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We haven’t seen a coupe from Fiat since the Coupe model which was axed back in 2000. If the Italian automaker is thinking of a Dino revival, they could get their inspiration from Peter Norris, a British designer that revealed his vision of a new coupe from Fiat, but most likely not the successor of the Coupe, taking into consideration that it features the Pininfarina badge, which means that it’s not as affordable as the Coupe was.

Anyway, his concept is a front-engine, RWD luxury sports car that has a very sleek profile with an extremely low roofline. It also has big wheel arches while the front fascia reminds us of some Aston Martin models, especially if we take a closer look at those headlights. Out in the back, it has C-shaped taillights and the exhaust pipes have been mounted in the center.

Peter Norris is from Rochester in Kent, United Kingdom and over the years he has worked for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and at Ideaworks 3d, which is a mobile games company. During his 7-years period that he spent at Free Radical Design, he was in charge of creating virtual vehicles for videogames like Star Wars: Battlefront III and Timesplitters 2.

I really like this concept except for the low roofline and those taillights. Other than that, it’s awesome. When we will be seeing a new Fiat Coupe or Dino? Time will tell. Until then all we can do is wait or turn our heads to other manufacturers as there are plenty of cars to choose from in this segment.

Source: CarBodyDesign

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2012 Fiat 500C

The second model in Fiat’s lineup for the North American market is the 500C. The base price for the convertible is $20,000 for the entry-level “Pop” model; while the top-spec “Lounge” will set you back $24,000. The 500C variant is available in only two models, while the hatchback has a third one, named “Sport”.

Based on the consumer inquiries and the dealer feedback, the Italian automaker is expecting that the cabrio version will exceed 10% of all 500 sales. For this year, Fiat’s sales target in the United States is 45,000 units for the 500 model

The car is available with a choice of three colors for the convertible top: red, black and tan. The sliding roof of the cabrio comes with a color-matched spoiler. Customers can choose from one of the 14 exterior colors available.

The Fiat 500C is sold with a four-year / 5,000-mile warranty that includes roadside assistance. In addition, buyers also get a three-year / 36,000-mile maintenance package.

In other news, the automaker said that 58 of its 130 dealerships planned for the United States are up and running. The Fiat 500 went on sale on March 2nd and customers already bought 2,200 units. Regarding the 500C, the company says that it has 70% less header shake in comparison to its rivals.

The Fiat 500C is powered by the same engine as we find in the standard 500 model, a 1.4-liter FIRE power plant that benefits from the company’s MultiAir technology that can regulate the valve openings in order to bring maximum efficiency, fuel economy and performance. The convertible mechanism of the car was built by Magna, while Haartz was responsible for developing the cloth for the car’s power top. In comparison to the regular version, the cabrio is 50 pounds heavier.

Source: Fiat via AutoNews | Photo: CarAndDriver

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A jury consisting of 76 journalists and industry experts coming from 36 countries gave Fiat’s 0.9-liter Twin Air the award for the “International Engine of the Year 2011”. In addition, the 875 cc engine also grabbed three other awards: “Best Sub 1.0-Liter Engine”, “Best Green Engine 2011” and “Best New Engine 2011”.

At the moment, the engine is available only in a turbocharged configuration, producing 85 hp. It powers Fiat’s 500 and 500C models, but we will soon see it under the hood of the Lancia Ypsilon. Fiat will also launch a naturally-aspirated version of this engine that will generate 65 hp, along with a high-performance turbocharged configuration, good for 105 hp. In addition, this 0.9-liter Twin Air engine will also spawn a more eco-friendly Turbo bi-fuel version that will output 90 hp.

The event was held on Wednesday in Stuttgart, Germany, at the Engine Expo. BMW also did pretty well, managing to win four awards for the following categories: “3-liter to 4-liter” (M3’s V8 4.0-liter); “2.5-liter to 3-liter” (3.0-liter DI Twin Turbo); “1.8-liter to 2.0-liter (2.0-liter Twin Turbo diesel, available in the X1 and the 123d models) and “1.4-liter to 1.8-liter” (Mini’s 4-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo, co-developed with PSA Peugeot Citroen).

