The first 500 of the "first edition" (Prima Edizione) Fiat 500s available in Canada were snapped up in just twelve hours according to Chrysler Canada. As you may remember, the Fiat 500 Prima Edizione is exclusively available in three colors: Bianco (White), Rosso (Red) and Grigio (Gray). Two equipment levels are offered, and the vehicle features the state-of-the-art 1.4-litre MultiAir® engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
I just saw the Fiat 500 at the LA Auto Show and the car is a good size and is attractive (or dare I say, "cute"). The littlest Fiats are well equipped and are styled differently than anything on US roads today, which is a good thing in this case. The cars were getting a lot of attention at the show, but a lot of folks opined about Fiat's spotty quality in the past and the phrase "Fix It Again Tony" was heard - a lot. Fiat better get the quality and reliability right or they can forget about the US market, no matter how cute the product is. Early European reports are favorable where Fiat has sold more than 200,000 500s. We will get them in the US in January as 2012 models. Find your dealer here.
Source: Fiat/Chrysler Canada - Press release after the jump.
Source: Jeep, Decisive Auto Magazine - Press Releases after the jump.
Source: Porsche - Brief press release after the jump.
Nissan's Leaf has been named the 2011 "European Car of the Year" and has become the first electric vehicle to win the award. The European Car of the Year jury is made up of 58 senior motoring journalists from 23 countries. The Leaf EV has won other awards in the UK and around the globe. This year, the Leaf beat out the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Citroen C3/DS3, the Dacia Duster, the Ford C-Max, the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, and the Volvo S60/V60 to clench the Euro COTY trophy. "The jury acknowledged today that the Nissan LEAF is a breakthrough for electric cars. Nissan LEAF is the first EV that can match conventional cars in many respects," said Håkan Matson, President of the Jury, Car of the Year. Deliveries of the Leaf begin in Japan and the United States in December. In Europe, deliveries start in early 2011 to Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. The Leaf is currently being built in Japan, but will also be produced in North America and Europe when new manufacturing facilities open in late 2012 and early 2013.
Source: Nissan and Autocar - Euro press releases after the jump.
Motor Trend SUV/CUV of the Year for 2011." The 2011 Cayennes all received updated styling (the profile and rear views are especially nice) for the new year and all models were subject to an automotive diet with the crossovers losing 400 pounds on average. The Cayenne S Hybrid is at your local dealer now with a starting price of $67,700 (+destination, license, taxes, and fees). Don't forget that all Porsches come with huge options lists, so check you loan or checking/savings balance before you order your new vehicle.
Source: Porsche - Press release and pic after the jump.
to the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system (which is an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design) that utilizes the M's seven-speed automatic to get the 360 hp and more than 450 lb. ft. of torque to the asphalt. More good news - the mpgs have been estimated at 30/highway and 25/city. Or as Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore stated, “Simply put, the Infiniti M Hybrid will be the most advanced performance luxury sedan hybrid in the market, delivering V8 power and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency.” Hyperbole? Maybe, but it is a nice piece. Deliveries begin in the Spring of 2011. No price was given but expect at least a $5,000 price bump over the "base" M35. Looks, luxury, and good fuel economy - a winning combination that will be available soon at your local Infiniti dealer.
Source: Infiniti - Press release after the jump.
In order of popularity:
Jeep Black Ops Edition (right) Breaks cover
(by almost 4 to 1 over the next viewed post)
2012 Focus makes US debut in LA
Juke named "CUV of Texas"
Nissan's Ellure Concept impresses
New Mercedes CLS four-door coupe revealed
New Dodge Durango revealed
Acura TSX gets updates for 2011
Nissan's Juke wins another award
These last four tied.
uautoknow.net - Classic top five most-viewed...
New small Range Rover revealed
(Five-door Evoque shown below)
Acura TL to get refresh
Focus Electric markets announced
Nissan Leaf EPA-rated at 99 mpg
Chevy Volt's numbers are in
Source: Press release and pics after the jump.
Dodge's new Durango SUV shares the new Jeep Grand Cherokee's platform which sorta makes it a CUV or crossover since it doesn't have a separate frame and body, but I guess Dodge can market the new Durango anyway they want. The big difference between the two 'utes is that the Dodge will be more pavement-oriented and have three rows of seats (the Jeep GC has two rows) with capacity for seven and lots of stuff. Since the new Grand Cherokee is a nice piece, this bodes well for the Dodge iteration with higher levels of capability and more refined fitments. The new Pentastar V6 and several Hemi V8s will be available as will rear- or all-wheel drive and all the options your wallet can handle including (but not limited to) SIRIUS Satellite Radio™, SIRIUS Backseat TV™, and Uconnect® Web.
