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    Fiat Introduces The 2013 500 Turbo



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 18, 2012

    Fiat's 500 lineup has kind of been like the Goldilocks and the three bears story. First was the 500 which for some was too cold. Then came the 500 Abarth which for some was too hot. Now, Fiat has introduced the 500 Turbo which might be just right.

    The 500 Turbo uses a detuned version of the 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged inline-four found in the 500 Abarth. The 1.4L is good for 135 HP and 150 lb-ft of torque. All of that power goes through a five-speed manual transmission. Other performance enhancements include a new exhaust, sport suspension, better steering calibration, stiffer shocks, and upgraded brakes.

    Exterior changes for the 500 Turbo include a unique aero kit and smoked-out headlamps. Inside, the 500 Turbo gets sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, optional heated leather seats, and Chrysler's Beats by Dr. Dre audio system.

    Prices for the 500 Turbo start at $19,500* (excluding $700 destination charge) and will be arriving at your local Fiat dealer this fall.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    New 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo: a New Flavor Hits the Sweet Spot in the Cinquecento Line-up

    • Fiat 500 Turbo hits the sweet spot in the Cinquecento line-up
    • New model amplifies the Cinquecento’s power, performance and personalization levels while keeping intact the character of the iconic 500
    • Beefed-up powertrain: turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine for 135 horsepower, 150 lb.-ft. of torque, track-proven manual transmission and sport exhaust
    • Precise handling: sport-tuned suspension, steering, front-lower control arms and high-performance brake system
    • Dynamic styling: performance-designed fascias and side sills provide athletic appearance and deliver aerodynamic functionality
    • Studio-quality sound: new segment-exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system available for high-definition music experience the way the artist intended
    • Fiat 500 Turbo arrives at FIAT Studios nationwide this fall with an MSRP of $19,500, becoming one of the most affordable turbo-charged vehicles in America

    Monterey, Calif. , Aug 17, 2012 - Today at the Concorso Italiano – one of the largest gatherings of Italian vehicles in North America – the FIAT Brand introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, touting a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior. The new Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call for enthusiasts who are drawn to the Italian style of the Fiat 500 but want more power and performance for their daily drive.

    “We listened to our customers” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The new Fiat 500 Turbo is the answer to all the fans that loved the style of our Cinquecento but wanted more power and performance for their daily drive. With 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque, the Fiat 500 Turbo hits the sweet spot between the regular Cinquecento and the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth. The Fiat 500 Turbo balances and blends the best Italian flavors that our portfolio has to offer, becoming the perfect canvas for customization.”

    New 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

    Behind its performance-designed front fascia, the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo features a single turbocharger, twin intercoolers and sport-tuned exhaust to deliver 34 percent more power (135 vs. 101 horsepower) and 53 percent more torque (150 vs. 98 lb.-ft.) compared to the Fiat 500’s naturally aspirated 1.4-liter MultiAir engine.

    Developed for high-output applications, the Fiat 500 Turbo is paired to the track-proven C510 five-speed manual transmission with a 3.35 final-drive gear ratio for quick acceleration and faster top speed, while achieving up to 34 mpg highway. In addition, the beefed-up powertrain features an intermediate shaft with equal-length and 23 percent larger (28.1 mm vs. 22.8 mm diameter in the Fiat 500) half shafts to mitigate torque steer. To handle the increased power and torque of the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, larger constant velocity (CV) joints with 53 percent greater torsional strength (2600 N•m vs. 1700 N•m in the Fiat 500) deliver added durability and refinement.

    For a more aggressive appearance, the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo features a pronounced front fascia, pushed 2.7 inches forward of the Cinquecento’s signature “whiskers and logo” face, to accommodate the new 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine. Below, larger openings provide greater engine cooling, while twin “nostrils” are precisely positioned on both sides of the front fascia to maximize airflow in and out of the two intercoolers (both intercoolers are visible through the “nostril” inlets). Finishing off the front are new Gloss Black headlamps and parking lamp bezels for a more menacing look.

    The Fiat 500 Turbo features bolder side skirts to create a more vertical bodyside profile, while also enhancing its iconic Cinquecento shape. Behind the unique 16-inch aluminum wheels with Nero (black) painted pockets, the Fiat 500 Turbo features a high-performance brake system with semi-metallic brake linings at all four corners, larger 11.1-inch ventilated front rotors for greater stopping power (up from 10.1-inch) and brake calipers lacquered in Rosso (red) paint. To make sure this Cinquecento properly handles the more powerful engine, the Fiat 500 Turbo features a unique lower control arm and the 500 Sport model’s sport-tuned spring rates, shock tuning and steering calibration.

