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BoA Merrill Lynch predicts a wave of new-car launches coming in over the next 4 years

Joe Lorio / Autoblog (USA) »

The biggest increase by segment is — you guessed it — crossovers, which account for nearly half the total (49 percent). Light trucks at 28 percent are the next-biggest segment. The three passenger-car segments — luxury/sport, mid/large, and small — each comprise less than 10 percent of the total.

The BoA report also looks at each of the manufacturers and calculates their “replacement rate,” meaning their new-product intros as a percentage of their lineup. They calculate the industry average at 74%. BoA sees Honda (91%) and Hyundai/Kia (90%) with the most aggressive launch cadence over the coming four years, with FCA (57%) and Toyota (59%) at the bottom. Ford at 83% has the highest replacement rate among the Big Three, headlined by the new F-150, the new Bronco and the Mustang Mach E. Automakers with a fresher lineup historically have made gains in market share. BoA has published its study annually since 1991.

The all-electric Fiat e-Ducato panel van is being tested by a handful of businesses, ahead of its general market release at the end of the year

    2020 Fiat e-Ducato2020 Fiat e-Ducato

Luke Wilkinson / AutoExpress »

The Italian brand’s first zero-emissions commercial vehicle has entered the final stages of its development programme in a pilot scheme with several “major clients,” ahead of going on sale in the UK in autumn 2020.

The e-Ducato’s electric motor offers similar performance to the van’s least powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with an output of 121bhp and 280Nm of torque. The motor allows the panel van to haul a payload of up to 1,950kg – although Fiat has limited its top speed to just 62mph to maximise the vehicle’s range.

Buyers will have their choice of either a 47kWh or 79kWh battery pack, which provide claimed ranges of 124 or 205 miles respectively. Charge times show promise, too; when plugged into a 7kW wallbox charger, the smaller unit will recover a full charge in eight hours. Using a 50kW DC fast-charger, the same battery will reach 80 percent capacity in just 50 minutes.

Related » FCA reveals production all-electric E-Ducato

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The new all-electric Fiat 500 “la Prima” hatchback debuts today

Fiat 500 “la Prima” hatchback

Fiat 500 “la Prima” hatchback

Richard Aucock / Motoring Research »

Fiat has revealed the new all-electric 500 hatchback and opened reservations for the launch la Prima model.

Prices for the well-specced launch version start from £29,995 (or £26,995 including the Plug-in Car Grant. This makes it £2,000 cheaper than the electric 500 convertible revealed earlier this year.

More affordable electric 500 versions are expected later.

Autocar (UK) »

The Italian firm unveiled the convertible version of the reinvented city car in March, and has now shown the hard-roof version for the first time. As with the convertible, the 500 hatchback will initially be offered with a high-spec ‘La Prima’ special edition, with lower-price versions set to follow.

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FCA reveals production all-electric E-Ducato

Fiat first showcased the E-Ducato as a prototype in July 2019. They just revealed a production E-Ducato, which will become available to selected clients for pilot projects.

The EV version of the company’s light commercial van features the same load volume with its ICE-powered sibling.

FCA News Release »

  • It is available in all body variants with the same load volume as the conventional Ducato, from 10 m3 to 17 m3, and the best payload on the market, up to 1,950 kg.
  • Several battery options will be available for the E-Ducato, for range in a typical urban real delivery cycle from 200 to over 330 km.
  • Maximum output of 90 kW, maximum torque of 280 Nm.

Michael Karkafiris / Carscoops »

The urban focus of the new Fiat E-Ducato reflects its top speed, which is limited to 62 mph (100 km/h) for “improved energy absorption”. Depending on the body you choose, the E-Ducato offers a load volume from 10 to 17 cubic meters (353 to 600 cubic feet) and a class-leading payload of up to 1,950 kg.

In addition, every E-Ducato is 100 percent connected, featuring an exclusive suite of features to aid different types of customers, from individual professionals to those using a fleet management system.

Fiat’s new electric van will be soon subjected to extensive field testing by partner clients under normal working conditions before it goes officially on sale, something that the company promises to happen in the next few months. The Fiat E-Ducato will initially become available to order in the main European markets before expanding to other countries.

23 U.S. states sue White House administration over fuel efficiency rollback

Lawsuit seeks to restore emissions reductions needed to achieve economic, public health, and climate goals.

David Shepardson / Reuters »

Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”

New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.

Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…

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Engie and FCA join forces to build world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in Italy

Leigh Collins / Recharge News »

French utility Engie has joined forces with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to build the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project — using electric-vehicle (EV) batteries to provide up to 25MW of stored renewable energy to help balance the Italian electricity network.

The idea behind V2G is that EVs will be charged when renewable energy on the grid is plentiful and cheap, and some of that electricity will be sent back to the network when the supply of wind and solar power is low and the cost of energy is high.

More » FCA News Release, Just-Auto

Customers in the UK may now order an all-electric convertible, the new Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

Nora Manthey / electrive »

Fiat has now released UK pricing where the electric 500e will start from £29,500 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant (PiCG) is applied. That’s for the first 500 high-spec ‘La Prima’ first-edition models, with less expensive models to follow. Buyers can expect deliveries in late 2020 or early 2021, according to Fiat.

DrivingElectric takes a quick look at the new all-electric Fiat 500 » prices, spec and on-sale date

Electric Fiat 500 first look - DrivingElectric

The new Fiat 500 takes a step upmarket with all-electric power. Prices at launch start at £29,000 in the UK.

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The pure electric Fiat 500 claims to offer lavish equipment and style, with open-top fun in a compact four-seater. The official driving range of 199 miles also betters that of similarly-priced rivals such as the Honda e and MINI Electric. Watch the video to find out more about the all-new, pure-electric Fiat 500.

[Updated] The redesigned Fiat 500 is longer, wider, all electric, only electric, and available only as a limited edition for 2020

Presented to the public the first time in Milan, Italy, the 2020 Fiat 500 “la Prima”, by Olivier Francois, President Fiat Brand Global.

New Fiat 500 | Official Fiat Press Conference ft. Olivier Francois

The new Fiat 500 is said to have a 320 km / 200 mile range, when calculated on the European WLTP standards. However, Fiat is boasting an impressive 400 km range when driving is limited to the city.

Power for the third generation of an icon born comes from a 42-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. And it boasts an 85kw fast charger, said to provide 50 km of range with only 5 minutes of charging. Standard. Also included as standard with the purchase, will be a home charging station.

FCA will also offer the Fiat 500 with Level 2 autonomous driving, a first for a small city car.

FCA, is making the 2020 Fiat 500 a limited edition, “la Prima” will deliver only 500 units per country this year. Continuing with the Eco theme, the Fiat 500 will be offered in only 3 colours, Ocean Green, Celestial Blue, and Mineral Grey.

One more thing. Three top Italian luxury designers – Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, and Kartell – each modified a Fiat 500, which are to be auctioned. The proceeds going to Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity foundation dedicated to the long-term health and well being of all Earth’s inhabitants.

The new Fiat 500 will cost €37,900 in Italy. It will not be available in North America for 2020. Europeans will be able to purchase it from October 2020.

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Updated March 6, 2020

» WhatCar, a UK based site, says the new Fiat 500 will be on sale in early 2021, from £32,500.

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