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Fiat 124 Spider Returns

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Fiat’s 124 Spider made it’s mark in automotive history during it’s original production run between 1968 to 1985. Although not known to be the most reliable cars out there, the convertible sport car was light and fun. Now after taking a 30 year break, the 124 Spider is making it’s return. The first run of cars produced out of Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan is due to hit dealerships by next week.

The 124 Spider shares it’s platform with Mazda’s MX-5. However, where the Mazda uses a 2.0L four cylinder engine naturally aspirated engine, the Fiat will be using a smaller 1.4L turbocharged engine that pumps out 160hp and 184lb/ft of torque. That’s plenty power to move the small convertible around, but we should expect that an Abarth version will follow soon.


FCA Recalls Fiat 500e EV

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FCA is recalling 16,549 Fiat 500e EVs that were manufactured between 2013 to 2016. The issue has been identified as a faulty engine management software in the vehicles. The specific problem is that the software could misread operating conditions and results in the computer shutting down the car’s engine.

Once the recall starts, FCA will get customers to bring their cars into their local dealership for a diagnosis. Technicians will resolve the issue by installing the correct software into the car’s computer to prevent the car from turning off. Currently, only U.S.-spec 500e EVs are affected by the recall.


Fiat 500 Gets Recalled

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Fiat is issuing a recall on their 500 which impacts 39,217 vehicles which were built between 2012 to 2016. The issue has been identified as a faulty clutch release in the transmission which “may exceed design parameters” resulting in imminent damage to the mechanical parts of the transmission.

Fiats recall will require an upgrade to the clutch release systems in the 500. Once the recall begins, dealers will complete the service to the vehicles at no cost to the owners.


Fiat’s All New Abarth 595

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Fiat has debuted their all new 2017 Abarth 595 in Europe and it’s coming with an nice list of updated. Power is the long awaited bump that is bound for the 595. The car will be utilizing a 1.4L turbo four cylinder engine which utilizes a larger turbo with power ranging from 145hp for the Abarth 595, 165hp for the 595 Turismo and 180hp for the 595 Competizione.

All three models will come in either a hatchback body of convertible. Fiat has also released information about the updated suspension which is supplied by Koni for the Turismo and the Competizione. And the range topping Competizione will also get a limited slip differential as part of it’s option package.

Overall, the 595 also gets a nice physical update with a new and more aggressive front bumper which integrates cooling vents to channel more air into and around the car. Although the 595 is only destined for Europe, we expect that North American Fiat 500 will include similar updates when it debuts.


2017 Fiat 124 Spider

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Fiat’s all new 124 Spider is a brilliant little car. The small little convertible has a sporty visual appeal and a sporty underpinnings to make it a fun little car to boot around in. The 124 Spider packs a 1.4L turbo four cylinder motor that produces 160hp and 184lb/ft of torque. The Abarth version get a slight power bump up to 165hp.

The official pricing has been released by Fiat and it’s a very tempting starting rate of $25,990 USD with the Abarth pushing the price to $29,190 USD. Interested customers can choose between various trim levels for an additional cost.

Either way, the Fiat 124 Spider is a beautiful little car which packs just enough power to make it a economical but fun drive!


Fiat Abarth 124 Debuts in Geneva

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In today’s day and age where so much digital technology is thrown at a performance car, it is refreshing to see something that looks a bit more analog in nature. In my mind this isn’t taking a step backwards, rather, it’s a step in the right direction to give drivers back a bit more of that thing called “Driving Experience”.

Fiat enlisted their in-house tuner Abarth to work their magic on the new 124 Spider which debuted at the Geneva International Auto Show today. The 124 will use a 1.4L turbo motor that pumps out 170hp and 184lb/ft of torque. Not earth shattering numbers by todays standards, but when you mate is with a manual or paddle shift automatic and its only pushing around 2,337 pounds, that’s a lot of fun in a little package.

What more, the Abarth 124 Spider will use a mechanical limited slip differential, the car has a 50/50 weight distribution, and uses a Bilstein suspension which all comes together in great unison. To add more to that analog driving feel, the 124’s traction control system can be completely shut off to put the driver in full control of the car.


Chrysler to Release Alloy Edition 200S and 300S

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It seems like more and more automakers are creating higher edition version of their vehicles to give their cars an elevated sense of elite status over their otherwise stock vehicles. In comes Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with their “Alloy Edition” vehicles which will be unique to both the 200S and 300S which will both debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.

Tim Kuniskis, Brands Lead at FCA North America, states, “Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged with cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City’s ingenuity and creativity.”

The Alloy Edition design elements stick with a primarily black and bronze theme for both cars where the body color will be black and accent trim will utilize a bronze shade. The Allow Package will also feature larger performance wheels, custom body kit. The 200S will be offered with black cloth/leather or full leather treatment accented with caramel stitching while the 300S will only be offered in black leather and accented with caramel stitching.

Prices will start at $27,680USD and $36,960USD for the 200S and 300S respectively.


Fiat Chrysler to Make Cleaner Diesels

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The word diesel has unfortunately been tainted by the emission scandals that have been taking place over at Volkswagen. Now when consumers think of diesel, its hard for them to associate it with the word clean, which is really taking the auto industry back a few decades of forward progress.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to do their part in regaining customer trust in diesel technology. FCA now conducts their own internal review of the technology used in diesel vehicles. It might not sound like much, but it’s just another way to create a check and balance towards emission compliance. In a statement released by FCA, they already have plans to install a revised software in their current vehicles to make them even cleaner. It is important to note that FCA is not issuing a recall and that all their vehicles are currently in compliance with emission standards.

FCA will continue to invest in their clean diesel technology and develop advancements for future vehicles to bring emission outputs to even lower levels. Beginning in 2017, the company will add a new exhaust filtering technology to all new production vehicles in their diesel lineup.


Fiat Chrysler Recalls nearly 389,000 cars

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Fiat Chrysler is issuing a second recall to the electrical wiring in their sun visors which impacts close to 389,000 is recalling nearly 389,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S.

The issue has been identified as faulty wiring that can cause an electrical short which increases the risk of a starting a fire inside the cabin of the vehicle. The impacted cars include Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees produced between 2011 through 2013. This is the second time a recall is being issued on the same problem with the same vehicles.

Chrysler hasn’t finalized details on the fix yet, but preventative repairs may include using a better adhesive to secure the wires and limiting any chances of the wires coming into contact with rough surfaces.

Owners of these vehicles are encouraged to call their local dealers for more information.


Fiat 500X Abarth

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The Abarth name has long been associated to tuning and performance since Carlo Abarth started his company in 1949. For almost a long a time, the Abarth name has been associated with tweaking and getting more horsepower out of Fiats. Citing a report from from Autocar, word seems to be brewing about a tuned version of a 500X coming in 2017 donning the Abarth badge.

Following the traditional Abarth approach, the 500X will likely get additional aero, light weight performance wheels, and a nice bump in power. Since the current US model already has a motor churning out 160hp, and an optional 180hp 2.4L 4 cylinder motor, it will be interesting to see what Abarth will do to bump power output and to which power plant.


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