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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 revealed

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. Whether Australia will be among those markets is unclear at this stage, with the Italian-American company yet to confirm global plans...

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...

2021 Fiat 500e electric car caught on camera

Fiat’s next-generation 500e electric minicar has been spied by photographers in Europe more than a year before it is due to go on sale. Though the styling appears to be merely an evolution, underneath there’s been a revolution. The new Fiat 500 rides a new, bespoke electric vehicle platform developed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles...

Fiat Chrysler planning to make electric cars with iPhone manufacturer

Foxconn, the contract electronics manufacturer most closely associated with the Apple iPhone, has confirmed in a filing with authorities it is planning to start a car-making joint venture with Fiat Chrysler (FCA). In the documents discovered by Bloomberg, the two companies are looking to setup a 50/50 joint venture to manufacture electric vehicles...

Ghosn outlines 'conspiracy', admits to working on alliance with FCA

In a two-and-a-half-hour press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Renault and Nissan, has given a full-throated defence against the charges he was facing in Japan. Starting with an hour-long monologue to a packed conference room, Ghosn said he was detained in an "inhumane system of hostage justice" with a 99...

First FCA model to use compact Peugeot platform could be Alfa Romeo SUV

The Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover could be built on the same platform as the Peugeot 208, thanks to the recently-signed merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot Citroen.  According to Automotive News Europe, the first Fiat Chrysler model based on the CMP chassis used in the new-generation Peugeot 208 city hatchback could be a small Alfa Romeo crossover...

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group sign binding merger agreement to form $67 billion company

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and the PSA Group have signed a definitive merger agreement. The two companies say they will, in time, generate two-thirds of its sales from just two platforms: one for compact cars, and one for compact and mid-size models. Each platform is expected to generate around three million sales per year globally...