FIAT BRAND TO INTRODUCE TWO SPECIAL EDITION VEHICLES AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
◾Two new special editions expand the appeal of the Fiat 500 and the Fiat 500L wîth unique exterior and interior features
◾Fiat 500 Ribelle highlights the rebellious side of the Fiat 500, wîth Rosso (red) and Nero Puro (Gloss Black) exterior accents
◾Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking features unique Matte Nero (black) accents and six exterior paint colorsNovember 7, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
- The FIAT brand continues to showcase the multiple personalities of the FIAT lineup wîth two special edition models that will debut this month at the 2014 Miami International Auto Show: the Fiat 500 Ribelle and the Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking. The models are based on the Fiat 500 Pop and the Fiat 500L Trekking, demonstrating the potential for personalization and self-expression wîth FIAT vehicles.
'As the FIAT brand continues to expand its presence in North America, we are always lòòking for opportunities to enhance the personality of our vehicles,' said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. 'Personalization and self-expression is part of who we are as a brand, and the Fiat 500 Ribelle and the Fiat 500L Úrbana showcase that so well.'
At the Miami International Auto Show, the FIAT brand will also display the full lineup to highlight updates for the 2015 model year, including an advanced instrument panel wîth a 7-inch cluster display for the Fiat 500 line, and automatic transmission options for the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. Fiat 500 Ribelle
The 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle shows its rebellious nature wîth a Rosso (red) roof, spoiler and mirror caps, complemented by Nero Puro (Gloss Black) headlamp and tail lamp bezels and Nero-painted wheels wîth Rosso wheel caps. The Ribelle is available in four exterior paint colors: Bianco (white), Billet Argento (Billet Silver), Grigio (gray) and Nero Puro.
Inside, the Fiat 500 Ribelle is available wîth either Grigio/Nero or Grigio/Rosso interior environments.
The limited-production 2015 Fiat 500 Ribelle will be available in studios in December and starts at $17,395 Ú.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) (not including destination). Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking
The 2015 Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking is outfitted for the city streets wîth Matte Nero exterior mirrors and bezels on the front and rear fascia, side sills and body-side molding.
To take on the urban terrain, the 500L Úrbana Trekking features 17-inch wheels painted Matte Nero. Matte Nero details are complemented by Satin Chrome door handles, tail lamp bezels and accents on the front and rear fascia.
Six glossy exterior paint colors are available, including Verde Bosco Perla (Forest Green Pearl), Rosso Perla (Deep Lava Red), Giallo (yellow), Bianco (white), Grigio Scuro (Gray Metallic) and Blue Tornado, paired wîth a Nero (black) roof. The 500L Úrbana Trekking on display at the 2014 Miami International Auto Show was designed especially for the show and will include a unique Matte Grigio Chiaro body and a Matte Nero roof that will not be available on production models.
Inside, the 500L Úrbana Trekking features a Nero leather §teering wheel, leatherette door bolsters and cloth seats. The instrument panel features a Nero Puro bezel for those vehicles wîth glossy exterior paints and a Matte Grigio bezel for those wîth Matte Grigio Chiaro exterior paint.
For a high-definition music experience, the §egmènt-exclusive Beats Audio system is standard, and includes six premium speakers, a 6.5-inch dual-voice coil (DVC) subwoofer wîth trunk-mounted enclosure and eight-channel amplifier wîth Beats Audio's proprietary digital sound processing (DSP) algorithm. The Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking also comes standard wîth SiriusXM Radio.
The 2015 Fiat 500L Úrbana Trekking will be available in studios in the first quarter of 2015. Pricing for this well-equipped limited-production model starts at $22,795 Ú.S. MSRP (not including destination).About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things wîth infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is synonymous wîth modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.
Reminiscent of the original 1957 Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle's global popularity. Since its launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards.
In North America, the FIAT brand portfolio continues to expand wîth the introduction of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the Fiat 500L, an all-new five-passenger model that expands FIAT's brand style and efficiency into the growing B-§egmènt.Source - Fiat
With more than four million produced during its twenty-year production run, the tiny Fiat 500 was something to behold. Easy to spot by its rounded egg-like body, the Fiat 500 filled a need for utilitarian transportation for the Italian masses when it was introduced in 1957. The post-war European market needed an affordable option, and the rear-engined Fiat 500 was just the solution. The rear-engine design was taken from the Volkswagen Beetle and proved popular enough to be adopted by several other carmakers.
The designer behind the 500 was Dante Giacosa, who was famed for being one of the greatest designers in Fiat's history who not only dealt with the car design, but also had a big hand in the engineering. A cheap and practical town car, the Nuova (new) 500 was debuted in July 1957 and is considered one of the first city cars and lasted until 1960. Giacosa was extremely motivated to construct a car that packed more into a smaller space and he did this by making the engine mount at the rear side. It featured a smaller two-cylinder engine than all newer models, and produced just 13 bhp. The Nuova featured a fabric roof that folded entirely back to the rear of the car, similar to the Citroën 2CV. It was one of three models that came with 'suicide doors'. A stylish Sport version of the Nuova came with a special red stripe and more power in the engine.
