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FCA earns Guinness World Record after delivering 1,495 Fiat 500s

Fiat and Italian supermarket chain Esselunga share the same values of customer-focus and uniqueness. So for the supermarket’s sixtieth anniversary, both companies teamed up and handed over a total of 1,495 Fiat 500 cars to their new owners. This event surprised many, including the Guinness World Record judge, who later on approved for it to be included in the book of records. That is a lot of giveaways!

Overall, there were 1,520 units that were supposed to be delivered to Fiat’s Mirafiori plant where the event took place. However, 25 of the winners in the Esselunga competition could not make it to the event. Fiat said that in under two days, all the cars were collected by the winners who came from several parts of Italy including: Lazio, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy, and Piedmont.

The winners were given keys to their new Fiat 500 Esselunga. The special version 500 was made specifically for the competition in association with Fiat Design Center, thus only 1,520 units are available. The design of the car was inspired by the Lounge trim, riding on 14-inch wheels, with Paste White exterior finished paired with an Ivory interior. The 500 Esselunga features seven airbags, climate control, Uconnect 5 infotainment system, AUX-IN and USB ports, steering wheel controls, and LED daytime running lights. Under the hood comes a 1.2 liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine, which produces 69 horsepower (51 kilowatts).

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Fiat Chrysler to build Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon in Poland

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ‘s production site in Tychy, Poland will commence output of restyled versions of the Fiat 500 and Lancia Ypsilon this year, two sources privy with the matter told Reuters. The move is seen to help increase volume of the models as well as offset the lost production that will occur when the site stops building the Ford Ka.

One of the sources told Reuters that the production of the models in Poland will keep its output stable when the collaboration with Ford ends by March or May 2016. A spokesman for Ford said in an e-mail it was already announced that current Ka built in Poland would go out of production in the next couple of years.

Ford unveiled a Ka concept vehicle in December 2013 and announced that a production version would be rolled out in Europe, although the carmaker was silent about is timing. The Tychy site was sidelined when FCA shifted production of the Fiat Panda to Italy in 2011 as it tried to appease politicians eager to protect jobs.

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Fiat builds 1 millionth 500 at its plant in Tychy, Poland

Fiat has reached another production milestone. Its plant in Tychy, Poland, has built one million units of its 500 compact model ever since it made a comeback in 2007. It’s worth noting that the return of the Volkswagen New Beetle in 1998 marked the revival of the retro compact model. In 2001, BMW followed by reoffering the Mini brand.

The Tychy factory also rolls out the Fiat Panda, the Lancia Ypsilon, and the Ford Ka, which shares a platform with the 500. If we include the 500 units built in Toluca, Mexico for the market in North American, this means that the iconic model has a production total of about 1.1 million units. It took Fiat less than six years to achieve this target, proving just how popular this model is throughout Europe and in more than 83 countries where it’s offered.

The 999,999th car built is a diesel-powered S model that’s on its way to Italy. On the other hand, the 1,000,000th car is an Abarth that’s also intended for Italy, while car numbered 1,000,001 is a 500C Lounge to be shipped to Germany.

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Fiat to produce next-generation 500 minicar in Tychy, Poland by 2015

Fiat S.p.A. is planning to focus global production of the next-generation 500 minicar at its Tychy plant in Poland, three sources privy to the matter told Automotive News Europe. The move will effectively end the production of the Fiat 500 for North American markets at Chrysler's plant in Mexico by 2015. The move, however, means additional work for the Tychy plant, which has been struggling since the carmaker shifted production of the Panda minicar to Italy.

According to the sources, Fiat will launch the new-generation 500 in 2015 and will be sold around the world. Although almost identical in styling, the current European and North American 500s are different structurally. Producing a new Fiat 500 with global specifications in one plant will allow the Italian carmaker to avoid duplicating engineering and tooling costs sustained with the current generation car.

Fiat spent EUR300 million to launch the European 500. On the other hand, Chrysler, which produces the North American 500 under license from Fiat, invested $550 million to increase its production capacity for the variant to 120,000 units a year in Toluca, Mexico. Massimo Vecchio, a financial analyst at Mediobanca Securities, told Automotive News Europe that having a single production site is a logical move when making the next Fiat 500 a global model.

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Fiat Auto Poland production line is celebrating the milestone of its millionth Fiat 500 built. This model, which was launched in 2007 and which was sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world, including Italy, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, the U.S., and the Middle East, was also in production at the Mexican plant in Toluca since 2011.

