Fiat 500X Cross Plus
NEWS INDEX: Fiat
Fiat 500X released
7th December, 2015
500X, Fiat's small cross-over, has arrived in Australia; petrol
engines, three transmissions – manual, dual-clutch automatic or ZF automatic; front-wheel or all-wheel drive
configurations; outputs: 103kW/230Nm or 125kW/250Nm; available in four trim levels; 500X is priced from $28,000* .....
Fiat 124 Spider revealed
1st December, 2015
Fiat 124 Spider returns nearly 50 years after original
introduction; Joint venture sports car with Mazda; Powered by turbocharged MultiAir 1.4-litre engine for 119kW and
250Nm, available with manual or automatic transmission .....
Chrysler undertakes to remedy customer service complaints
14th October, 2015
ACCC received a number of complaints from Chrysler customers
concerning vehicle faults and how their complaints were handled by Chrysler and its dealers. The complaints
related to various issues including delays in sourcing spare parts and failing to adequately deal with customer
Fiat 500 update revealed
19th July, 2015
New 500 features new headlamps, grilles, chrome brightwork and
LED daytime running lights; Rear enhancements include new ‘empty' light clusters; Interior revisions include new
UconnectTM infotainment systems across the range, enhanced comfort and numerous detail improvements .....
Fiat Doblo released locally
24th November, 2014
Doblo van has arrived in Australia for the first time, offering
new levels of practicality, versatility, comfort, safety and fuel efficiency to the small commercial vehicle
sector; Four engine options - 1.6-litre diesel with 66kW and 200Nm or 77kW and 290Nm, a 2.0-litre diesel with
99kW and 320Nm, and a 1.4-litre petrol with 70kW and 127Nm; Two wheelbase lengths: 4,390mm (short wheelbase) and
4,740mm (Maxi); payload capacity: 750kg (short wheelbase) and 1,000kg (Maxi) .....
Fiat Ducato: new generation released
10th November, 2014
The most powerful front-wheel-drive van in segment: Ducato’s
3.0-litre turbodiesel engine generates 130kW @ 3,500rpm and 400Nm @ 1,400rpm; Renewed focus on three key areas:
robustness and reliability, efficiency and low running costs, and new high-tech features; Electronic Stability
Control (ESC) complete with Roll-over Mitigation, Load and Centre of Gravity Detection (LAC) and Hill Holder all
Fiat Freemont gains V6 version
14th August, 2014
New "Crossroad" variant comes with powerful 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine
(206kW and 342Nm); A tough, powerful new look to match its bigger engine, with new front and rear bumpers, ‘Platinum Chrome’
details, black frames for the front and rear light clusters, and 19-inch ‘Hyper Black’ five-spoke alloy wheels; Cutting
edge cabin technology and comfort, with 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen navigator, new black leather seats with sports mesh
fabric inserts and light ardesian grey stitching, and ‘Liquid Graphite’ colour interior finishes as standard; MLP* from
Abarth line revised
10th August, 2014
Two new trim levels: 595 Turismo and 595 Competizione; Powered
by a punchy turbo T-Jet engine, generating 118kW and 230Nm; Dual Mode ‘Record Monza’ exhaust system standard
on Competizione model; Fuel-efficient fun: rated at 5.4-litres per 100 kilometres; Priced from $33,500* .....
Fiat 500 updated
5th August, 2014
User-connectivity upgrade, highlighted by seven-inch TFT
instrument display; Three new paint colours and 16 interior options; Choice of three engines .....
Abarth 595 ‘50th Anniversary’ arrives
29th May, 2014
Power comes from Fiat’s scintillating turbocharged, four-cylinder
1.4-litre T-Jet which has been boosted to 132kW/250Nm thanks to an overboost function activated by pressing the
‘Sport’ button to adjust Electronic Control Unit mapping and turbocharger boost pressure .....
Fiat "Tricolore" specials for 500 and Freemont
14th May, 2014
Fiat has introduced the ‘Tricolore’ special edition for the Fiat 500 Lounge
hatchback ($20,300*) and the Fiat Freemont Urban ($28,330* for the petrol and $32,600* for the diesel) .....
