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30 Nov 2012

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2013 Fiat 500c Abarth

What a pleasant little piece of plug-and-play. Putting the Fiat 500c’s retractable roof on the hot 500 Abarth was pretty much a no-brainer, and hey, we certainly aren’t complaining. Folding the soft top back on the little hatchback will only allow us to better hear that awesome exhaust note while we’re burying the throttle. And come on, who doesn’t like a little wind-in-your-hair action?

Again, the 500c Abarth package is pretty much a copy/paste job, so dynamically, the car isn’t all that different. Under the hood is the same 1.4-liter MultiAir turbocharged inline-four, good for 160 horsepower and up to 170 pound-feet of torque (assuming you pressed the Sport button on the dash – something you really, really ought to do). A five-speed manual transmission is the only ‘box available. And don’t you dare complain about that.

New enhancements for the 2013 500c Abarth include an available Beats Audio system, and buyers will be able to attend a no-cost Abarth Driving Experience, where professional racers will show customers how to make the best use of their cars under full-throttle track applications. Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but we expect to have that closer to the car’s on sale date early next year. Hit the jump for the full deets, and check out the scorpion-stung cabriolet in our attached galleries.

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2014 Fiat 500L

Fiat is taking the lead from Mini and expanding its lineup of mini-me runabouts. The Italian automaker has done the 500 every which way, including convertible and performance models and now even electrified versions. Following this expansion comes the first actual growth in size; the 2014 Fiat 500L.

First shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, the 500L features 42 percent more interior space through lengthening the 500 platform by 26 inches. With that added size comes added power, specifically the 1.4-liter MutliAir inline four cylinder engine. Also found in the Fiat 500 Abarth and Dodge Dart, the turbocharged four-pot makes 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed-manual transmission or a dual-clutch gearbox.

From what we can see, the 500L has a more refined and advanced interior than its smaller Italian stablemates. Most notable is the availability of the Uconnect 5.0 (and available 6.5) system, featuring audio and navigation controls, among other functions.

The four-door Fiat 500L is set to arrive at dealer showrooms mid-2013, and will be produced in Fiat’s Kragujevac, Siberia plant… so you know the heat will work! To learn more about the 500L and its utilitarian predecessors such as the Fiat Panda and Multipla, check out the press release below.

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2014 Fiat 500L adds size, refinement and toys to 500 lineup originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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30 Nov 2012

The Chrysler Group has plenty to celebrate this holiday season and is rewarding their employees to show their appreciation.  Chrysler sales have been on the rise this year, making a full comeback from 2009 when the recession peaked and all car sales were down.  Chrysler was happy to report a third-quarter profit of $381 million, the third quarter of rising profits so far this year.

Instead of waiting for fourth quarter results, Chrysler is waiving that requirement and is sending out early bonuses to the 26,000 U.S. factory workers who have been working tirelessly to meet ever-rising demands.

“This waiver of the four-quarter requirement is made in recognition of the tremendous contribution you have all made to the performance of our facilities and to the revival of Chrysler,”Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler, announced to workers Friday morning. “You have also demonstrated a great level of commitment and cooperation in building a solid future for our company.”

For more information about Chrysler, or to take a look at any Chrysler vehicle, contact Larson Dodge.
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Kelley Blue Book announced its annual Best Resale Value Award winners, and we weren’t too surprised to see the list dominated by Japanese automakers – mainly Toyota and Honda. KBB hands out the awards based on the projected residual value of mostly all 2013 model year vehicles, and Toyota skated home with a number of awards including 10 of the 22 overall categories and having five of its products in the top 10 for models with best resale value. KBB’s Best Resale Value Awards were announced in the same week as the ALG Residual Value Awards, and there were many similarities between both lists, especially when it came to Toyota.

To come up with its winners, KBB measures depreciation over the first five years of ownership, and looks for the cars it expects to hold its value the best after this time; on average, the report says the 2013 model year vehicles will lose 61.8 percent of its value in five years. Of the 22 categories, 15 slots were filled by Toyota, Honda and Nissan products, while the Camaro and Porsche (Cayenne and Panamera) each took home a pair of awards. If Toyota has anything to be upset about in this list of cars, it’s that categories for Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car and Electric Vehicle went to the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Volt, respectively.

