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2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

Diet Abarth Try as I might, I just can't bring myself to stick to a routine of drinking diet soda. Nevermind the fact that I'm trying to cut soda out of my life altogether – every now and then, I just want the high-octane stuff, and diet simply won't do. If I'm already going to subject myself to the sweeteners and caffeine, I'm going to take the calories that go along with it. Some people feel the same way about cars (go big or go home!), but I'm not one of them – I often see the merit in less-potent machines that automakers offer. For example, while I simply adored the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.4L I4
Power:
135 HP / 150 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$19,500
As-Tested Price:
$22,350
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    Video: Fiat turns to Funny or Die with new Italian-centric video spots
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    The web video might be the sitcom of the modern age as the main way people consume comedy. Even if you don't want to sit down and watch a TV show, you can dedicate just a few minutes for a laugh from a brief film. Fiat found huge success last year with its Backseat Italians ad for the 500L on Funny or Die, with over 1.6 million views as of this writing. ...

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    Video: Street Glory Mappers turning cars into dynamic billboards like this
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    A French marketing firm with the impenetrable name of Street Glory Mappers is literally turning cars into billboards. Of course, we've all seen vehicles painted up for promotional use, but this company is taking that concept even further by including video. Street Glory Mappers equips the vehicles with a large video screen behind the windshield to play ...

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    Report: How Fiat explains its disastrous J.D. Power quality scores
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    Back in the '60s and '70s, Fiat didn't exactly have an enviable reputation for quality. Of course, lack of quality and a tarnished brand reputation eventually saw the Italian automaker flee the market, only to return with the 500 and the larger 500L in the last few years. However, if J.D. Power's Initial Quality Survey for 2014 is to be believed, modern ...

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    Official: 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth automatic targets broader appeal
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    There aren't many manual-transmission-only offerings on the US market, and now there's one fewer. The 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth has just gone into production with a newly available automatic option. We've known that the hair-raising, high-performance Cinquecento has been scheduled to get a two-pedal setup for some time, but now we have more specifics on the ...

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    Video: Fiat GIF-based ads make our heads spin
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    Take a good, long look at the image above. Don't worry, it's completely real; you're not hallucinating. Would you believe that's an actual screencap from an actual ad commissioned by Fiat that's airing on actual television? Believe it. The commercials started as a series of animated GIFs from The Richards Group for Fiat's Tumblr page, according to ...

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    Report: Fiat loses $14k on every 500e it builds, Marchionne doesn't want you to buy one
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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made some interesting comments during a frank and entertaining talk at the Brookings Institution yesterday, saying he hoped that no one bought the Fiat 500e, the well-received EV based on the adorable Italian car. "I hope you don't buy it," said Marchionne, during a talk and question-and-answer session that ...

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    Official: Fiat previews production 500X on Melfi assembly line
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    The Fiat assembly plant in Melfi, Italy, may not be one that appears on our radar that often. It's been in operation since 1993, but until recently only built the Punto – a model that's been around in its current form with few modifications for the better part of a decade, but hasn't warranted the transatlantic voyage to American showrooms. Fiat ...

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    Recalls: Fiat recalling 500e for faulty power inverter
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    Chrysler is recalling 4,141 Fiat 500e models from the 2013 and 2014 model years because they could lose power. According to the automaker, the power inverter module could allow coolant to seep onto electrical components. This could cause a short circuit and power loss. The part in question is responsible for altering the electric current. The company ...

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    Fiat will start selling 500e in Oregon this summer
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    Even thought demand in California for the Fiat 500e electric vehicle is growing, the fun little EV is about to grown its sales to the north. Fiat US chief Jason Stoicevich tells Wards Auto that sales of the EV will start in Oregon this summer, adding that green-minded Portland will likely be a strong market for the model. Fiat 500e demand in ...