In the overall competition, the second place went to the 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger engine developed by the Volkswagen Group, an engine that won in the “1.0-liter to 1.4-liter” category. The “2.0-liter to 2.5-liter” category was won by Audi with its 5-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that powers the RS3 and the sexy TT RS.

The Italian automaker Ferrari triumphed in the “above 4.0-liter” category with its V8 4.5-liter engine that powers the beautiful 458 Italia model. In addition, this engine also won in the “Best Performance Engine” category, rounding up Fiat Group’s total number of wins to six, accounting half of all the awards that were given at the ceremony.

Source: Carscoop

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As I was saying the other days, a woman next to a car becomes hotter and makes the car even more interesting for men. And auto manufacturers know how to use that to increase this: the Russian model Nataly Poly is the image of Fiat’s new advertising campaign for the limited edition 500 by Gucci.

The supermodel posted in seductive postures, all dressed-up in a black leather body and laying over the 500’s ultra compact body. She definitely gives the entire campaign a distinctive air and style, through a more sophisticated message.

Fiat’s concept of campaign was created by Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, who also made the design of this special edition 500. The fact is that those ads will appear in publications throughout the year.

Fiat 500 by Gucci was launched at the Geneva Motor Show 2011 in March, as a celebrating car for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy and for Gucci’s 90th anniversary. It comes in a choice of two color themes (black exterior – black and white interior, or white exterior – ivory and black interior), with Gucci pin stripes and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Since April, Fiat 500 is on sale in Italy, starting from €17,000 (US$24,200) price. The carmaker declared the car will begin to be sold in the entire Europe starting July, and worldwide at the end of this year.

[Source: Carscoop]

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Fiat Bravo MyLife

You probably know that Fiat’s Bravo model hasn’t been successful at all. The company latest attempt to boost sales is this “MyLife” version that brings some mild styling updates, more standard features and an attractive price tag. Looking at its exterior, we notice the glossy black finish for the upper and lower grilles, the fog light framings, chromed door handles and a new set of two-tone 16-inch wheels.

Fiat Bravo MyLife

This version comes as standard with the company’s Blue&Me infotainment system that packs Instant Nav satellite navigation system, Bluetooth phone connection and a USB port. The GPS sports a generous 6.5-inch display and contains the map of Europe. The driver can control the car’s infotainment system through the buttons installed on the steering wheel or by voice.

Other standard goodies include 6 airbags, fog lights with cornering function, manual AC, ESP (with Hill Holder), electric windows and a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshift lever.

The price tag for the model fitted with the 90-hp 1.4-liter gasoline is $21,450 (14,900 Euros), while the 120-hp 1.6-liter diesel model is offered at $25,340 (17,600 Euros), same as the 105-hp 1.6-liter Multijet version.

Fiat Bravo MyLife

Customers can also opt for a T-Jet 1.4-liter that produces 120 hp or a more powerful 1.4-liter Multiair Turbo that delivers 140 hp and has the start/stop technology.

The car can be already ordered in Italy.

Source: Fiat via Carscoop

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Fiat 500 TwinAir

This week, Fiat has announced the TwinAir version for its popular 500 model, including the convertible one. This designation will be used not only for the models fitted with the 2-cylinder turbocharged engine, but for an entire lineup of models. The “TwinAir” lineup features upgraded equipment and bespoke styling elements.

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Both the 500 and the 500C get a tiny 0.9-liter TwinAir turbocharged power unit that generates 85 hp and has a peak torque of 107 lb.-ft (145 Nm). It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 11 seconds and hits a top speed of 108 mph (173 km/h).

