Tag Archives: Fiat

Rivian Is Taking Up Tesla’s Direct Sales Battle

Rivian is finding itself in the same direct sales battle with dealerships and legislators as Tesla, Carlos Ghosn is dealing with a lot in Lebanon, someone at Italdesign got coronavirus, and all that and more in the Morning Shift for Monday, February 24, 2020.

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Can Any Bay Area Jalops Help Out This Polish Couple Crossing The World In A Fiat 125p?

There’s a Polish couple that has been attempting to drive around the world in an old Fiat 125p wagon, and it looks like they’ve been having an amazing journey. It seems they’re currently broken down around Benbow, CA, and while the latest update seems to show they have parts and a willing mechanic in San Francisco,…

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The Fiat Ritmo Was The Best-Looking Cheap Hatchback Of The Late 1970s. Fight Me

The mid-to-late 1970's, and into the 1980's, were the glory days of cheap, boxy hatchbacks from all over the world. While hatchbacks had existed before, you could argue that Volkswagen’s Giugiaro-designed Golf (Rabbit for us fried-donutburger consumers) really set the design template for this era, spawning many very…

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Just Look At This Ludicrous Abarth 695 70° Anniversario

Look at the car in the picture above and tell me you didn’t laugh. Maybe you just giggled, or pushed air through your noise a bit more forcefully. These are the only acceptable reactions to the downright preposterous Abarth 695 70° Anniversario. It’s glorious.

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How One Man Turned His Fiat 500 Abarth Into an Offroader That Nearly Killed Him

Around the country, people have been lifting their cars and installing big tires as part of the blossoming “safari” trend, and San Diego native Zachary Parfrey wanted in on it. So he decided to lift his daily driver, a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, and to install mud-terrain tires. The result was a machine so awful, it twice…

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Meh Car Monday: There’s a Reason You’ve Never Heard of the Fiat Tempra

Sometimes I feel like, because of their oppressive familiarity, I tend to unfairly pick American, especially GM, cars for Meh Car Monday candidates. So, in the interest of spreading the thick, featureless gray paste of Meh more evenly over the globe, this week I’ve found a very reasonable and capable car that is…

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Stop What You’re Doing and Take a Moment to Appreciate the Original Fiat Panda

From what I can tell, modern life feels like it’s composed of about 87 percent bullshit. Sure, there’s good stuff floating around, but there’s just a colossal amount of bullshit-wading one has to do to get there. That’s why I think it’s important to pause and contemplate the original 1980 Fiat Panda, one of the least…

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What’s Your Foreign Car Rental Story?

Hello, I just got back from 10 days of vacation in France, and I missed you all very much.* One of the highlights of the trip, sort of, was that we rented a car to drive between Paris and Nice. I wanted something I really could never get back home, and while it wasn’t a new Citroën or Skoda, it was a Fiat Panda, and…

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One of the Best Old Top Gear Episodes Featured Polish Car Culture After Years of Martial Law

In late 1983, Poland was just stepping out from under the crushing weight of martial law from an extremely crushing government, which suppressed pro-Democracy activism, ruined the economy and directly led to the deaths of dozens. After martial law was lifted, old Top Gear visited the country to explore its remarkably…

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Turnaround Artist and Iconoclast, Dies at 66

Sergio Marchionne, the blunt, sweater-wearing, hard-charging CEO who never minced words while he transformed a dysfunctional Fiat and a bankrupt Chrysler into a global car-making giant, has died, his company confirmed early this morning. He was 66.

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