“We are excited and honoured to be a supplier to Chrysler Group LLC on this high profile model”, said Autoliv CEO Jan Carlson. “Historically, Autoliv has been a major supplier of safety systems to both Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A., however thanks to our strong global presence and technology leadership, particularly in small car safety restraint systems, we have been entrusted with more Fiat 500 business,” added Carlson.
The new 2012 Fiat 500 is manufactured at Chrysler Group’s Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico. The new Fiat 500 marks Chrysler Group’s entry into the A-segment and is now available in Fiat Studios in North America. In Europe, the Fiat 500 has been a very successful model in the small car segment of the automotive market.
For the Fiat 500 being manufactured in North America, Autoliv will produce both front and rear seatbelts, frontal airbags (driver, passenger and driver side knee airbag), side-impact airbags for pelvic and thorax protection and side curtain airbags for head protection as well as the steering wheel. Autoliv also supplies the passenger airbag and driver knee airbag for the Fiat 500 in Europe.
Autoliv Inc., the worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for all major automotive manufacturers in the world. In addition, the Company has ten technical centers, with 21 test tracks, more than any other automotive safety supplier.
*Article from www.4-traders.com
Fiat announced today that it has received the award for Best City Car in the 2011 Fleet World Honours during a ceremony held in London. The accolade will be added to an already impressive trophy case that has been filling up over the past three year since it has been available on the UK market.
“Another award from a top title is always welcome. The Fiat 500 has continued to sell well to retail customers and has caught the imagination of large and small fleets too, so we are delighted to see further support from Fleet World in this excellent category win,” says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK.
“The cheeky 500 proves time and again that it is a car people love, and with its innovative new TwinAir engine it offers thrills and efficiency in equal measure, taking the class leader even further ahead of the rest,” said Steve Moody, editor of Fleet World and chairman of the judging panel.
The judges were all pleased with the Fiat 500’s excellent residual values and low running costs. Further evidence of the retro-mini’s environmental credentials was highlighted last year, when the model’s sub-100g/km CO2 TwinAir version was exempt from London’s Congestion Charge.
The 500 is available in the UK with a choice of low emissions Euro 5 engines that include: 85bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir, 69 bhp 1.2-litre and 100bhp 1.4-litre petrol, and 95 bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel. Three trim levels are also available – Pop, Sport and Lounge.
Just in time for the warm weather, Fiat enthusiasts can experience open-air driving excitement with beautiful Italian styling, timeless functionality, efficient design and innovative technology.
As a contemporary solution to the famous canvas roof on the original Nuova Cinquecento (500), the new 2012 Fiat 500c features a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top that is designed to deliver all-season driving pleasure with the top up or down. With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c’s power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to 60 mph.
The Fiat 500c offers comfort for four passengers, three exterior soft-top colors, 14 exterior colors, 12 unique seat colors and material combinations plus a choice of two interior environments to allow customers to personalize “their own” Fiat 500c.
*Article from chrysler.com