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WHEN Fiat pumped up the 500 it created a family car with a difference.Now it's update time and come September a new look Fiat 500L will be on the road.The changes are subtle and mainly cosmetic but have the effect of bringing the diminutive retro-looking 500's bigger brother right up to date.A new-look to the nose makes the 500L much more similar to the 500 itself while brightwork in the side mouldings and changes at the rear make the body appear lower and wider.Inside, the cabin has...

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THE roomiest version of the Fiat 500 is getting a makeover and will be coming on stream in September when the Italian car maker launches the latest version of the pumped-up 500L.Fiat says the new model comes with 40 per cent of its components updated and will be available in three distinct versions - Cross, Urban and Wagon.Five engines, three petrol and two diesl will be offered, with the 500L Cross targeting the crossover market, the Urban aimed at the family hatch sector and the...

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IN these times of niche marketing, carefully targeted micro-sectors and classes of cars that never even existed a decade or so, it's refreshing to stumble across a model that has straight forward family appeal.That model is the Fiat Tipo - a good value, roomy hatchback that's aimed clearly and obviously at the mass market.With price tags starting at less than £13,000, the Tipo represents a lot of car for the money. Petrol and diesel models are available with the 1.6 MultiJet diesel...

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SOMETIMES a vehicle appears just right at first glance and this is certainly true of the FIAT Doblo Maxi Cargo 1.6 MultiJet SX.The Doblo from FIAT Professional - the new-look arm of this Italian manufacturer's light commercial activities - just can't stop winning awards.The Doblo Cargo range was named Light Van of the Year in 2016 and the long-wheelbase Maxi version takes the concept of commercial heaven a little further with a 1,005kg payload.In addition to excellent dynamics it is...

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FIAT is launching a special edition 500 convertible to mark the 60th anniversary of the iconic model.The special edition, called the 500-60TH, comes with a grey fabric roof and bi-colour paintwork, combining white for the body of the car and pastel ivory for the bonnet and roof pillars. Chrome mirror covers and special 16-inch alloy wheels, with white diamond finish, complete the look and pay homage to the styling cues of the original Fiat 500.Inside, a 'Bordeaux' vinyl dashboard and...

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YOU know the sports car dream - long evenings of soft English sunshine with the hood down and a romantic country cottage for two at journey's end.Or there's the reality. Seven consecutive days of hard frost with odd interludes of sleet and snow to add a bit of interest.A sports car that could survive that week-long chill and emerge smiling must have something going for it. Which the new Fiat 124 Spider most certainly does.Reviving a famous name from the Swinging Sixties, the newcomer...

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TRACK day fans are being targeted by Italian sports car maker Abarth which is fitting a special telemetry system to its new 595 Trofeo hatchback.The latest Trofeo comes with inbuilt software detailing Europe's leading racing circuits enabling drivers to view track maps and instrument displays giving real-time tips to improve lap times.It's part of the car's Uconnect infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allowing access to maps, music and messaging using...

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A NEW pick-up truck from Fiat, the Fullback Cross, has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.The newcomer to the Italian manufacturer's line-up has been designed to broaden the appeal of the Fiat Fullback with lifestyle users.It features a range of interior and exterior styling upgrades, including a new grille with matt black ingots, a satin silver skid plate, black detailing and larger side steps.Fiat says a textured black sport bar gives the Fullback Cross a sleeker silhouette and...

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WITH the exception of Italy the UK is the biggest market for Fiat's best selling baby the 500.So it's hardly surprising that when the Italian car maker launched a much bigger version in the shape of the 500X it was well received here. After all, young 500 drivers eventually start families and need more space in their car.With the 500X there are two styles to select from, a more rugged looking version in Cross and Cross+ spec or a more city-like version in Pop, Pop Star and Lounge...

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WHEN the Fiat Tipo last graced British roads in the 20th century a good friend of mine had a souped up version that did a decent impersonation of a intercontinental ballistic missile.It was a marvellous motor that handled like a jet fighter and was always flirting with a speeding ticket while garnering a host of admiring comments.Part of Fiat's rich heritage, it was a natural move to resurrect the name when the Italian motor manufacturer recently decided it was time for a return to...

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FOR those of a certain age - old enough to remember the late 70s and the World Rally Championship of those days - the Abarth name and Scorpion badge is enough to bring on a twinge of excitement.That good name was abused during the 1980s so its revival since 2007, as an independent unit under the control of Fiat has been good to see.Using the fun and funky Fiat 500 as a donor model was a particularly good move and it's been welcomed with open arms in the UK where Abarth had its best...

