2015 Fiat 500c Lounge Cabrio review11/11/2015
The Fiat 500 has arrived at an interesting juncture: A tribute to the 1957 Nuova 500, it was introduced to much acclaim way back in 2007. That was the better part of a decade ago -- so how do you keep an unabashedly retro set of lines from feeling dated?
If you’re Fiat, you double down, turning once more to the company archives to develop the so-called 1957 Edition trim. It’s a risky play, but it works. The available pastel colors look good, the aluminum wheels with polished metal hubcaps are great and the throwback “FIAT” badges plastered all over the car are a nice finishing touch.
Look past the cute exterior, the rich-looking brown leather interior and the rest of the 1957 Edition flash, though, and you’re left with a Fiat 500. And at $27,030 -- for the convertible version, mind you -- it’s not the kind of thing you’ll stumble into. To end up with a Fiat 500, you have to want a Fiat 500, and that’s doubly true of the pricey cabriolet. This a car you’ll either like from the get-go, in which case you’ll find excuses for its faults, or you’ll find irredeemably dorky, in which case it will be able to do no right.
2015 Fiat 500e
Race Organizer Review06/11/2015
The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place for interesting junkyard finds, daily-driven classic Italian cars, and getting around in an electric-powered vehicle. My last couple of Bay Area Race Organizer Reviews have been big and powerful luxury sedans, so it seemed only proper that I get a brightly colored little machine that fits in marginal San Francisco parking spots and feeds on electrons instead of hydrocarbons.
The 500e is available in any of seven exterior colors, but there's no point in messing around with anything other than the screa
We drive the new Fiat 500X baby SUV04/17/2015
What is it?
The Fiat 500X is the company's new baby SUV, sharing its platform and powertrains with the Jeep Renegade sibling, and the third major model for the brand in the States. Designed to deliver versatility, style and comfort, the 500X will seek to appeal to U.S. buyers with its retro-chic design and everyday utility while trying to steal a few sales from the likes of the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke.
"The 500X is the 500 that has been pumping iron in the gym," is how Danilo Tosetti, senior designer of the new SUV, described it. Centro Stile in Turin didn't stray too far afield from the design of the new Cinquecento in creating the 500X, adding just the expected amount of muscular styling to the familiar hatchback form -- exactly the way one would expect a four-door jacked-up 500 to look.