Fiat Ducato takes 30%+ of motor home market
4th May, 2014
Ducato features a capable chassis that can handle high payloads and
significant towing capacity in addition to a powerful 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine that delivers performance,
reliability and usability .....
Abarth 695 biposto: Street Legal!
9th March, 2014
141kW 1.4 T-Jet engine; weighs just 997kg offering superior
weight-to-power ratio; 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds; road-going reinterpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse race
car which won Class F at the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour .....
Who owns Chrysler?
28th January, 2014
Fiat funded the U.S.$1,750 million payment from available cash on
hand. Chrysler Group funded the special distribution from available cash on hand .....
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Fiat Panda released locally
29th October, 2013
Italy’s best-selling car, makes its Australian debut; Panda –
Fiat’s benchmark small car delivers five-door, five-seat practicality with a spacious, flexible interior, yet
compact exterior .....
Fiat Punto returns
9th August, 2013
Available in a five-door hatchback body style across three
specification levels – Pop, Easy and Lounge – the Punto offers customers Italian style that is affordable,
practical and safe .....
Abarth 695 Edizione Maserati released locally
19th June, 2013
Edizione Maserati has exclusive style details and special technical features
developed especially for the Abarth/Maserati collaboration, based on a host of shared values, including attention to detail,
elegance and a passion for performance and sport .....
Fiat 500 line-up revised
16th June, 2013
Revised Fiat 500 range offers eight variants across two body
styles with improved affordability .....
Adventurer swaps a 'slightly' used Fiat Panda for a new Panda Trekking
15th April, 2013
Philip Young, the adventurer who, with co-driver Paul Brace, drove the
10,000-mile journey in a record-breaking 10 days, 13 hours and 28 minutes, has handed the Panda to Fiat UK .....
Fiat Freemont arrives in Australia
10th April, 2013
The Fiat Freemont is available in three specification levels – Base,
Urban and Lounge – powered by either a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or fuel-sipping 2.0-litre four-cylinder
MultiJet II diesel .....
Lower prices for Alfa Romeo and Fiat
26th February, 2013
The Fiat and Alfa Romeo line-up in Australia has attracted a passionate
following, but, to date, has been priced out of reach of many of potential buyers – but not anymore .....
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Off the line: 1 million Fiat 500s
21st November, 2012
And a 1971 Fiat 500 L once owned by popular British Prime Minister,
David Cameron, has sold for more than twice its guide price at a recent sale hosted by Silverstone Auctions .....
Fiat Ducato summer camp in Italy
6th June, 2012
The first ever themed campsite experience dedicated especially to
motor homes, the "Ca' Savio Fiat Ducato" camping initiative will allow all Ducato camper van and motor home owners
to enjoy a holiday filled with first-class service and total relaxation .....
Alfa Romeo & Mazda roadster for 2015
23rd May, 2012
The study calls for both Mazda and Alfa Romeo/Fiat to develop two
differentiated, distinctly styled and brand-specific light weight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive .....
Abarth 695 Maserati Edition
20th May, 2012
The new Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is an exclusive convertible-like car based
on the Fiat 500C which blends the aggression and sportiness of a high-performance car in the Abarth tradition .....
Fiat 500 goes down to 2-cylinders
16th March, 2012
The Fiat 500 Twin air, which is now on sale in Australia, is
Fiat's local leader for low emissions and fuel economy as it has just two-cylinders .....
Fiat Ducato updated for 2012
10th February, 2012
The Fiat Ducato, the medium and large vans and the base vehicle
for eight Australian motor home converters, gains a new range of engines for 2012 all of which meet Euro V
emissions standard as well cutting fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent .....
Fiat Scudo recall
15th January, 2012
Some fifty Fiat Scudo vehicles were subject to a recent recall due to
the potential of damage to the power steering electric pump wiring .....
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Abarth 500C Esseesse released
14th November, 2011
The new Abarth 500C Esseesse an all out, no holds-barred, uncompromising,
high performance pocket rocket with an engine that delivers performance, a race-bred chassis that enables it to be fully
utilised across a broad breadth of road conditions complete with the familiar Fiat 500 styling .....
