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April 7, 2014

2015 Fiat 500 Gets New 7-inch Display, 500 Abarth Gets an Automatic

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Fiat has announced the updates to the 2015 Fiat 500, which will debut at the New York Auto Show later this month. On the outside, the 2015 Fiat 500 will look the same, but on the inside there are significant updates, which includes a new 7-inch display and a new center console.

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March 7, 2014

2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition Arrives This Spring at $20,400

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Fiat has announced that the 2014 Fiat 500 1957 Edition is going to begin arriving in showrooms in late spring. The special 500 1957 Edition will start at $20,400.

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March 6, 2014

Next-Gen Mazda MX-5 Miata May Peek Out Next Month in NYC, Alfa Romeo Version Canned?

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It seems like everyday more news trickles out about the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Fiat/ Alfa Romeo version. First it was originally reported that the next MX-5 Miata would debut next year at the Chicago Auto Show, but now those plans have been shelved. Second the Alfa Romeo version may actually be badged a Fiat or Abarth.

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January 23, 2014

2015 Fiat 500X Patent Photos Leaked

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Patent photos of the upcoming 2015 Fiat 500X crossover have leaked online ahead of its debut later this year. The Fiat 500X crossover is expected to debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show and will borrow styling cues from the small 500, but will have four doors and a raised ground clearance.

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November 14, 2013

2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition" Celebrates the Past

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Fiat has unveiled the new 2014 Fiat 500 "1957 Edition," which celebrates the 57th anniversary of the original 1957 "Nuova" Cinquecento. Based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition enhances its iconic silhouette with a vintage look, thanks to classic exterior colors, including Bianco, or for a bi-color look, Verde Chiaro or exclusive Celeste paired with a Bianco painted roof and mirror caps. It also gets exclusive 16-inch retro wheels with the historic Fiat emblem.

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October 30, 2013

Chrysler Unveils Its Mopar-Modified Lineup for the 2013 SEMA Show

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Chrysler is going to unveil twenty customized vehicles at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, and Fiat vehicles will be customized with Mopar parts and accessories. Chrysler has revealed five of the vehicles that will debut at the show.

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October 29, 2013

2014 Fiat 500L and Jeep Cherokee Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

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Both the new 2014 Fiat 500L and Jeep Cherokee have been named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Top Safety Pick testing simulates a side impact, front moderate-overlap impact, roof-crush consistent with a rollover, and a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash. The 500L and Cherokee recorded the highest-possible rating of "good."

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October 9, 2013

Chrysler Plans 20 Mopar-Modified Vehicles for SEMA

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Chrysler is going to unveil 20 Mopar-modified Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT vehicles at the SEMA show next month. Chrysler has released some early sketches of four of the vehicles and in addition, the automaker will highlight Jeep Performance Parts developed by its newly created Mopar Off-Road Division at the show.

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September 5, 2013

Maserati Levante SUV to Enter Production in Italy Next Year

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Late next year Maserati's first ever SUV, the Levante will go into production at its factory in Turin, Italy, although it was originally expected to be built in Detroit. Fiat is currently investing 1 billion euros at its Mirafiori factory for the new SUV.

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August 16, 2013

Fiat Teams Up with Conde Naste for the 2014 500c GQ Edition

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Fiat has unveiled its latest special edition model, the 2014 Fiat 500c GQ Edition. Fiat says that its designers strived to capture the essence of the GQ man by creating a 500 that reflects an athletic yet style-conscious lifestyle.

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August 13, 2013

2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva to Debut at Concorso Italiano

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Fiat has announced plans to unveil the new 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva at Concorso Italiano, which takes place August 16 at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, California. The 2013 Fiat 500 Cattiva is based on the 500 Sport, but adds a new "blacked out" look.

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August 7, 2013

Chrysler-Fiat Place a Higher Priority on Diesel and Turbocharged Engines than EVs

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Chrysler and Fiat currently only offer one electrified model in the US, the California only Fiat 500e. If you're hoping for more hybrid and electric models from Chrysler, unfortunately it won't happen anytime soon. Bob Lee, head of Fiat and Chrysler global powertrain recently stated that there are no plans to invest in electrified powertrains until consumers are willing to pay for the technology.

