If you’re shopping around for a new vehicle on the Motability scheme, you are literally spoilt for choice.
There is an endless list of vehicles and cars to choose from, such as MPV’s, hatchbacks, and even sports cars. If you need a vehicle that’s going to be ideal for the family, though, you’ll want something a little bit larger.
Enter the Fiat Doblo, which is Italian car manufacturer Fiat’s answer to space. The Fiat Doblo has several fantastic features which make it a top choice for anybody on the Motability scheme that requires ease of access.
Such features include sliding rear doors, an access ramp for wheelchairs to the rear, and loads of space on the inside for passengers to get comfortable in.
The best version of the Fiat Doblo, in my opinion, is the 1.6 16v Mylife Dualogic, which has an incredible Start and Stop system which saves fuel. This cuts off the engine completely when you’re stationary, but fires it back into life almost instantly when you want to move off.
Bristol Street Versa’s range of Motability vehicles offers the Fiat Doblo. It benefits visually from stylish wheels, body coloured bumpers and door mirrors, and a unique design that makes it look very modern indeed. What’s more, it has a radio/D/MP3 player, air conditioning, and the wing mirrors are electrically heated to clear any ice or mist in the morning.
On the move, the Fiat Doblo is exceptionally well refined. There’s hardly any road or wind noise transferred into the cabin, and the engine is silky smooth with a linear power delivery. Up front, there are lots of cubby holes, and there are also lots of cup holders to put your morning coffee in.
If I had one criticism of the Fiat Doblo, it would be that the ride can be a little bit jiggly at times – by that, I mean it can glide over rough surfaces one minute, but crash over potholes the next.
Ultimately, the Fiat Doblo is a fine vehicle. When you consider that it’s easy to drive, comfortable inside and made to a fantastic quality, it’s well worth the price – monthly leasing isn’t very much at all on the Motability scheme. Due to its size, this is a car perfect for anybody who is likely to be driving their family or friends around, and it’s a great vehicle for safety too, as far as transporting people who are important to you around is concerned.
Of course, if you don’t need the space, you will likely be better off with something smaller. There are literally hundreds of vehicles available on the Motability scheme. If you need the space, though, this is one of the best vehicles you can buy.
While Chrysler’s merger with Fiat goes to the next level, the future of the Dodge brand becomes more and more uncertain, according to early reports. Fiat’s goal of completely owning Chrysler can change a lot of things and these changes are going to be more noticeable in the near future. Fiat would like to own Chrysler and this is definitely the only chance for Chrysler to survive. Unfortunately there are some sacrifices that must be made and apparently this time, Dodge is the one that must suffer.
A newly released report says that Fiat has prepared a long time strategy for Chrysler and this strategy does not include the Dodge division because apparently they do not have some good models in the presents and they do not seem to create one in the future.
First of all, they have announced that there won’t be a replacement for the original minivan which is called the Grand Caravan, because they have managed to prove that the Town & Country is more popular and people buy it more than they buy the first one. The profit in this case is definitely bigger. On the other hand, the Dodge Avenger will be soon discontinued and it is going to be replaced by the redesigned Chrysler 200. They have also announced that they are still undecided when it comes to the fate of the remaining models such as Charger, Challenger, Durango, Dart and Journey but probably they are going to rebadged most of them as Chryslers or Fiats.
Taking into consideration that Charger is built on the same platform with 300, probably it is going to be replaced by it. Durango shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and it is going to have the same fate. Step by step all the Dodge models that exist are going to be replaced by Fiat or Chryslers models and, until 2016 the Dodge brand is not going to be relevant for Fiat anymore. We cannot say if this is a good idea or not, but it seems a good solution for Chrysler to rehabilitate its financial status and prestige. You can buy such a car especially if you are interested in having an elegant car with an interesting aspect and modern features. Their prices are not very big and you will be able to enjoy the car of your dreams without having to pay a fortune.
