Posts tagged "fiat"

Today's Rave: Fiat 500 in snow

Today's Rave: Fiat 500 in snow
For such a small car, you’d assume that the 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo would handle poorly in the snow. So, when the snow finally started to fall in Chicago this week, I cursed my luck that I had this car as a tester. Then I looked at it as an opportunity and took to my... Read more »

Today's Rave: Fiat 500 manual transmission

Today's Rave: Fiat 500 manual transmission
I want to own a manual transmission car. The next car I buy will, in fact, be of the stick shift variety. The fear in Chicago, however, is always getting stuck in traffic and the ensuing Charlie horse from all that clutch punching. But I have to admit, I found absolutely nothing wrong with the... Read more »

Finally, the perfect city car: 2012 Fiat 500

Finally, the perfect city car: 2012 Fiat 500
Spoiler alert: In case you couldn’t guess by the headline, I’m giving the Fiat 500 a perfect 10 on the Chicago-worthy scale. Finally, a car that makes absolute perfect sense in an urban environment. And it’s cute to boot. Fiat is an old new entry in the US. It left back in the ’80s because... Read more »
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So, whadahyawannaknow? Fiat 500

Nope. It's actually quite roomy. Plus, the smart car doesn't have a backseat whereas the Fiat 500 does. I thought headroom and legroom were quite nice. In fact, I had a 5'10'' passenger in the front seat who made just those comments. I thought the trunk space was also really decent at 9.5 cubic-feet.
In typical fashion, I asked my tweeps what they wanted to know about the Fiat 500 when I swapped into it. I got 7 questions rather than the 2 or 3 I normally get. So, I decided to format this as a photo gallery this week and give long-form answers in the captions. Here’s to... Read more »

2012 Fiat 500: Mini's first true competitor arrives

2012 Fiat 500 The very first Fiat 500s arrive in the US this week in the form of a special “Prima Edizione” model. This is the first new Fiat to be sold in America since 1984. I spent a considerable amount of time sitting in this car during the Chicago Auto Show, and though I... Read more »

Chrysler (finally) gets in gear

Fiat 500 Sport Chrysler Group had a flurry of news released on it’s corporate blog yesterday as CEO Sergio Marchionne met with dealers in Orlando, Fla., during the 2010 Chrysler Dealer Show. This was the first announcement show since 2007, and thus it brought out more than 75 percent of the nation’s dealers. Chrysler is... Read more »
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Last weekend of the show: Top 10 things to see

Jeep Test Track at the Chicago Auto Show You have two days left to see the Chicago Auto Show. Since it’s a weekend, you can get your bottom dollar that it’s going to be crowded. So, the best plan is to have a route mapped out before you go to McCormick Place. Check out this... Read more »