Fiat 500 no. 1,000,000 is a Pearl White Lounge model that will soon be on its way to its new owner. Where that new owner might be is a matter of conjecture as the little Italian car is sold in more than 100 countries around the world. It can be safely said it won’t be coming to North America as all Fiat 500s for sale in the U.S. and Canada are built in Toluca, Mexico.
Fiat is also showing the first photos if the Fiat 500e electric car. It will take its first bows on the “green carpet” at the American Music Awards and then it will go on public display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 500e, which is a pure electric that runs on lithium-ion batteries, is rumored to have a 100-mile range, though official figures and specs are still incomplete.
For now, it’s a California-only vehicle, designed to satisfy the Bear State’s requirement that all automakers over a certain size offer a zero-emissions vehicle for sale in California. It will go on sale in early 2013 at a yet-to-be-announced price. Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company will lose about $10,000 on each car.
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]