Fiat 500 TwinAir

On the outside, the car gets a couple of styling upgrades as far as the door handles are concerned, along with the new satin chrome finish of the grille, the black alloy rims, a black tailgate spoiler and a chromed exhaust tip. The 3-door model is also offered with an optional piano black roof.

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Moving inside the cabin, we find an all-black look that is highlighted by the dashboard fascia which has a satin chrome finish, while the sport seats are wrapped around in a combination of perforated leather and fabric.

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Customers are able to choose from one of the two trim levels available: TwinAir and TwinAir Plus. With the first one, you get 15-inch Total Black alloy rims, ABS and EBD, start/stop system, CD/MP3 audio system, a sports kit, remote-controlled central locking system and electric & heated exterior mirrors. If you opt for the second trim, you get 16-inch wheels, manual AC, fog lights, brake assist with hill holder, ESP with ASR/MSR, Blue&Me infotainment system and a leather-covered steering wheel with radio controls.

Fiat 500 TwinAir

In Italy, the base price for the Fiat 500 TwinAir is $19,200 (12,900 Euros).

Fiat 500 TwinAir

Source: Fiat via Carscoop

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A new revolution into the automobile-mobile joint happened: the world’s first not-printed car catalog, Fiat Street Evo, available on every street from the city. Actually, we are talking about an application launched by Leo Burnett Iberia which recognizes traffic signs and transforms them into all the features of the Fiat Punto Evo car. How is this possible?

By capturing the signs with the app, the interpretation of signs uses the same system as those would be QR codes and associates to every sign the features directly related to that specific sign. For example, for the parking sign, the app presents the parking sensors the car has.

In addition, this virtual and interactive catalog shows you the location to the nearest Fiat dealer, to see the car on your own for real and even schedule a test drive.

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We truly believe this is a handy cool easy to use application, which saves you from getting bored by reading the classic catalogs. But, what do you think about it? Do you find it useful and pleasant?

[Source: Iphonedroid]

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Fiat is only a few steps away from owning 51% of the Chrysler Group as the latter has announced a few days ago that it will repay all the loans provided by the United States and Canadian governments in 2009. The $7.53 billion that the Auburn Hills-based automaker owns will be repaid during Q2 2011 which ends in June.

To get the money, Chrysler will have to use a new term loan facility, along with issuing new debt securities that are going to be sold to institutional investors in a private offering, along with proceeds from Fiat’s recent cash infusion that increases its stake in Chrysler.

Chrysler will have to pay $5.8 billion to the United States Department of the Treasury and another $1.7 billion to the Canadian federal and Ontario governments.

As we previously mentioned here on rpmGo, CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced that Fiat wants to take majority stake in Chrysler in 2011 and for accomplishing this; they have to buy another 16% of Chrysler for $1.27 billion, which will raise the company’s position to 46%. Later on this year, they will buy another 5% to obtain the majority stake. For increasing ownership to 51%, Fiat must roll out a 40 mpg model in the U.S.

Source: Chrysler via Carscoop

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Aznom 500 Motore Centrale

The Italian tuners over at Aznom have revealed their mid-engined Fiat 500 at the Top Marques Monaco this week. Dubbed “Motore Centrale”, the car is based on the Abarth version, featuring a mid-mounted power unit that cranks out 227 hp (230 PS / 169 kW) and 243 lb.-ft (330 Nm) of torque.

Aznom 500 Motore Centrale

They’ve also put the car on a diet as it now weights 2314 lbs (1050 kg), which is enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). The car’s 1.4-liter engine has been fitted with a Garret turbo, new injectors and a 200-cel catalyst. In addition, the car features a Bilstein suspension kit for improved handling.

Aznom 500 Motore Centrale

Aznom is also working on a track version of this model, called “R280 Pista”. They said that the power unit will develop 276 hp (280 PS / 206 kW) and the entire car will weigh only 2094 lbs (950 kg). The 0-60 mph sprint should be done in a mere 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 162 mph (260 km/h).

