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2012 FIAT 500 Abarth Bows at LA Auto Show

If you like the FIAT 500’s stylish design and compact packaging, but would trade some of J.Lo’s dance moves for better performance, your prayers may have been answered. The high-performance FIAT 500 Abarth makes its debut today at the LA Auto Show. With its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, the 500 Abarth makes 160 horsepower. That’s 59 more than the base 500, but the Abarth model also adds a performance-tuned suspension and brakes to help reign in ... continue reading»

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FIAT 500 Abarth to Debut at L.A. Auto Show

Though reviewers say the FIAT 500 is a great downtown runabout, a few have noted that its 101-horsepower engine isn’t quite as peppy as rivals like the Mini Cooper. But Chrysler has announced that it intends to mitigate that, with the debut of the high-performance FIAT 500 Abarth at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Though it’s been confirmed for the U.S., Chrysler still won’t say whether we’ll get the 133-horsepower version of the ... continue reading»

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FIAT 500 Earns Top Safety Pick Award

When a FIAT 500 showed up for a test drive last week, it didn’t take us long to wonder how safe this small car could actually be. Our concerns were put to rest yesterday, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2012 FIAT 500 an IIHS Top Safety Pick. However, not all 500s get top scores for safety. The IIHS states that only FIAT 500s built after July 2011 earn Top Safety Pick status. “According to the ... continue reading»

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How to Drive the 2012 FIAT 500 on the Highway

The first time I stepped on the gas pedal, I giggled. Not because the 2012 FIAT 500 Cabrio was powerful, but because I was driving an adorable sea-foam green jelly bean on wheels. I wasn’t as giddy on the highway. The large, fast-moving vehicles made me nervous. If you own a FIAT or plan to buy one, you’ll probably spend most of your time driving around town, but your FIAT will have to go on the interstate eventually ... continue reading»

Tags: Test Drives, Fiat 500, FIAT 500 Cabrio

FIAT Supports Cancer Research with 500 Pink Ribbon Edition

Chrysler announced its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation Tuesday by introducing the limited-edition FIAT 500 Pink Ribbon. “Just 250 units of the FIAT 500 Pink Ribbon will be built,” notes Inside Line. “The vehicle is priced at $22,500, including a $500 destination charge. Fiat will donate $1,000 per purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.” That’s a $3,000 price increase over the comparably-equipped FIAT 500 in Lounge trim, but the Pink Ribbon also adds ... continue reading»

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