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Fiat is the Italian car maker par excellence, renowned for their line
of performance parts and their bevy of family-friendly cars. The Fiat
name comes from the acronym for Società Anonima Fabbrica Italiana
Automobili Torino which means, roughly, Italian Automotive Factory of
Turin Corporation. In existence for well over a century, Fiat was
established by Italian entrepreneur Giovanni Agnelli in 1899 and has
been a family run operation ever since. Fiat currently holds the fourth
position in terms of size of the European automakers after Volkswagen ,
PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault.
Fiat’s first car was the 4 HP which had a 2V engine and was capable
of producing 4.2 horsepower. In 1900, following on the success of the 4
HP the 6 HP was released quickly followed by the 8 HP one year after
that. By the time 1910 rolled around, Fiat was the single, largest
automaker in Italy and it has not lost the title since that time. At the
same time, Fiat built its first plant in the US in Poughkeepsie NY
putting down roots at the same time waves of Italian immigrants were
doing so in the US. Fiat cars were considered marks of distinction at
the time due to their initial high cost, rising to $6400 by 1918 which
was more than $6000 than the Model T at the time. The outbreak of
fighting during WWI meant Fiat had to concentrate its production efforts
on supplying the allied forces with armaments and munitions leading to
the closure of the Poughkeepsie facility due to onerous regulations.
The 20s saw Fiat jump to 80% market share in Italy and the arrival of
the Fiat 520 as its premier luxury car. The 520 sported a V12 motor and
was a roadster available in both coupe and convertible configurations.
In the decades leading up to the Second World War Fiat produced a
variety of vehicles to fill every niche from economy vehicles like the
2800 to luxury cars for the upmarket buyer. As with all of the European
automakers at the time, WWII brought the companies automobile production
to a screeching halt but the company was able to recover rather quickly
from the war.
The post-War decades were a time of great renewal for Fiat. It was
during the 1950s that the iconic Cinquecento (The Fiat 500) first
debuted as an affordable full size sedan was first released as well as
the sleek and athletic 1200 Spyder. Both of these models were served as
image cars for the marque and propelled Fiat to international fame and
acclaim. The decades that followed demonstrated Fiat’s ability to adapt
and diversify its offerings in order to cope with global economic crises
and ever changing tastes. Perhaps some of the most well-known vehicles
from this period are the subcompact 126 and 128 series as well as the
racer inspired X 1/9.
In recent times Fiat has engineered the turnaround of the Chrysler
brand and produced a number of award-winning vehicles under that marque.
The Cinquecento was updated and replaced in 1998 by the Seicento (600)
and the compact Punto succeeded by the larger, more luxuriant Grande
Punto. The Sedici was Fiat’s first entry into the compact SUV market and
the Nuova Cinquecento, a retro-themed sub-compact which is both feature
rich and replete with flowing lines.
The story of Fiat is a tale of old-world dedicated to the craft,
tradition with an emphasis on the importance of family. Rvinyl
understands the true value of tradition and workmanship and we have left
no stone unturned in our pursuit of Fiat accessories and tints that meet
and exceed your expectations.
Whether you want to upgrade the exterior aesthetic of your 500 with
tints or a spoiler, are looking to enhance your interior with a custom
dash kit or simply want to protect your vehicle's finish with a pre-cut
paint protection kit we carry an extensive selection of products and
accessories designed especially for your vehicle's specifications.
Regardless of what product you select you can rest assured knowing that
you'll be getting a top-quality product at a great price. Rvinyl
understands that when you buy an accessory, tint or protection kit you
aren't simply making just another purchase — you're making a statement
to the world about who you are and what is important to you. Don’t wait
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