The overall top 10 models for the best resale value in 2013 are, in alphabetical order:

Scroll down to see KBB’s press release that includes a breakdown of all individual category winners.

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29 Nov 2012

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2014 Fiat 500L Trekking

Didn’t think it was possible to pull and pry at the diminutive Fiat 500 with enough gumption to make the Italian hatchback qualify as a large car (according to the EPA, at least)? Witness the Fiat 500L Trekking, seen above. It’s a full 26-inches longer than the regular 500, and it’s grown six-inches taller and wider.

All that stretching means there is 42 percent more interior room in the 500L than the standard car, which means it’s a good thing the only engine available is Fiat’s 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo four-cylinder engine, as seen in the Abarth, with 160-horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A manual gearbox is standard, and a dual-clutch automatic is optional, each with six gears.

The Trekking model features unique front and rear fascias and 17-inch alloy wheels to set it apart from the base 500L, and the black wheel arch and body-side sill moldings make it look more aggressive. Want to know more? Check out the high-res gallery above and scroll down below for the press release.

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29 Nov 2012

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Fiat Ducato Van

Chrysler has officially confirmed that Ram will develop an all-new large van for the US market based on the Fiat Ducato. The commercial rig will go on sale in the third quarter of next year, joining the Ram C/V on the company’s professional van line. Expect to see the Promaster face off against the Ford Transit and revised Chevrolet Express.

Chrysler is pretty skimpy on details when it comes to the Promaster, but it has said the vehicle will make use of “familiar Ram Truck styling cues.” The van will reportedly also bow with powertrains targeted specifically at the North American market.

Chrysler and Ram made the announcement ahead of the LA Auto Show alongside news that the company will launch a new Ram commercial truck division.

As you may recall, Ram trademarked the Promaster name back in September alongside a slew of other monikers. You can read the brief press release below for more information.

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition

Difficult as it may be, the reality of the matter is that there are a lot of vehicles in the United States that can make it through the daunting stretch of dirt, rocks and elevation changes that is the Rubicon Trail. That said, there isn’t a single production vehicle available today that can navigate the off-road playground with as much aplomb as the Jeep Wrangler.

And no Jeep Wrangler rolling off the factory production line has ever been as off-road-ready as the 2013 Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition.

What makes this rugged machine so capable? It all starts with the steel front bumper that is ready to accept a winch and features removable end caps that allow the massive BF Goodrich 265/70R17 tires unimpeded access to the ground below and in front. In other words, this Wrangler can climb like a mountain goat.

Also included is a half-inch ride-height increase for additional clearance, electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles with 4.10 ratios and locking differentials. Rounding out the package are a dual-intake Power Dome hood, red tow hooks, Mopar rock rails and the buyer’s choice of Billet Silver, White or 10th Anniversary Edition-exclusive Anvil paint and red leather inside.

Check out our live images above, and feel free to peruse the press release below.

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29 Nov 2012

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2013 Fiat 500e

Somebody wanted it, so we all got it – the Fiat 500e, the electric city car packed with enough Earth-saving tech that CEO Sergio Marchionne quipped (admittedly, early last year) that each one built will cost Fiat $10,000. The good news is that it not only comes with tons of EV-only gadgets and features, it does a good job, to our eye, of flaunting its electric looks and it offers the kinds of personalization one would expect of a hatch in the 500 family.

The multi-contrast exterior is grouped into three color packages, including an e-Sport Package that pairs mean with green. The Interior can be had in either Nero or Steam, both coming with Electric Orange accents, and a seven-inch TFT screen with all kinds of electric-car-status details.

Juice comes courtesy of a 111-horsepower electric-drive motor with 147 pound-feet of torque, using a battery rated at 24 kWh. Range is estimated at “more than 80 miles” on the 15-inch Firehawk GT low-rolling resistance tires, but Fiat says stories of “greater than 100 miles” aren’t uncommon. With our high-res gallery above, you don’t have to go that far to check it out from every angle.

2013 Fiat 500e looks loud, runs quietly originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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