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Fiat expects 500X SUV to sell better than 500 in North America

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expecting its Fiat 500X SUV to gather more demand than the 500 minicar in North America, according to senior executives at the carmaker. Fiat Chrysler expects the 500X to catch the attention of buyers seeking for a ride lager than 500.

Jason Stoicevich, head of Fiat in North America, told Automotive News in an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show that a major reason for consumers to reject the 500 was its size. As the 500X is basically larger than the 500, it is expected to outsell the smaller version.

Fiat will commence sales of the 500X in Europe in the first quarter of 2015, and in the United States the following quarter. Fiat Chrysler plans to offer the 500X in 100 global markets, relying on a strong US performance.

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Fiat facelifts its 500X crossover for 2019 with visual updates and new engine family

Italian carmaker Fiat is introducing the facelifted iteration of its compact crossover – the 2019 Fiat 500X. The latest iteration of the 500X comes with some changes on the exterior, including the fitment of new LED light clusters. It also boasts of a restyled interior, new engines and a number of new technologies onboard.

For the 2019 model, the new 500X Urban comes with all-new front and rear bumper design that helps reassert its urban personality. The Cross and City Cross versions, on the other hand, feature new-look protective skid plates, conveying their capability to tackle out-of-town trips.

Also bringing new drama to the design of the new 500X are its new LED light cluster. The new daylight running lights as well as LED rear light clusters are now fitted as standard, delivering a more modern look in line with the most recent styling cues of the 500 family.

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VW decides not to offer plug-in hybrids in North America

All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to offer at least five battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the next five years. However, Volkswagen is not intending to offer plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) in North America, and possibly also in Europe.

This was divulged by Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess in an interview with Car and Driver. The new plans were a contrast to the ones formulated under the former boss of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn. The initial plans entailed replacing the group’s diesel vehicles with clean PHEVs. But those plans have been scrapped. As per the interview, Diess remarked that the German carmaker could still make the VW Tiguan as the best-selling SUV even without offering it as a plug-in hybrid in North America and Europe. He noted that the EV incentive scheme in North America doesn’t include PHEVs, which means offering these clean vehicles won't make sense for the carmaker.

For now, Diess’ efforts focus on offering BEVs, 15 of which have already been decided for the group. Five of these 15 pure EVs are earmarked for the VW brand. All of these future BEVs will be underpinned by the new Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform, a battery electric architecture. According to Diess, the new MEB platform would result to economies of scale, allowing VW to unleash the potential of its electric vehicles. He believes that by switching into BEVs, VW would be able to save costs, including those related to development. This will allow the brand’s first BEV -- the new Volkswagen I.D. – to be in the same profit range as the VW Polo.

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2 new Lamborghini dealers open in North America to usher in Urus arrival

Just last week, on October 5 and 6, Lamborghini opened two new dealerships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in Sterling, Virginia, respectively. The company’s CEO Stefano Domenicali attended both lavish events. The company decided to expand to prepare for the launch of the Urus performance SUV that will soon be available in the North American market.

The automaker hopes for the new dealer in Toronto to act as a hub for the brand in the country, considering that Canada is Lamborghini’s fifth largest market around the world. The Sterling store, on the other hand, is the first in the United States to feature Lamborghini’s new showroom design. The automaker believes that the Washington D.C. VIP will be lured into the new showroom.

The company believes that there is a huge market for the Urus, and that it will potentially be a bestselling car, particularly in the United States. The automaker thinks that this will be attractive to families and even women who want a performance hauler, unlike their two-seater models that are aimed at a niche market.

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On August 21, 2017, many people in North America witnessed the once in a lifetime solar eclipse, as the last time it occurred was over 99 years ago. The eclipse crossed what they called the "Path of Totality" as the sun moved from west to east, covering some parts of the United States.

Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon was used by automakers as some kind of marketing tool. For instance, Nissan used this natural event to introduce the Midnight Edition, or blacked out version of models like the Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier. This is a limited edition blacked out livery of the said models. Volvo, on the other hand, used the solar eclipse to present a protective screen that people can stick on their XC60 SUV's sunroof.

Apart from Nissan and Volvo, other automakers like Land Rover, Mitsubishi, and Karma used the solar eclipse to as a backdrop of their cars. Having said that, all three companies brought out their cars to the field, photographing them during the event.

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In a recent press conference at Berlin, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), an environmental lobby group based in Germany, continues to strengthen its campaign against automotive industry pollution as it accuses the 500X compact SUV of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of excessive toxic diesel emissions.

The group has already named automotive company Renault, the Opel division of General Motors (GM) Company, and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz for excessive levels of harmful emissions. DUH campaigner Axel Friedrich claimed that extreme NOx emission overruns have been detected on the Renault Espace, Opel Zafira, Mercedes C Class, and recently a Fiat SUV.

