows over the styling and functionality of their cars. The war of words started at the unveiling of the electric Fiat 500e (pictured top) at last month's Los Angeles auto show when the Italian company's head of product marketing, Matt Davis, fired a shot at the design of the Nissan Leaf...


2012 Fiat 500 Review
Rating: 610 /10
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2012 Fiat 500 Review

The Fiat 500, the modern-day incarnation of the 1960s ‘Bambino’, for now remains the only passenger car from the Italian brand on offer in Australia. The likes of the Punto and Bravo are likely to return sometime in the near future now that responsibility of Fiat imports has changed from Ateco Automotive to what is now the Australian subsidiary of the FiatChrysler group...

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$22,990 to $27,990

Fiat 500e: electric city car confirmed for 2013
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Fiat 500e: electric city car confirmed for 2013

The first official images of the Fiat 500e have been revealed just days out from the electric city car’s unveiling at the 2012 Los Angeles motor show on November 30. Fiat is keeping tight-lipped on the details of the 500e until its LA debut, but has confirmed the zero-emissions Fiat 500 hatchback will go on sale in California from next year before rolling out to other markets from 2014...


Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari Review
Rating: 610 /10
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Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari Review

If you only had one word to describe the Fiat Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, ‘bonkers’ would be it. The term is equally relevant to the car and its owner. The Tributo is basically a hotted up Fiat 500, which was developed to separate Ferrari owners from $69,990 of their cash. That’s right, $69,990 for a micro car...

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$69,990

Fiat 500 Turbo joins US bambino range
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Fiat 500 Turbo joins US bambino range

The new Fiat 500 Turbo has been officially unveiled by parent company Chrysler ahead of the mid-spec model's release into the North American market in September. The Fiat 500 Turbo, first spied in a US Fiat TV ad, is designed to sit between the standard Cinquecento and the performance-biased Fiat 500 Abarth. With the addition of a turbocharger to the 1...


Fiat 500XL: seven seats for extra-large Bambino
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Fiat 500XL: seven seats for extra-large Bambino

If you’re the kind of person who thinks the Mini Countryman is an oxymoronic abomination, you’re probably not going to be a fan of the upcoming Fiat 500XL. Revealed for the first time in these leaked patent images (published by Left Lane News), the 500XL is a slightly larger version of the Fiat 500L that was revealed at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March and is a chance to go on sale in Australia as early as next year...


Fiat 500T: new model teased in US TV ad
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Fiat 500T: new model teased in US TV ad

A cheeky first teaser of what could be the new Fiat 500T model appears in the Italian brand's latest US television commercial along with the rest of the Fiat 500 range destined for North America...


Fiat 500L: coffee on the go, Italian style
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Fiat 500L: coffee on the go, Italian style

The all-new Fiat 500L has swapped grinding gears for grinding beans, becoming the first production car in the world to offer an integrated coffee machine for drivers to make espresso on the go. Developed in collaboration with coffee experts Lavazza, the 250-euro ($300) ‘Coffee Experience’ kit includes the coffee maker, cups, a spoon holder and a sugar container, making it seemingly perfect for Jerry Seinfeld's new show Comedians in cars getting coffee...


Fiat 500L: Countryman rival a chance for Oz in 2013
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Fiat 500L: Countryman rival a chance for Oz in 2013

Fiat Australia looks set to expand its line-up to two models in 2013, with the Fiat 500L a chance to join the smaller 500 retro city car in the second half of next year. On sale in Italy and major European markets this month before reaching showrooms in “more than 100 countries” in 2013, Fiat Australia’s Lenore Fletcher said the local division was focusing closely on bringing the chunkier Mini Countryman-style five-door down under...


Fiat 500X: Bambino for the bush teased in Italy
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Fiat 500X: Bambino for the bush teased in Italy

The Fiat 500X has been teased at a press conference in Italy, giving the world its first look at the upcoming bush-bashing Bambino. The city-sized crossover is a chunkier version of the Fiat 500L – the Italian marque’s take on the Mini Countryman, which debuted at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March and launches in Europe later this year...