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Fiat 124 Spider is 'profitable', but successor seems unlikely

It might be a slow seller, but the Fiat 124 Spider is still a "profitable business" for the Italian brand. In an interview with Autocar, Fiat CEO Olivier François said the car remains in the black "only because of the joint venture" with Mazda. The Fiat 124 Spider is built alongside the Mazda MX-5 in Japan...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: LIVE from our 11-ute comparison

Join us for our first episode of Automotive Industry Insights with Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Josh Dowling, live from the Melbourne 4x4 Proving Ground for our massive 2019 dual-cab ute comparison! We get to know the new CarAdvice and Drive CEO, Alex Parsons. Kez Casey compares the 2019 Abarth 124 Spider and Mazda MX-5 Roadster...

Fiat outlines its model plans beyond the 500

Fiat has revealed its plans for a range centred around the premium-compact 500, which will sit alongside value-focused larger models in its line-up going forward. "We will be present in the C-segment [Volkswagen Golf class] but not much more. All models will sit within 3.5 metres and 4.5m [long]. This is where Fiat will play," Olivier François, the CEO of Fiat, told Autocar in an interview...

2016-18 Abarth 124 Spider recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the 2016-2018 model-year Abarth 124 Spider over concerns automatic models could suddenly shift into first gear while the vehicle is in motion. The manufacturer says incorrect software in the transmission control module could make the car engage first gear when in moving in 'D'...

Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, 595 esseesse revealed

Abarth has revealed the 124 Rally Tribute and 595 esseesse as part of the company's 70th anniversary celebrations. The Italian performance brand's new models each have a unique flavour, which are both claimed to be "authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport"...

Abarth 595, 124 Spider 70th Anniversary editions unveiled in Europe

Abarth is marking its 70th birthday, at least in Europe, with special badging standard across the entire range. At the launch event at the Monte Carlo rally, the company said these badges will make all vehicles registered this year "unique and exclusive". As far as the 124 Spider goes, the specially-designed badge seems to be the only change of note...

Abarth 124 Spider nabs Guinness World Record

The Abarth 124 Spider is now a Guinness World Record holder, teaming up with stunt driver Alastair Moffatt to achieve the feat. Piloting a standard 124 Spider, Moffatt completed five figure eight maneuvers in succession between two other Abarth 124 Spiders, in a record 45.66 seconds...

2019 Fiat 124 Spider revealed

Fiat has taken the wraps off its updated 124 Spider, with new styling options and an updated technology suite for the Mazda MX-5 twin. The (mildly) refreshed roadster will be offered in three trim levels overseas: Classica, Lusso and Abarth. The entry-level model gets a twin exhaust, black roll bars and 16-inch alloy wheels, along with halogen headlights...

Abarth 124 Spider Monza Special Edition arrives from $46,950

Fiat Australia has decided it's time to celebrate Carlo Abarth, the man behind the Abarth name and scorpion badge, with a limited-run version of the 124 Spider. Dubbed the 124 Spider Monza Special Edition, just 30 examples of the limited-run drop-top will be brought to Australia, priced in June from $46,950 drive-away in manual guise, or $48,950 drive-away with an automatic...

Abarth 124 GT, Fiat S-Design models revealed

Abarth has unveiled a special-edition hardtop version of the 124 Spider, ahead of a full reveal in Geneva next week. Unlike the Mazda MX-5/Miata-aping soft-top on regular 124 Spiders, the GT packs a removable carbon-fibre hardtop and a number of lightweight touches around its exterior. Abarth says the roof, which weighs just 16kg, helps improve the "compactness" and torsional rigidity of the car...

Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...

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