February 25, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Fiat brand’s perfect combination of Italian craftsmanship and style in a small car – the Fiat 500 – ranks highest among City Cars in J.D. Power’s 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS).
- Fiat 500 is highest ranking City Car in US dependability study
- News arrives as FCA Australia launches Fiat 500 Series 4
- J.D Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study surveys more than 33,000 owners of vehicles purchased in 2013, examining problems experienced over the past 12 months
- A strong showing in the survey for other FCA brands including Dodge, Chrysler and Ram
VDS is based on responses from 33,560 original owners of 2013 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. The study was fielded from October through December 2015.
“This is the first time the Fiat 500 has ranked highest in the City Car segment in this quality study,” said Matt Liddane, Vice President – Quality, FCA-North America. “The 500 has always been known for its Italian styling, functionality, efficient design and innovative technology – we’re proud to have this dependability honour in the mix as well.”
The study, now in its 27th year, examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2013 model-year vehicles.
The results come on the eve of the local launch of the new 2016 Fiat 500, which will be available in two well-equipped trim levels in Australia – Pop and Lounge – and available as a hatchback or convertible.
The Fiat 500 is priced from just $18,000 (MSRP) for the Pop, and $21,000 (MSRP) for the Lounge. Further enhancing the value proposition, FCA Australia has introduced a introductory $1000 drive-away offer across the 500 range, meaning the Fiat 500 Pop begins from just $19,000 drive-away, while the well-equipped Lounge is priced from just $22,000 drive-away.
The Fiat 500 Pop is equipped with Fiat’s 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 51kW and 102Nm, and paired with either a five-speed manual or five-speed Dualogic transmission. One of Australia’s most economical petrol engines, the Fiat 500 Pop sips a combined 4.8-litres per hundred kilometres (4.9 in manual guise).
The Fiat 500 Lounge is now powered by Fiat’s 1.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 74kW and 131Nm and is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed Dualogic transmission.