Fiat’s performance division, Abarth is known for its notable presence at the Geneva Motor Show and this year will prove no exception. Earlier this week, Abarth has revealed a few personalized top-spec 695 models that aim to showcase what buyers can order through the catalog. As part of its Fuoriserie customization program, the Italian tuner will display four uniquely-crafted Cinquecentos, also known as the Scorpione, Record, Hype and Black Diamond.
All the aforementioned models feature the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that generates 180 horsepower, but from what we know about the tuner, the vehicles can be modified to pack-up more power. Furthermore, customers can opt for many other parameters, from special paint schemes to specific upholstery jobs, giving each resulting model a unique look and feel that would otherwise require the touch of an aftermarket modifier.
The Los Angeles Auto Show has just started, and automakers from around the world are unveiling their vehicles like crazy. Leaving others aside, for the moment, Fiat has taken the opportunity to present its new 2013 500C Abarth. The vehicle is programmed to go on sale early next year with a base price of around $22,000.
The new convertible features an aggressive front fascia, new side skirts, a power-operated soft top with an integrated spoiler and, seen from the back, there’s a new rear diffuser fitted on the ride. Also, the 2013 500C Abarth sits on a set of 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires.The car also received a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs, cast-iron lower control arms, KONI twin-tube struts and a solid rear stabilizer bar. More to it, there’s a modified electronic stability control system and new high-performance brakes with larger discs and red calipers.
Interior changes aren’t so impressive, as the only notable changes are a set of sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a black shifter with red contrast stitching. Furthermore, customers can also opt for a navigation system and a Beats Audio system with six speakers, an 8-inch subwoofer and eight-channel amplifier.
Under the bonnet, the nasty Fiat is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that generates 160 HP – 119 kW and 230 Nm of torque. All that power goes to the asphalt via a five-speed manual transmission which also enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100Km/h (60 mph) in the “low 7 second range.”
Source: Fiat USA
Fiat has presented an interesting concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Known as the Fiat Bravo Xtreme Concept, the vehicle boasts a couple of styling and performance modifications that really make the vehicle sound a little more menacing. First of all, the ride has been fitted with an aggressive new body kit that includes a new front bumper with a large grille and two side vents, built-in LED DRL’s, redesigned side skirts and a different rear bumper. The vehicle also features new LED headlights and taillights, a roof mounted spoiler and diffuser and new exhaust mufflers. Finally, the Bravo Xtreme is finished in a matte paint and it sits on a brand new set of huge two-tone alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, the ride received an interesting 1.4-liter 16V T-Jet engine capable of producing 253 HP – 188 kW at 6,600 rpm and a peak torque of 332 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
The interior of hte Fiat Bravo Extreme has also been redesigned with four individual seats wrapped in Alcantara, ASK audio system, updated dashboard, a new center console and screens integrated into the front seats’ headrests. Notably, the ride’s height was dropped 5mm due to a new, stiffer suspension.
Fiat has really nailed it with this concept and it would be a real shame if this ride doesn’t make it into production.
Fiat 500 is a car that in recent time has taught its close rivals in the city car market a lesson or two. Ithas done so by recurring to a unique series of features: the timeless style, the retro attitude, and the typically Italian love for details all come at an affordable price.
All these traits combined have already earned Fiat 500 a dozen awards such as Car of the Year 2007 and the Best City Car in the Fleet World Honours 2011, and made it one of the most-searched models across Europe’s car sales websites such as Italy’s eBay Annunci.
But after almost 5 years of success and celebration parties, this little urban legend is showing no sign of sitting on its laurels: the latest in a long series of reinventions is the 1970s-inspired Colour Therapy series. Directly referring to a decade of which the old 500 became to be a symbol in its Mediterranean homeland, this new series includes hatchbacks and convertibles with 0.9-litre TwinAir and 1.2-litre petrol engines.
For once, though, the engine is a secondary aspect of what this series has to offer: this time it’s all about the charisma and the vintage colours which remind of the old 500, the good life and the glorious 1970’s in Italy.
