Fiat 500 Abarth Ad Debuts

The awesomeness of the new Abarth ad almost outweighs the stupidity of the J. Lo ones, almost. Full details on Fiat’s spicy new addition coming soon.

  

Fiat Sales Soft in October

Fiat recently released October sales for the U.S. market, and the results are disappointing. Fiat sales of the 500 and 500C dropped to 1965, a 71% drop in sales from September. Also, this happened in a month that saw sales increase for many automakers, including Chrysler. There are various reasons for the decline including the 500 losing its “new car” appeal and the dealer network being small, but I only want to point to one source: Jenny from the Block.

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Breaking: Fiat 500 Abarth Spotted Before L.A. Auto Show Debut

The official debut of the U.S. Fiat 500 Abarth is Nov. 16 at the L.A. Auto Show, but it looks like we don’t have to wait that long to sneak a peak. Like finding your Christmas presents early, an intrepid Fiat fan has appeared to snag the first glimpse of the U.S. market 500 Abarth.

It appears that all the juicy exterior bits have made it over intact, but we will still have to wait until Nov. 16 for the power, the details, and the price. One can only hope they won’t put J.Lo. in the advertisements and embarrass what should be a fantastic little car.

Source: Fiat 500 USA

  

Top 7 New Car Models for 2012

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Buying a new car is still one of life’s most exciting moments, and with 2012 just around the corner, the new models are starting to hit the show floors right now. Everyone has an idea about what makes the perfect car, but no matter which model you choose, 2012 cars are the first to have to comply with the stricter gas usage requirements (an average of 33.3 mpg) set by the National Highway Safety Administration.

Here are seven 2012 models from traditional car manufacturers that are anything but traditional.

Volkswagen Golf R:
Good gas mileage and Volkswagen have always gone hand in hand. The Golf R model promises to continue that tradition, plus include all-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission.

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Maserati to Launch SUV

Yet another Frankfurt Auto Show debut has come to light, this time from Maserati. To increase sales volume, Maserati is looking to increase their offerings within the next few years. The first model is the new, unnamed Maserati SUV.

Jealous of Porsche’s success with the Cayenne, Maserati is going deep into Fiat’s toy chest to create their own competitor. The result will be the equivalent of a rich man’s turducken. Expect this new model to use the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s platform, a Ferrari derived V8 (most likely similar to the Granturismo), a ZF 8 speed transmission, and the appropriate Maserati styling adjustments both inside the car and out.

If you are connecting the dots, this means that Maserati will produce a truck with a platform engineered by Jeep (also the Mercedes GL), powered by a Ferrari motor, using a German transmission, and built in the U.S.A.

Let’s see if Maserati can put all the parts together to make a true competitor to the Cayene and BMW X5M when the curtain falls in Frankfurt. If it goes all terribly wrong, expect something like the Chrysler TC by Maserati though.

Source: Automotive News

  

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