The millionth vehicle is a Lounge version ‘dressed’ in a stylish three-layer Funk White and powered by Fiat’s dependable 69 HP 1.2 engine. It is a one-of-a-kind car. Because of the thousands of probable combinations of exterior colours, interiors, engines, fuel systems and equipment, it is difficult for there to be two identical Fiat 500s.

Fiat 500 is an all-Italian design that’s built to gratify everybody who loves to enjoy and drive anywhere while driving a thrilling and attractive car. The Fiat 500 has always been a major player in global markets. This model recently got a revamp with the arrival of the 2013 range, including hatchback and convertible versions, presenting six brand-new body colours, two new versions (Street and Colour Therapy) and other style features that improve the high-spirited spirit of this legendary model.

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If you are a true Fiat 500 fan you sure do remember the 500 Coupe by Zagato, unveiled back in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was inspired by its predecessor, which was built in the ‘50s, and featured the well-known Zagato double hump signature (an unique shape of the roof). The rest of the car keeps the same dimensions: 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide and 149 cm high, with a 230 centimetre wheelbase.

In the concept form, the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato was powered by a TwinAir engine delivering 105 hp and 155 Nm at 2,500 rpm and 95 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Moreover, we find custom front and rear bumpers, new side sills as well as a new set of wheels. If you really like the car you should know that Sergio Marchionne recently confirmed that the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato will hit the dealerships next year!

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Chrysler Group has halted production of the 1.4-liter engine this month due to the sluggish sales of the Fiat 500 coupes and cabriolets -- the subcompact that the engine runs – in the United States. This was recently revealed by Tom Zimmerman, the plant's unit chairman for UAW Local 723.

At least 100 of around 400 hourly workers at the company's Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance Plant in Dundee, Mich., were laid off earlier this month, apparently as a result of the production halt of the 1.4-liter engine.

Zimmerman further stated that there is still no information as to when the employees could get their jobs back. Spokesperson Jodi Tinson for Chrysler said that the plant "is moderating its schedule to adjust for the current bank of engines."

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Fiat is cooking up a production version for the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato concept, which was introduced at the recently held Geneva Motor Show, according to reports from es.autoblog.com. This concept car was well received at the Geneva show, mainly because of its bold color as well as its mix of 500 styling and coupe looks.

The car also featured the characteristic double hump -- the true emblem of Zagato. The latest reports say that the production will be limited, which means that it won’t be offered cheap.

These reports come only a few months before main rival MINI is expected to offer a coupe version of its popular hatchback to market. The concept version of the car actually debuted nearly two full years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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After confirming in 2017 that its midsize pickup would be coming back to the United States, Ford took the wraps off the 2019 Ranger early last year. It featured an all-new design especially made for the US, and is a bit different from the Rangers sold overseas. Now, Ford is finally commencing the production of the 2019 Ranger at its newly transformed Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit.

To mark the kickoff of the production of the new Ford Ranger, the carmaker had special celebrations at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The celebrations essentially mark the rebirth of the Ranger, which is slated to return to the US early 2019 following an eight-year hiatus. Likewise, the celebrations mark the rebirth of the plant that has been a witness to the ups and downs of the American auto industry in the past six decades.

Invited in the celebrations aren’t just leaders from Ford, but also from United Auto Workers. A large of number of the plant’s workforce – numbering more than 3,000 employees – was also present. These employees, as well as media members and others, were given an opportunity to ride in the new Ford Ranger a custom-built, off-road course in the plant’s parking lot.

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SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now assembling the next generation of Audi’s small city car – the new 2019 Audi A1.

The sight of SEAT producing Audi vehicles isn't surprising as both carmakers are members of the larger Volkswagen Group. In addition, the A1 isn't the Audi vehicle produced at SEAT’s Martorrel site. In the middle of 2011, the VW Group assigned the SEAT facility to produce the Audi Q3 luxury subcompact crossover. Since then until July 2018, the Martorrel site had been producing the previous generation of the Audi Q3 and total Spanish production of the subcompact crossover reached nearly 800,000 units.

When the second generation of the Audi Q3 was unveiled, it was decided that the production of the subcompact crossover will be moved from Martorell to the Gyor facilities in Hungary. On the other hand, the previous generation of the A1 was assembled in Brussels. The idle manufacturing capacity at Martorrel left by the Audi Q3 might have prompted the VW Group to transfer the production of the second generation from Brussels to Martorell.