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NOT many people associate Fiat with big stuff like pick-ups. Generally speaking here is a brand favoured by fashionable young things, chaps in tight mohair with a Tourette's habit which encompasses just one word, 'Ciao'.The 500 and its various offspring are stylish around town cars. You would not expect a horny-handed son of toil to squeeze out of one to askdirections tothe nearest Wicksor the Slough rodeo.Similarly I do not believe Fiat stocksmerchandised Dolce and Gabbana Ducato van...

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THEY say, whoever they are, that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.In the case of Fiat's brilliant blast from the past, Mazda must feel immensely flattered.But the Fiat 124 Spider is not just some carbon copy convertible, despite it being based on the Mazda MX-5's underpinnings in yet another collaboration between major car companies.It is just as engaging a drive and has that touch of Italian elan which makes it look, well, beautiful.For the purists, it is also rear wheel...

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WHEN Fiat launched its trendy little 500 back in 2007 it could never have imagined just how popular it would become - particularly in Britain.Driving in any part of the country it's not long before you spot one - they're everywhere.Which is perhaps not surprising because more are sold in Britain than in any other country - with the exception of their country of origin, Italy.The cute little 500 has become a cult car here in much the same way as the MINI. And just like the MINI the car...

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IF ever there was a single model that lifted a manufacturer's fortunes, it must be the tiny Fiat 500.Launched in 2007, and announced the year before - a full half century after the original version - it became a family favourite. Rather like the BMW MINI and the latter day Beetle.Freshened and revitalised last year, the 500 is the ultimate city car - short enough to squeeze into a tight parking space and narrow enough to manoeuvre into a narrow supermarket bay and still open the...

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FIAT, market leader in the European motorhome sector is showing its sixth-generation Ducato model at the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.The Ducato is the model on which two out of every three motorhomes sold in Europe is based.Bristling with innovation and class-leading technology, the latest generation of Fiat Professional's multi award-winning Ducato is claimed to set new standards.The new Ducato is available in five wheelbases, six different chassis...

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IT all started in 1957 with the little Fiat 500, a cheap-to-buy, cheap-to-run, yet practical rear-engined city car.Sadly, it finally met its demise in 1975.But surprise, surprise, come the 50th anniversary of the car's original launch, Fiat gave us another 500, this time with the engine up front and powering the front wheels.With its retro styling reminiscent of the original, this little masterpiece quickly gained a huge following throughout the world.Then, it was followed by the 500L...

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ANOTHER name from the past is returning to the Fiat fold as an all-new Tipo is released as both a hatchback and an estate.Last used by Fiat some 25 years ago the Tipo name is as steeped in Italian automotive heritage as the famous 500 and even the recently resurrected 124 Spider.The new Tipo sees Fiat making a comeback in the medium-sized family car market and as such it's pitched against the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.Strong alternatives but Fiat is hoping to steal a...

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A NETWORK of used vehicle centres is being created across the UK by the Fiat group to serve all its brands including Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Abarth as well as Fiat vans and cars.Set up to assure high quality for customers, the Fiat Abarth and Fiat Professional service is being called Found Approved and Used.The Jeep and Alfa Romeo programme will be known as Selected For You.The centres will be part of existing dealerships and already several have opened.By the end of next year Fiat plans...

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HALF a century after the original Fiat Spider hit the streets of Europe, the model is back in a modern and revitalised form to put a whole new spin on the UK two-seater market.First seen in June at Verona, Italy, the car is now in the UK and ready to lock horns in the sales arena with the likes of the Mazda MX-5.Strange really because the 124 Spider and the MX-5 share the same platform, but there the similarity ends because Fiat has made great efforts to ensure that this car embodies...

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MOST car reports feature photos of cars cleaned and buffed to a showroom shine. They simply look better that way, the snappers think.Well not this time. The well used little Fiat Panda you see here in all its dusty glory, spent eight days transporting myself and the Navigator-in-Chief around northern Italy on holiday.And it got dusty. So dusty that a glance in the rear view mirror recalled scenes of Red Indian trackers spotting the wagon train twenty miles away from its rolling dust...

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FIAT is making a BeatsAudio sound system available on its popular 500 hatchback series with the arrival of a sporty S model.The new 500S comes with extra body kit, a new-look cockpit and features Fiat's Uconnect infotaintment system with a seven-inch full colour display screen as standard.Priced from £12,950 the 500S is fitted with sports seats, a TFT instrument panel and a sports steering wheel.Outside, the sporty theme is continued with side skirts, a rear spoiler and sports...