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    Official: Fiat updates 500 with new display, automatic transmission for turbo models
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    Just last month at the Geneva Motor Show, Fiat announced some updates for the European-spec 500, including a new dashboard display. Now it's announced that the same updates are being applied to the US-spec model. Similar (if not identical) to the display in the 500E, the conventionally powered 500 now benefits from a seven-inch high-definition TFT ...

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    ETC: Lapo Elkann calls out Renault Twingo for copying Fiat 500 [w/poll]
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    Small cars are becoming big business, especially for European automakers that are amping up the style. But is each new Euro city car's style unique? Lapo Elkann is calling that into question. The brother of Fiat chairman John Elkann and the grandson of his late predecessor Gianni Agnelli is known as much as a style icon as he is for his work within the ...

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    Geneva: The Fiat 500 Cult celebrates the little car's success with a new top model
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    The Fiat 500 has proved to be a huge success since first being introduced in 2007. In that time, Fiat claims that it has sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. For the 2014 model, the Italians are celebrating with a new top-spec version called the 500 Cult at the Geneva Motor Show, but it likely will be limited to the European market. The Cult is ...

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    Geneva: Abarth 695 Biposto revealed as quickest Fiat 500 yet
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    The Fiat 500 is supposed to be a budget model – something you can pick up with less than twenty grand to your name. But once Abarth gets its hands on it, all bets are off. The Scorpion brand is charged with getting the most performance it can out of budget-oriented vehicles like the Cinquecento and Punto, and that's just what it's done with the new ...

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    Official: Fiat updates Euro-spec 500 with new equipment, Cult trim
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    It's been seven years since Fiat relaunched the 500, and it has, by and large, been a runaway success for the Italian automaker. Numerous variations on the theme have followed – from the convertible 500C and performance-oriented Abarth models to the 500L minivan and upcoming 500X crossover – but it's high time that Fiat give the original ...

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    Report: Fiat 500X poised for Paris catwalk
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    We've known for some time that the new, Fiat-based baby Jeep (which may or may not be called the Jeepster) is set to arrive at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. What we weren't sure of was whether its platform mate, the so-called Fiat 500X, would be doing so alongside or at a later date. Well, according to Reuters, we'll get to see the first all-wheel-drive 500 ...

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    KSPG testing low-noise EV range extender engine
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    If you're going to add a gas-burning engine to an electric vehicle, it makes sense to have it be whisper quiet. We haven't heard the engine ourselves, but supplier KSPG AG said during the Detroit Auto Show this week that the range extender it put into a Fiat 500 for test purposes introduced "barely perceptible noise and vibration" levels. The engine, a ...

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    Report: Fiat to replace Punto with five-door 500
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    While American drivers may know Fiat principally (if not exclusively) for the 500, overseas the Italian marque offers a much broader range of products. But the Cinquecento has developed into a vastly more successful product than the rest of its lineup, so the Italian automaker has been rapidly replacing its slow-selling models by expanding the 500 ...

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    Report: Fiat set to invest $12B on new models, stop Euro losses in 3 years
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    Naturally, you'd expect a massive automaker like Fiat to have an in-depth plan to exit the current European-market doldrums, and you'd expect that plan to include plenty of new vehicles to attract those precious buyers that still remain despite the financial downturn. And you'd be right, though Fiat does seem to have a few unexpected twists up its ...

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    Los Angeles: 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition takes retro even further
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    It's been 57 years since the "new" Fiat 500 was introduced in 1957, and to celebrate this iconic inspiration for the current 500, Fiat has revealed a new commemorative model at the LA Auto Show. The 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition will only be offered in North America, and it goes on sale next spring. Paying tribute to the "Nouvo Cinquecento," this ...

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    Los Angeles: 2014 Fiat 500C GQ Edition mans up [w/videos]
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    Fiat dealers recently welcomed the five-door 500L into their 'studios' as a much-needed second model line, but franchisees are still clamoring for additional new model ranges as most struggle to reach profitability. There's more in the pipeline for the reborn brand, but in the meantime, Fiat continues to rely on special editions of existing products to ...

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