Fiat Ducato recall
11th September, 2011
Three hundred and five Fiat Ducato models are being recalled in
Australia because the spare wheel may become detached .....
Fiat expands Doblo line-up
28th August, 2011
The appeal of Fiat’s Doblo Cargo van range has been broadened
with a drop-side utility version .....
Buried treasure - 1904 Fiat
21st August, 2011
A 1904 Fiat, which avoided the scrap yard by being buried on
an American estate, is one of more than 500 pre-1905 Veteran cars taking part in the Royal Automobile Club’s
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 6th November 2011 .....
Jayco Conquest Tour Edition released
17th August, 2011
The model has an updated range of decor styles, with Eurostyle finishings such
as Italian inspired door handles, a choice of tile and timber floor vinyl design, and a new style sink with a larger bowl for
added home-like comfort .....
Who owns Chrysler?
24th July, 2011
Fiat has once again increased its shareholding in Chrysler
Group LLC .....
Fiat to buy out 'Feds' share of Chrysler
21st June, 2011
Fiat recently notified the United States Department of
Treasury (“UST”) of Fiat’s intent to exercise its option to purchase the interest held in Chrysler by UST,
equal to 6% of Chrysler’s equity .....
Fiat increases its interest in Chrysler
29th May, 2011
Concurrently with the closing of the refinancing of
Chrysler’s debt and the full repayment by Chrysler of its debt to the U.S. and Canadian governments last
week, Fiat has consummated the exercise of its option to purchase an incremental 16% interest in Chrysler .....
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari arrives locally
27th May, 2011
More expensive than the highly prized Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Abarth 695
Tributo Ferrari, the high-priced version of the Fiat 500, has arrived in Australia offing a combination of reasonable performance,
equipment and features that brings another meaning to the phrase ‘pocket rocket’ .....
Trakka Fiat Torino Xtra Remote
11th May, 2011
Built on a Fiat Ducato base with a fuel efficient 3.0L multi-jet diesel
engine matched to a six speed Manual Transmission Automated (MTA) gearbox, the Trakka Fiat Torino Xtra Remote offers a
blend of power, acceleration, relaxing drive and smooth gear changes .....
Fiat to increase stake in Chrysler Group LLC
8th May, 2011
Fiat has reached an agreement with Chrysler Group LLC and
others regarding the exercise by Fiat of the Incremental Equity Call Option to which Fiat is entitled under
Chrysler’s Operating Agreement .....
Who owns Chrysler?
13th April, 2011
Further to the news item dated 25th January 2011 Chrysler Group
LLC yesterday announced that Fiat's ownership in the Company has increased from 25 per cent to 30 per cent,
effective 12th April 2011 .....
Abarth 500 Esseesse released
10th March, 2011
With the new-generation Fiat 500 as its starting point, Abarth
has devised a new Abarth 500 that is every bit as sharply focussed, hard core and as able to give bigger
performance cars a fright - just like the oldie .....
Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato
3rd March, 2011
In addition, the unique shape of the roof features the
characteristic "double hump" in the roofline, the true emblem of Zagato’s sports cars, teaming the lowering of the
car with retaining excellent interior comfort .....
27th February, 2011
The Geneva Motor Show presents the occasion to make an advance
announcement of the commercial launch, expected during the second quarter of 2011, of the manual five-speed
gearbox on the Abarth 500C, combined with the 135 HP 1.4 T-Jet engine .....
Winnebago Eyre motor home
24th February, 2011
Built on the AL-KO chassis variant of the Fiat Ducato, the Winnebago Eyre
is able to combine an unusually low overall height – just 2.75 metres – with a spacious, flexible interior that includes
such notable features as an island double bed, a spacious kitchen, seating for four people and provide separate shower
and toilet facilities .....
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari
15th February, 2011
The new Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari" is distinguished by a number of stylistic
changes, but more importantly by substantial modifications developed by Abarth and Ferrari engineers. The engine, for a start,
is a Fiat 1.4 Turbo T-Jet 16v, tuned to develop more than 180 HP .....