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When Ford unveiled its new Ford GT nearly four years ago at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the supercar was received very well even through the US carmaker only disclosed a few details. When the company started to produce the Ford GT, one thing was very apparent – the demand for the supercar greatly outstrips the supply. Two years into the supercar’s production, Ford is building more units than previously earmarked.

Even before it started production of the Ford GT, the US carmaker had said only 1,000 units of the supercar will be built. Ford had set the annual production pace for the Ford GT at 250 units every year. This means that supercar would have a production run that would last for around four years.

But when the US carmaker started accepting orders for the Ford GT, the total number of applicants quickly grew to more than 6,500. This number was just for the 2016 iteration of the supercar. Unfortunately, Ford can only accommodate 1,000 of the applicants, which means that the Ford GT is practically sold out.

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The new Porsche Taycan is considered as revolutionary at the German sports car maker as the upcoming model is its first all-electric vehicle. Nonetheless, the new Taycan four-door EV will also be the starting point of a new revolution in the company. As Porsche is committing itself to electric mobility, it also has to undergo a significant change, especially in terms of production.

Porsche is currently building its conventionally powered vehicles, including its 911 sports car, using the traditional principle of an assembly line. But when it commences the production of the Taycan, Porsche will be implementing major changes for the production and assembly facilities of the new EV.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Board responsible for Finance and IT at Porsche, remarked that starting 2025, more than 50 percent of the Porsche models delivered are expected to be electrified. While this will require substantial investments in development, production, and staff training, Porsche believes that the carmaker will still be able to achieve a target profit margin of at least 15 percent.

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By the start of the new decade, customers won't be able to buy a new Opel Adam. Opel Karl and Opel Cascada won't also be available. This is because Opel will stop selling the Adam and Karl city cars as well as the Cascada compact convertible starting 2020 as the carmaker shifts its focus and comply with future emissions regulations.

According to Opel, it will not replace the current iterations of the Adam, Karl and Cascada when they reach the end of their life cycles. However, the Adam, Karl and Cascada will still be sold until the end of 2019. That gives customers planning to acquire any of these to-be-ditched models more than a year to make their plans a reality. Opel said the decision was meant to help the carmaker comply with future carbon dioxide emissions guidelines and to help it shift its focus to high volume segments.

This decision to discontinue the Adam, Karl and Cascada forms part of greater scheme at Opel -- the PACE! Plan. This PACE! Plan is essentially a new product offensive meant to meet the needs of customers while ensuring compliance with the stiff carbon dioxide guidelines that will take effect in 2020.

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Abarth is introducing the all-new 2019 Abarth 595 range, offering a sporty touch and performance, as back by a new suspension, upgraded technology and a powerful engine. The new Abarth 595 essential transform a Fiat 500 into an athletic hatchback that blends style and performance.

The brand with the iconic scorpion badge is offering the new 595 either as a hatchback or a convertible. The new Abarth 595 comes in five different flavors or trim levels: 595 (base), 595 Pista, 595 Turismo, 595 Competizione and 695 Rivale. All versions

All Abarth 595 models are packed with special features that don’t just make them look sportier, but also increase their performance levels. Their redesigned front end has larger air scoop that help manage heat in engine bay while hiking their cooling capacity by 18 percent. The rear bumper, meanwhile, comes with pronounced extractor as well as specific bumper inserts for each trim level.

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The Chevrolet City Express small cargo van has been in the market since 2014 (2015 model year). Designed for customers seeking a small fuel-efficient, cargo vehicle, the City Express has silently reached the end of the road, as General Motors has already stopped taking orders and building of this small work van.

While it is now too late for the Chevrolet City Express to make a sales comeback, GM was literally silent about the fate of Chevy’s small cargo van. According to a report by the Automotive News citing a spokesman from GM, dealers were informed of plans to drop the City Express as early as Summer 2017. Chevrolet received orders for the small cargo van only until September 2017, with the production of the last units of the 2018 City Express officially ended in February 2018.

In 2013, GM and Nissan Motors inked an agreement for the Japanese carmaker to build a small cargo van – the Chevrolet City Express – as based on the Nissan NV200. The Nissan NV200 is a compact yet spacious commercial boasts of low cost of ownership. Designed as both a passenger and a commercial vehicle, the Nissan NV200 is being sold in several markets around the world, including in the United States and Canada.

