Fiat 500 parts

Enter the new 500, the manifesto of the ‘new Fiat’, a model that represents to all intents and purposes the materialization of a new approach, of new brand strategies, and a different approach to the car. Exactly 50 years after the launch of the first edition of the model, which was to become an icon of Italian motoring and of an entire period of history, Fiat is accelerating into the future.

It is the first time that a car has been launched with the full range of engines (69 bhp 1.2. 75 bhp 1.3 Multijet with DPF and 100 bhp 1.4 16v) ready to meet the emissions limits set by Euro 5 standards, more than two years before the legislative deadline, a tangible sign of Fiat’s determination to reaffirm its leadership where the environment is concerned. It is also the first time that a compact car (3.55 metres) has been built to achieve a 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP impact tests, and it is ready for the 6-star test if and when the new rating is introduced.

It is a safe product, not only for its structural sturdiness, but also because of the choices made in the construction of the range of outfits and services: 7 airbags as standard equipment including a knee bag and an advanced ESP available with all engines are absolute novelties in this segment.

It is the first ‘small’ car to offer so much in the way of content with 4 specification levels and 3 engines at the launch. There has never been such a lavish array of accessories on such an accessible car. The 500 is an inclusive not an exclusive concept and Fiat felt that this was the best way to meet the tastes of all its potential customers, without distinction, from the most minimalist to the most eccentric.

When Fiat launched the Fiat 500 earlier this month, it announced sales targets of 58,000 units for this year and 120,000 units for 2008. But now these figures have now been revised which hardly comes as a surprise to anyone who's been following the media frenzy surrounding the retro-Fiat. Production at Fiat Group Automobiles' plant in Tychy, Poland had been increased "from 120,000 units to 140,000 units on an annual basis" to cope with over 57,000 already received dealer orders.

Plenty of offers and possibilities, because the 500 must be the car for everyone: it is the car of the people, made by the people, for the people. The 500 is the ‘New Fiat’ and the ‘New Fiat’ belongs to everyone. For the company, the birth of the 500 represents the start of a new chapter, a declaration of the role that Fiat aims to interpret in the future on the market and in society.

Fiat’s Grande Punto turned out to be a massive success, but as it was launched you could almost hear Fiat holding its breath. Since then, the once-ailing carmaker has reduced its debt from €10 billion to just over €1 billion and CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company is aiming for a trading profit of €5 billion and to overtake Japanese rivals to be the best manufacturer in terms of quality by 2010.

The new 500 will be essential in achieving these aims. Small cars have always been Fiat’s forte and the old 500 is considered an icon of the brand. The affection felt for it will partly account for the 25,000 pre-orders out of the total 50,000 cars planned for this year. But nostalgia alone will not be enough to make it a success. Fiat has invested in the quality of the 500 to make it safe and affordable, yet appealing to a wider and more premium market.

The 500 will be manufactured in Tychy, Poland, home of the Panda. It is Fiat’s best and most efficient plant. Total capacity for the 500 is 120,000, but this could be expanded. Fiat plans to produce up to 60,000 of the 500s by 2008 and expects to sell about half of them in Italy. The rest will go abroad although they are not type-approved for the US.

Three engines will be available at launch, including two petrol units – a 1.2-litre eight-valve unit that develops 51kW (69bhp) and a 1.4-litre 16v developing 75kW (100bhp) – and a 1.3l 16v turbodiesel developing 56kW (75bhp).

Fiat says the 500 will be its first car to satisfy the Euro V emissions requirements from 2009. A turbocharged version of the 1.4 gasoline engine will be introduced later, and there are tentative plans for a two-cylinder engine in the future, according to powertrain chief Alfredo Altavilla.

“The turbo Abarth version of the 500 will be at the Tokyo motor show as a concept car this year and as a production car next year,” says Altavilla. “The two-cylinder engine is under development. We have not decided if it will be packaged on the 500. It will be launched before mid-2009 on a number of A segment Fiats and probably B segment too. There is a high likelihood it will be on the 500, but this will not be its first application.”

There are no new suppliers contributing to the 500, but Fiat engineering chief Harald Wester says trying to spread the appeal of the 500 as widely as possible has thrown up some manufacturing challenges.