So far, FCA has refused to comment on the issue. The accused car makers denied that they are involved in illegal activities. However, they recognize the fact that some of their vehicles actually release higher levels of toxic emissions when tested in real-life conditions compared to when they’re tested in the norms provided in a prescribed test regime as specified by regulators.

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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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Tesla Motors Inc. is tapping executives who would lead its sales operations in Asia, North America and Europe and has appointed Jerome Guillen, currently vice president of global sales and service to a customer-satisfaction role. Tesla is targeting to hike its sales by 74 percent this year after struggling in China and California.

Tesla is also building what will be the world’s largest battery factory, and is creating an energy-storage division as well as launching its first SUV. Tesla said that Guillen was not “demoted in any way,” Tesla said in a statement.

According to the carmaker, it is interviewing candidates for the sales leadership posts, saying that following their appointment, Guillen will focus on post-sales activity from delivery to long-term customer care. Tesla said in a statement that Guillen has taken Tesla to the “highest service satisfaction of any company in the auto industry by far.”

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Jaguar Land Rover Group is mulling opening an assembly plant in North America as it bids to keep up with growing demand for luxury vehicles around the world. The possible expansion was confirmed by Tata Motors Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata to the South Carolina Automotive Summit. He said that the plant’s final location will be something that JLR will have to decide.

His comments are linked closely to anonymously sourced media reports early February, which said that officials from the state of Georgia in the United Staets were seeking to land a JLR factory. The Birmingham Post recently reported, citing unnamed company sources, that Austria and Turkey were being explored, not the US.

Tata remarked that he is not part of the decision-making process on the site selection as he already retired as chairman of the Tata group in late 2012. He, however, still oversees Tata’s philanthropic activities, which has seats on the company’s corporate board. JLR is among the last premium brands that decided lately to invest in assembly plants in North America.

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Lex Kerssemakers is now the new chief executive of Volvo Cars North America, replacing Tony Nicolosi who was named as president of Volvo Cars Financial Services of the Americas. Volvo also named Kerssemakers as senior vice president for the Americas, with responsibility for North and South America. Nicolosi was formerly head of Volvo Car Financial Services US.

He became CEO of Volvo Cars North America in October 2013, albeit initially in acting capacity. Kerssemakers, meanwhile, at the latest was Volvo’s global corporate product strategy chief. He has been a member of the carmaker’s global management team and will remain so, reporting to CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

Named as interim global corporate product strategy chief is Henrik Green, Volvo Vice President of Product Planning, a Volvo spokesman told Automotive News in an e-mail. Green used to report to Kerssemakers.

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Fiat has just announced that those who want to order their brand new 500X Opening Edition can contact their dealer as order books are opened. Only 500 units will be available in the UK: 325 examples of the 4X2 City Look version and 175 examples of the rugged AWD Off Road Look version.

The 4X2 version is based on the Pop Star trim level and comes as standard with 17-inch wheels, body-coloured bumpers, front fog lights with cornering illumination, cruise control, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a 5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and Drive Mood selector.

Besides these standard features, the Opening Edition adds a special “Art Grey” pastel paint, 18-inch wheels, a Safety Pack that includes Lane Assist, Blind Spot Assist, ParkView reversing camera and Brake Control collision mitigation system. In addition, the Opening Edition comes with tinted rear windows, an “Opening Edition” badge and the Comfort Pack, which adds Keyless Entry, Keyless Go, front armrest and electric lumbar adjustment for the front seats.

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Honda North America will expand a recall of faulty driver-side airbag inflators made by Takata Corp. to a nationwide action. Honda will provide affected owners with free loaner cars until the fix is done, Rick Schostek, an executive vice president with Honda, told a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

He said that Honda will give priority to vehicles located in the high-humidity areas of the United States where they were initially recalled, no thanks limited replacement parts. Schostek said Honda is collaborating with two other airbag makers, Autoliv and Daicel, to speed up production of new inflators. Autoliv has confirmed in a statement it will build more inflators for Honda.

To match the demand for the inflators, Autoliv chief executive Jan Carlson said in the statement that the company is assessing the current and upcoming market needs to match its delivery capabilities. The Swedish auto safety products supplier disclosed adding more capacity at existing plans.

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The 2016 Fiat 500X crossover has made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, offering a preview of Fiat’s first all-wheel-drive offering for cold weather areas in the United States. Jason Stoicevich, head of the Fiat brand for North America, remarked that while California, Texas and Florida – all warm-weather states – are the brand’s major markets in the US, the 500X gives Fiat the biggest opportunity to compete in areas where there is “some inclement weather.”

Stoicevich told Automotive News that he expects Fiat dealers in the northeast US to “do best” with the subcompact crossover. The 500X now allows Fiat to offer larger size, better functionality, and an all-wheel drive capability.

