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  • FIAT’S EIGHT-VALVE FIRE UNIT PRODUCTION ENDS

    FIAT’S EIGHT-VALVE FIRE UNIT PRODUCTION ENDS

    Matt Bell on 2nd June 2020

    Fiat has announced the end of one of the longest-lived production car engines. The eight-valve version of its Fully Integrated Robotised Engine, commonly known as the FIRE unit, is ending production after 35 years and over 23 million units sold, having resisted many attempts to replace it.

  • FIAT X1/9 RALLY CAR REVIEW

    FIAT X1/9 RALLY CAR REVIEW

    Matt Bell on 25th March 2020

    Retro rally cars are amongst motoring’s coolest genres and no doubt ANYONE would want a go in one. When Fiat nut Joe Miller was offered the opportunity to drive a Fiat X1/9 rally car on the road, you can probably guess what happened…

  • OLDEST FIAT ON BRIGHTON RUN

    OLDEST FIAT ON BRIGHTON RUN

    Matt Bell on 18th October 2019

    The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is working together with Fiat to ready the oldest Fiat in Britain for the famous London to Brighton vintage car run.

  • BRIGHTWELLS SEPTEMBER SALE PREVIEW

    BRIGHTWELLS SEPTEMBER SALE PREVIEW

    Matt Bell on 27th August 2019

    We look ahead to Brightwells' September sale as it pulls together a vast variety of cars spanning almost 100 years ready for the September 4 auction date.

  • ELECTRIC FUTURE AS MIRAFIORI MAKES 80

    ELECTRIC FUTURE AS MIRAFIORI MAKES 80

    Matt Bell on 24th July 2019

    We reported recently on the major investment in the Castle Bromwich plant to produce Jaguar’s future electric vehicles and a similar plan has been announced for Fiat’s historic Mirafiori plant in Turin, reckoned to be one of the oldest European automotive factories still in operation.

  • FORD FOCUS: THE CLASS OF 1999

    FORD FOCUS: THE CLASS OF 1999

    Matt Bell on 18th July 2019

    Looking back 20 years to the time when the newly launched Focus put in a record showing at the European Car of The Year competition.

  • HERTZ OFFERS A 500 JOLLY EXPERIENCE

    HERTZ OFFERS A 500 JOLLY EXPERIENCE

    Matt Bell on 17th July 2019

    Car rental company Hertz has added a unique classic oddity to its Italian fleet, a specially commissioned Fiat 500 Jolly Spiaggina Icon-e, inspired by the original 500 Jolly.

  • CONCOURS DE L’ORDINAIRE CARS CHOSEN

    CONCOURS DE L’ORDINAIRE CARS CHOSEN

    Matt Bell on 28th June 2019

    Judges have sifted through a record entry of ‘ordinary’ classics to choose their final contenders for this summer’s Concours de l’Ordinaire, which will take place as part of Hagerty’s sixth annual Festival of the Unexceptional on July 20.

  • CHERNOBYL OR BUST

    CHERNOBYL OR BUST

    Matt Bell on 14th May 2019

    A trio of intrepid Zastava owners from Slovenia have successfully embarked on a road trip with a difference – to the scene of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

  • MARKET TRENDS – RENAMED HATCHBACKS

    MARKET TRENDS – RENAMED HATCHBACKS

    Matt Bell on 13th May 2019

    In this week's Market Trends we look at three hatches that were essentially rebadged predecessors; the Fiat Punto, Vauxhall Corsa and the Toyota Yaris...

  • ABARTH CELEBRATES 70 YEARS

    ABARTH CELEBRATES 70 YEARS

    Matt Bell on 17th April 2019

    One of the most famous go-faster marques, Abarth, has reached its 70th anniversary. Thanks to a history of revolutionary tuning kits and race victories, the famous Italian brand has established itself as an automotive legend, and is still revered in 2019.