“It is the most customisable Fiat we’ve ever produced,” says Wester. “Some of the customisation items are very complex and can’t be handled by the dealers. To get the stickers applied to the right standard, it had to be introduced into the factory. That required some reorganisation: space had to be dedicated and people trained.”

Fiat is counting on the 500 to be a success and is looking to expansion, especially as in 2008 Ford will begin production of its new Ka at the Tychy plant, built on the same platform as the Panda and the 500.

The need to accommodate other cars on the same floor pan was partly why the 500 will have its engine mounted in the front, not the rear, as with its predecessor. It will also help with the safety rating, which Fiat is hoping will lead its class. A specifically designed front end improves compatibility with larger vehicles during impacts. Seven airbags are standard on all but the basic model.

Although Fiat says the introduction of the Ka will not affect production of the 500, there is talk of building a second plant. “With the Panda, 500 and the Ford, we’ll produce half a million units from one plant,” says Wester. “To expand production further, it would be wise to invest in a second production facility for a car produced on this architecture.” No location was named, but Fiat CEO Luca De Meo says it would be “strategic” to have a plant in Brazil.

Sharing the plant and platform means break-even is well inside the projected volume of 120,000 cars. It is cheaper to produce than BMW’s Mini remake and sells for less – between €10,500 and €15,000. It is not clear what the 500’s direct contribution will be to Fiat’s profit target of €5 billion by 2010, but it’s an important step in the company’s development.

At Frankfurt AutoShow Fiat 500

In the recently concluded Frankfurt Motor Show, the Fiat has set up this very very cool stand. The people who were in the Frankfurt Motor Show could take a ride in the Fiat 500. It’s not quite a test drive for there is a trail and the car runs on automatic. I’ll say it’s more of a test ride. The people who were there were able to sit back and enjoy the Fiat 500’s seats and had a general feel of the car. The Fiat 500 is said to have hit on Europe with a bang with its enormous sales.

This Fiat 500 is similar to the classic model of Fiat which went into circulation from 1957-1975. The original Fiat 500 or Cinquecento as it was called then, was known for being a fun to drive that goes easy on the pocket. The Modern Fiat 500 that was exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show can be availed of at $14,500 and is expected to follow the track the original Fiat 500 took especially when it comes to high sales.

Fiat 500 Parts

Developed for Fiat 500 and Fiat 126 exclusively for Axel Gerstl by "matrix engineering", the days of high taxes and pollution are over. With the catalytic converter, the vehicles conform to the Euro 1 standard which reduces annual tax remarkably. Due to electronic regulation, the catalytic converter, which is integrated into a sport exhaust pipe, reduces petrol consumption as well. A TÜV certificate is delivered along with the regulated catalytic converter for Fiat 500

Fiat 500 tuning by Novitec

The Fiat 500, the small Italian car everyone seems to love is also attractive to tuning companies, which try to make the car even more funky than it already is. After last week we’ve showed you the Hamann Sportivo program for the Fiat 500, now we’ve got Novitec which created a program for the car.

The German tuner modified the 70 hp 1.3 JTD turbo-diesel, which now develops 83 hp / 61 kW, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.9 seconds and reaches a top speed to 165 km/h (102 mph). The plug-and-play control module is available for just Euro 335.

Novitec also modified the 1.4 liter 16-valve petrol engine, by fitting it with a supercharger. As a result, the engine now develops 131 hp / 96.4 kW and 172 Nm of torque. The car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 198 km/h. The nimble little engine can propel the Fiat 500 from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.8 seconds while its top speed is 198 km/h (123 mph).

The Fiat 500 also got from Novitec a new front apron, stainless steel exhaust with either one or two exhaust tips, additional air dams and 16 or 17 inch multi-spoke wheels.

Hamann Sportivo tuning based on the Fiat 500

The German tuner Hamann is known best for its tuning programs for BMW cars, so this comes somehow as a surprise. Because their latest creation is a tuning package for the Fiat 500 but it looks like Hamann didn’t take it really serious, because the program doesn’t match the cool BMW programs the German company got us used to.