Source: Dodge - Detailed press release after the jump.
CUV of Texas"). The Juke beat out the BMW 5-Series (named Continental Irish Executive / Luxury Car of the Year), the Skoda Yeti (named Continental Irish Compact Family Car of the Year), the Kia Venga, and the Opel Astra (which was available previously, last gen, as a Saturn). As car markets overlap, we will see more cars that are available in the US win accolades abroad. Plus it is interesting to see other country's tastes in automotive conveyances.
Source: Newspress - Press release and pics (of other winners) after the jump.
Source: Acura - Press release and pics after the jump.
Source: Nissan - Press release and pics after the jump.
The diminutive Fiat 500 made its US debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 500 marks Fiat's return to the American market. The 500 has been very popular in Europe where Fiat has sold more than 500,000 of the little runabouts, where the model's economy, handling, and design have won many a heart (and pocketbook). While Fiat sees the 500 as a premium small car for the US market, the starting price is just $15,500 (+ taxes, license, and fees) although the addition of available options will run the car's price into the $20s. The 500 will be available in three models at introduction, Pop, Sport, and Lounge (check the press release after the jump for feature specifics). An Abarth performance edition will be available next year as will a convertible (actually a full-body fabric sunroof). The 500 has 14 exterior color options and 14 seat combinations of color and material choice that allow for increased personalization of your 500. Fiat's 1.4-liter MultiAir four (101 hp) will be standard with a five-speed manual and an available six-speed automatic as the transmission choices. Expect sporty handling although the 500 has been altered to fit American tastes. In fact, the 500 has been given numerous updates to meet US consumer likes and to meet US regs. You can configure your 500 at Fiat's website www.fiatusa.com. Check my previous post to help you find your closest dealer.
Source: Fiat - Detailed press releases after the jump.
Fiat has named the first 130 dealers that will handle the Fiat brand's return to the US market. The Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) will be the first Italian model offered in the US with others to follow. The 500 is very popular in Europe for its design, economy, and "zippiness." In the US, the 500 is expected to go up against the Mini and other premium small cars. An Abarth performance model and a convertible (more of a full-body vinyl sunroof) will be added next year. The 500 is built at Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico plant and dealers will have lots of cars for sale next month. Orders are being taken now. Check the list (in a kind of alphabetic order by state) after the jump and see how close your Fiat dealer is to your abode. Expect more dealers to be added in the future.
Source: Fiat - Press release and list after the jump.
2012 Focus makes US debut in LA (right)
Jeep Black Ops Edition breaks cover
Range Rover Evoque 5-Door to debut in LA
Chevrolet's Volt named "Motor Trend Car of the Year" for 2011
Jeep brings a little "Jet" to LA
Nissan CrossCabriolet debuts (below)
And from uautoknow.net - Classic
2011 Rogue debuts
Focus Electric markets announced
Mitsubishi i-Miev to debut US version in LA
Source: Hyundai - Detailed press release and additional pics after the jump.
Source: Ford - Press release after the jump.
Consumers opting for the Optima Hybrid will enjoy additional standard features above the Optima LX A/T trim level, including, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, dual zone automatic temperature control with rear vents, push-button start with smart key, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic up/down on front windows, 16-inch alloy wheels, model specific headlamp design and grille, fog lamps, heated outside mirrors, LED tail lamp design, a rear lip spoiler and the Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) that plays a pre-recorded engine sound during electric-only operation to notify people outside the vehicle that it is approaching. Overkill? The available Optima Hybrid Premium Technology Package adds a panoramic sunroof, unique 17-inch alloy wheel design, four-way power adjustable front passenger's seat, driver's seat memory, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, HID headlamps with automatic leveling, leatherette-wrapped center fascia, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink™ and compass, a navigation system with back-up camera and SIRIUS Traffic™, and an eight-speaker Infinity®2 audio system. It looks like Kia is getting serious about the mid-size car segment with a vehicle that can challenge the best from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, and GM. Mileage figures were not announced but are expected to match or better the Fusion Hybrid's numbers with highway mileage expected to be in the 40s. We shall see.
Source: Kia - Detailed press release after the jump.
Source: BMW - Detailed press release and additional pics after the jump.
Source: Porsche - Press Release after the jump.
Source: Subaru - Press release after the jump. Photos: Newspress
Update: The CrossCabriolet will retail for $46,390 (plus taxes, license, fees).
Source: Nissan - Press release and pics after the jump.