FIAT 500 2008 – 2020

The original Fiat 500 Bambino was introduced in 1957, the all-new model arrived as a celebration 50 years later. Though visually based on the 1957 model the new Fiat 500 is several sizes up on the old, that’s partly to provide crash protection in the way of crumple zones and anti-intrusion bars, but also to give it reasonable interior space. Australian imports of new Fiat 500 three-door hatchbacks began in February 2008. A two-door cabriolet with a huge fabric roof joined it two years later. Around town the Fiat 500… Read more


The Fiat 500 Dolcevita which we first saw as a special edition will now be permanent model in the updated Fiat 500 lineup for 2021. Dolcevita is Italian for sweet life and certainly suits the cute little Italian car. “The Fiat 500 catches your eye for its charming, fun design. It’s like seeing a glimpse of Italy right here in Australia,” said Tom Noble, Director Marketing Communications, Fiat Australia. “Having the Dolcevita join the Fiat 500 product range brings a chic product offering for those looking to enhance the romance… Read more


Abarth introduces the exclusive Abarth 695 70° Anniversario Special Edition with only 40 units arriving in Australia and ready for order now. It’s finished in and green Monza 1958 livery, a tribute to the colour of the first Abarth 500 that set six international records at Monza that same year. There are Campovolo grey on the body kit, front and rear air dams mirror caps and the spoiler. A chequered roof and scorpion bonnet decal complete the package. Bright red Brembo calipers are visible through the 17-inch SuperSport alloy wheels…. Read more


The Fiat 500C Dolcevita Special Edition has arrived in Australia. It has Gelato white exterior paint with a white and blue striped soft top convertible roof and a red “500” logo. It’s decorated with an all-around red, white and red liner stripe, chrome mirror covers, diamond-finished 16-inch white alloy wheels and rear “Dolcevita” badge. The interior features a premium wooden dashboard with grey liner, Frau ivory leather trimmed seats with red piping and embroidered “500” logo, and exclusive “Dolcevita” floor mats. Available only with the Dualogic automated-manual transmission, the Fiat… Read more


Fiat Australia introduced new top of the range model to its iconic 500 range – the Fiat 500 Club. In addition to the new Club, the line-up includes the entry-level model, Lounge. The new Club features 16-inch alloy wheels, fixed glass roof with sun blind, DAB+ radio, chrome front grille surround, chrome rear bumper insert, chrome sill plates, automatic headlamps and wipers, and automatic climate control. The Club offers two different interior options; black fabric seats with white inserts and Bordeaux stitching, or white fabric seats with black inserts and… Read more


Fiat Australia has launched the Fiat 500 and 500C Collezione Fall/Winter Edition buzz models downunder. It has over $2900 of added value including all around copper liner and 16-inch copper alloy wheels Limited to just 30 units (15 hatch and 15 cabriolet) the Fiat 500 Collezione Fall/Winter Edition features two-tone Bordeaux and Grey Solid exterior paint finish with all around copper liner. Inside there’s a grey body colour dashboard with copper liner and striped seat inserts. Available with both full-manual and automated-manual “Dualogic” transmissions the Fiat 500 Collezione Fall/Winter Edition… Read more


Fiat 500 Spiaggina

Fiat Australia will import just 30 units of the cute little 500C Spiaggina ’58 Edition for we folks Downunder. The Edition pays homage to the 500 Jolly Spiaggina, the first special series of the Fiat 500 in 1958. Only 1958 of the new Edition are being built for worldwide sale. Sold only in Volare Blue complemented by a beige soft top, the Fiat 500C ’58 Spiaggina Edition is available in both manual and automated -manual (Dualogic) transmission and has $3000 of additional features over and above the Fiat 500C Lounge… Read more

FIAT FREEMONT 2013 – 2017

2015 Fiat Freemont Crossroad

An interesting alternative to Asian SUVs, the Italian Fiat Freemont shares many components with the American Dodge Journey. It was introduced here midway through 2013. The fact that the shape was somewhere between that of an SUV and a people mover didn’t do it any favours and it sold only in moderate numbers. Competition from Dodge probably didn’t help. (Chrysler Dodge got into big financial trouble during the GFC and was taken over by Fiat.) The Fiat Freemont comes with five or seven seats. The second row of seats can… Read more


Fiat 500X, the expanded version of the iconic Fiat 500, hasn’t done as well as expected in Australia. So the model range has been trimmed, prices reduced and a feature-packed Launch Edition has been introduced. Only 100 of the latter are coming Downunder. Price drops range from $1010 for the Fiat 500X Pop six-speed manual (now $24,990), to $2010 (now $29,990) for the automatic only 500X Pop Star. On-road charges have to be added, but we suspect you might be able to haggle with a dealer as part of this… Read more


Fiat Australia is importing a special edition 60th Anniversary Fiat 500 as a tribute to the original cute-as-a-button, and very Italian, Fiat 500. Soon given the pet name of Cinquecento, the tiny four-seater (yes, four!) first went onto the road in 1957. The 60th Anniversary Fiat 500 is only sold as a cabriolet, it features classic styling cues, with a vinyl dashboard, the vintage logo on the front and a chrome finish on the bonnet. Its dual-colour body paintwork has a three-layer white for the lower sections of the body,… Read more