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2012 Fiat 500 Cabriolet: 2011 New York Auto Show
2012 Fiat 500 Cabriolet: 2011 New York Auto Show

Late last year, the Fiat 500 emerged to strong reviews, with a promise from executives that a cabriolet version was on the way. As promised, the convertible version, the 2012 Fiat 500c, is coming to the brand's boutiques later this year--via the 2011 New York Auto Show. The differences between the...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 live photos. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
A Few Thoughts on the L.A. Auto Show

Beverly Hills. I woke up to a rainy Saturday thinking that by getting to the L.A. Convention Center first thing in the a.m. I’d have the place to myself; instead I was surprised that there was quite a crowd waiting to get in. So much so that the show opened 5 minutes early to process the...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500
Seven Car Brands With Bad Reputations For Quality

Quality means different things to different car buyers--everything from reliability to fuel efficiency to utility. It's nebulous, but it can make or break the launch of a new vehicle or the success of a car company, affecting everything from positive press to negative word-of-mouth reviews. Some...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Follow High Gear Media at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

Last week, SocialCarNews was the Twitter source for news at the JD Power Automotive Internet Round Table conference in Las Vegas. We brought you discussions live from the conference, just like we'll do next week at SEMA. You'll want to fire up your Twitter viewer in a couple of weeks, too. Auto...Read More»

2011 Coda Sedan, final production version
Today in Car News: Electric Car Adopters, China and Survolt

Americans are ready to buy electric cars--but that pesky pricetag gets in the way. [NielsenWire] Should you pay attention to these automotive brands? There are only ten of them--but aren't there only 38 brands total anyway? [CNNMoney] Longtime Jaguar managing director Mike O'Driscoll will retire...Read More»

U.S.-spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport
Will Cars Like Junior and Fiat 500 Be the New Upscale for Echo Generation?

With the buzz around the introduction to the U.S. of the 2011 Fiat 500, I figured there had to be something about this tiny car that appeals to a growing segment of the population. I mean, we’ve already got some pretty cool small cars zipping around and doing quite well sales-wise, including...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Chrysler Flooded With Applications For Fiat Dealerships

Back in August, some Chrysler dealers were worried about CEO Sergio Marchionne's plans to launch Fiat in the U.S. They were concerned about the expense (Marchionne wants to sell the Fiat in new, Fiat-branded showrooms), the logic of adding another brand to the Chrysler family, and the demand for...Read More»

Saab grille
Today at High Gear Media: Electric Saab, New Lamborghinis

If you've ever wanted to stalk the hottie in the car next to you, the iPhone and its Bump app put you one step closer to a restraining order. [SocialCarNews] Saab's first-ever electric car comes to Paris' auto show with a promise of 124 miles of driving range. Fore! [AllCarsElectric] The 2011...Read More»

U.S. Spec 2011 Fiat 500 Sport
Video: Fiat 500, An Everyday Masterpiece

Life is hard. Getting things right requires patience, skill, knowledge and some luck. And sometimes, you depend onyour competition missing an opportunity. Or possibly, to quote President G. W. Bush, "misunderestimate" what a person can do. I think the new Fiat 500, a really cool-looking car, may...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Ford Vs. Chrysler: Two Ways to Launch Cars Via Social Media

Unless you've been living under a boulder--or just don't have Facebook, same difference--you know Ford used social media to launch the new 2011 Explorer. Yup, Facebook. Today, Chrysler took the same route with not one, but four either new or refreshed models. In a huge shift in the industry...Read More»

2009 fiat 500 convertible 500c 2 015
2011 Fiat 500: Will It Be a Hit With American Families?

With the success of the MINI Cooper, Smart ForTwo, and other small-but-very-fuel-efficient cars, the news that an American version of the Italian-spec 2011 Fiat 500 may be coming to the U.S. as early as the end of 2010 has caused more than a few automotive reviewers to stop and think. Will the tiny...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Video: Fiat Launching This Year With 165 Dealerships In 119 U.S. Markets

A week ago, we told you that Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne was planning to meet potential Fiat dealers and explain his vision of the American Fiat network. Yesterday, the CEO did just that, and he seems to have generated lots of enthusiasm among attendees -- even though other dealers are clearly...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat, Alfa Romeo Rollout Gives Some Chrysler Dealers Agita

Next Monday, August 30, Chrysler will bring 600 dealers to the Detroit Institute of Arts, where CEO Sergio Marchionne will share his vision for the U.S. rollout of the Fiat brand, and subsequently, Alfa Romeo. He will have a lot of 'splainin' to do. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal...Read More»

Abarth Fiat 500C
Fiat Dealer Network Starting To Take Form

You might have heard that Chrysler plans to soon sell the stylish, city-savvy Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S., but beyond that intent plans have been sketchy at best as to where exactly you’ll go for your test drive. Full “Fiat Experience” market plans are going to be presented later in the...Read More»

Chrysler headquarters
It's All In How You Look At It: Headlines Proclaim Millions In Losses, Gains For Chrysler

Second-quarter financial results are due from a number of automakers this week. And as much as we love poring over the numbers (we're nerds that way), we also love seeing how those figures get heralded in headlines. The variations can be very, very telling. Case in point: Chrysler, which announced...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
Fiat 500: Do-Overs Or Dead On Arrival?

As I was was busy savoring every bite of my life-shortening, artery-clogging, saturated-fat-laced lunch, knowing that the thick layer of mayonnaise was probably responsible for the seizing sensation going down my left arm, I thought to myself, wouldn’t life be great if we got do-overs? You know...Read More»

Possible Fiat 500 logos from Fiat USA's Facebook page
Unleash Your Inner Design Snob: Vote On Logos For The Fiat 500

There's been a lot of speculation about Sergio Marchionne's plans to consolidate the Chrysler and Fiat families. But amid all the rumor and hearsay and out-and-out gossip, there's one thing we know for sure: Fiat is bringing its long-lived, very popular 500 model to the U.S. And now, we also know...Read More»

Fiat 500 Abarth
2011 Fiat 500: Specs And Auto Insurance

If you don’t remember when Fiat hit the streets of the U.S. nearly a half century ago, frankly, you don’t want to. The response by North American drivers was one of disbelief by its cheap quality and unreliability. But due to the recent Chrysler merger, Fiat’s are supposed to be a...Read More»

Chrysler 300 at Golden Globes
Chrysler 1, Dealers 0 In The Arbitration Game

The results of Chrysler's first arbitration hearing are in, and the news for dealers isn't good. The arbitrator has determined that Joe Kidd Dodge of Cincinnati, Ohio met Chrysler's criteria for elimination and that Chrysler broke its contract with the dealer in an impartial manner. As Chrysler...Read More»

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