WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE A 1980 FIAT 2000 SPIDER? YES. THAT FIAT SPIDER IS IN NEW JERSEY. NO. NEITHER OF THE GUYS WITH BEERS ARE ME. ONE IS MY BROTHER. THIS IS HIS CAR. SO, WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Dec18

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE A 1980 FIAT 2000 SPIDER? YES. THAT FIAT SPIDER IS IN NEW JERSEY. NO. NEITHER OF THE GUYS WITH BEERS ARE ME. ONE IS MY BROTHER. THIS IS HIS CAR. SO, WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

YES. THAT FIAT SPIDER IS IN NEW JERSEY. NO. NEITHER OF THE GUYS WITH BEERS ARE ME. ONE IS MY BROTHER. THIS IS HIS CAR. SO, WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? First, a bit of backstory. This car didn’t always bear a New Jersey license plate. It was actually my dad’s cousin’s car. He bought it new in 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The decision to buy this car will go down as one of the dumbest choices ever made.   In...

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Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal
Jan01

Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal

You can now add Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mopar, Ram and SRT to the ranks of Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.  In a $4.35 billion dollar deal announced today, Turin-based Fiat S.p.A. gets the remaining 41.46 percent of Auburn Hills-based Chrysler Group, LLC that they didn’t acquire a few years back.  The Chrysler Group, LLC is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.   Fiat is beginning 2014 with a...

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2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]
Nov15

2014 Fiat 500L: Around the Block Road Test Review [Driven]

There is something decidedly Italian about the 2014 500L, not Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini Italian, but grabbing a fresh loaf of Filone di Renella on the way to Gucci to pick up a new pair of loafers Italian.  It’s a bit more Italian than its closest competitor, the MINI Countryman is British.  Allow me to elaborate…   I recently had the opportunity to take the 2014 Fiat 500L for a spin Around the Block for a...

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[Video] FIAT Abarth 595 50th Anniversary Edition: Most Powerful Abarth 595 Ever
Sep14

[Video] FIAT Abarth 595 50th Anniversary Edition: Most Powerful Abarth 595 Ever

Man, 1963 was a packed year.  The birth of the Porsche Carrera, the Tag Heuer Carrera, Lamborghini, McLaren and the Rolex Daytona are just a few momentous firsts from that year.  Apparently, 1963 was also the year Abarth debuted the 595 at the Turin Motor Show.   To celebrate, FIAT created the Abarth 595 50th Anniversary Edition.  Basically it’s a FIAT 500 Abarth that’s been fitted with oh-so-much-more fun. ...

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Fiat 500 Cattiva and Fiat 500c GQ Edition: Two Designer Cars for Less Than the Price of an Hermes Birkin
Aug30

Fiat 500 Cattiva and Fiat 500c GQ Edition: Two Designer Cars for Less Than the Price of an Hermes Birkin

The Fiat 500 has to be the closest thing to a designer handbag that a car can possible be.  It’s as much an accessory as it is a car.  Unsurprisingly, Fiat is no dummy when it comes to their cars.  They know the personality and soul of the Fiat 500.  And, they’re very good at capitalizing on its fashionable nature.  Take for instance the Fiat 500 Gucci edition as one example.  Or, the nearly perfect Fiat 500 Abarth...

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Introducing the Fiat 500L Living: Seven Passenger Italian Fun
Jun18

Introducing the Fiat 500L Living: Seven Passenger Italian Fun

Fiat 500L Living What the hell is a Magic Purpose Wagon?  It sounds like something that would have Puff the Magic Dragon painted on the side.  But, it’s actually what Fiat calls their new 500L Living, a seven-passenger version of the tiny little Fiat 500.  Before you think that there is no way a seven person car could ever be little, consider this, the Fiat 500L Living is only 14 feet 3 inches long. Fiat 500L Living The Fiat...

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2013 Fiat 500e: $32,500 MSRP or $199 per Month Leased
Apr13

2013 Fiat 500e: $32,500 MSRP or $199 per Month Leased

There’s at least one good reason to live in California.  This summer, Golden State residents have the opportunity to buy a 2013 FIAT 500e electric car for $32,500.  However, if that seems a bit too steep, with federal credits ($7,500), California state incentives ($2,500) and FIAT rebates the price may drop to $20,500.   I’m not convinced that buying an electric vehicle is exactly the wisest move yet, as any electrical and...

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2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza
Jun06

2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza

2014 Gumball 3000: Miami 2 Ibiza Albums from the starting grid on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper; rappers Eve, Xzibit and Bun B; musician deadmau5; Mythbuster Tory Belleci; Welsh performer Matthew Pritchard and more line up their supercars (like Team Galag’s McLaren P1 and Shelby Cobra Daytona or MOMO’s Ferrari F40) on Ocean Drive in South Beach for the start of the 2014 Gumball 3000...

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2015 Jeep Renegade: Here Comes the Baby Jeep
Apr17

2015 Jeep Renegade: Here Comes the Baby Jeep

People are calling the 2015 Jeep Renegade a baby SUV or a Cute Ute.  I myself just called it the Baby Jeep two seconds ago in this post’s headline.  But, truth be told, the 2015 Jeep Renegade is a (semi-) serious, off-road SUV that is fully worthy of carrying the Jeep badge atop those seven vertical grill slats.   The 2015 Jeep Renegade broke cover at the Geneva Motor Show last month, but it has since made its US debut at...

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LaForza: An SUV That Really Wants to Be a Ferrari
Apr17

LaForza: An SUV That Really Wants to Be a Ferrari

Last weekend was Barrett-Jackson’s annual auto auction in Palm Beach, Florida.  If you’ve never gone to a Barrett-Jackson auction, let me tell you, it’s quite a spectacle.  The stars of the show were without a doubt the Custom 2013 Ford Mustang Fastback from Need for Speed ($300,00), the first 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 roll off the production line ($1,000,000), the first 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ($500,000) and a...

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