Abarth 500 due next month
13th February, 2011
Although it was due to arrive in Australia last year, the
Australian importer of Fiat has now confirmed that the hotted-up version of Fiat’s 'bambino', the Fiat 500, will
arrive in the middle of March and that the Abarth 500 will be the extra 'hot' Esseesse version as standard .....
Who owns Chrysler Group?
25th January, 2011
Chrysler Group announced earlier this month that Fiat's
ownership interest in the Company has increased from 20 per cent to 25 per cent upon the Company’s achievement
of the first of three performance-related 'milestones' .....
Fiat Freemont is a new journey
24th January, 2011
The Freemont built on the base of the Dodge Journey, is the first
Fiat vehicle to come out of the partnership with the Chrysler Group. It will be produced in the Mexican plant of
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GM's next Combo
30th November, 2010
Fiat Group and Adam Opel GmbH have signed a contractual
agreement whereby Fiat will supply vehicles comprising of several variants to Opel commencing December 2011 .....
Abarth Punto Evo & Abarth 500C due for release in Italy
15th June, 2010
The Abarth 500C and Abarth Punto Evo offer a driving experience that
transcends the idea that a product is something simply to be used, taking you into the realms of powerful emotion .....
500,000th Fiat 500 rolls off the production line
30th March, 2010
Another important 'milestone' in the history of the Fiat
500 and the Fiat Auto manufacturing plant in Tychy, Poland, where the car is manufactured, has been reached .....
Chrysler to develop Fiat 500 based Electric Vehicle
25th March, 2010
Chrysler Group LLC has announced its plans to engineer and
manufacture a pure electric vehicle using the Fiat 500 platform .....
Fiat at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
25th February, 2010
The "guest of honour" of the stand is a technological
masterpiece developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies: the two-cylinder 85 HP TWIN-AIR (900 cc). Visitors can
preview it for the first time both in a showcase and fitted aboard a 500 .....
Abarth coming to Australia
25th February, 2010
While the eyes are inevitably drawn to the new two tone paint job
debuted on the Fiat 500C Abarth, the extended, dynamic-looking spoiler is an instant reminder that the Abarth
version of the 500C means business .....
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Fiat 500 Abarth for rallying
27th September, 2009
The new Abarth 500 R3T will lend its name to a promotional rally
trophy in 2010, due to join the two track events (European and Italian) planned for the
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse .....
Fiat's hot 500 Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari”
16th September, 2009
The Frankfurt Motor Show will see the launch of the hottest version
yet of Fiat’s "Bambino", the Fiat 500, when Abarth unveil the Fiat 500 Abarth 695 “Tributo Ferrari” .....
Fiat 500C here for summer
15th September, 2009
The new Fiat 500C, the open top version of Fiat’s "Bambino",
will now arrive in Australia earlier than first expected. A January 2010 release is now scheduled .....
Fiat 500C For Australia Mid-2010
22nd June, 2009
The soft top of the Fiat 500C stands out for its elegant
electrically controlled movement and its impressively finished and carefully selected technical features .....
Ten Million Brazilian Fiats
14th June, 2009
In May, Fiat sold 60,628 vehicles to take 25.5 per cent of the
Brazilian market, ahead of Volkswagen and General Motors .....
Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat Finalise Global Strategic Alliance
11th June, 2009
As part of the alliance, Fiat will contribute to Chrysler its technology,
platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars .....
US Court Approves Sale of Chrysler LLC to New Company Formed with Fiat
3rd June, 2009
Chrysler LLC announced on Monday that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
Southern District of New York (USA), has approved its request to sell substantially all of its operations to Chrysler
Group LLC, the new company formed in alliance with Fiat SpA .....
Former King of Italy’s Fiat for sale
10th May, 2009
A car used by the King of Italy to chauffeur Adolf Hitler,
Benito Mussolini and General Franco around Rome on State visits is to be auctioned in Monaco next week .....
