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Struggle street: the cars yet to pass 25 sales so far this year

The new-car market has been competitive and cutthroat for a while, but the first half of 2020 increased the pressure to perform. With production delays due to coronavirus, a raft of exciting new models on the horizon, electric and hybrid cars upping their game and buyers facing financial limitations, every new vehicle on the market had to fight harder than ever to succeed...

2021 Fiat 500 all-electric hatch revealed

The first images of the new hardtop 2021 Fiat 500 hardtop have been revealed by the Italian car company, joining the previously unveiled cabrio in the model line-up. Despite looking strikingly similar to the current 500, the new Cinquecento is all-new, and will exclusively use an electric powertrain...

Fiat releases limited-edition 'Dolcevita' 500C

Fiat Australia has released a limited-edition 'Dolcevita' version of its pint-sized convertible, the 500C, with only 30 examples available nationwide. A nod to the brand's Italian heritage, the Dolcevita comes in a single specification based on the existing 500C Club and will be priced from $30,750 plus on-road costs – $3500 more than the Club variant, which is $27,250 plus on-road costs...

2021 Fiat Strada downsizes the dual-cab as we know it

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is preparing to take the ute market by storm with its all-new 2021 Fiat Strada dual cab ute. Oh, but not here in Australia, rather in Latin America where the existing Strada is already the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Brazil. What you see here is actually the third-generation Strada ute, just released in Brazil ahead of full-scale availability later this year...

Car factories hope to reopen with revised safety procedures

As carmarkers around the world prepare to resume assembly on the other side of COVID-19, a few have started devising plans based on protocols learned during ventilator production, as reported by Reuters. Detroit’s Ford and General Motors have produced ventilators in their US facilities to support the healthcare system in the nation...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Land Rover communications boss, Richard Agnew

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. We cover all the reveals that would've happened at the aborted Geneva motor show, including the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen ID.4. Mike talks about February's new-car sales figures (VFACTS), which sees Kia continue to climb the charts...

2021 Fiat 500 Cabrio revealed: Electric only

UPDATE, June 10: The hatch variant has now also been revealed. Story here. Fiat has announced the third generation of its 500 model will be a full-electric vehicle (EV) – the first Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has ever produced in full series production. The 'La Prima' launch version will be limited to 500 cars in each market it's sold into...

2021 Fiat 500e revealed through leaked images

Images of the 2021 Fiat 500e electric car have emerged in the online press, offering a first clear look at the new-generation hatch. As revealed last year, the new 500 will be offered in electric form only, expected to be sold alongside the now 13-year-old petrol model rather than as an outright replacement...

Classic Fiat 500 joins Lego’s Creator Expert series

Famed toymaker Lego has immortalised the cult-favourite Fiat 500 as the newest addition to its Creator Expert model series. Taking the form of a Fiat 500 D produced from 1960-1965, the 960-piece kit recreates the Italian classic with surprising accuracy. Although only 11 centimetres high, 24cm long and 11cm wide, the Lego kit is almost a perfect 1:20 scale replica of the diminutive 500D...

Fiat Chrysler's Google-based Uconnect 5 infotainment: Over-the-air updates, wireless Android/Apple connection

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has revealed the design and features of its new Uconnect 5 infotainment system. As revealed last year, Uconnect 5 is based on the Android mobile operating system. The underlying hardware now includes 6GB of memory, up to 64GB of flash storage, and a faster processor said to make the whole system five times faster than today's iteration...

2020 Fiat 500 pricing and specs: new Club variant enters

The 2020 Fiat 500 has launched in Australia with a new variant, named the Club, priced from $23,250. Featuring a long list of standard features, it comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, fixed glass roof with sunblind, DAB+ radio, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, and chrome front grille surround, rear bumper insert, and sill plates...