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July 23, 2013

Fiat Turns the Fiat 500 into a Boat

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Fiat has created three special versions of the Fiat 500, which are built on top of a high-powered personal watercraft for the 2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. A Fiat 500 in Rame (orange), Fiat 500 Cabrio in Bianco Perla (pearl white) and a Fiat 500 Abarth in Rosso (red) glided across the surface of the Pacific, entertaining thousands of surf fans during the competition's opening day. Fiat has also built a watercraft version of the all-new Fiat 500L.

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July 6, 2013

Fiat and Chrysler to Build 280,000 Small SUVs in Europe, Jeep Version Looks Like a Mini Wrangler

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Fiat and Chrysler are currently working on a new small SUV for the Fiat and Jeep brands that will be built in Italy and share the same platform as the Fiat 500L. Fiat has already revealed the Fiat version that will be dubbed the 500X, but it's reportedly been tweaked a bit to give it more curves. Chrysler has yet to unveil the Jeep version, but according to sources it will look like a baby Wrangler.

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June 27, 2013

Fiat's Electric 500e is Sold Out

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EV buyers in California that were hoping to get the keys to the new Fiat 500e will be disappointed to hear that the electric 500e is sold out for the rest of the year. Jason Stoicevich, president and CEO of the Fiat brand in North America told Wards Auto, "We're pretty much sold out for the year."

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June 11, 2013

Fiat Announces the Return of the 500 Gucci Editions

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Fiat has announced that the Fiat 500 and 500c by Gucci Edition will return with a new discrete appearance inside and out while continuing to meet the popularity and market demand of the previous edition. For 2013, the Fiat 500 and 500c by Gucci Edition models now offer a new black monotone interior environment that complements Gucci Nero or contrasts Gucci white exterior paint and Gloss black lighting bezels.

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May 24, 2013

2014 Fiat 500L Arrives This June and Starts at 19,100

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For buyers that love the Fiat 500, but need more room, Fiat is introducing the longer 2014 Fiat 500L. The 2014 Fiat 500L expands the 500's appeal by offering 42 percent extra interior space with seating for five and a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine. The 2014 Fiat 500L starts at $19,100.

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April 13, 2013

2013 Fiat 500e Starts at $32,500 or $199 a Month

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This summer the electric 2013 Fiat 500e will go on sale in California. Fiat has announced that buyers can purchase the 500e for $32,500, which drops as low as $20,500 after the available federal and tax credits, which is about $200 less than a comparably-equipped Fiat 500 Lounge. If you dont want to actually buy the 500e, Fiat is also offering a cheap $199 a month/ $999 due at signing 36 month lease.

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April 1, 2013

Fiat 500e Buyers Get Free Rental Cars to Ease Range Anxiety

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When the electric version of the Fiat 500, 500e arrives this summer buyers will get free access to rental cars as part of the package. A national auto rental chain program called ePass will give buyers access to rental cars for up to 12 days a year to help ease range anxiety.

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January 12, 2013

Fiat to Debut 500 Tenebra and Cattiva Design Concepts in Detroit

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Fiat is going to bring two new design concepts of the 500 to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next week. The two concepts are meant to expand the appeal of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the Fiat 500 Turbo. The Fiat 500 Abarth "Tenebra" design concept displays unique Matte Grigio paint and special appointments including a roof-size Abarth scorpion logo, while the Fiat 500 "Cattiva" design concept is based on the 500 Turbo and features a sporty bi-color look and blacked-out appearance.

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January 5, 2013

2013 Fiat 500e Gets 108 Highway MPGe Rating and 87 Mile Range

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The 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle is slated to arrive in the second quarter of this year. Fiat has just announced that the Fiat 500e has an EPA rating of 108 MPGe on the highway, 122 MPGe rating in the city and a 116 MPGe combined rating. Its highway rating is higher than other electric models like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf, but the Fit EV has a higher combined and city rating.

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November 28, 2012

2014 Fiat 500L and 500L Trekking Debut in LA

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Fiat's lineup is getting bigger, literally. Fiat has unveiled two new models that will arrive for the 2014 model year, the 2014 Fiat 500L and 500L Trekking. The 500L models expand the 500 lineup with 42 percent more interior space and room for five passengers. The "L" sums up the six dimensions of the 500L : leveraging, large, loft, lifestyle, light and liters.


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2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Takes Its Top Off

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Fans of the Fiat 500 Abarth, now another variant to choose from. Fiat has unveiled the 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth, which combines the style and open top design of the 500c, with the more powerful engine from the 500 Abarth. With 160 horsepower under the hood, the Fiat 500c Abarth will reach 0-60 mph in the low second range and with the push of a button the cloth top retracts at speeds up to 60 mph.