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Source: Aznom via WCF

Post tags: Tags: aznom, fiat-500-abarth, motore centrale, top marques monaco, Tuning

2011 Fiat Bravo

It seems that the Italian car manufacturer Fiat will replace the Bravo model with a high-riding C-segment hatch, rather than with a conventional hatchback as they’ve planned in the first place. They’ve reached this decision at the end of March and the replacement will hit the dealerships in 2013, if we were to believe the inside sources quoted by Autonews Europe.

2011 Fiat Bravo

Fiat will follow the recipe of Nissan’s Qashqai small crossover, a model that proved to be very successful for the Japanese automaker. Fiat’s Bravo wasn’t on Europe’s 10 best selling compacts of last year, whereas the Qashqai ranked 5th, with 216,091 units sold. Fiat only managed to sell 44,850 Bravos, in comparison to the segment leader, the Volkswagen Golf, which was sold in 501,671 units.

2011 Fiat Bravo

The Fiat Bravo was launched back in 2007 only as a 5-door hatchback and it never reached its annual sales target of 120,000 units. Its best year was 2008 when Fiat managed to deliver 95,292 cars. The automaker said that the model would be profitable for the company as long as 75,000 units were sold annually. They’ve managed to surpass that target in 2007 and 2008 but failed to do so in the following years.

Source: AutoNews Europe via Carscoop

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U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

A couple of days ago Fiat revealed the first official images with the U.S. version of the 500C, and as you can see, it looks identical to its European sibling. The car will get its official debut at this month’s New York Auto Show when we will be able to provide more information.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Until then, we can tell you that it will be available in 14 exterior color choices, three soft-top designs and 12 upholstery options. The 500C will be powered by a MultiAir 1.4-liter engine that produces 101 hp (102 PS / 75 kW) and 98 lb.-ft (133 Nm) of torque. Customers will be able to choose from either a 5-speed manual transmission (as standard), or an optional 6-speed automatic gearbox.

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500C

Source: Fiat via WCF

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Khodro Soren ELX

Cars running on natural gas are not very popular around the world, except for several countries like Brazil, Iran and India. In United States there are only a few and if you ask someone to name an alternative fuel, the first answer they’ll have is probably ethanol. In other parts of the world, 2% of all cars are running on natural gas so this shouldn’t come as a surprise that automakers are starting to research on this technology.

Fiat is already selling a bunch of natural-gas vehicles (aka NGVs) in Europe and South America, and most likely Chrysler will do the same thing in the years to come as part of making its lineup green. In addition, Fiat will probably own the majority stake in Chrysler so they’ll implement this strategy for launching NGVs.
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It was only a couple of days ago when Fiat SpA announced that they have increased their share at Chrysler by 5%, reaching a total of 30%. They don’t plan to stop there as rumors say that by the end of this June, the Italian group will raise its Chrysler ownership to 46%. These reports are coming from Automotive News who have quoted two unnamed insiders with direct knowledge of the matter, who talked about the plans of Fiat’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne.
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Motore Centrale R230

There are plenty of tuning programs out there for the Fiat 500, including performance upgrades for the Abarth version. Another one is in the works and promises to be the most radical. Dubbed the “Motore Centrale R230”, it no longer has the engine in the front of the passenger compartment, but behind it, which means that it will be a mid-engined, rear-drive car, pretty close to the original 500 model, offering improved performance dynamics.
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Fiat Freemont

Starting with this week, the Fiat Freemont, which is a rebadged Dodge Journey, is available for order in Italy. The model is offered in two trim levels: “Freemont” and “Urban”, and has a base price of $37,000.

Fiat Freemont

As standard, the car packs seven seats, 3-zone automatic climate control, radio CD+MP3, cruise control, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, trip computer, 17-inch alloy rims, tire pressure monitoring system, fog lights, child booster system and keyless entry system.
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