Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will be recalling 297,000 2011 and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravans in North America to repair wiring that may cause an inadvertent air bag deployment. “Wiring…

Fiat Chrysler Recall 297,000 Dodge Grand Caravans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced that it will be recalling 297,000 2011 and 2012 Dodge Grand Caravans in North America to repair wiring that may cause an inadvertent air bag deployment.

“Wiring may chafe against pieces of steering-wheel trim, potentially causing a short-circuit,” Fiat Chrysler said. “This may lead to a second short-circuit that is potentially capable of producing inadvertent deployment of the driver-side front air bag.”

According to a statement by the company on Thursday June 15, the problem had caused eight minor injuries.

A spokesman for FCA, Eric Mayne reiterated that this recall has no connection to the Japanese auto supplier Takata. Air bags produced by Takata are the root of the largest ever vehicle related recall in North America.

The recall is expected to start in late July for 209,000 cars in the United States and 88,000 cars in Canada. According to the FCA, dealers will replace the wiring if needed and add a protective sheath. Consumers will not be charged for repairs.

Anyone old enough to remember the original Fiat 124 Spider will likely love this redesign. They may also remember the suspect reliability of the old car. Take heed, Fiat is an new company that now builds…

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso Road Test

My singing teacher had one of these back in 1980. She was a cool old lady living in one of the nicer areas in the city, and driving what most of us at the time considered the poor man's, or in this case woman's, Mercedes SL. She was hardly poor, but merely understood that you can have just as much fun in a less expensive sports car while enjoying a more carefree type of prestige.

I won't go into all the challenges she had with her then new albeit horribly unreliable 124 Spider, because today's Fiat is a completely different company and its cars wholly better made. In fact, the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider shown here is a thoroughly reliable Mazda MX-5 in disguise, or at least the mostly Euro-sourced components that gave such Fiat owners headaches decades are now Japanese made.

Italian engines have always been amongst the most revered. Some of the first and all of the best hemispherical heads came out of Italy going way back to the 1907 Fiat 130 HP Grand Prix racer, while Read Full Story
As if the 500 wasn’t retro enough, Fiat has created a special 1957 Edition to commemorate the car that inspired its design. Available in just 3 colours, it gets classic FIAT badges, extra chrome trim,…

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Want a good time? That seems like something you'd see etched into a public restroom stall door. The first time I ever saw something like that it was painfully close to the year this particular car references. Ok, I exaggerate, but it was nevertheless the '60s, when the original Fiat Cinquecento was most popular. This modern-day 500 1957 Edition actually pays tribute to the first year of Fiat Nuova sales; that would be the pre-Cinquecento (500-cc) model, even predating the 499-cc 16.5-horsepower Nuova era, when a 13 horsepower 479-cc version of Fiat's air-cooled, two-cylinder engine powered the same basic car.

That mostly-unchanged model sold a staggering 3,893,294 units from '57 through '75, which is reason enough for Europeans to have wrapped their hearts around it in similar fashion to the way most everyone adored the original VW Beetle, Mini, Citroën 2CV, Renault Dauphine and so many other post-war mass-volume cars (the Beetle was pre-war, but it became popular afterward). Read Full Story
Could the 500X be considered a ground floor opportunity? Considering its one of the best in its class yet hardly gained much sales traction so far, there may be a very good opportunity to get a great…

2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus AWD Road Test Review

Tired of seeing the exact same car coming around the corner everywhere you go? Of course, there's a lot to be said for buying a highly successful model. It's often a sign of good design, better than average quality and a strong brand image, but bestsellers can often appear a bit generic in their attempt to appeal to the masses and tend to lack unique character from behind the wheel, both in interior styling and driving dynamics. There's no chance of that with the new Fiat 500X.

As a backgrounder, Fiat first became part of the Canadian road-scape in 1910, two years after arriving in the U.S., although due to poor sales the Italian brand left both markets in 1983. That U.S./Canadian connection proved important to the Italian automaker's future, however, starting with a $2 billion USD compensation payment made by General Motors after choosing to terminate a then five-year-old put option that gave Fiat Group (FIA) the right to sell itself to GM for fair market value, which was money Read Full Story
Just add a turbo and a sport exhaust to Fiat’s fab 500 and it transforms into a pocket rocket thanks to 135-hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, while 16-inch alloys, a sport suspension, and sport brakes continue…

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So you want a 500 Abarth, but finances aren't allowing the $22.5k required? No problem, because Fiat's been listening and now offers a sportier 500 Turbo that will do the job for just under $19k while you're saving up for the world's feistiest subcompact.

I haven't met anyone who's driven the Fiat 500 Abarth and didn't love it, and I must admit the 500 Turbo had a similar effect on me. Ok, its sport-tuned single exhaust didn't growl as impudently as the Abarth's raucous dual pipes, the five-speed manual shifter I enjoyed in my last Abarth tester was replaced by an Aisin heavy-duty six-speed automatic with manual mode (although the five-speed stick still comes standard), plus the turbocharged and intercooled 1.4-litre MultiAir four-cylinder's ultimate output gets tuned down by 25 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque when compared to the manual Abarth or 22 horsepower and 33 lb-ft when more appropriately put up against the autobox equipped Abarth, but at 135 horsepower and 150 lb-ft Read Full Story