Lifting The Lid On The Fiat 500C
17th February, 2009
Fiat will take the wraps off the convertible version of the
Fiat 500 at the Geneva Motor Show in early March with the launch of the 500C, a new version of Fiat’s
Potential Chrysler and Fiat Alliance Anticipated
25th January, 2009
The alliance, to be a key element of Chrysler’s viability plan, would provide
Chrysler with access to competitive, fuel-efficient vehicle platforms, powertrain, and components to be produced at Chrysler
manufacturing sites .....
Drive Away Prices For Fiat Commercial Vehicles
20th January, 2009
“There is no doubt that businesses across Australia are doing
it tough and they need to look at every dollar they spend to save money,” says Andrei Zaitzev, General Manager
for Fiat in Australia .....
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Abarth at the Paris Motor Show
9th October, 2008
Carlo Abarth always concentrated his efforts on developing the
performance of standard production cars .....
Fiorino Qubo, Europe's new MPV from Fiat
19th June, 2008
Manufactured as a result of a joint venture between Fiat and PSA
(Peugeot/Citroen), the Fiorino Qubo is made at the Tofas factory in Turkey .....
Abarth at the Mille Miglia 2008
20th May, 2008
Abarth returns to track racing and it has chosen to do so with its
new ‘500 Abarth Assetto Corse’, the 'baby' sports car from Abarth, due to be produced as a Limited Edition of just
49 cars .....
Fiat 500 takes part in the Liege-Brescia-Liege 50 Years After Victory
10th April, 2008
Some 50 years on, a group of Fiat 500s will once again return to
historic Liege in Belgium – leading a 10-day celebration of one of the greatest endurance rallies .....
Fiat Ritmo Now In Australian Showrooms
7th April, 2008
Following its Australian unveiling in Brisbane earlier this
year, the all-new Fiat Ritmo is now in Australia’s Fiat dealerships, providing Italian flair in the small car
Fiat 500 Abarth To Debut In Geneva
20th February, 2008
The Fiat 500 Abarth will make its international public debut at
the Geneva Motor Show in March .....
Fiat Ritmo Arrives Locally
5th February, 2008
The all new Fiat Ritmo has arrived in Australia, providing a new
Italian small car for consideration by local buyers .....
Fiat Add A New Ritmo To Australian Line-Up
6th January, 2008
The all new model will sit above the slow-selling Fiat Punto range
providing the Italian car maker with a model in the increasingly important small car sector .....
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Fiat 500 elected "European Car of the Year"
21st November, 2007
The international jury presiding over the "Car of the Year"
award, made up of 58 specialist journalists from 22 European countries, has elected the Fiat 500 “Car of the Year
2008” with 385 votes .....
Turbo Power For Fiat Punto
27th September, 2007
Fiat will add a new turbo model to the slow-selling Australian
Punto line-up in early 2008 with the arrival of the Fiat Punto Sport 1.4 T-Jet .....
The return of Abarth
21st September, 2007
Given the struggle that Fiat is having in re-establishing the brand
in Australia, it is considered unlikely that Abarth will be sold by Australian Fiat dealers .....
Fiat 500 Launch Becomes A Major Production
27th June, 2007
Next week (4th-5th July 2007) towns and cities across Italy
will come to a standstill to celebrate the launch of the new Fiat 500, some 50 years after the launch of
the original 500 .....
Ritmo To Expand Fiat's Slow Selling Line-Up
11th May, 2007
Fiat has announced that its next model set for Australian
launch will be named Ritmo and it will make its debut at the 2007 Sydney Motor Show, providing the Italian
car maker with a mid-size five door hatchback to compliment the slow selling Punto .....
Here comes the Fiat 500
22nd March, 2007
Fiat has announced the new 500 will make its debut exactly 50
years after the original car was launched .....
New Fiat Ducato Arrives In Australia
12th February, 2007
The Ducato has a tough task ahead, as Ford, Mercedes-Benz and
Volkswagen continue to satisfy customers and drivers, alike, with the new Transit, the new Sprinter and the LT .....
Fiat Panda 4X4s To Contest Dakar 2007
4th January, 2007
Two factory-built Fiat Panda 4x4s have been prepared to contest
the gruelling Dakar 2007 rally, which starts in Lisbon this Saturday .....
