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Fiat 500 Abarth Buyers Put on Wait List

If you were considering buying a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, the high-performance version of FIAT’s small car, you’ll have to wait for more to be built. Chrysler Group says in a statement, “Dealer orders for the Abarth … exceeded the production run of this model for the 2012 model year.” The 500 Abarth hit dealerships in April, and overall FIAT May U.S. sales were up 128 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Shoppers who want ... continue reading»

Tags: Fiat 500, Model News, FIAT 500 Abarth

Will the Fiat 500 Abarth Boost FIAT Sales?

When the 2012 Fiat 500 went on sale last year, Chrysler Group predicted that the Italian mini car would be an instant hit. But Chrysler Group didn’t meet its 2011 sales goal of 50,000 units, selling only 19,769 models by the end of 2011. Chrysler Group hopes that the introduction of the performance-oriented Fiat 500 Abarth will appeal to a new audience. “When we originally launched the car, a lot of our struggles came from the fact ... continue reading»

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Best Car Ads of Super Bowl 2012

Advertisers paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl 2012, according to ESPN.com. That means Chrysler’s two minute-long “Halftime in America” ad starring Clint Eastwood cost about $14 million, and that doesn’t even include production costs. But what does that money really buy? Did that commercial affect consumer consideration?  We won’t know for a few weeks whether these ads translate to real-world sales, making the high price worth taking. But ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Hyundai Veloster, Cadillac ATS, 2012 Toyota Camry, FIAT 500 Abarth, Super Bowl car commercials

FIAT to Introduce Wagon Model

FIAT is planning to sell a wagon model similar to its 500 small car. Oliver Francois, head of the FIAT brand, confirmed the new five-door vehicle, saying it “will be sold in the U.S. starting next year,” Bloomberg reports. FIAT hasn’t announced any specs or pricing information yet on the new five-door model, except that it will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, Left Lane News reports. FIAT currently sells only two models in the ... continue reading»

Tags: Fiat 500, Model News, FIAT 500 Abarth, FIAT 500 Convertible

2012 FIAT 500 Abarth to Start at $22,000

When the 2012 FIAT 500 went on sale in 2011, car reviewers thought the 500 was pretty fun to drive for a small car, but agreed that it couldn’t match the Mini Cooper’s agility and power. Those opinions could change when the 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth goes on sale this year. Compared with the base FIAT 500, which has a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 101 horsepower, the Abarth edition takes things up a notch with its 160-horsepower ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Model News, Mini Cooper S, FIAT 500 Abarth

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