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Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate

Fiat 500 Pink 01 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate
Quickly bypassing Fiat UK’s claim that the car seen here is “the limited edition Fiat 500 that customers have been asking for ever since the popular city car was launched in 2008″, the 500 Pink is the first of several special edition versions of the mini that the company plans to introduced during this year.

The 500 Pink is based on the 1.2 Lounge specification, and aside from the obvious paint job, it also features a black interior contrasted by the pink finish on the dashboard, special carpet mats, pink key cover, a plastic figurine of Ken on the passenger’s seat, and a leather gear knob.

Fiat’s Start&Stop system that stops the engine automatically whenever traffic conditions bring the car to a complete halt, and restarts it immediately when the driver wants to move off again as well as a sunroof are fitted as standard.

The Italian automaker said that only 500 examples of the pinked out mini will be available in the UK and customers will only be able to order one online.

The 500 Pink costs £11,700 OTR, or £1,000 more than the 1.2 Lounge but with £1,500 worth of additional equipment – always according to Fiat.
Fiat 500 Pink 05 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate
Fiat 500 Pink 04 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate
Fiat 500 Pink 03 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate
Fiat 500 Pink 02 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate
Fiat 500 Pink 06 Pinked Out Special Edition Fiat 500 Launched, Barbie Fans Celebrate

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - January 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm

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Fiat Bravo Hatch Receives Minor Updates for 2010

2011 Fiat Bravo 0 Fiat Bravo Hatch Receives Minor Updates for 2010
Fiat has announced details on its 2010 Bravo hatch that has received a few minor changes here and there for the model year. On the outside, the Bravo’s upper and lower front grilles have been re-trimmed and are now offered either in black or chrome finish while the headlamps on all models are smoked.

Furthermore, the mirrors and door handles are finished in the color as the body on all trim levels while Fiat added two new colors to the palette (a different shade of gray and a pear finish).

A new set of available optional packages and the refreshed designs and colors for the seat and door panel upholstery complete the list of changes.

Fiat said that despite the upgrades, prices for the 2010 Bravo remain at the same levels as the 2009 model ranging in Italy between €16,650 (about US$24,200) for the Active 1.4 90HP and €24,300 (around US$35,300) for the 2.0 Multijet 16v 165HP DPF Emotion and Sport.

The Bravo, which shares its underpinnings with the Lancia Delta (but not the Alfa Romeo Giulietta which is built on the Fiat Group’s new C-Evo platform) competes in the European C-segment against the likes of the Opel Astra, Ford Focus, VW Golf and Renault Megane.
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2011 Fiat Bravo 2 Fiat Bravo Hatch Receives Minor Updates for 2010
2011 Fiat Bravo 1 Fiat Bravo Hatch Receives Minor Updates for 2010

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - January 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

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Shhh… Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit

Fiat 500 BEV 0 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
As you’ve probably already guessed by the title of this post, neither Fiat nor Chrysler published any details on the Fiat 500 BEV concept model that was showcased alongside the 500 Abarth at the American automaker’s Detroit Motor Show stand. Nothing new here as we’re in the dark about the “Chrysler Delta” also.

The car’s name stands for Battery-Electric Vehicle and from what we’ve heard, it’s pure study as Fiat has no plans to introduce a production version of the concept – at least not in this form.

To make a short story longer, the 500 BEV features a similar bodykit to the Abarth model minus the tail pipes at the rear as well as new alloy wheels.

Inside, the concept model gets sumptuous leather seats finished in red and a sport steering wheel accented by red stitching while the traditional gear lever has been replaced with push-button controls.

 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit
 Shhh... Fiat Brings 500 BEV Electric Concept Car to Detroit

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - January 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010

Great Wall Motors 0 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
The Chinese maker of original masterpieces such as the Fiat Panda Haval M1, GWPeri, Toyota-Scion Florid and Coolbear, Great Wall Motors, has struck a deal with I.M. Group, a UK-based automotive importer and distributor for Subaru, Isuzu and Daihatsu, to import its vehicles into Europe starting from next year. The British company said that it will initially target the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and from 2011, the Scandinavian region, the UK and Ireland.

“Great Wall Motor Company, one of the few privately-owned Chinese car companies, has copied designed and built all of the European-bound models specifically to meet EU whole-vehicle type approval standards,” I.M. Group said in a prepared statement for the press.

“This will ensure that Great Wall models deliver high standards of crash-worthiness, equal to those of modern European and Japanese vehicles.”

The UK-based importer said that it will release further details about the launch of the Great Wall brand next year.

The Chinese automaker became known to the Western public a few years ago when it introduced a series of cars that shamelessly copied European and Japanese products including the Fiat Panda and Toyota – Scion cars.

Last year, the Fiat Group sued Great Wall Motors in Europe and China to prevent the company from selling the GWPeri claiming that the mini closely resembled it’s Panda model. While the Fiat Group won the legal battle in Europe thus keeping the GWPeri out of the EU, a Chinese court in Hong Kong dismissed Fiat’s claims for infringement.

You can get a taste of the numerous production and concept vehicles from Great Wall Motors in our gallery below.
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Great Wall Motors 41 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 40 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 39 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 38 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 37 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 36 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 35 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 34 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 29 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010
Great Wall Motors 31 British Group to Import China's Great Wall Motor Cars Into Europe from 2010

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - at 11:31 am

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Fiat 500 to get 0.9-liter Turbocharged Two-Cylinder Engine in 2010

Fiat 500 Twins 1 Fiat 500 to get 0.9 liter Turbocharged Two Cylinder Engine in 2010
We just got our hands on the Fiat Group’s refreshed product plan for 2010 and 2011 that was introduced by the firm’s CEO Sergio Marchionne in Rome today. We’ll bring you the full monty later on but here’s a taster of what the company is planning to launch into the market.

Next year will see the arrival of Fiat’s long anticipated New Small Gasoline Engine that will make its premiere on the 500 mini. The innovative 0.9-liter twin-cylinder gasoline engine features turbocharging and Fiat’s Multiair technology that controls the intake valves, depending on the horsepower needed.

Fiat says that while the new engine offers the same performance as a larger naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, fuel economy and, as a consequence, CO2 emissions are significantly improved.

In addition to the advantages in fuel consumption, the twin-cylinder engine is also said to be 20 per cent lighter in weight and more compact in size compared to a 4-cylinder engine with the same output.

“This is the maximum expression of the concept of downsizing, offering lower consumption and emissions without impacting performance,” Marchionne said during the presentation.

The new two-cylinder engine is expected to be offered in two turbocharged variants developing 80HP and 105HP while Fiat will add a 65HP naturally aspirated version, also equipped with the Multiair system followed up by a CNG version.

At least in Europe, the twin-cylinder engine will find its way on the Fiat Group’s A- and B-Segment models like the Fiat 500, Panda and Punto EVO.

More to come once we sort our the papers out so stay tuned.
Fiat 500 Twins 3 Fiat 500 to get 0.9 liter Turbocharged Two Cylinder Engine in 2010
Fiat 500 Twins 2 Fiat 500 to get 0.9 liter Turbocharged Two Cylinder Engine in 2010

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - January 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

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