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Fiat 500 to enter Guinness Book of Records
23rd July, 2006
The Fiat 500 has qualified for The Guinness Book of Records, as more
than 750 Cinquecentisti provided the world’s longest one model traffic jam .....
Fiat Truckster & New Ducato
28th May, 2006
Fiat Auto has taken the wraps off its new Fiat Ducato at the
Madrid Motor Show and has also revealed the Truckster .....
The new Fiat, Peugeot, Citroën vans unveiled
12th May, 2006
This new generation of commercial vehicles sets new standards in terms of range
variety, load capacity, performance, comfort and running costs .....
Fiat Sedici At 4,300m Above Sea Level
26th March, 2006
To soar above the tallest peaks, setting records and exploring the
resources of mankind and technology: this is the project proposed by d’Arrigo .....
Fiat Grande Punto Convertible In Geneva
15th March, 2006
One of Europe's leading styling and design companies, Fioravanti, revealed
an open top version of the new Fiat Grande Punto at the Geneva Motor Show .....
Jayco Boosts Demand For Fiat Vans
23rd February, 2006
Growth in the popularity of motorised recreational vehicle (RV)
ownership is helping Fiat Commercial expand its business .....
Fiat Grande Punto For Brisbane's Motor Show
13th February, 2006
Following its Australian debut at Melbourne's Motor Show, the Fiat
Grande Punto will, also, be on display at Brisbane's Motor Show in March .....
Fiat Australia Sales Up 76.4%
31st January, 2006
The Fiat Ducato has continued to drive sales upwards in 2005 with
a sales increase for Fiat's van range of 76.4 per cent and this is predicted to continue in 2006 .....
Russian Joint Venture For Fiat
4th January, 2006
An agreement between Fiat Auto and Severstal Auto to produce two
Fiatproducts in Russia has joined a growing list of Fiat Joint ventures .....
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Fiat Produces The Three Millionth Ducato
20th December, 2005
The three millionth Fiat Ducato has rolled down the production line
in Italy .....
Meet The Bambino's Big Bro
5th December, 2005
So you thought Fiat only made small cars that are an essential part
of any image of a European city, especially one sitting by the Mediterranean? .....
Europe's Fiat Sedici 4x4xSuzuki
1st December, 2005
The Fiat Sedici marks a veritable leap in the compact SUV scenario
because it is the result of a style and design approach whose distinguishing feature is freedom of choice .....
New Fiat Ducato SWB Delivers For $35,990
14th November, 2005
The Fiat Ducato van range has proven to be a success in Australia,
with sales up 62 per cent so far this year and 80 per cent in October alone .....
Award For Fiat Punto Grande
11th November, 2005
The Fiat Punto Grande has won a “2005 Golden Steering Wheel”, one of
Germany’s most prestigious automotive prizes .....
Fiat and Ford Sign Small Cars Agreement
8th November, 2005
Fiat and Ford announced yesterday that they have signed a definitive
agreement to cooperate on the joint development and production of vehicles in the European small car (sub-B) segment .....
2006 Fiat Punto Grande
3rd November, 2005
Fiat has long been renowned for lifting small cars above the mundane,
turning basic transport into something special, into virtual works of art .....
Fiat Croma Gets Euro NCAP 5-Star Rating
1st November, 2005
The Fiat Croma has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in
the European New Car Assessment Programme crash safety .....
A Joint Fiat & Ford Tiny Car
21st September, 2005
Fiat and Ford have confirmed that discussions have taken place between
the two companies to determine if they should pursue a joint development .....
Fiat To Announce 25 New Models
11th August, 2005
The Fiat Group has announced that its brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Fiat
Commercial Vehicles and Lancia will launch not just 20 new models in the next four years .....
8th August, 2005
Fiat celebrated its 106th birthday last month (11th July, 2005)
with theanniversary of the day in 1899 when Fiat or Fabbrica Italiana Automobili di Torino was founded .....
Fiat Cars Are Coming Back To Australia
29th July, 2005
The new Punto Grande will herald the return of Fiat cars to Australia. It
will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and arrive in Australia in late 2006 .....
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