Automatic gearbox is now optional on 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2014

Fiat plans to offer six-speed Aisin automatic transmission as an option in 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo models in the United States, according to Jason Stoicevich, head of the brand in North America. The option will be available after the models go into production in July. Brand executives have remarked the automatic will further the models' sales appeal.

The Fiat 500 Abarth, which has been available only with a manual gearbox since it was launched in 2012, accounts for around 15 percent of Fiat 500 sales. According to Stoicevich, one of the factors why Fiat customers don’t opt for the Abarth is the lack of automatic, noting young people just “don't drive a manual transmission."

He added that the addition of an automatic could boost sales of the performance versions by up to 50 percent. Stoicevich remarked that versions of the MY2015 500 will also feature a new 7-inch electronic display in its instrument cluster.

The Fiat brand -- includes the 500 and the larger 500L -- posted a record month in March in the United States, selling 4,738 units. The brand, however, saw sales of the Fiat 500 drop 13 percent to 3,316 units year-on-year in March.

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Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio Offer Automatic Transmission Option For 2015

The high-performance 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, to be showcased at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, will be available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission, helping to broaden the customer base for the high-performance version of the Fiat 500.

To ensure the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio remain true to their high-performance and track-ready heritage, the six-speed automatic transmission – Aisin AW6F25 six-speed – has been reinforced with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capability. The Sport mode calibration allows for an even more engaged driving experience with special features such as fuel-cut upshifts, rev-matching downshifts, brake-assist downshifts, corner gear hold and fast-off gear hold, as well as a more aggressive pedal map.

Both the automatic and manual transmission options for the 2015 Fiat Abarth and Abarth Cabrio will be paired with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine. Both Abarth models will continue to include the segment-exclusive Abarth Track Experience, which allows Fiat 500 Abarth drivers to learn how to maximize their driving skills with a full day of professional driving instruction.

Fiat 500 Turbo
The Fiat 500 Turbo was introduced in 2012 for driving enthusiasts who wanted the Italian style of the Fiat 500 with more power and performance for their daily drive. For the 2015 model year, the Fiat 500 Turbo will also offer the Aisin AW6F25 six-speed automatic transmission as an option to pair with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine.

As one of the more affordable turbocharged vehicles available, the Fiat 500 Turbo amplifies the Cinquecento's power, performance and personalization levels while keeping the character of the iconic Fiat 500.

The Fiat 500 Turbo continues to offer a distinctive look, with an aggressively styled front fascia, bolder side skirts and unique 16-inch aluminum wheels. At the rear, a liftgate-mounted spoiler extends the roofline, while a black-accented rear diffuser optimizes airflow.

In addition to the optional automatic transmission offering for the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo models, the entire Fiat 500 lineup will receive interior updates for 2015, including an innovative instrument panel with a 7-inch high-definition display to help drivers easily monitor vehicle information.

The 2015 Fiat 500 lineup will arrive at Fiat studios nationwide in July 2014.

 

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