Tag Archives: fiat 500 abarth

Miata Fiata Shopping in Atlanta, Georgia

My goal was to be a tourist today while staying in Atlanta. I’ve been wanting to visit the World of Coca Cola ever since the first time I came to the capital of Georgia but never had enough time to do it… logged onto their web site to buy a ticket and was promptly informed that World of Coke was closed due to a private event today, boo hoo…. so plan B was to go shopping for a Miata/Fiata instead… My buddy Sakshik who’s hosting me for this layover lives nearby to two dealerships almost next to each other: Landmark Fiat of Atlanta and Jim Ellis Mazda of Atlanta, so I swung up there to take some pix.

I’ve heard of Jim Ellis before because they have a very reasonably priced Mazda OEM parts store online… the only issue is I never bought from them because the shipping typically kills any deals. But I was eager to check them out.

First stop was Landmark Fiat…. which isn’t branded as such. It’s just a Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep dealership that is surrounded by Fiats… much like that last dealership I visited in Winchester, Virginia that had two white Abarth Fiata’s upfront.

Here’s some pix:

The white Abarth 124 Spider must be the most popular option. All three Fiat 124 Spiders on the lot however were Automatics also.

This gray seems to be a very popular Fiata color.

This being a Chrysler/Dodge dealership there was some serious performance on display, like this row of SRT Chargers and Hellcats:

Kind of weird seeing customers bring their Fiat 500 Abarth’s for service at a Dodge dealer…

But they’re obviously selling them here too.

And there’s a 124 spider I got to sit in to try for size, It fits!

Next stop, Jim Ellis Mazda of Atlanta:

As soon as I pulled up I was swarmed by salesmen greeting me. Very different situation from the Dodge/Chrysler/Fiat dealer where nobody came up to me during my whole stay there taking pix.

The RF’s were the only 2017 model Miata’s on the lot it seems, all of the soft top ND’s were 2016’s apparently. One of the salesmen that came up to me inside the dealership said they were selling really well

A customer Copper Red Mica NC in for service…

I really want to get one of these Copper Red Mica CX-7 SUV’s for my mom to replace her aging Ford Exploder:

Funny how FCA isn’t selling their Alfa-Romeo’s through the Dodge dealer, opting instead to sell Giulia’s via their Maserati franchise.

Voila!

So if you’re in the Hotlanta area, of which I’m already jealous because you have the perfect Miata weather year round here, and you’re shopping for a Miata or Fiata, check out the dealerships on the Northeast side of town. There’s quite a selection to choose from!

Cars & Coffee Paramus New Jersey November 2016

Autumn is winding down. Fall foliage has been reduced to leaves waiting in piles on the side of suburban streets, to be sucked up by the DPW trucks… things are about to get pretty gray for a couple of months over the winter. Let a little color cheer you up this weekend. I went to a local Cars & Coffee in Paramus to see some awesome cars on display for everyone’s enjoyment!

I spent a whole of five minutes running around taking pictures, but I’m quite happy I got out of bed early this Sunday morning for this amazing opportunity, enjoy:

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-1

Surprised my car looks so good even when it definitely needs a wash.

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-2

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-3

The one thing that stood out at me was the amount of Lotus Espirit’s that showed up for this event.

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-4

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-5

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-6

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-7

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-8

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-9

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-10

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-11

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-12

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-13

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-14

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-15

Lots of SRT-8 Challengers and colorful Hellcats in attendance too…

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-16

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-17

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-18

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-19

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-20

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-21

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-22

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-23

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-24

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-25

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-26

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-27

cars-and-coffee-november-2016-paramus-new-jersey-28

That’s all folks… I think there’s one more of these next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it!

Fiat 124 Spider: Fiata Miata for 2017 I’m Guessing I’ll be Able to Rent one in Europe Soon?

Jalopnik has published photos of the 2017 production version of the Fiat 124 Spider based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata Roadster, or as everyone is calling it on the forums: Fiata Miata. And the production version looks completely different from what all the speculative renderings were. It’s dramatically different from the 2016 Mazda Miata that it is based on. And at this point I’m not sure if I like it or not. Initial impressions of the Fiata Spider is that it looks more like the NB version of the Miata while the car it’s based on pays more homage to the NA model. The obvious differences between the Fiata and the Miata based on the pictures seem to be a longer nose on the Fiat, and a more square trunk, which will probably have more storage capacity, even if ever so slightly. The interiors look identical. Check out this Jalopnik article for more pictures of the Fiat 124:  jalopnik.com/2017-fiat-124-spider-this-is-it-all-official-and-stuf

2016 mazda mx-5 miata fiata fiat 124
photo credit: Mazda
mazda roadster mx-5 miata
photo credit: Mazda
fiat 124 spider fiata miata mx-5 mazda
photo credit: Fiat
2017 fiat 124 fiata miata mx-5 mazda
photo credit: Fiat

Since I am not at all likely to get rid of my NC Miata any time soon, the only likelihood of me driving a Fiata Miata is if I rent one, most likely in Europe as I doubt they’ll be very representative of the American rental car fleets… I certainly have not been able to find any Mazda MX-5 ND rental cars around in my recent travels.

I am looking forward to test driving one just to compare how it feels to my car.

PS. Hopefully the promised Abarth version looks even more aggressive ( I think I secretly wanted the Fiat 124 Spider to look more like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider than a vintage Fiat or NB Miata for that matter ).