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Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

Fiat 500 vs. Abarth Part 4: Powertrain

The differences between the Fiat 500 and its racing-inspired Abarth version are too many to list in a single post. So instead I’m continuing a four part series of posts that focus on the details of each aspect of the car: body, interior, handling, and powertrain. Now that Fiat has unveiled the American version of the Fiat […]

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Fiat 500 Drifting

It may not be an Abarth, but the little Fiat 500 can still spin some tires when driven by a professional. Check out the video of Johnny Kanavas, a professional driver from California, taking the new 2012 FIAT 500 Sport out for a spin. Can’t wait to see what he can do with a Fiat […]

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Featured in Autoweek Magazine

I just discovered that the February 21, 2011 issue of Autoweek Magazine has a two page spread, covering the 2012 US spec Fiat 500. The authors give a full review of the car, basically calling it “cute” and fun to drive, but “no Mini when it comes to carving up corners”! That is definitely sad […]

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Exclusive: First Impression

Exclusive: First Impression

If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the dealers with test drive cars, you can take a Fiat 500 out for a test drive right now, even though they don’t go on sale until March. This weekend I did just that! The only Fiat 500 available at Fiat of Austin is one of […]

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An Italian Fashion Accessory?

An Italian Fashion Accessory?

That’s right ladies, the Fiat 500 isn’t just for men! I’ve already seen various websites reporting on Chrysler marketing the Fiat 500 to women. Auto Guide reports that an upscale store in Brigmingham, Michigan called Trender, recently received a visit from a Chrysler representative during an event focused on Italian designers. Quite the strategic timing […]

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American Fiat 500 is “piece of fine Italian art”

Scott Burgess of The Detroit News has written a glowing review of the American Fiat 500. He claims the cute car with Italian pedigree “will hit 80 mph easy enough on the highway and hold 60 mph through corners in third gear” and it “earns every go-kart accolade it gets”. This is good news for […]

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Goodbye PT Cruiser, Hello Fiat 500!

A very “happy trails” to the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which is no longer in production! Chrysler has stopped building the car at its Toluca plant in Mexico and over the last year the plant has been converted to produce the plucky Fiat 500 that we’re all waiting for. I’ve always hated the PT, but for […]

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Will you buy the 500 or wait for the Abarth?

Will you buy the 500 or wait for the Abarth?

Its a tough question, because it will hard waiting another year or more for the Fiat 500 Abarth to show up in the US. If demand is low, they could delay or even cancel their plans to bring it and the electric version as they have previously announced. I will definitely be taking the Fiat […]

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