Fiat 500 Abarth Goes Mainstream, Offers Automatic

The Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo models are getting a bit more boring, but they’ll more accessible to the general consumer.

The Italian automaker has announced that it will be adding the six-speed Aisin automatic transmission to the two models starting with the 2015 model year. The brand hopes to broaden the appeal of the Fiat 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo by adding the optional automatic to the lineup.

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Since it was first introduced onto the market in 2012, both models have only been offered with a manual transmission. Currently, Abarth models account for about 15 percent of the Fiat 500 sales, but Fiat believes the lack of an automatic has been the biggest reason for the sluggish business. Fiat hopes that offering an automatic will boost sales as much as 50 percent.

In addition, certain models of the 500 will receive a new seven-inch electronic display in its instrument cluster for the 2015 model year.

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