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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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

Supermodel Elle MacPherson with Fiat 500C in London
Chrysler Joins Jenny Craig? Analyst Thinks Automaker Needs To Lose Weight

The past couple of years haven't been kind to automakers. Like ballast on a sinking ship, many brands were thrown overboard as car companies scrambled to stay afloat. One major automaker managed to dodge that kind of unpleasantness, but now a major auto analyst thinks it's high time for a purge...Read More»

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