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2013 Fiat 500e Officially Debuts in LA

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Fiat has taken the wraps off the electric version of the Fiat 500, the 2013 Fiat 500e. On the outside the Fiat 500e looks almost identical to the standard 500, but under the hood it's powered by an 111 horsepower electric motor and 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. Fiat has dubbed the electric drive system, "e-Drive", which is showcased by a studded, logo-adorned engine cover.

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November 22, 2012

One-Millionth Fiat 500 Produced

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Since its re-launch in 2007, Fiat has sold the 500 in more than 100 countries around the world and now the one-millionth Fiat 500 has rolled off the Fiat Auto Poland production line. The one-millionth Fiat 500 is a Lounge model 'dressed' in three-layer Bianco Perla exterior paint.

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November 17, 2012

Fiat Previews the 2013 Fiat 500e Ahead of LA Debut

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Fiat is going to unveil the electric 2013 Fiat 500e at the 2012 LA Auto Show later this month, but in the meantime Fiat has released two photos of the new EV.

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October 12, 2012

Chrysler Has Unveiled its Custom Models for SEMA

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This year's 2012 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show kicks off in Las Vegas on Oct. 30. Chrysler is bringing 24 custom "Mopar-modified" models to the show. Unique Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT and FIAT brand vehicles outfitted with more than 500 Mopar performance parts and accessories will be on display.

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September 27, 2012

Chrysler Releases Sketches of its Mopar-Modified Models for SEMA

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Chrysler has released sketches of the Moparized vehicles that it is bringing to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas at the end of next month.

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September 4, 2012

2013 Fiat 500 Now Gets Up to 40 MPG and Beats Audio System

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For the 2013 model year the Fiat 500 lineup has been expanded with the introduction of the Fiat 500 Turbo that packs a 135 horsepower engine and gets other styling and performance upgrades over the lesser powered 500 models. Fiat has just announced that the 2013 Fiat 500 and 500 Cabrio models are also getting a few updates for the new year.

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August 17, 2012

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Unveiled With 135 Horsepower, Starts at $19,500

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Well we new this was coming, but Fiat has now made it official. What you have here is the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, which is more powerful than the standard 500, but doesn't pack quite as much power as the 500 Abarth.

The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine with 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft. of torque. That means that the 500 Turbo has 34 more horsepower than the standard 500, but 25 less than the 500 Abarth. The 500 Turbo also gets a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and a unique exterior to set it apart.

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July 5, 2012

Fiat Previews the 500X Crossover

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Fiat is set to increase the 500 lineup with new models like the 500L and the 500X crossover. Fiat gave us our first look at the 500L at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and now we have a preview of the 500X crossover, that arrives sometime in 2014.

At a recent launch event for the 500L, Fiat gave journalists a quick preview of the 500X. Fiat boss Olivier Francois showed a full-size styling model of the 500X during the media launch on the 500L in Turin on Wednesday. The 500X will be the fifth 500 model and will also be the longest. The 500X, like the 500L will ride on the Fiat Punto platform.

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June 4, 2012

Fiat Sells Out of the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

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The high-performance 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth has only been in showrooms a little over a momth and it looks like Fiat is pretty much out of the 2012 models. Company sources told The Detroit News that Chrysler Group LLC is no longer taking wholesale orders for the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth.

The 500 Abarth is selling so fast that if you want one now, you will be put on the waiting list for a 2013 model, that will arrive this fall. The 500 Abarth only went on sale a month ago, but by the time the first units arrived, there were already a thousand customers on the waiting list. Fiat-Chrysler only originally planned on building 2,000 units this year, but has raised that total to about 3,000 units, which is all that the Toluca, Mexico plant can produce.

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May 23, 2012

Fiat Borrows the Next-Gen Mazda MX-5 Platform for a New Alfa Romeo Roadster

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Mazda and Fiat, Alfa Romeo's parent company have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands based on Mazda's next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.

Mazda and Fiat will develop two roadsters that will share the same basic platform, but their styling will be different. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo roadsters will each be powered by specific engines unique to each brand. Both roadsters will be built at Mazda's Hiroshima, Japan plant starting in 2015.