    At the rear, a liftgate-mounted spoiler extends the roofline of the Fiat 500 Turbo and improves the hatchback’s aerodynamic behavior. New taillamps with Gloss Black bezels replace chromed units for a discrete look. Below, the two-piece rear fascia accentuates the road-holding stance of the Fiat 500 Turbo with a black-accented rear diffuser designed to optimize airflow, while a new sport-tuned exhaust provides an enthusiast-desired sound.

    Exterior colors for the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo include Argento (silver), Bianco (white), Grigio (gray), Nero (black), Rame (copper), Rosso (red) and all-new Verde Azzurro (green & blue.)

    Inside, the new Fiat 500 Turbo features sport-styled seating, sport-designed leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel accented with Argento (silver) stitching, and a Grigio/Nero (gray/black) seating and interior environment. For an even more upscale look, heated leather seating in Nero/Nero (black/black) or vivid Rosso/Nero (red/black) is available.

    The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo arrives to FIAT Studios this fall with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,500 excluding $700 destination charge.

    New Beats by Dr. Dre audio system

    New for 2013, the segment-exclusive – and first-time-ever in a small car and FIAT automobile – Beats by Dr. Dre audio system offers passengers of the Fiat 500 Turbo a high-definition music experience the way the artist intended. The available Beats Audio studio-quality sound system includes six premium speakers, an 8-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer with trunk-mounted enclosure and eight-channel 368-watt amplifier with Beats Audio digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm.

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    Sweet, 135 HP (vs. Abarth's 160 HP) 19,500 base, decent package for sure. I want to test drive one of these 'lil guys one of these...years

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    I've driven the base car, it is a bit awkward in some ways, wife hated the base car when we went for a test drive.

    Abarth is very interesting, but a little underwhelming based on where they started.

    They need a slightly larger car IMHO....although all of a sudden I am seeing Fiats everywhere...

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    These little guys are multiplying around here, as well. The colors on them are interesting, too. This turbo sounds pretty cool.

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    I think it's a car that will make sense for a lot of people, especially as our country becomes more urban. Here in Columbus, lots of development is happening downtown and in the close in "historical" suburbs. The fiat is a stylish car that would suit a lot of people that live there.

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    Good move by Fiat, essentialy splitting the difference between the base engine and the Abarth with the turbo. This should satisfy most of the prospective 500 customers out there.

    I've noticed that some rental companies have 500s in their fleet. I'm up for a 3 week trip to Vegas next month. I kind of hope I get one for a rental, even if it'll be "interesting" getting a bike inside one.

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    Still a small car for small people with an ackward style that I do not honestly see growing besides a niche market.

    Once the less expensive Mini wanna be's have their car, this will level off as I see bigger growth in the compact market, not this subcompact market.

    Just wait till the videos hit the web of people dying in this coffin on wheels that cannot handle being hit by an SUV let alone a Semi.

    So yes this is a race, but they sure do rollover and get pushed back on their wheels again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwd79lUI6kc&feature=player_detailpage

    3 stars safety, would you really want a loved on in this car?

    http://www.autoweek.com/article/20111209/CARNEWS/111209872

    Crash of one of the first Fiat solds in the US with less than a 1K miles on it.

    http://jalopnik.com/5799930/first-american-fiat-500-crashed-with-less-than-1k-miles

    Funny roll over in 500 by new student driver.

    http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/student-driver-crashes-and-flips-over-fiat-500-on-just-her-second-lesson-ar88261.html

    Amazing 500 accident photo's

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Fiat+500+deaths&qpvt=Fiat+500+deaths&FORM=IGRE

    Yup, a car I would not want any of you driving, your life is worth far more to me than gas mileage.

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    Small cars can be a blast to drive, but there is definitely an advantage to having some steel around you. I feel safe & comfortable driving my Trailblazer around.

    On a fun note, hadn't seen the original 'The Italian Job' movie (1969) in decades. Saw it last Saturday night on DVD. The ending leaves you hanging, but it is a neat movie nonetheless. Just got to remember it is 43 years old...it was a completely different time (and filmed on the continent in England & Italy)

    The clothes, the Hotels, the people, it's a trip...and there are Original FIAT 500's all over the place! All the cars for that matter, really fun to see the old cars in some of these older movies. They TOTAL numerous cars in this movie, I kept thinking man how much would that car be worth today if it didn't end up in that gorge! And, yes, there are the 3 Mini-Cooper's of the time...bolting with the gold bars.