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The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 (Porsche 993) is already considered as an icon. Gunther Werks, a company from Southern California, has dedicated itself into re-mastering this icon by embedding modern technologies and features. Its Gunther Werks 400R is seen as a modern yet classic masterpiece, and the company has already commenced the limited production run of this bespoke 993 conversion.

The Gunther Werks 400R is essentially a high-performance, bespoke vehicle that pays tribute to the naturally aspirated Porsche 993. Featuring both the silhouette and soul of the classic 993, the 400R is lighter yet stronger and more rigid than the original model. This is thanks to the use of carbon-fiber composite for the body panels, roof, deck lid and spoiler.

Gunther Werks ultimately decided to limit the production run of the 400R to 25 examples. However, each example is completely bespoke. Providing their own 993 as a base, customers could choose from a limitless palette of exterior finishes and even personalize the interior according to whims, choosing their choice of colors, patterns and materials. Even the suspension setup could be configured to the preferences of each Gunther Werks client. As Gunther Werks founder Peter Nam puts it, each 400R is tailored to its owner like a handmade suit.

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It was back in 1899 when Fiat was first established in Turin, Italy. It has remained in one form or another for over a century. However, current CEO of the company, Sergio Marchionne, has said that the company will soon get rid of mass market vehicle production in the country. This June, the CEO will introduce new measures that will most Fiat production out of Italy.

Bloomberg has said that the Turin plant, which was inaugurated in 1939, will have the most major changes. What will happen is that the facility that presently produces fewer than 50,000 vehicles annually will have to accommodate a Maserati SUV together with the Levante, as well as several more Jeep products - this seems like a lot to handle.

As for Fiat models, the Panda will be moved to the Poland plant, while the MiTo’s production will have to be stopped. Its future has yet to be determined. The people who are in charge of this project do not want to be named since it is not meant to be public.

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The 2018 Fiat 500 has arrived. The latest model will be getting a slight price hike. Of course, this comes with an updated look, some added tech, and a new turbocharged engine. The petite hatchback first made an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show, and this will go on sale later in the year. It will come with a new price tag of $16,245, which is $1,250 more than its price the year before.

The $16,245 MSRP is for the most affordable Pop trim, which comes with a manual (the automatic option with an extra $995). For the sake of comparison, the 2017 Fiat 500 Pop started at just $14,995. The Fiat 500 not only gets an increased range, but the entry level pricing has gone up as well. Also, there is a more expensive destination charge, now at $1,245.

Up next is the 500 Lounge. Buyers will need to be willing to spend $20,990, a whole $1,500 more than the previous year. Even the 500 Abarth gets an increase of $750, with a starting MSRP of $21,740. The base Fiat 500’s new asking price represents a 9.4 percent increase yearly, according to CarsDirect.

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The upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show is home to a number of premieres. Some of these are the Lincoln Aviator, 2019 Ford Fusion, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Corolla hatchback, and many others. While the hype is huge for these models, there are also those that made their mark albeit in a more subtle way. One of those is the 2018 Fiat 500 Urbana Edition.

In case you were wondering, Urbana is not the new nameplate for the 500 range. That is because it is already used in the 500X and is used by the 500L Trekking. In the newest application, the special edition model gets a black trimmed exterior lights, it then sits in s set of 16 inch “hyper black” aluminum wheels with signature Urbana Edition elements.

Beginning in spring of this year, the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition will be offered in Pompei Silver, Bianco White Ice, Perla White Tri-coat, Granito Gray, and Metallo Gray exterior colours. As for the interior, upgrades are limited to new front bucket seats with silver accent stitching as well as a black instrument panel bezel.

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Mercedes-Benz’ mother company, Daimler, is very optimistic about the company’s performance. And it is pretty obvious because the company plans to increase production this year, assuming to boost their sales up to three million vehicles annually.

We can’t blame them though, because last year, the company sold approximately 2.4 million units. So if they could produce more vehicles yearly, then they will be able to deliver more too.

According to German weekly Automobilwoche, Markus Schaefer, the Daimler board member in charge of manufacturing and procurement at Mercedes-Benz said that the sites in their global production network are running high on usage rates. And this is mainly their reason for expanding their capabilities, also when basing it on market demand, that is already moving towards 3 million units.

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