More than 30 percent of pet owners prefer to take their furry companions with them when they drive around town, or head out for a road trip. You might even see a few dogs here and there in the warmer months with their heads hanging out the backseat windows. Just like a child that is dependent of you, it is your responsibility to make sure that pet is safe.
Here are a few ways to keep your pet safe while in the vehicle:
- Do not engage with your pet while driving. This includes most of all, not petting your dog while you are driving. This could lead to your pet becoming over stimulated and excited, which could lead to your pet jumping on you, but even more so it takes your eyes off the road. The most important thing when driving no matter the circumstance, is to make sure you keep your eyes on the road ahead, and are alert.
- As cute as it is for your pet to hang their head out the window, and for those to say how cute it is when their ears flop in the wind. The scary truth is there are a number of serious pet injuries that occur when pets are allowed to hang their head out the down window. First off if you are driving over 40 miles per hour, your dog shouldn’t have their head out the window, as it could damage their ears. Second, all it takes is a small pebble or something else to skip up and cause serious harm to your pet. So to avoid a serious vet bill, or even worse—we recommend keeping your pets head in the vehicle.
- Never leave your pet in the car alone. This is the same serious condition that we are facing now with parents leaving their children unattended in the vehicle for too long. Even on a sunny fall day, the temperatures within your vehicle can hit triple digits, and cause serious harm or worse to your pet.
Those are just a few of the tips for you and your pet when you plan to take them with you on your text car ride. A car ride can be something any pet looks forward to still, but you also need to be aware of the worst possible outcome, and how to avoid it.
Source: Arrigo FIAT Palm Beach
Fiat is a multinational automobile company based in Turin, Italy. In the standard history of all present automobile corporations in the planet, Fiat may be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) in existence. This corporation dates back as far as 1899 and it was founded by a group of investors pioneered by Giovanni Agnelli. For its archaic prominence in Europe, Fiat stands side by side in prominence with two other famous car manufacturing companies: the German company Volkswagen and the renowned French manufacturer Renault. Ironically for a car company, it did not really measure up with famous automobile producers in contemporary times like Chrysler, Dodge, Mercedes Benz and Toyota. However, it is also notable to consider that they have shares to a variety of independent car manufacturers like Chrysler, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
It is interesting to note that Fiat’s prestige is bolstered by its flexibility. Meaning to say, this company does not only deal with cars. They also get involved into other types of businesses. Fiat may not have top-of-the-line commercial vehicles that customers buy, but they have other wares that more than double the number of customers that strictly automobile producers cater to.
So what does Fiat produce other than cars?
- Public Works Equipment
Fiat has a huge contribution in the field of agriculture and engineering construction. This company, under the title Fiat Industrial, owns 88% of the shares of CNH Global NV. This company is based in the United States but they also operate throughout five different continents by bringing quality agricultural equipment, construction components, and financial services. CNH Global has over 37 facilities worldwide.
- Rail Transportation
This company’s contribution to the railway industry can be traced back in World War II. Fiat Ferroviaria is one of the proudest names in the business for providing locomotive technology not only in Italy but also in other parts of Europe. Their global coverage reaches as far as South America. Their groundbreaking achievement is the development of the Pendolino “tilting train,” the pioneering prototype in the 1970’s. In 1990’s Fiat’s Ferroviaria was sold to Alstom.
Perhaps one of the oldest (if not the oldest) non-automobile business they undertook was in the department of defense. SAFAT or Societa Anonima Fabbrica Armi Torino was an affiliate of Fiat during the World War I effort. Apart from building artillery tractors for the French and Italian army, they were also known for producing machine guns, especially for the pioneering air force. However, they were beaten by the Regia Aeronotica in the bid to become an exclusive provider of arms and ammunition for the flying regiments.
Fiat’s finest addition to their expansive business empire includes the recreation sector. The Agnelli family owned a village in the southern part of the great Alps and this has been the chief motivator for their real estate speculation. Due to its promising location, Fiat was able to establish the Sestriere skiing facilities, courtesy of its namesake alpine village. Like most of their subsidiaries, these facilities were sold in 2006.
