by Bill Cawthon • Posted on November 30th, 2012
The video screen behind the introduction of the Fiat 500e said “Stop Global Warming: Start Global Hotness” but that slogan might just as easily apply to the presentation of the new 500e, 500L, 500L Trekking and the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabriolet.
In an amusing, and somewhat risque, presentation, Olivier Francois, Chrysler’s award-winning head of communications and head of the Fiat brand, presented not only the vehicles themselves, but a series of short films one hopes will eventually make it to television.
Catrinel Menghia, the captivating Romanian supermodel in the original Abarth ad, returns in “Topless,” one of those “how did they do that?” ads featuring a Ms. Menghia, a bikini and a very interesting scorpion. Other shorts include an exciting day at a test track with the 500e, and three funny films featuring the 500L.
Beats the heck out of Mike Rowe and Tim Allen.
The entire presentation, including the short films, is available to view on the Chrysler Communications Facebook page.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
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