Fiat is an Italian automobile manufacturing company that traces its history to 1899. Fiat is the largest automobile manufacturing company in Italy, and the third largest worldwide behind General Motors and Ford. Fiat ceased sales in the US during the First World War and did not return until the 1950’s. The automobile company built a following of enthusiasts around its compact, affordable and sporty cars, but rust issues and poor build quality pushed the Italian company out of the US market. Returning in 2009 after acquiring 20 percent of Chrysler, Fiat again sells compact cars with a sporty reputation. A Fiat repair manual is an essential tool, whether it is a vintage Fiat 500 restoration project or a modern Fiat Spider 124 needing maintenance.
Fiat returned to the United States just in time to take advantage of the retro design movement that has seen the popularity of modern vehicles with styling adapted from classic designs. The Fiat 500 is a compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) with a worldwide distribution and is one of the companies top selling vehicles. Based on the iconic Fiat 500, built until the mid-1970’s, the sure-footed compact has attracted a dedicated and loyal fan base since being introduced in the US. The Fiat 500 was awarded as the European Car of the Year in 2008.
Fiat continues to improve its line of vehicles, and was recognized as having the lowest CO2 producing cars on the European market in 2008. Fiat is currently experimenting with electric vehicles. Its first electric vehicle sold in the United States was the Fiat 500e, which began sales in 2013.
Fiat has a long and successful history with racing and motorsports. Fiat vehicles have been raced in the World Rally Championship series, winning in 1977, 1978 and 1980 with an Abarth-prepped Fiat Sport 124 Spider. Fiat also competes in the European Rally Championship and has recorded victories in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Fiat prepared a 2003 Punto S1600 for rally racing, collecting a victory in the Italian Rally Championship in 2003.
Classic Fiat vehicles have seen a dramatic increase in values in the last several years, and the current vehicles Fiat sells in the United States have never been hotter or more collectible. Keeping a Fiat running correctly is a pleasurable task to do yourself with a Fiat workshop manual, just like the ones used by factory mechanics to maintain these sporty cars.