Called the Hamann Sportivo, the package features a 30 mm lowered suspension, new 17-inch alloy wheels, new sport exhaust system which also provides the engine with a new sound and sports braking system. Under the bonnet, by remapping the integrated control unit, the 1.3 Multijet 16v engine now develops 90 hp, 15 hp more than the production version. On the interior, the Hamann Sportivo fetures a set of aluminum pedals and embroidered Hamann sportive logo.

Fiat 500 Abarth

With its debut scheduled for the Geneva Motor Show, the Fiat 500 Abarth is no longer a surprise, because here are leaked photos of the “angry” small Italian car. Besides large wheel arches that house big wheels, wide air intakes, rear air diffuser, double exhaust pipes, red caps for the external rear mirrors and Abarth badges all over the car.

There are also rumors that Fiat will present two versions, the Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth SS, the latter having an even more powerful engine. But just rumors so far, guess we’ll have more details in a couple or days or else we’ll have more at the car’s debut at Geneva.

Fiat 500 M tuning by Monaco Elite Design

We haven’t seen a Fiat 500 on the streets, yet, but what we’ve seen are a lot of tuning programs already made by various tuners. And here’s another one, the M Sports Kit by Monaco Elite Design. This Fiat 500 has a cool black matt paint finish (12 more matt exterior colors will be available next year), aluminum front and rear grills, widened arches and 16″ alloy wheels. The interior cabin features the warm feeling of a ‘Dark Tobacco’ leather trim upholstery.

Fiat 500 tuning by H&R

Looks like the upcoming Fiat 500 is really attractive to tuners, because after a few days ago we showed you the Fiat 500 tuning package by MS Design, now the German tuner H&R shows us their vision of the small Italian car.

The body kit features a roof spoiler, a honeycomb mesh air-intake and TRAK+ wheel spacers plus a pair of black footwear. Also, the suspension was lowered 30 mm for increased handling and the Fiat 500 ‘runs’ on 17-inch alloy wheels supplied by eMotion Wheels.

Fiat 500 Cup tuning by MS Design

With Fiat 500’s launch closing in, the guys from MS Design though about presenting the Fiat 500 Cup, a tuning package for the Italian little fellow. The body-kit feature front and rear spoiler, roof wing, rear apron and modified lateral strips plus 17inch white alloy wheels. Not bad, but we are waiting for the official launch first and then for the Abarth version. To get an idea of what we’re talking about, check out the Fiat Grande Punto by Abarth.

Fiat 500 scores 5-stars rating at Euro NCAP tests
A couple of days ago we announced that the Peugeot 308 and the Kia Cee’d achieved a 5-stars rating at Euro NCAP tests. Now another car got 5-stars rating, somehow surprising, it is the new Fiat 500. Now I find this really weird, I mean, either the little guy is really good or there’s something wrong with the NCAP tests. I mean, where’s so much safety coming from? I mean if an Escalade ‘bumps’ into your Fiat 500, my guess is that you can kiss your 5-star ass goodbye.

It's a tough little customer, that new Fiat 500. Tough enough to be awarded the top five-star crash test rating! Euro NCAP has given the Italian city car the highest possible score in its latest round of assessments.

Despite its compact dimensions, the 500 performed more strongly than some models in the class above, including Fiat’s own Bravo family hatchback. But sources say it could soon do even better, by earning itself an all-new six-star rating when the European test is extended next year.

While it’s excellent news for Fiat, Euro NCAP’s latest results will be a disappointment for rival Renault. The new Twingo managed four stars – breaking the manufacturer’s long run of top safety scores, and earning its poorest result in seven years.

The scoresheet revealed that what let the city car down was the potential for leg injuries from the dashboard during frontal impact tests.

However, Renault boss Carlos Ghosn defended the performance of the new baby, saying: “Four stars isn’t a bad result. But getting five has a cost – you have to build a heavier car and add a lot more equipment. So it’s a choice. We wanted to make the new Twingo attractive, as well as competitive.” Meanwhile, Kia’s Cee’d and the Peugeot 308 were also put through their paces. Both emerged with a coveted five-star rating. For the Kor­ean firm, it was the first time one of its models had achieved a top score.

Euro NCAP secretary general Adrian Hobbs said: “I’m particularly happy to see the results for Kia. It shows that manufacturers from all parts of the world are putting safety first."

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