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      FCA US LLC Sales Summary October 2016 Reflects New Methodology                        Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Compass 6,207 6,787 -9% 79,123 54,979 44% Patriot 9,510 9,369 2% 105,549 99,035 7% Wrangler 14,469 15,632 -7% 163,096 172,887 -6% Cherokee 13,531 17,533 -23% 171,877 177,874 -3% Grand Cherokee 17,867 16,405 9% 171,793 158,084 9% Renegade 7,242 7,979 -9% 84,494 44,492 90% JEEP BRAND 68,826 73,705 -7% 775,932 707,351 10% 200 2,843 9,066 -69% 51,802 147,602 -65% 300 3,051 4,311 -29% 47,091 44,121 7% Town & Country 529 12,286 -96% 58,455 74,371 -21% Pacifica 7,758 0 New 43,330 0 New CHRYSLER BRAND 14,181 25,663 -45% 200,678 266,094 -25% Dart 2,407 6,520 -63% 39,674 74,840 -47% Avenger 0 22 -100% 44 1,279 -97% Charger 6,792 8,936 -24% 79,062 81,519 -3% Challenger 4,127 5,288 -22% 55,268 57,516 -4% Viper 62 61 2% 509 582 -13% Journey 11,912 10,198 17% 89,858 92,233 -3% Caravan 11,563 13,524 -15% 114,295 78,907 45% Durango 4,651 5,134 -9% 57,744 51,253 13% DODGE  BRAND 41,514 49,683 -16% 436,454 438,129 0% Ram P/U 43,891 41,042 7% 404,977 374,579 8% Cargo Van 0 9 -100% 21 2,155 -99% ProMaster Van 4,500 2,349 92% 31,044 21,574 44% ProMaster City 1,052 925 14% 13,701 6,294 118% RAM BRAND 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11% Giulia 0 0 New 7 0 New Alfa 4C  23 58 -60% 434 569 -24% ALFA BRAND 23 58 -60% 441 569 -22% 500 1,276 1,180 8% 12,879 21,269 -39% 500L 119 290 -59% 2,920 7,044 -59% 500X 783 1,994 -61% 10,047 6,164 63% Spider 444 0 New 1,875 0 New FIAT BRAND 2,622 3,464 -24% 27,721 34,477 -20% TOTAL FCA US LLC 176,609 196,898 -10% 1,890,969 1,851,222 2%                   Total Car & MPV 40,994 61,542 -33% 507,645 589,619 -14%     Total UV's 86,172 91,031 -5% 933,581 857,001 9%     Total Truck & LCV 49,443 44,325 12% 449,743 404,602 11%
    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports September 2016 U.S. Sales
      Ram Truck brand sales increased 27 percent; pickup truck sales up 29 percent Sales of all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan increased 23 percent versus previous month of August Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each recorded double-digit percentage gains in September October 3, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 192,883 units, a 1 percent decrease compared with sales in September 2015 (194,666 units).
       
      FCA US retail sales were 146,453 units in September, while fleet sales were 46,430 units. Retail sales represented 76 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 24 percent.
       
      The Ram Truck brand posted a 27 percent sales gain in September compared with the same month a year ago as pickup truck sales increased 29 percent year over year. Both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger turned in double-digit percentage increases in September while the Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – posted an 18 percent sales gain.
       
      Sales of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan increased 23 percent in September, versus sales in the previous month of August. Sales of the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, the latest addition to the FIAT brand product lineup, were up 7 percent in September, compared with the previous month of August.
       
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 27 percent in September versus the same month a year ago. The brand’s increase was driven by the strong 29 percent increase in Ram pickup truck sales. The Ram 1500 Rebel was named “Best Pickup Truck” at the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards at last month’s Miami International Auto Show. For 2017, Ram will introduce a new special-edition Night package for the 1500 model that gives truck enthusiasts straight-from-the-factory customized looks. In addition, Ram ProMaster sales are up 17 percent year over year. Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date, compared with the same nine months in 2015.
       
      Jeep Brand
      Jeep brand sales were down 3 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Grand Cherokee – the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be – posted an 18 percent sales gain in September, compared with the same month in 2015. In addition, Jeep Patriot sales were up a strong 33 percent versus September a year ago. Jeep brand sales are up 12 percent calendar year to date, compared with the first three quarters of 2015.
       
