June 25, 2014

Production begins for 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth with new automatic transmission at Toluca plant

The high-performance 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, now offering an optional six-speed automatic transmission, begins production at Toluca Assembly Plant in Toluca, Mexico.

The Abarth's optional six-speed automatic transmission, new
for 2015, is mated to the track-proven 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine to deliver up to 183 ft-lb of torque and 157 hp.

To ensure the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio remain true to their high-performance and track-ready heritage, the six-speed automatic transmission has been reinforced with more clutch plates and a more robust heat treatment to allow for higher torque capability. The Sport mode calibration allows for an even more engaged driving experience with special features such as fuel-cut upshifts, rev-matching downshifts, brake-assist downshifts, corner gear hold and fast-off gear hold, as well as a more aggressive pedal map.

"Accessible performance has always been a hallmark of the Abarth name," said Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand for North America, Chrysler Group LLC. "Now, with the addition of an optional automatic transmission, an entirely new group of customers will be able to experience the thrill of driving the Fiat 500 Abarth lineup."

Production also begins here for the 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo, which features an optional automatic transmission for this model year. The full 2015 Fiat 500 lineup, with interior updates such as an innovative instrument panel with a 7-inch high-definition color display, will arrive at Fiat studios later this summer.


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