Just five years after its rebirth in 2007, the millionth Fiat 500 has rolled off the line at the Fiat Auto Poland plant in Tichy.
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.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]