With kart-like handling, the four-seat 500 was powered by an air-cooled 479cc flat twin, which eventually was boosted to 499cc that gave 18 bhp. With a top speed of 55mph, the 500 was an incredibly popular and practical vehicle of choice throughout Europe. Weighing at only 1,100 pounds, the 500 had a wheelbase of 72.4 inches, a length of 116.9 inches, a width and height of 52.0 inches. The 500 had a Cx (aerodynamic resistance coefficient) of 0,38, which was quite impressive for the era.
The 'D' replaced the original Nuova in 1960. Similar in appearances to the car it replaced, two differences set the models apart: the engine size and the roof. The D came with an uprated 499 cc engine that produced 17 hp as standard and continued to be used until the end of the L in 1973. The roof for the D didn't fold back as far as the Nuova, but it that earlier roof was available as the 'Transformable'. The D also came with 'suicide doors'. Torino Motors assembled the 500D in New Zealand and it was locally dubbed the 'Fiat Bambina'.
The 500 was offered as the 'Giardiniera' station wagon variant in addition to the two-door coupe in 1960 until 1975. The wagon had the standard engine laid on its side, an additional 10 cm wheelbase that made room for a useable rear seat, larger brakes and a full-length sunroof. Called the K or Giardiniera, the estate version of the Fiat 500 is the longest running model. To create a flat loading surface, the engine was laid under the floor of the trunk. The roof stretches all the way to the rear and didn't stop at the driver and front passenger like other models of the time. The K came with 'suicide doors', and unlike other models, it continued to carry these doors into the 1970s. Production moved to Desio in 1966 and the Giardiniera was constructed by Fiat subsidiary Autobianchi. Production of the Giardiniera tallied at 327,000 which later examples featuring Autobianchi rather than Fiat badging.
The Fiat 500 F or Berlina was produced from 1965 until 1973 and spans two period of 500 production, the D and the L. Because of the two production periods, the F model is very easily confused and misidentified. The F sported the same badging as the D from 1965 until 1969, but the two models can be easily told apart by the positioning of their door hinges. The F produced from June 1965 finally featured front-hinged doors while the D has 'suicide doors'. From '69 until '72 the F was sold next to the Lusso models as the less expensive 'base model' version. There wasn't much mechanically different from the F and L, but the main differences lay in the bumpers and the interior. The L had an extra chrome nudge bar, and the inside of the L featured a fresher updated look while the F interior didn't change from the original 1957 design.
Introduced in 1968 was the L or Lusso 500 model. It featured a modern interior that included a revamped dashboard and paid special attention to comfort and style for the passenger. The 500 L was produced until 1972.
The final version of the 500 was the R or Rinnovata version. The R model sported a larger 594 cc engine that was designed by Abarth with a more practical power rating of 23 bhp and a full synchromesh gearbox. This final model was much more comfortable than previous version yet was more simply equipped and trimmed than before. The fuel gauge was removed and only the low fuel indicator was left.
Several custom models of the 500 were produced, included the 'Jolly' version by Carrozzeria Ghia with inspiration taken from the very exclusive Fiat 600 Jolly. The Jolly came with wicker seats, a chopped-roof, no doors and usually seen with a canopy roof.
Showing that they had a lot of muscle behind their compact frame, seven Fiat 500s contested the first and only Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally in July of 1958. They were beaten by Messerschmitt TG500 and the Berkeley SE492s, but the little Italian cars show their rugged side and proved they were capable of incredible durability. Reputed to be the smallest car to complete a world circumnavigation, a 1969 Fiat 500 travelled 32,000 road kilometers in less than 100 days. In 2005 a 1973 500 took a 16,000 km trip travelling through Russia for a 100 day journey. Its progress was documented by newspaper and television stations worldwide and eventually a book entitled La bizzarra impresa ('The bizarre exploit') was published about the trip. In 2007 this same car became the first Fiat 500 to reach the Sahara dunes was taken around the Mediterranean Sea for over 10,000 kilometers.
The Fiat 500 was produced from 1957 until 1975 and was replaced with the Fiat 126. The 500 R was sold alongside the 126 for two years before the 500 was retired. More than 3.6 million Fiat 500 cars were sold during its lifetime and at end the production had been outsourced to a Polish company called FSM. The 126 never reached the same popularity as its predecessor in Italy. In March of 2007 Fiat debuted the all-new 500 model, based on the '04 Fiat Trepiuno concept. Its arrival coincided with fifty years since the original 500. The new 500 is also dubbed the bambino and competes with the Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen Beetle.Sources:
By Jessica Donaldson