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JUST how much a car manufacturer can wring out of one model line is exemplified by the Fiat 500 range.This all started off with a retro inspired little city car which caught on tremendously with trendy young drivers.Such was its success that the range grew and one of the most interesting of the variants is the 500X, a chunky crossover which takes the 500 into to new territory.The 500X is a crossover (a mix of hatchback and compact SUV ) in more ways than one because in addition to...

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FIAT'S little Qubo MPV has been given a major update and is going on sale in the UK with new-look styling and a more up-market interior.The latest Quboretains its supermini-size 3.96-metre long and 1.7-metre wide dimensions with room for five adults and a large 250-litre boot - which grows to 650 litres when the parcel shelf is out or 2,500 litres with the rear seats removed.It can also be equipped with an optional folding front passenger seat allowing long objects of up to 2.5-metres...

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IF you're in the business of making profit then, I suppose, it would be pretty negligent not to cash in when you stumble upon a big seller - a principle the motor industry has latched onto with some vigour.Take the MINI, for instance. Since BMW's resurrection of the British classic proved a massive hit we have seen it appear in many and varied forms as the German car maker seeks to make the most of its unwavering popularity.Fiat has taken a similar approach since its diminutive 500...

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NAUTICAL nous is coming aboard the Fiat 500 as the car maker teams up with another Italian style icon in the shape of luxury boat builder Riva.The car company is launching a Fiat 500 Riva which is fitted out in similar fashion to the famous speed boats which have graced riviera around the world for more than 60 years.The limited edition 500 Riva comes with a special Sera Blue paint job similar to that used on Riva's current Aquariva Super speed boat which can sell for as much as half...

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FIAT Professional, the commercial vehicle arm of the Italian manufacturer, has a completely revised range of vehicles on offer, including the all-new Fullback pick-up and Talento, Fiorino and Euro 6 versions of the Doblo and Ducato vans.But the most important newcomer to the UK will be the Fullback, Fiat's first full-size pick-up which goes on sale in July.It has been engineered to meet the needs of business users - both professional and recreational - and Fiat says, as the name...

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ITALIAN hot hatch specialist Abarth is putting even more sting in the tail of its latest model with a new 595 that's quicker and more affordable than before.The new Abarth 595 is priced from £15,090 with the line up topping out at £22,290 for a convertible in high performance Competizione trim.Three specifications are available, all powered by a 1.4-litre TJet turbo engine with various amounts of boost taking power from 145 horsepower to 165 in the mid-range Turismo models and up to...

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WITH its sister ship acclaimed as the best car in the world Fiat is reviving a name from the Swinging Sixties in the shape of the new 124 Spider.Based on the Mazda MX-5 - the current World Car of the Year - the 124 is the Italian marque's first roadster for more than a decade.Its last offering, the Barchetta, went off the scene in 2005 and available only in left hand drive was one for the real enthusiasts in Britain.The Spider is much more mainstream and priced from £19,545 is out to...

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THE new Abarth 124 spider will cost from £29,565 when it arrives later this summer.That tab is for the 1.4 TJet 170bhp manual version of the two-seater roadster which marks the return of the spider badge to Abarth and is the natural heir of the original model launched in 1972.Equipped with a four-cylinder MultiAir Turbo engine, the newcomer can blast from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph.And as the sound of the engine really matters in an Abarth, the Record Monza...

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FIAT'S sexy-looking new 124 Spider will cost from £19,545 when it hits UK streets this autumn - 50 years after its namesake shook up the sports car scene of the Swinging Sixties.Featuring a turbo-charged petrol and rear-wheel drive, the 124 has been designed at Centro Stile in Turin and takes its inspiration from the 1966 original.Stand-out features a horizontal line running from the front wing up over the rear haunch and flowing towards the tail lamp.And the position of its LED...

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IF you think a car has a personality, then the Fiat 500 Lounge TwinAir 105hp is a small, excitable child.The phrase "terrible twos" comes to mind because a child is full of unrestrained energy and cheek at that age but in the case of the Fiat 500 Lounge with boosted 105bhp engine it really means the car is terribly good at its job.The TwinAir 105bhp has two cylinders and turbo-injection to transform it from city runabout to smile inducing warm hatch. Weighing under a tonne and with...

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