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California dealer offers $49/month lease deal on Fiat 500e for Black Friday

Black Friday is often regarded as a great day for consumers in a number of areas in the United States, including California. This is particularly because on this specific day of the year – a day just after Thanksgiving – companies are racing to offer the lowest prices and the best deals available.

A Fiat dealership – Orange Coast Fiat in Costa Mesa, California -- is riding on this wave by offering the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback for lease for just $49 per month. Yes, the good people of California could avail of this lease for less than $50 a month, good for 36 months. Additional good news is that those who availed of this lease don’t have to shell out anything as a down payment.

However, this promo is only a “Limited Inventory” lease, which means only a few units will be available. Of course, this promo is – so far – available only at Orange Coast Fiat and there has been no news yet of other Fiat dealers offering a similar deal. Orange Coast Fiat’s Limited Inventory $49 per month lease deal for the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback is available from November 25 (Black Friday) to November 27.

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FIAT releases Star Wars-themed 500e, and DVF-wrapped 500X

FIAT will give its support to the upcoming Star Wars film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with a stormtrooper-themed Fiat 500e. This was announced by Lucasfilm itself. FIAT and FCA US LLC, together with six other global brands of automobile makers, will be launching a groundbreaking campaign to promote the new Star Wars film, which is set to be released on December 18.

FIAT’s role will be to release a 500e that bears exterior aesthetics based upon the armor worn by stormtroopers of the First Order Legion. What results is a beautiful car with a two-tone black and white painting, as well as windshield and side windows designed to make the car look like the visor and helmet of the First Order stormtrooper.

However, the Star Wars-influenced design is not limited to the exteriors – the black and white theme is implemented heavily in the interiors as well. The dashboard is white and emblazoned with the Star Wars logo on its surface.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO urges consumer not to buy Fiat 500e

While other auto top honchos speak out to persuade consumers to buy their electric vehicle offerings, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is telling potential buyers not to buy its Fiat 500e electric car. Why? He told an audience at the Brookings Institution that it costs Fiat $14,000 every time a Fiat 500e is sold.

Marchionne remarked that only Tesla Motors was making money on electric cars, simply because of the higher price point for the Model S sedan. The Italian CEO decried federal and state rules that compel carmakers to produce EVs.

He is referring to the state of California's zero-emission vehicle mandates and the fuel efficiency requirements set by the federal government for 2025 – both of which pushing for production of electric cars.

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Fiat will lose $10,000 for every 500e sold

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne claims that for every 500e sold, the company loses $10,000 even after all the subsidies. Marchionne disclosed this at his recent speech in Detroit at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress. Marchionne had said that to comply with fuel economy regulations, automakers have to concentrate on several alternative fuel technologies.

He said losing this much on a big scale will be “masochism to the extreme.” At the present, new car fleets have to average 28 to 30 mpg. By 2016, cars have to meet an average rating of 35.5 mpg and by 2025, this goes up to 54.5 mpg. Automakers are able to earn government credits when they offer alternative-fuel vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs.

However, Marchionne is anxious about the possibility that government incentives for electric vehicles will be considered to be the best alternative-powertrain method. He is urging for “technological neutral” regulation. Initially, the Fiat 500e will be sold in California. It has a starting price of $32,500 before government incentives like $7500 federal tax credits and those given by California and local governments.

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For those who want to buy a Fiat 500e, the Italian manufacturer has just announced that the small electric vehicle is priced at $32,500 dollars MSRP. Moreover, eligible California residents will be able to purchase the 500e for as low as $20,500, after federal credits, state incentives and FIAT rebates are included.

This means that the 500e will cost about $200 less than the current starting price of a comparably-equipped Fiat 500 Lounge powered by a gas engine. The 500e will be offered to California residents at launch with a $199 a month/$999 due at signing lease for 36 months, which means that it will be offered at the same price as the Fiat 500 Pop powered by a gas engine.

For those who don’t know, the Fiat 500e is powered by an electric motor delivering 111 hp (83 kW) and 147 pound-feet of torque. The energy is stored in a 24 kWh hour liquid-cooled/heated lithium-ion battery able to propel the car for more than 80 miles. You can find more details about the Fiat 500e here.

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Those who buy the upcoming Fiat 500e electric car will receive credits for 12 days’ of car rentals from Enterprise Holdings during the first three years of auto ownership. Fiat is implementing this program called ePass for drivers to be able to borrow a car with a longer driving range for the infrequent times that they have to go on a long-distance road trip.

