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 family.
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 corporate sleeve.
There's little doubt that commercial vehicles are almost as vital to an automaker's sales figures as passenger vehicles are, and to that end many have dedicated commercial vehicle operations. The Fiat group's is called Fiat Professional, and it's just rolled out its latest offering.
Much like Mini at its launch, Fiat remains largely a one-model make (here in the United States, that is). While that may not change anytime soon in the U.S., there are rumblings that the model lineup in Canada could expand.
The adorable Fiat 500 continues to be a sales superstar in various countries across the globe, which has made its Punto sibling feel a bit left out. But Fiat is determined to keep the Punto fresh and has done some tweaking to the 2012 model that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
While the Fiat 500 continues to sell like hot cakes in markets around the world, the aging Punto is not performing quite as well. First launched in 2005 as the Grande Punto, the third-generation model has grown a little long in the tooth. Fiat has done its best to keep it fresh, however, launching the updated Punto Evo in 2009. That update has apparently worn a little thin, however, so Fiat's coming back with another tweak or two for the 2012 model.
2011 Fiat Punto Evo Abarth EsseEsse – Click above for high-res image gallery
Fiat 500 – Click above for high-res image gallery
Abarth 500C (above) and Punto Evo (below right) – Click either for high-res image galleries
Fiat's Abarth performance division only has two basic product lines, so how many revisions can it possibly have on the burner? Well, two, as reports emerging from Europe suggest.
Although the first two generations of BMW's revival of the Mini brand have been sales sensations and are nothing if not fun to drive, the Bavarian company's true engineering merit has always been with rear-wheel drive vehicles. So, it isn't at all surprising that the huge sporting automaker from Germany is looking to co-develop its next front-wheel drive Mini platform with Fiat. Though it could be argued that the Fiat 500 is a direct shot across the bow of the retro-style Mini Cooper, the money
The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers thinks small cars are worth something. As proof, take their 2006 Scottish Car of the Year Awards, where they have a Small Car of the Year category. The winner, announced yesterday, is a small car with a big name: Fiat's Grande Punto. The Renault Clio and the Peugeot 207 were in the running, but were beat out by the Grande Punto because of the way it personifies the change the small car sector has undergone in the past few years. It does so with style