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April 11, 2012

Fiat is Planning Turbocharged 500T and Abarth Convertible Models

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It's being reported that Fiat is working on another turbocharged version of the Fiat 500, dubbed the 500T and a convertible 500 Abarth thanks to documents that Fiat has filed with NHTSA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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March 30, 2012

Fiat to Launch 500X Crossover Next Year

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Fiat is going to release a crossover version of the 500 minicar next year, according to sources that spoke with Automotive News Europe. The new 500 crossover will be dubbed the 500X, with the letter X standing for cross.

The 500X will be sold alongside the 500 hatchback, 500 Abarth, 500C convertible and 500L four-door models when it enters production in December 2013. The 500X will be the longest version in the 500 family, which will use a widened version of Fiat's small vehicle architecture that is also the basis for the 500L and Punto subcompact.

The 500X will be offered with front and all-wheel-drive and will also be built alongside a new Jeep small SUV, codenamed B-SUV. The new Jeep SUV will be smaller than the Jeep Compass and Patriot models and will be sold both in the U.S. and Europe.

In Europe the 500X will replace the Sedici in Fiat's lineup.

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February 22, 2012

Fiat 500 America Unveiled, but it isn't for America

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Now this is odd. Fiat has unveiled a limited edition version of the Fiat 500, dubbed the "500 America." What's odd is that Fiat makes no mention of offering the model in the U.S. as it will only be available for buyers in Europe.

According to Fiat, the "500 America" emphases the global soul of the Fiat 500, which will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month. The Fiat 500 America is a tribute to America, even if it's not going to be sold here.

Only 500 coupes and 500 convertibles will be produced and according to Fiat, "the new Fiat 500 America is celebrating the country where the model was sold in 2011 and where its collaboration with the American pop singer Jennifer Lopez started."

The 500 America coupe will be offered in the exclusive metallic shade America Blue and it is distinguished by mirror covers with "Stars & Stripes" graphics, stickers and 16" alloy rims with red cap edge. The 500 America convertible will come in white with a red top and alloy wheels with a blue rim edge.

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February 21, 2012

Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati to Debut in Geneva

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Fiat has unveiled a special limited edition 500, dubbed the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati, which represents the bond between Abarth and Maserati. According to Fiat, the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is the utmost expression of Abarth's sporty character and racing spirit, this new Limited Edition epitomizes sheer elegance united to the comfort of a "GranTurismo", but with the handling of a car fit to take to the road every day.

The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is powered by a 180 horsepower turbocharged 1.4L engine that is mated to an electrically-operated manual Abarth Competizione gearbox with paddle shifters. The limited edition model also gets 17-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, a Brembo braking system and a "Record Monza" variable back-pressure "dual mode" exhaust.

The exterior of the Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati is painted in Pontevecchio Bordeaux, while the electrically controlled soft top is made of grey fabric. Inside the seats are covered in sand beige Poltrona Frau leather.

The Abarth 695 Tributo Maserati will be officially unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Only 499 units will be produced.

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February 20, 2012

Fiat Releases More Photos of the 2013 Fiat 500L

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The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is only a few weeks away. Fiat is going to officially unveil its all-new 2013 Fiat 500L at the show, but until then Fiat has released a few more photos of the "larger" Fiat 500.

The 2013 Fiat 500L will arrive in the U.S. next year, but stay tuned for its official unveiling on March 6th.

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February 2, 2012

2013 Fiat 500L Unveiled Ahead of its Debut in Geneva

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Fiat has decided to unveil the 2013 Fiat 500L ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The 500L is a larger version of the 500, with the L standing for "Large."

Although the 500L is being labeled as a larger version of the small 500, the 500L shares its platform with the Fiat Punto. The five-door model has room for up to 5 passengers and is 23-inches longer than the three-door 500.

The Fiat 500L will be produced at the Fiat's plant in Kragujevac, Serbia and will arrive in the U.S. in early 2013.

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January 31, 2012

Chrysler Celebrates Mopar's 75th Anniversary with Four Custom Models

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Chrysler is celebrating Mopar's 75th anniversary with four custom vehicles, the Mopar '12 300, 2013 Dodge Dart "GTS 210 Tribute", 2012 Fiat 500 "Stinger" and the 2012 Mopar Jeep Compass "True North."

"Customization is king," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "These head-turning 'Moparized' vehicles show how we can go to the next level of personalization. With our best-in-class offerings of parts and accessories, we give our customers every opportunity to further enhance the appearance and performance of their vehicles."

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