2013 Fiat 500e (Electric) - US$ 32,500 or US$ 199 Per Month (in California)
Priced at $32,500 MSRP with no help from the state/federal government, Fiat says that for those who are “eligible”, the price can drop as low as $20,500 after federal credits, state incentives and FIAT rebates are included.
Alternatively, Californian residents can lease the car for $199 per month for 36 months. Still, a $999 down payment is required for the latter.
The 500e has an EPA-certified range of 87 miles, or 139 km, which Fiat says is “best-in-class and better than all U.S.-market all-electric vehicles produced by high-volume manufacturers.”
Chrysler CEO to Auction Off his Customized Challenger SRT8 for Charity
Sergio Marchionne will soon say goodbye to his beloved 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 as it will go up for auction, alongside Mopar’s latest 426 HEMI V8 crate engine. Both items will go under the hammer at the April 4-6 Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida.
Marchionne’s one-of-a-kind pitch black 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, a lowered suspension that uses a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit and a Mopar exhaust system.
The smoked taillights and 392 HEMI fender badges re-created in gloss and satin black finishes contribute to the car’s aggressive appearance, as well as the factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte black finish.
The Chrysler and Fiat CEO will have to learn to live without the grunt of the 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 engine that delivers a hefty 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. He will surely miss its 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of less than 5 seconds and its quarter-mile time of under 13 seconds. Fuel economy is not bad either, at 23 mpg (10.2 liters/100 km) on the highway thanks to the car’s six-speed manual transmission.
The money raised from the auction will go to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.
The Panda Trekking was designed as a more economical but less capable alternative to the 4x4.
While it keeps the same looks and higher riding suspension of the Panda 4x4, the Trekking ditches the all-wheel drive system for a front-wheel drive configuration and instead relies only on a standard traction control system to improve its performance on low-traction surfaces.
It is offered with the same engine and transmission choices as the 4x4 – albeit without the shorter first gear.
Fiat describes thenew Panda 4x4as the “only genuine ‘pocket’ 4x4 car” in the European market and a “Jack of all trades” capable of tackling “mountain mule tracks and the urban jungle” with the same ease.
The Panda 4x4 rides on a jacked up suspension that offers a higher ground clearance over the regular 2WD model, while rolling on 15-inch wheels wrapped in 175/65 R15 84T M+S tires developed specifically for this model.
It gets permanent all-wheel drive that is managed through a “Torque on demand” system with two differentials and electronically controlled coupling, while also featuring an ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system with ELD (Electronic Locking Differential) function as standard.
The Panda 4x4 is available with two engine options, an 84hp (85PS) 0.9-liter TwinAir Turbo petrol and the 74hp (75PS) 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel, both with fuel saving Start&Stop tech and a six-speed manual gearbox with shortened first gear.
A subtle styling kit that adds chunky door sills with matching black mouldings around the wheel arches and the bumpers that also house silver-colored skid plates, completes the transformation.
The study is built around the rolling cloth top version of the Italian mini that Fiat calls the 500c, fully accessorized by Mopar.
Some of the key elements of the concept include the wide body kit that pushes all four wheels several inches out, the matte exterior paint combined with aluminum and chrome accents for the mirrors, bumper strips and what looks like a chin spoiler, the red wheels and roof rack equipped with a surfboard.