- Alfa Romeo
- Aston Martin
- Land Rover
It is the 1960s all over again. Cooper MINIs and 500 Abarths are roaming the streets like a pair of unrefined European hooligans. If you are a car enthusiast originally from across the Pond, the names John Cooper and Carlo Abarth are probably well known. But on our shores, only those with strong cases of vehicular obsession would have known these names prior to the early 2000s. These two men did to Minis and Fiats what Carol Shelby did Fords; tune them, race them and even completely redesign them.
It’s that time of year again; time for extended families to cram together around an all-too-small table, eat themselves into a food coma, argue over football and be told by countless relatives how they should be living their lives. Yup, it is time to give thanks.
Few vehicles have the majesty to rival an Italian supercar. Magnificent machines graced with prancing ponies or raging bulls are some of the most sought-after automobiles in the world. But you don’t necessarily have to be a “one-percenter” to drive something with the same passion. Fiat is bringing some of that excitement to the rest of us, revealing TWO special-edition models at the historic Concorso Italiano.
As fuel prices continue to test the limits of infinity, small cars are becoming more appealing to more new car shoppers; this downward spiral is evident. Many people that used to drive full-size SUVs a decade ago have opted for more efficient crossovers. Large-sedan buyers have traded in their tugboats for midsize models and compact-car owners are thinking even smaller, or outside the box all together. Schwinn is a great way to save money, both on gas and gym memberships.
Last week we exposed the cheapest and most fuel minded vehicles on the market. All hybrid vehicles, the list started at the $30,000 mark, with the most affordable being the $19,320 Honda Insight.
What’s the most important step a manufacturer undertakes when creating a new car? Building a great chassis? Getting the interior ergonomics right? Providing the perfect drivetrain to complement the new product? Nope. All wrong. The really, really important factor for any new car is getting the name right.
The Fiat 500 lineup has been expanding ever since inception, now offering a convertible, sport-tuned Abarth version, and the new-for-2013 500 Turbo that looks to blend the best aspects of both the standard car and the hot hatch. For those who want something faster than a regular Fiat 500, but who don’t want to spend the $22,000 (base price) for the Abarth, the Fiat 500 Turbo looks to offer the best of both a hot hatch and a commuter friendly subcompact.