Jay Leno’s Garage: Fiat 500 Abarth

Posted in Best of, Celebrity Cars, European Rides, Fiat, Rides, Top of the Heap, Videos by MrAngry | July 29th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Jay Leno's Garage

It’s small, quick and if you fast forward to the 8-minute and 42-second mark you can see Jay Leno flip a bitch and do a pretty serious burnout in the new Fiat 500 Abarth.

Tough life Jay… tough life.


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2012 Fiat 500C Pop Cabrio: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, European Review, European Rides, Featured, Fiat, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | April 16th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

2012 Fiat 500C Pop Cabrio

Thumbs Up: Surprisingly fun to drive with the five speed manual.

Thumbs Down: Lack of footwell room is a deal-breaker for long trips.

Buy This Car If: You want a fuel-efficient commuter that delivers inexpensive topless fun.

Driving in Europe is a lot different than driving in the United States. To begin with, gasoline is roughly twice as expensive as in the U.S., and viable solutions for public transportation abound. We’d guess that, on average, Europeans live closer to work than their American counterparts, so those who do drive to work are content to drive smaller cars. Factor in narrower roads and limited parking, and anything larger than a MINI Cooper becomes a liability, not an asset. Read More…

FIAT 500 Abarth — “House Arrest”

Posted in European Rides, Fiat, General, Rides by MrAngry | March 8th, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Charlie Sheene Fiat Ad

If Fiat’s new ad starring Charlie Sheene teaches us anything, it’s to do enough cocaine to choke a rhino, sleep with enough hookers to make your winky rot, and then make sure you drink enough booze to drown Moby Dick. I mean I get what they’re trying to do here, but Charlie Sheen… really?

That Italian chick is pretty hot though.


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2012 Fiat 500 Sport: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, European Review, Featured, Fiat, Promoted, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | January 30th, 2012 | 4 Responses |

2012 Fiat 500 Sport

Thumbs Up: Go-kart-like low speed handling.

Thumbs Down: Needs more power.

Buy This Car If: You want a frugal commuter that’s still fun to drive.

Fiat exited the U.S. market in 1984, a victim of declining market share caused by both the Japanese brands and the changing habits of the American consumer. After decades of offering affordable-yet-entertaining Italian cars like the X/19 and the Fiat 124 Spider, the quirky Italian automaker’s absence was noted primarily by devotees of the brand. American consumers instead bought trucks and SUVs, or dependable-but-bland econoboxes from Japanese automakers. Read More…

Fiat Head Laura Soave Leaves Chrysler

Posted in auto industry, Fiat, News by Kurt Ernst | November 23rd, 2011 | 1 Response |

The Fiat 500 Abarth: too late to save Laura Soave. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

Here’s what we know: the former head of Fiat North America, Laura Soave, is no longer with the company. That’s a recent development, since she still held the position at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Replacing Soave in the lineup is Timothy Kuniskis, who formerly held the title of director of product marketing for Fiat and Chrysler brands. There’s no word on when Kuniskis learned of his new role, but we’re guessing it was probably on his way through the door on Monday. Read More…

The Greatest Car Commercial In The History Of The World

Posted in Car Buying, Cool Stuff, Educational, Fiat, Funny, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 19th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The best commercials, regardless of the product, fill you with passion and make you want to run, not walk, to buy whatever it is the company is selling. I think this commercial is for the Fiat 500 Abarth, and I think there may even be a car in it somewhere, but I’ve watched it a few dozen times and I’m still not sure. Regardless, I’d still call it the greatest car commercial ever filmed. Read More…

Poor Fiat 500 Sales Prompt Chrysler Layoffs

Posted in auto industry, Fiat, News by Kurt Ernst | November 17th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

The Fiat 500 Cabrio. Image: Chrysler Group LLC

When Fiat rolled out launch plans for its diminutive 500 city car, the Italian automaker was ambitious. Initial projections called for a network of 130 Fiat dealers selling some 35,000 cars in the U.S. this year. Instead, construction delays limited the number of dealerships for most of the year (although the total is now at 130), and a lack of advertising has left buyers confused about Fiat’s return to the U.S. market. Read More…

Fiat Teases Us With Fiat 500 Abarth Videos

Posted in Fiat, LA Auto Show by Kurt Ernst | November 3rd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

We’re still two weeks away from the official U.S. debut of the Fiat 500 Abarth, but Fiat is dropping plenty of images and videos of the car prior to its Los Angeles Auto Show reveal. We like the first video below and fully embrace it’s concept of “go faster than yesterday,” but the second video leaves us shaking out heads at Fiat’s U.S. marketing. Read More…

Fiat 500 Abarth Competizione: Frankfurt Forbidden Fruit

Posted in Fiat, Frankfurt Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | September 5th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The Abarth 695 Competizione. Image: Fiat

In 2009, Fiat tuner Abarth got a crazy idea: work with Ferrari to build the world’s fastest Fiat 500, then put it into limited production at a cost-be-damned price just under $50,000. The result was the Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, and the Italian tuner soon found that the stratospheric price was no barrier to sales. Since the car’s launch in July 2010, some 1,300 examples have been delivered to customers. Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!


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