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Report: In Small Cars And EVs, Smaller Tires Could Save Fuel
Report: In Small Cars And EVs, Smaller Tires Could Save Fuel

With signs that minicars might finally be taking off in the U.S.—signaled by the arrival of models like the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Scion iQ, and a host of potential ones—it could be time to give smaller wheels a new chance. Why? Because, Motor Trend reports, a new generation of...Read More»

Vinsetta Garage
Just Another Day At The Garage

There's always tension at an auto repair shop, but not much excitement. The closest anyone gets to an adrenalin rush is when something remarkable is noticed when a car makes it to the lift. Oddities like a squirrel setting up housekeeping in the air filter housing, or discovering that the little...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
Sun Sippers: 6 Convertibles With The Best Gas Mileage

At the first hints of summer, after just a few sun-soaked days, it's tempting to put aside all your plans for a sensible new vehicle and instead go for one that tousles your hair a bit. Trouble is, in shopping for a convertible, it's easy to lose sight about what happens come fall, or what you're...Read More»

Chrysler and Fiat logos
Fiat Ten Days Away From Majority Stake In Chrysler

By June 6, Fiat will own a controlling stake in American automaker Chrysler. The Wall Street Journal reports that Fiat will exercise an option in its contract to invest in Chrysler, to buy a 6-percent stake held by the U.S. Treasury. The purchase, to be executed within 10 days, eventually will...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY
Is Fiat Ready To Return To The U.S.? #YouTellUs

Fiat has already launched the new 500 here in the U.S., and it's about to launch the 2012 500c Cabriolet.. But is chic styling and a reasonable price enough to relaunch this brand in the U.S. market? Many baby boomers have a bad taste in their mouth when it comes to remembering Fiat. The saying...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio, SoHo district, New York City
2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio: First Drive

When a guy in a glossy black twin-cab diesel pickup truck leans out the passenger window with a camera to take your picture--and you're driving a tiny avocado green 2012 Fiat 500C Cabrio with the roof rolled down--you know this is an unusual car. Not since the introduction of the 2002 Mini Cooper...Read More»

2008 Maybach 62S
The Most Embarrassing Cars Of All Time: The European Edition

Big mistakes, we make them all. Lame ideas, we have all had them and acted on them. Like the woman at my gym who looks like she spent the better part of her youth on a sun-tanning bed, while smoking two packs a day. Think spent and leathery and you’ll be close. Humans also make some really...Read More»

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c
2012 Fiat 500 Cabriolet Priced Under $20,000

Fiat's put a price on its retracting-roof 500 hatchback. The subcompact 500c goes on sale late this spring in two flavors, 500c Pop and 500c Lounge, wearing some minor differentiation in the badging, wheels and details to distinguish it from the hardtop. Then there's the fabric roof panel, which...Read More»

2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio
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»

2011 Chrysler 300
Fiat Ups Stake in Chrysler To 30 Percent

Fiat has announced that it is increasing its ownership stake in Chrysler from 25 percent to 30 percent, effective immediately. This is due to Chrysler meeting the second of three performance milestones laid out by Fiat in its operating agreement with the Detroit automaker on June 10, 2009. The new...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»

Invisible monkey in Dodge's Year-End Tent Event Sale advertisement
TCC's Top Stories for 2010: PETA Monkeys, The Volt Conflamma, and Flying Cars

We've shown you the most popular reviews on TheCarConnection in 2010--but what about monkeys and PETA, the once and not-future Ranger, Volt lies and flying cars? That's just a cross-section of the most popular news and features that crossed the High Gear Media wires this year. Whether you came in...Read More»

2011 Chrysler 200
Want an Auto Job? Chrysler Has 1000 Of Them

Looking for a job in the auto industry? Chrysler has 1,000 of them, or more--if you have the right credentials. Just a year after both General Motors and Chrysler declared bankruptcy--and sheared thousands of employees from their payrolls--Chrysler is staffing up with engineers and product...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»

Fireball Run Day 1
Today at High Gear Media: Car of the Year, Fireball and Paris

The short list for the North American Car and Truck of the Year have been announced. What's not there: the Yugo. They're experts, people. [TheCarConnection] Team High Gear Media hits the track for the first time today on the Fireball Run. Here's a summary of Day One, including...fire extinguishers...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»

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