A Pictorial Glimpse of Fiat Motor Cars Through the Years
Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. is the largest Italian car producer, a subsidiary of FCA Italy S.p.A. which is a portion of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. was created in January 2007 when Fiat reorganized its automotive business, and its history can be traced back to 1899 when the first Fiat car was created.
On 11 July 1899, Giovanni Agnelli was part of the group of founding members of FIAT, Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino. The first Fiat plant opened in 1900 with 35 staff making 24 cars. Known from the beginning for the talent and creativity of its engineering staff, by 1903 Fiat made a small profit and produced 135 cars; this grew to 1,149 cars by 1906. The company then went public selling shares via the Milan stock exchange.
Fiat has a long U.S. history. In 1908, the Fiat Automobile Co. was created in the nation and a
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. factory began manufacturing Fiats a year later with cars such as the Fiat 60 HP and the Fiat 16-20 HP. These luxury autos were delivered long before Chrysler Corp. was founded in 1925 from established manufactures that were procured by Walter P. Chrysler, the founder. The New Jersey factory was shuttered in 1917 when the United States went into World War I.
Fiat came back to North America in the 1950s, building the original Fiat 500, 600 Multipla, 1100, 1200, and the 1300. The organization name Fiat was in some cases utilized as a facetious
acronym for 'Fix it again Tony', alluding to poor quality and reliability and problems like, which some U.S. Fiat buyers experienced with the 124 Sport Spider and the X1/9. in the 1970s and 1980s. Partly therefore, U.S. Fiat sales tumbled from a high of 100,511 autos during 1975 to only 14,113 in 1982. In 1983, Fiat left the U.S. auto market with a notoriety for low quality autos.
Throughout the years, Fiat has acquired various different automakers: it procured Lancia in 1968, and in 1969, became a Ferrari shareholder, took over Alfa Romeo from the Italian government in 1986, bought Maserati in 1993, and in 2014, became the total owner of Chrysler Group LLC. Fiat Group presently manufactures twelve brands of vehicles: Abarth,
Alfa Romeo, Chrysler,
Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia,
Maserati, Ram Trucks, and SRT
In January 2009, the Fiat Group obtained a 20% interest in US automaker Chrysler LLC. The arrangement saw the Fiat brand return to North America following a 25-year absence. The first Fiat brand to show up in the US was the globally popular Fiat 500 city car. Manufactured at Chrysler's Toluca, Mexico, assembly plant. which also assembles the Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont crossovers. Fiat is likewise promoting their commercial vehicles in North America, which are rebranded as Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City.
1903 Fiat 16 HP
1913 Fiat Tipo 55
1922 Fiat 519 S Torpedo
1930 Fiat Spyder
1936 Fiat 508s
1940 Fiat Berlinetta
Two new Fiat cars were introduced between 1934 and 1936. The Topolino was the smallest utilitarian car in the world, and continued to be produced until 1955. The Tariffa Minima, better known as the Balilla, was very popular because of excellent gas mileage.
Fiat Full Size
Fiat Marea (1996-2007)
1998 Fiat Marea
The Fiat Marea (Type 185) was a small family car available as a saloon and an estate, produced by Fiat. Launched in September 1996, the Marea models were essentially different body styles of Fiat's hatchback offerings, the Bravo and Brava. The Marea replaced the earlier Tipo based Fiat Tempra, as well as the larger Croma.
Fiat 126 (1972-2000)
1977 Fiat 126
The Fiat 126 (Type 126) is a rear-engined, small economy or city car, introduced in October 1972 at the Turin Auto Show as a replacement for the Fiat 500. The majority of 126s were produced in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, as the Polski Fiat 126p, where production continued until year 2000. In many markets Fiat stopped sales of the 126 in 1993 in favor of their new front-engined Cinquecento.
Fiat 500 (1957-1975),(2007-present)
1947 Fiat Topolino 500
1950 Fiat 500
The Fiat 500 is a rear-engined, four seat, small city car that was manufactured and marketed by Fiat Automobiles from 1957 to 1975 over a single generation in two-door saloon and two-door station wagon bodystyles.
Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957, as a successor to the 500 "Topolino", it was an inexpensive and practical little car. Measuring 9 feet 9 inches long, and originally powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 was still 9.6 inches smaller than Fiat's 600, launched two years earlier, and is considered one of the first purpose designed city cars.
In 2007, the 50th anniversary of the Nuova 500's launch. Fiat re-entered the North American market in 2011 with the new Fiat 500.
Fiat 600 (1955-1969)
1960 Fiat 600
The Fiat 600 is a rear-engine, water-cooled city car, manufactured and marketed by Fiat from 1955 to 1969 ó offered in two-door sedan and four-door mini-MPV body styles.
Measuring only 10 ft 7 in long, it was the first rear-engined Fiat and cost the equivalent of about US $7300 in today's money. The total number produced from 1955 to 1969 at the Mirafiori plant in Turin was 2,695,197.