For every year that passes, owners will receive a sufficient amount of bonus points for 12 days of car rentals from Enterprise, Alamo, or National. They can get a gasoline-powered sedan to go out of town or a pickup truck for moving furniture. Even if the rental will be free, Fiat 500e owners would still have to spend for fuel and insurance on the car they’re renting.

Those who own a 500e can only rent certain Chrysler vehicles under this program. These include several minivans and pickup trucks, a gas-powered Fiat 500, the upcoming Fiat 500L, and the Chrysler 200. With this move, Fiat owners won’t have to feel the “range anxiety” that affects those who buy electric vehicles with short driving ranges.

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The Environmental Protection Agency tested the new Fiat 500e and gave it a rating of 116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) – the third-best rating for electric vehicles in the U.S. Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said that the electric-powered version of the subcompact Fiat 500 will start selling in California in the second quarter of 2013.

There are 25 Fiat dealerships in California. They’re also known as Fiat Studios. The EPA devised the miles per gallon equivalent, or MPGe, rating to demonstrate how a vehicle compares with a gasoline-powered one. It measures the number of miles that electric vehicles can be driven on a quantity of battery-generated electricity that has the same energy content as a gallon of gasoline.

According to the EPA, the 500e will achieve 122 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) and 108 MPGe in highway driving. Its rating for the highway is the highest compared to other EVs. It was in 2011 that the Fiat 500 arrived in U.S. showrooms.

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The 2013 Fiat 500e made its official debut today showing its impressive Electrico Arancione Perla (Electric Orange) color together with the contrasting lower fascia and the Bianca Perla (White) interior available as standard. And if you thought that the 500e looks just like the rest of the 1 million vehicles sold, you’d better think again as the vehicle comes with a front fascia sealing, it is aerodynamically optimized in order to offer higher range, has 15-inch aluminum wheels, streamlined exterior mirror caps, under vehicle bellypans, wind-tunnel-sculpted side sills, drag reducing rear fascia design and liftgate-mounted aerodynamic spoiler.

Moreover, the 2013 Fiat 500 offers three exterior appearances: Nero, Bianca Perla and e-Sport Package. The Nero includes front and rear lower dot-matrix patterned fascia accents painted in Nero, along with body-color spoiler and mirror caps. Moreover, Nero is available is Argento, Grigio (gray), Bianco Perla (pearl white) and Nero exterior paint.

The Bianco Perla includes the optional Steam (white) interior environment and the vehicle features front and rear lower dot-matrix patterned fascia accents, spoiler and mirror caps painted in tri-coat Bianco Perla paint. In addition, the 500e is available in Argento, Grigio, Bianco Perla, Nero and exclusive Electrico Arancione Perla (Electric Orange Tri-coat paint).

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As you may know already, the all-new Fiat 500e will make its debut later this week at the 2012 LA Auto Show but it appears that the electrified hatch will only be available to the customers located in the United States. These words came from Fiat global brand boss Olivier Francois, according to Autonews.

Set to launch in the second quarter of 2013, the new Fiat 500e will cost about 35,000 dollars and will have a range of 100 miles or 160 km. Still, Fiat doesn’t expect to make profit from the 500e as it will lose between $8,000 and $10,000 on every car sold.

The main purpose of the Fiat 500e will be to promote sales of electric vehicles but also to meet regulatory demands in some of the U.S. states. The new Fiat 500e will take on cars such as the Chevrolet Spark EV, which will also make its debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Moreover, the Toyota iQ electric vehicle will also be a rival of the Fiat 500e.

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At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat will bring not one, but three new versions of its popular 500 sub-compact. One of them will be the electric version of the Fiat 500 dubbed 500e. Although the Italian manufacturer didn’t release any details of the 500e electric vehicle we can see from the photos that the car will have a push-button automatic transmission, which is not found on other 500 models.

Moreover, the car will feature a new front bumper as well as a new wheel design. Set to hit Californian market in 2013, the Fiat 500e will take on cars such as the MINI E, Honda Fit EV, Chevrolet Spark EV, which will also make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, or the Mitsubishi i.

As we said at the beginning of this article, Fiat will also bring two new models, which are new only for the United States market. One of them is the Fiat 500L, a larger four-door version of the 500, and the convertible version of the 500 Abarth. For those who don’t know, the Los Angeles Auto Show will open its doors from November 30 to December 9.

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