2014 Fiat 500e Test Drive

“Fiat 500e Cinquecento has an electrifying personality” Fiat’s iconic 500 experienced an absence from the North American marketplace for more than 25 years. It’s disappearance possibly due to dependability issues and the premise that FIAT was an acronym for “Fix It Again Tony”. Whether or not that was a factual perception, Fiat always generated a…

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Run to the Sun 2013 – Part 1

By Bill SchafferPortland, Ore. – Every year an automotive writer’s organization Barb and I belong to has a two-day drive called Run to the Sun (RttS) giving us a chance to sample some of the manufacturers’ latest offerings. This year Barbara was away at a Jeep-Ram-Dodge program in Southern California, so I was on my…

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2013 Fiat 500e Test Drive

“2013 Fiat 500e expands Cinquecento lineup” You’ll get a charge out of it   Fiat’s iconic 500 was absent from the North American marketplace for more than 25 years. It’s disappearance possibly due to dependability issues and the premise that FIAT was an acronym for “Fix It Again Tony”. Whether or not that was a…

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Drive Revolution – Part 1

Electrics, Hybrids and Diesels in Portland By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Portland, Ore. – We belong to an auto writer’s group call Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA). During the year, our organization does a sport utility vehicle competition called “Mudfest” and a fun two-day drive program in sporty cars called “Run to the Sun.” The…

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2014 Fiat 500L Test Drive in Baltimore

By Bill Schaffer Baltimore – If you’ve watched much television lately you’ve probably seen the Fiat commercial, the “The British are coming…uhhhh… the Italians are coming.” It features the latest Fiat brand to come ashore — the 2014 Fiat 500L. Everyone seems to like the cute little Italian Fiat 500 coupe, but ‘little’ and ‘coupe’…

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2013 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio Test Drive

2013 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio: A breath of fresh air   Fiat has added another model to their 500 Abarth collection – the 2013 Fiat 500C Abarth Cabrio for open air, performance oriented fun. The Abarth moniker, with its iconic scorpion logo, is a highly recognizable symbol not only in Italian performance circles, but worldwide….

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2014 Fiat 500L Test Drive

2014 Fiat 500L: More than simply a stretched Fiat 500 Baltimore, MD- Fans of the reborn Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) who love the little Italian vehicle, but felt that it was too small, will be pleased to learn that there is now a model based on a new “small-wide” platform architecture that is 27-inches longer, 6-inches…

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2013 Fiat 500e Test Drive

“2013 Fiat 500e expands Cinquecento lineup with electrifying personality”   New this year, is the availability of a battery, electric version Fiat 500 in coupe form – the 2013 Fiat 500e. The all-new 2013 Fiat 500e is set to recharge the electric vehicle market segment with its state-of-the-art innovation coupled with Fiat’s Italian style and…

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2013 Fiat 500 Turbo Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo may not be a big “head turner” but it certainly is a “smiler.” Every time we’ve driven the little Italian car we’ve seen people smile at us, and part of that could be because we were smiling, too. Fiat builds on this natural good humor with commercials…

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Fiat and Mazda Developing Roadster Together

Fiat and Mazda announced plans to jointly develop and build a new roadster.  The car is expected to be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant and sold globally starting in 2015, according to a report by Automotive News.  The Fiat version will be sold as the Alfa Spider in the United States as the brand reenters…

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