With evocative names such as Volare Blue, New Age Cream, Countrypolitan Yellow, Tech House Grey and Pasodoble Red, these models all come equipped with air conditioning and also include classy features such as white door mirror covers, vintage alloys and ‘pool ball’ gear knobs.
Starting at £10,760 for the 1.2 petrol version and going up to £14,510 for the 0.9 TwinAir, the new 500 Colour Therapy is a must-have for the drivers who want to take the lead in the ultra-competitive style races of British cities.
Whenever I see the Fiat 500, the TV Commercial starring Catrinel Menghia, made for the American market, keeps coming back to mind. Anyway, Germany’s G-Tech presented an “almost fascinating” tuning program for the Fiat 500.
The model, named “The Sportster” had it’s roof lowered, giving it a rather sporty appearance. It’s on the fine line between ugly and cool and I can’t really decide about it yet. The body kit has a new front bumper and side skirts as well as a modified rear fascia with an integrated diffuser. The exhaust system has been modified as well and the designers back at G-Tech thought it would fit the overall design better if it was center-mounted.
Under the bonnet, some modifications have been done and now the “midget” version of the Fiat 500 produces 224 HP – 165 KW, the Sportster RS develops 250 HP – 184 KW and the top of the range Sportster RGT goes all the way up to 340 HP – 250 KW.
The interior has been fitted with a pointless Momo steering wheel, Recaro sport seats, and stainless steel pedals.
I don’t know why but I can’t help the feeling that this vehicle hasn’t yet been finished of presented properly. It somehow doesn’t have the same fine touch the Fiat 500 Abarth has.
Well it looks like Fiat is having a go at Mini with it’s 500 lineup. First there was 500L and now the 500X.
CarsUK thinks this vehicle is based on the 500L, and under the hood it has the 1.4-liter gasoline and 1.3-liter diesel engines. The vehicle will most probably be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this September and might suffer some modifications ’till then.
The 500X looks great but somewhat similar to the already-shown 500L. Its taller than than the L, it has trim-free doors, rounded wheel arches and matte lower trim.
I think it has a real chance at taking a bite out of Mini’s share of the pie.
We’ll keep you guys postet on further info as soon as it arises.
Ok, so Abarth has released a few more details about the Punto SuperSport. The high-performance model sits on top of a a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that produces around 180 HP (132 kW ) and 270 Nm of torque. All this power is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that pushes the model from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds, reaching a top speed in excess of 216 km/h. Fuel efficiency states an average of 6.1 L/100km with CO2 emissions of 142 g/km.
The exterior of the Punto Abarth is distinguished by matte black accents, Grey Campovolo body stripes and 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior has been fitted with sport seats, an automatic climate control and the Blue&Me connectivity system. There’s also a leather-wrapped steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, “electro chrome” trim and unique floor mats, but those are just the goodies Abarth has in stock for the future owners.
The model will be limited to 199 units and the Italian pricing will start around €21,900 (including VAT).
Just 499 of Abarth’s 695 Maserati Edition will ever be made, making this special-edition little car “mainly” available for the European markets. The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition follows a familiar trail, in the footsteps of the the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari that debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
That little “Ferrari 430 Scuderia-mimicking” devil, had a tuned 1.4-liter turbo four cylinder engine under the bonnet, with more than 180 horsepower, a variable exhaust system and a paddle-shifting automated gearbox.
This one, on the other hand, gets much the same treatment: 180-hp output, Abarth Competizione gearbox, dual mode exhaust,hexagonal tailpipes, bigger Brembo brakes (than the Ferrari version) and a beautiful Pontevecchio Bordeaux paint with a gray top.
The sand-beige leather interior of the convertible Abarth, along with it’s Jaeger instrumentation and black inserts, turns it into a stylish “must-have” with 17-inch Maserati-style Neptune wheels.