Brazil has become the fourth largest auto market in the world and 10,000 Chevys, Fiats, Fords, Nissans and VWs roll off the assembly lines daily, configured to meet the economic realities of the emerging middle class.
In some non-US markets, the Dodge Dart is sold as the Fiat Viaggio and reports indicate that there could soon be a Chinese-built hatchback version of the Viaggio sold overseas – leading us to wonder if this Viaggio hatchback could lead to the rumored Chrysler 100 hatchback while also introducing the North American market to Chinese-built Chrysler Group vehicles.
After Friday’s departure of Ram brand President and Chrysler Mexico boss Fred Diaz, the Chrysler Group has shuffled up the management in order to continue the company’s impressive growth from the past three years – with all of the positions being filled from within.
The Chrysler Group has announced the pricing for the new 2013 Fiat 500e and with a purchase price of $32,500 along with a leasing price of just $199 a month – the new all-electric Fiat is just as affordable as the popular Nissan Leaf.
The Fiat 500 Abarth is unquestionably one of the most entertaining cars sold in the United States for someone who loves to drive but word on the street is that Fiat is considering offering an automatic transmission in the Abarth – killing some of the fun while offering hope for those who lack the coordination to deal with the standard manual transmission.
A Chrysler Group representative has confirmed that when the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C arrives in the US market late this year, the top performing Fiat dealerships will be the first to receive their portion of the limited allotment of new Italian sports cars.
As the 2012 calendar year drew to a close, the Chrysler Group did in December what it had done throughout the year – being among the strongest of the automaker groups in terms of sales growth while also closing out the year as the best of the Detroit Big 3 in year over year growth.
The Fiat 500 Abarth might not be the fastest or the most high tech sports car in America but with a price starting just under $23,000, fuel economy measures in the 30-34 mile per gallon range and driving characteristics that make it just as much fun to drive as far more power and far more expensive sports cars – it is my belief that the Fiat 500 Abarth is not only the most engaging compact car sold in America but it is also the most exciting car sold in the US with a price tag under $25,000.
The Chrysler Group continued its incredible climb out of the troubles of 2008 with their 32nd consecutive month where the company has shown positive growth compared to the same month one year earlier – with four of the five Chrysler Group brands showing positive growth last month.
When the electric Fiat 500e debuted last week at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat/Chrysler executive Olivier Francois made an off-the-cuff comment that seemed to be directed at the exterior styling of the Nissan Leaf – a joke that has seemingly hurt the feelings of front office folks from the Japanese automaker.