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge brand sales were down 6 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. But, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each posted year-over-year sales gains in September. Charger sales were up 35 percent, while the Challenger turned in a 19 percent sales gain in the month. In addition, the Dodge Journey crossover recorded a 6 percent year-over-year increase. Dodge brand sales are up 2 percent calendar year to date compared with the first nine months in 2015.
        
      Chrysler Brand
      Chrysler brand sales were down 27 percent in September versus the same month in 2015. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted 9,172 units in sales in September, up 23 percent compared with the previous month of August. Launched in April this year, the Pacifica just earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Pacifica achieved a “good” rating – the highest possible score – in each of five tests used by IIHS to evaluate crashworthiness. The Pacifica also earned the 2016 “Vehicle of the Year” and “Best Minivan” awards at the Ruedas ESPN Awards presented in September as part of the Miami International Auto Show.
       
      FIAT Brand
      FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500X and Fiat 124 Spider, were down 30 percent in September. In its third month on sale, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider logged 490 units in sales in September, up 7 percent versus the previous month of August. The Spider earned a “Best Convertible” award last month in the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards at the Miami International Auto Show.
      FCA US LLC Sales Summary September 2016
        Reflects New Methodology*
                                 Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
        Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
        Compass
      6,482
      7,701
      -16%
      72,916
      48,192
      51%
        Patriot
      12,316
      9,280
      33%
      96,039
      89,666
      7%
        Wrangler
      14,255
      17,486
      -18%
      148,627
      157,255
      -5%
        Cherokee
      17,995
      20,484
      -12%
      158,346
      160,341
      -1%
        Grand Cherokee
      18,507
      15,715
      18%
      153,926
      141,679
      9%
        Renegade
      6,776
      7,774
      -13%
      77,252
      36,513
      112%
        JEEP BRAND
      76,331
      78,440
      -3%
      707,106
      633,646
      12%
        200
      3,185
      9,944
      -68%
      48,959
      138,536
      -65%
        300
      5,459
      6,606
      -17%
      44,040
      39,810
      11%
        Town & Country
      981
      9,249
      -89%
      57,926
      62,085
      -7%
        Pacifica
      9,172
      0
      New
      35,572
      0
      New
        CHRYSLER BRAND
      18,797
      25,799
      -27%
      186,497
      240,431
      -22%
        Dart
      2,597
      7,096
      -63%
      37,267
      68,320
      -45%
        Avenger
      2
      38
      -95%
      44
      1,257
      -96%
        Charger
      10,056
      7,466
      35%
      72,270
      72,583
      0%
        Challenger
      5,698
      4,771
      19%
      51,141
      52,228
      -2%
        Viper
      38
      50
      -24%
      447
      521
      -14%
        Journey
      12,091
      11,442
      6%
      77,946
      82,035
      -5%
        Caravan
      8,179
      9,941
      -18%
      102,732
      65,383
      57%
        Durango
      4,274
      4,703
      -9%
      53,093
      46,119
      15%
        DODGE  BRAND
      42,935
      45,507
      -6%
      394,940
      388,446
      2%
        Ram P/U
      47,792
      37,004
      29%
      361,086
      333,537
      8%
        Cargo Van
      0
      9
      -100%
      21
      2,146
      -99%
        ProMaster Van
      3,218
      2,762
      17%
      26,544
      19,225
      38%
        ProMaster City
      856
      920
      -7%
      12,649
      5,369
      136%
        RAM BRAND
      51,866
      40,695
      27%
      400,300
      360,277
      11%
        Giulia
      7
      0
      New
      7
      0
      New
        Alfa 4C 
      34
      56
      -39%
      411
      511
      -20%
        ALFA BRAND
      41
      56
      -27%
      418
      511
      -18%
        500
      1,481
      1,981
      -25%
      11,603
      20,089
      -42%
        500L
      103
      332
      -69%
      2,801
      6,754
      -59%
        500X
      839
      1,856
      -55%
      9,264
      4,170
      122%
        Spider
      490
      0
      New
      1,431
      0
      New
        FIAT BRAND
      2,913
      4,169
      -30%
      25,099
      31,013
      -19%
        TOTAL FCA US LLC
      192,883
      194,666
      -1%
      1,714,360
      1,654,324
      4%
                            Total Car & MPV
      47,482
      57,530
      -17%
      466,651
      528,077
      -12%
            Total UV's
      93,535
      96,441
      -3%
      847,409
      765,970
      11%
            Total Truck & LCV
      51,866
      40,695
      27%
      400,300
      360,277
      11%
                     
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