The five-passenger 500X – built in Italy -- shares a platform and a number components with the Jeep Renegade but features Fiat styling. It is available in two powertrain options. Coming as standard is a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine that provides 160 hp of output and 184 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

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Edwin Fenech is the new President and Chief Executive of Ferrari North America, making him in charge of the company’s largest market in the world. According to Ferrari, Fenech will oversee the strategic vision and new business development throughout this region which includes the United States, Canada as well as all of Central and South America.

Fenech arrived just in time for Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary in the United States, an event celebrated with the launch of F60America, a special model based on the F12berlinetta built in a limited edition of just 10 units.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of Ferrari North America, Edwin Fenech was the President and CEO of Ferrari , Greater China, CEO of Ferrari APAC and Middle East & Africa, GM of Ferrari Middle East & Africa, Sales and Marketing Director Ferrari West EU – France and Regional Sales Manager for Ferrari Europe.

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Honda Motor Co. saw its operating profit in North America drop 14 percent to JPY38.92 billion ($355.7 million) in the fiscal second quarter ended September 2014, no thanks to declining sales and heavy discounting. With the drop, North America was Honda’s only major market that failed to post a gain in operating results.

In fact, Honda posted gains in both Japan and Asia, and even managed to cut its losses in Europe. According to Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura, the operating profit drop in North America could be attributed to heavy incentives to sell more cars in the United States, especially to sell down the 2014 Accord.

While Honda posted a 33-percent surge in US sales for the Accord to 84,031 units, it was not enough to offset a 3-percent dive in sales in North America to 434,000 vehicles. The earnings drop in North America also affected Honda’s global operating profit, sending it down 4 percent to JPY164.44 billion ($1.5 billion) in the fiscal second quarter.

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Daimler announced that production of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van will be done in North America, as it tries to improve competitiveness by shifting output from its home turf Germany. Daimler ships Sprinter kits from Germany to Ladson, South Carolina, where the van will be assembled.

Volker Mornhinweg, head of the Mercedes' vans division, said in a statement, that the company can cater better to the growing demand for large vans in North America economically only if it builds them locally in the NAFTA region. He remarked that Daimler will decide on the exact site for the Sprinter’s production in the NAFTA region in the next few months.

Due to high import tariffs, Daimler has been building US-bound Sprinters in Duesseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, both in Germany. The vans are partially disassembled in Germany and then reassembled in Ladson – a time-consuming process.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is showing the world that it is all ready to take on the global market with its news Fiat 500X crossover. While the 500X bears the roundish front and curvy rear styling associated with the 500, it is practically a clone of the Jeep Renegade – sharing underpinnings, engines, gearboxes and a number of key components.

Likewise, both the 500X and the Renegade are to be produced on the same assembly line in Italy. Despite that FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne remarked that the vehicles are “two very different cars," since the Fiat is a crossover, and "the Jeep is a Jeep."

Both the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X will be crucial for Marchionne to prove a merger between Fiat and Chrysler could really compete globally against larger carmakers like Toyota Motors Corp, Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co.

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Fiat has finally unveiled its all-new 500X crossover at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Besides the impressive design, the 2015 Fiat 500X will be available with a choice of 12 exterior colours and 8 different designs for the 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels. Engine range includes four petrol and three diesel powerplants.

The front-wheel drive, petrol-powered models are powered by a 1.6-liter “E-torQ” engine (110 hp) bolted to a five-speed manual gearbox, or by a 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II (140 hp) petrol engine with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed twin-clutch gearbox.

The all-wheel drive petrol models get a nine-speed automatic transmission as standard and are powered by a 1.4-liter Turbo MultiAir II (170 hp) engine or by a more potent 2.4-liter TigerShark engine with 184 hp.

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Next week at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Fiat will introduce the 500X crossover, a new vehicle inspired by the popular 500 city car but with an increased ground clearance that can take you also on uneven roads. For those who don’t know, the 500X is based on the Jeep Renegade, which was unveiled earlier this year at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Some of you folks, including us, believe that the new Italian vehicle will actually cannibalize sales of the Jeep Renegade but analysts think the opposite, as the two vehicles appeal to different types of customers.

The Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X can coexist, according to Giorgio Elefante, a PwC consultant. Ian Fletcher, an IHS Automotive analyst believes that the 500X is a cute urban vehicle with off-road capabilities while the Renegade is seen as a rugged off-roader.

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Fiat already teased the 500X ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show but the naughty crossover showed its face on the Web today. Shared on an Italian forum, the new vehicle looks much better than expected and we believe that it will become quite popular. Unfortunately there are not too many details, we do know that the 2015 Fiat 500X is based on the Jeep Renegade.

This means that the Italian model will also share engines with its American brother and under its hood we will see the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine with 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

We also expect to see the bigger 2.4-liter inline-four petrol engine that delivers 184 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque, bolted to a 9-speed manual transmission.

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