Fiat 500 Gets 38 MPG HWY Rating – rpmGo.com

2012 Fiat 500

The US-spec Fiat 500 got a 38 mpg on the highway EPA rating, making the car rank near the top of the non-hybrid small vehicle mpg standings, although it hasn’t reached the 40 mpg milestone. This mileage is available with the 5-speed manual transmission which will allow the 500 to do 30 mpg in the city and 33 mpg combined. These figures put the tiny Fiat 500 along with the Mini, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta.

2012 Fiat 500

According to Fiat, they think that most of the 500s sold will be with a 6-speed automatic gearbox, which allows the car to do 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. The production for the cars fitted with a manual gearbox started at the beginning of 2011 in Mexico, at Fiat’s factory in Toluca, where they also plan to make the Dodge Journey-based Freemont crossover. At the beginning of this week they started making the automatic transmission versions and about 130 of the designated Fiat dealers are starting to receive cars for marketing purposes which they’ll show to potential buyers. The automatic 500 will be available in larger volumes starting with this March.

Laura Soave, head of Fiat North America, said that approximately 130 dealerships will be opened until late-March while the rest of the dealers will open their doors by year-end.

2012 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 which is known by the Italians as the Cinquecento is available in three trim levels. The entry-level model dubbed Pop has a base price of $15,995. The Sport version costs $17,995 while the top-of-the-range model will set you back $19,995 with the destination fee included. According to Fiat, they believe that the Sport version will be the most popular among customers.

In order to make the 500 more appealing to the US market, they added the aforementioned automatic gearbox to boost sales. In addition, the North American-spec version rides more smoothly and is quieter in comparison to its European sibling. This extra quietness was possible thanks to the extra sound insulation in the 500’s body structure and powertrain, including here a large plastic engine cover which you won’t find in the European version.

2012 Fiat 500

The ride quality of this small Fiat was boosted with the help of a new, beefed up rear axle, which according to the Italian automaker is 300% stiffer than the European-spec model. The most important difference between the two models is the 1.4-litre FIRE power unit which is fitted with the company’s Multiair system. According to the automaker, this system which is capable of regulating the intake valves in order to guarantee maximum fuel efficiency and hp under most conditions, will improve fuel economy and power by 10% in comparison with the same engine that doesn’t have the Multiair system.

This US-spec engine is manufactured at Chrysler’s factory, located in Dundee, Mich. The power unit outputs 101 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 98 lb.-ft @ 4,000 rpm. The Fiat 500 benefits from a 4-year / 50,000 miles warranty.

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