To be fair, they came out with two new ads in the same day. The other is less insane and I thought it was funny. They also came out with another funny or die video that is pretty hilarious. Point is, Fiat at least wasn't putting all their eggs in that one, incredibly insane, basket. » 6/18/14 8:33am 6/18/14 8:33am

That isn't just in California, I know Mississippi and Alabama do the same thing. I work at a dealership in Birmingham, AL. When we sell a car, the customer just drives off with our dealer logo tag and they have a couple weeks to get it registered. It's not a zero consequence thing if you don't do it, though. A)… » 5/21/14 9:38pm 5/21/14 9:38pm

I'm sure there is some consideration to making more profit, but I'd also say it would have to cost a ton of money and be a huge logistical hurdle to build a car with such a specific configuration. If you have 2 or 3 options packages, your different colors, different interiors, the manufacturer can just build a whole… » 4/14/14 7:17pm 4/14/14 7:17pm

Ehh I work at a Fiat dealer and just had a guy come in with a TrueCar price page saying he should get a new 500L Trekking automatic for $17k which is beyond stupid. Base price is $22k, we have less than $1,000 between invoice and MSRP and $1,500 in rebates. IF he had a lease from another brand Fiat will give $1,000… » 4/10/14 11:42am 4/10/14 11:42am

I think people need to remember one very important thing: the average person that buys a Jeep product will never take it off road, and that includes Wranglers and is almost infinitely more true for Grand Cherokees, Liberties, and any of the small Jeeps like the new Renegade. I've owned one Wrangler and am an… » 4/08/14 9:05pm 4/08/14 9:05pm

It's an ALFA though!!! Sure the Porsche is the more logical choice but it's also the boring choice. No one interesting will ever choose a Porsche over an Alfa Romeo. The Porsche is well engineered and fast, luxurious and refined. The Alfa is basic and bare bones. It has ridiculous headlights and no power… » 3/25/14 12:11am 3/25/14 12:11am

I drive an Abarth (admittedly, it's a 220-ish HP Abarth) and I've driven the FRS/BRZ (manual and flappy paddle) quite a few times. Torque is definitely a huge factor and a few hundred pounds of weight difference definitely doesn't hurt the Abarth. The Abarth and the ST have a feeling of ridiculousness when you drive… » 3/09/14 11:59pm 3/09/14 11:59pm

I totally agree with the article about the FRS/BRZ salespeople being generally clueless. I test drove an FRS at a fairly large dealer in Jackson, MS shortly after they came out. The only manual they had was up on a pad in front of the dealer, near the road. Of course, it was locked up so I had to go inside and find… » 3/07/14 11:24pm 3/07/14 11:24pm

I would rather drive/own it as an Alfa, but as someone that works at a Fiat dealer that is hurting badly, we really need something like this to get sales up and since we have NO IDEA when/if we'll ever get Alfa, a Fiat/Abarth roadster sounds much better than maybe or maybe not ever getting a cooler Alfa version. » 3/04/14 1:15pm 3/04/14 1:15pm

Just a few thoughts, keeping sport mode off does NOT make an Abarth like a regular 500. You get slightly less boost and you have to push the throttle further for full throttle but it's not that bad. Also, ESC will not kick on if you're driving smoothly on the track (and you should be). I did mine at Daytona and it… » 2/19/14 9:53pm 2/19/14 9:53pm

If you smugly correct, criticize, and/or judge people for pronouncing names of foreign cars and manufacturers incorrectly, then you'd better roll the R's in Ferrari or you're a hypocrite that should maybe just shut up and mind your own damn business. » 1/10/14 11:54pm 1/10/14 11:54pm

They're definitely getting away from including a spare tire standard but you can almost always get one as an option. I work at a Fiat dealership and we're owned by a large Chrysler dealer and I can say that it's often cheaper to buy a car without a spare and have the dealer install one as part of the deal. You'll… » 12/19/13 11:38am 12/19/13 11:38am

Great write-up!!
I just hit 43,000 miles on mine and I've loved every single mile! The MM module and an intake will get you near 200HP; lower it and put some sticky tires on it, and this car eats up the track! We were blown away at what kind of laps my Abarth was able to hit with such modest modifications. I'm… » 12/17/13 11:21am 12/17/13 11:21am