Fiat Abarth (1949-2007)
1960 Fiat Abarth 1000
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth"
The 500 Abarth Opening Edition is a limited production model (100 cars) for the Italian market. It includes the upgrades found in the 500 Abarth Esseesse. The car is available in two colors (Campovolo grey or pearlised White), while there is also the option of special stickers including a red checkered flag on the roof (exclusive to the Campovolo Grey shade) that pays homage to the numerous sporting victories of the Abarth brand.
Fiat Punto (1993-2018)
2000 Fiat Punto
The Fiat Punto was a supermini car produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat from 1993 to 2018, spanning over three generations. The third generation of the car was marketed as the Grande Punto, between 2005 and 2009, and the Punto Evo, between 2009 and 2012, when the bare Punto name was reintroduced. As of May 2013, nearly nine million units had been sold globally.
Fiat 500e PEV (2013-present)
2018 Fiat 500 E
Deliveries for the Fiat 500e began in California by July 2013, and around 2,310 units were sold in the U.S. in 2013. The American rollout was scheduled to continue to other states with mandates of sales of zero emission vehicles, but Fiat-Chrysler does not have plans to make the 500e officially available in Europe. The Fiat 500e went on sale in Oregon in the summer of 2014, and sales are limited to just two states. However, Scuderia-E has imported and sold used 500e vehicles which were originally on sale in the United States for the European market, refitted with higher-capacity batteries and a CCS combination socket for fast charging
Fiat Sports Cars
Fiat 124 Sport Spyder (1966-1982)(2017-present)
1970 Fiat Sport Spider
2019 Fiat Sport Spider
2020 Fiat Abarth Spider
The Fiat 124 Sport Spider is a 2+2 convertible sports car marketed by Fiat for model years 1966-1980. Designed and manufactured by Italian carrozzeria Pininfarina, the monocoque, front-engine, rear drive Sport Spider debuted at the November 1966 Turin Auto Show with styling by Tom Tjaarda.
Fiat later marketed the car as the Spider 2000 (1979-1982), and Pininfarina marketed the car at the end of its production as the Pininfarina Spider Azzura (1983-1985).
Largely based on the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, and manufactured alongside the MX-5 at Mazda's Hiroshima plant, the 124 shares its platform, mechanicals, interior and top mechanism with the MX-5 ó distinguished by an FCA engineered and manufactured turbocharged Multiair engine, uniquely tuned shock absorbers, unique exterior styling and slightly increased length and cargo capacity over the MX-5
Fiat Dino (1966-1973)
1970 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider
The Fiat Dino (Type 135) was a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car produced by Fiat from 1966 to 1973. The Dino name refers to the Ferrari Dino V6 engine, produced by Fiat and installed on the cars to achieve the production numbers sufficient for Ferrari to homologate the engine for Formula 2 racing.
Fiat X1/9 (1972-1989)
Fiat X1/9 1989
The Fiat X1/9 is a two-seater mid-engined sports car designed by Bertone and manufactured by Fiat from 1972-1982 and subsequently by Bertone from 1982-1989.
With a transverse engine and gearbox in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive configuration, the X1/9 was noted for its balanced handling retractable headlights, lightweight-removable hardtop, front and rear-storage compartments ó and for being designed from its conception to meet the late 1960s U.S. safety regulations.
Fiat Fullback (2016-present)
2019 Fiat Fullback
The Fiat Fullback is a pickup truck from the Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat. The vehicle is practically identical to the fifth generation of the Mitsubishi L200, from which the engines also originate.
Like most of its competitors, the Fullback offers a complete range of four configurations: "Single Cab", "Extended Cab", "Double Cab" and "Frame"), and three trim levels. All versions have the same height (1780 mm), width (1815 mm) and wheelbase (3000 mm); the length varies depending on the configuration: 5155 mm for the version "Single Cab", 5275 mm for a cabin "extended version" and 5285 mm for pick-up to "double cab".
Fiat Strada (1996-present)
2019 Fiat Strada
The Fiat Strada is a supermini coupť utility produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat since 1996. It is based on Fiat's world car "project 178", the Palio. It is produced by Fiat Automůveis in Brazil, and has been marketed worldwide, (excluding the United States and Canada). In Europe the Strada was sold by Fiat Professional division.
Fiat Toro (2016-present)
2018 Fiat Toro
Fiat Toro is a pickup made by Fiat in Brazil (Goiana factory in Pernambuco). It was derived from the Fiat FCC4 Concept and was based on the Small Wide 4◊4 architecture shared with the Jeep Renegade, Compass and Fiat 500X.
Fiat Sedici (2005-2014)
2014 Fiat Sedici
The Fiat Sedici is a mini crossover SUV (J), that was coĖdeveloped by Fiat and Suzuki, mainly for the European market
Fiat Scudo (1994-present)
2019 Fiat Scudo
The CitroŽn Jumpy (badged CitroŽn Dispatch in some countries) is a light commercial van produced at Sevel Nord since 1994, now in its third generation. The Jumpy was later rebadged from 1995 and sold as the Peugeot Expert and Fiat Scudo
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