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A brand of automobiles founded in 1899. Fiat is actually an acronym meaning "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino," which translated to English means "Factory of Italian Automobiles - Turin."

Over the decades Fiat built itself into a multi-brand Italian automotive conglomerate including the brands Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia, Magneti Marelli and Maserati. In October 2014 Fiat merged with the Chrysler Group to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, expanding its reach to include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and the many defunct brands whose rights were owned by Chrysler.

Vehicle names used by Fiat throughout its history include:  131, 500, 500L, Barchetta, Brava, Cinquecento, Grande Punto, Palio, Panda, Punto, Spider, Tipo S-74, Toro, and X1/9.

Dealerships include:
Classic CDJRF (Arlington, Texas)


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Fiat Automobiles page on 4 January 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. (FIAT, Italian: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, lit. 'Italian Automobiles Factory, Turin'), is the largest automobile manufacturer in Italy, a subsidiary of FCA Italy S.p.A. which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat Automobiles S.p.A. was formed in January 2007 when Fiat reorganized its automobile business,[2] and traces its history back to 1899 when the first Fiat automobile was produced.


DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
29 May 2002Three Italian Banks To Rescue Indebted Fiat
Sabina Castelfranco for Voice of America News

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Hot Rods and Racing Cars: Issue 6 Car of the Year: Louis Chevrolet's 1905 Vanderbilt Cup-winning Fiat
Hot Rods and Racing Cars #6, September 1952
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Fiat Brougham E-17 Subject:  Maharajah of Datia in his Fiat
Date:  19 December 1909
View Maharajah of Datia Fiat, 1909 - 803KB
Fiat Brougham E-17 Subject:  Fiat Brougham E-17
Source:  Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition
View Fiat Brougham E-17 page of Hand Book of Automobiles, 1919 Edition - 461KB
1937 Fiat Dragster Scale Model Car Subject:  1937 Fiat Dragster Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  April 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
Model Build Info:  Built by Bob Deneen.
View photo of 1937 Fiat Dragster Model - 3,406KB
1937 Fiat Dragster Model Car Subject:  1937 Fiat Dragster Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  April 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
Model Build Info:  Built by Bob Deneen.
View photo of 1937 Fiat Dragster Model - 3,393KB

Article Index

7 March 1909Auto News from Various Centres: Fiat Cars in Chicago.The New York Times
March-April 1972Here and There in Motoring's Past: 1910 - Brighton Beach Motordrome, Fiat vs SimplexPeter Helck, Antique Automobile
13 April 2001Fiat selects new Call Center Solution for Service AutomationMobite A/S
29 May 2002Three Italian Banks To Rescue Indebted Fiat Sabina Castelfranco
14 February 2005Powertrain wird aufgelöst Wikinews
15 April 2005Fiat in calo, ai minimi storici Wikinotizie
9 September 2005Accordo produttivo FIAT Ford 2005 Wikinotizie
9 September 2005Ford, Fiat to produce small cars togetherWikinews
4 July 2006New Zealand diplomats: Fiat using Maori haka in television ad is insensitiveWikinews
7 August 2006World First For Fiat, A; The Tetrafuel EngineSteve Cowan
25 May 2007Is Fiat Looking For New Chinese Partners?Anthony Fontanelle
4 April 2008Fiat Opens Flagship Store In LondonAnthony Fontanelle
27 September 2008Vlada Srbije u nedelju zaseda zbog ugovora sa Fijatom Викивести
28 September 2008Vlada ovlastila Dinkića da potpiše ugovor sa Fijatom Викивести
1 May 2009Chrysler files for bankruptcy, Fiat Group SpA to run companyWikinews
1 June 2009Odobrena prodaja većine imovine Krajzlera Fiatu Викивести
24 May 2009Opel, le tre offerte sono insufficienti. Fiat rilancia Wikinotizie
5 January 2010Privući 10 investitora poput Fijata Викивести
23 February 2010Fiat cierra sus plantas en Italia por 2 semanas tras pérdidas millonarias Wikinoticias
3 January 2011Fiat se podelio na automobilski i deo za privredna vozila Викивести
4 January 2011Učešće od 51 odsto u Krajzleru moguće ove godine Викивести
29 May 2011Fiat plans to buy majority stake in ChryslerWikinews
3 June 2011US to Sell Remaining Shares in ChryslerVOA Breaking News
8 July 2011Fiat Vans - Taking to New technologies like a Horse (Power) to WaterMaline Morgan
22 February 2012Caso Annozero-MiTo: «informazione non veritiera e denigratoria», la RAI dovrà risarcire Fiat Group AutomobilesWikinotizie
2 January 2014ФИАТ купује и остатак Крајслера Викивести
17 July 2014Volkswagen To Buy Fiat?Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
30 July 2015Fiat Blew It Bill Crittenden
10 September 2015DDOR Novi Sad ulaže u budućnost uz podršku pouzdanih poslovnih partnera - ovoga puta Fiata Викивести
31 October 2019Automobile : PSA et Fiat officialisent leur fusion Wikinews

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