Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just a month away from release, and FIAT is not about to let you forget it. They've brought their very own custom-designed First Order Stormtrooper 2015 FIAT 500e to the LA Auto Show to guard the corner of the convention center. This black and white one-off was created by Garage Italia Customs, and will be appearing at the LA Auto Show through the end of the week. And no, you cannot buy it - unless you want to buy the standard edition and customize it yourself.
When the new 2016 MX-5 debuted more than a few MX-5 fans were disappointed to hear that the new car had less power than the old NC version that ended its run. The upside was that the new MX-5 was lighter than the old car meaning performance still improved. Then we heard that a Fiat version was in the works to be called the Fiat 124 Spider and that it might have more power.
Fiat is teasing roadster fans right now with three images that have gone up recently over on the official Fiat USA page. We know a new roadster is coming from Fiat that is essentially a 2016 Mazda MX-5 with revised styling. The coolest thing about the coming roadster is that rumors keep suggesting that there will be an Abarth version with more power than the MX-5 offers.
The Takata airbags issue is still ongoing, affecting a dozen auto makers and presenting one of the biggest challenges the automotive industry has faced. Millions of vehicles are currently under recall, and government officials are in talks about an unprecedented move that will have its organizing the recall itself. Fiat Chrysler has been dealing with its own airbag troubles, one that has resulted in 316,000 Jeeps being recalled.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been dealt yet another blow in the form of vehicle recalls. Following the news about 1.4 million Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler vehicles getting recalled over the recent infotainment hacking, now comes word that 1.3 million Dodge Ram trucks in the US are getting recalled due to one of several reasons. The remote hacking threat doesn't play a part this time, but rather the reasons include steering-wheel wiring, bracket welds, and air-bags.
One of the best muscle cars to come out of the 60s and 70s was the Barracuda. Many of the muscle cars still cruise the streets today and command huge money when restored properly. Rumors have been swirling for years now that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is going to bring the Barracuda back to the market after a decades long hiatus as a Dodge.
I've always thought that the Fiat 500 was a cool little car; the problem is that it's little. You aren't getting anyone in the back seats of that thing who has legs. Fiat is now producing larger versions of that Fiat 500, such as the Fiat 500L. A new larger version of the 500 is being considered by Fiat and it would wear the Abarth badge.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that it has spent $2.5 million to improve its Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) at the FCA HQ in Auburn Hills, Mich. The new CTC is designed to test the capability of 4x4 vehicles in a wider range of temperature extremes from -40 with snow blowing at 100mph to 130-degrees simulating a warm Texas summer day.
Fiat Chrysler infotainment supplier Harman Kardon has denied there is a widespread issue with its dashboard tech, despite a new investigation by safety regulators. 1.4 million of the company's touchscreen multimedia and navigation systems, branded Uconnect by Fiat Chrysler, have been at the center of a safety recall recently, following the discovery that hackers could remotely access them. That prompted a further NHTSA investigation, something Harman Kardon insists will come up empty.
Fiat-Chrysler will buy back as many as 500,000 trucks in a hugely costly settlement with the NHTSA that also includes a penalty that could reach $105m. News of the buy-back comes after the beleaguered manufacturer agreed to recall a whopping 1.5m cars, SUVs, and trucks late last week, with today's record fine coming after the firm failed to convince the US safety regulator that it handled a total of 23 recalls affecting in excess of 11m vehicles effectively over the past few years.
Following this week's news about a Jeep vehicle that was hacked from a remote location while driving down the road, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced a recall affecting 1.4 million cars in the US. The recall is obviously over potential hole in the security of the software running on the vehicles. In the Jeep incident, which was covered in a report from Wired, the hackers managed to send signals to car's dashboard over the internet while it was traveling at 70 mph.