Alfredo Altavilla, the head of business development at Fiat, announced the decision of the brand to introduce 5 new models over the 2 years. It was later on affirmed by the brand’s spokesman wherein four new models of its 500 family cars and an updated version of Panda will be introduced. The decision of the brand was toward the fulfillment of its goals in the next few years.
Fiat’s Goals for the Next Few Years
In an interview made with Altravilla, the desire of the brand to leave the accounts of Africa, Europe, and Middle East by year 2015 was confirmed. It wanted to focus on new things aside from spending so much time in expanding and developing the range of the 500 models which will be done with the assistance of Russia. It hopes to improve sales output in the market, too. Fiat is one of the many automakers that suffered a slow growth in the European market.
How Will Fiat Redesign its Models?
The brand wants to get a good sales output in the European market so it comes with the decision of producing more solid compact cars or getting into the premium market. It decided to redesign both models because they outperform its other models. The 500 model is greatly known for its good commercial strength which never faded. The Panda model gained a positive feedback from car buyers because of its elegant look. As part of the redesigning plan, Fiat will be introducing a SUV like version of Panda which will be named “Pandone.” However, buyers of Fiat cars fear that if it continues to redesign Panda, its price will change. It will not be one of its low cost cars anymore.
Benefits of Redesigning the Models
Fiat did several things to increase its sales worldwide not just only the European market. It reached the point of merging with Chrysler in which there was a minimal growth on sales reported. Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Fiat, revealed that sales for 2013 increase compared to last year. The brand wanted more in the next 2 years so it will be introducing five more models to get the attention of buyers, both existing and potential.
Next advantage of the redesigning is the strengthening of the brand’s standing in the auto industry which is mainly dominated by giants like Ford, General Motors Corporation (GMC), and Toyota. The brand hopes to become part of European market’s top automakers once again. Based on the information released by the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), Fiat does not fall on the top 10 list of the market’s top auto brands. There were several drops noticed in Fiat’s standing. Its market share dropped to 20 percent only and its new car sales both in the EFTA and EU markets fell a little bit. So Fiat became eager to do something and it came up with the decision of introducing new models to see growth in the next few years. The brand may be struggling but it does not stop regaining whatever it has before.
FIAT is about to launch a truly nostalgic vehicle this coming spring. It is a special 57th anniversary edition of the FIAT Nuova Cinquecento (New FIAT 500 in English – meaning, of course, new when it was initially released). This small city car came out in the late 50s (1957 to be exact) and was a popular town and city car of the era, remaining in production in various forms until the 1970s.
The modern incarnation sports classic 16 inch wheels, a retro brown leather interior ivory trim and grey door panels, and badges on the nose and tails just like back in the days. It comes in lovely pastel colors – light green, light blue, or white. The models having the first two colors offset the color of the body with white mirrors and roof.
The engine for these nostalgic gems is a FIAT 1.4 liter MultiAir 4 cylinder. There is an option as regards the transmission to which this engine is yolked. Customers can choose either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. Other options include a higher quality audio system a sport tuned suspension.
Why is FIAT going to the trouble of doing all this? It’s really not all that much trouble. It’s sometimes possible to see these sorts of anniversary re-releases as crass and profit-driven. It usually doesn’t cost an auto maker as much to re-issue a tried and true vehicle, even with the improvements, as it does to come out with current and cutting edge designs and technologies. And they can, of course, charge a nice hefty price for vintage editions of classic cars.
However, perhaps this is a bit cynical. The release of the vehicle seems redolent with symbolic meaning for FIAT. Rather than viewing it as the re-issue of just another updated classic vehicle, FIAT is presenting the 500’s return as a celebration of “the rebirth of FIAT and its product range.” Jason Stoicevich summed it up this way: “The 1957 Edition celebrates the Cinquecento, the icon of our brand, and its unique cachet of Italian style, efficiency and engaging road manners…” FIAT is seeing some high times these days, so it seems fitting that it would want to celebrate some of its hard earned status as a leading global auto maker.
Source: Holt FIAT of Ft Worth, TX
The Fiat Group is a major key player not just in automotive production, but also with various joint ventures and license productions as well. It is the largest vehicle manufacturer in Italy, a distinction it had retained since 1910. It also meant simultaneously owning plants not just for cars but for industrial and agricultural vehicles as well. Aside from the small Fiat city cars that dominate the cities in Europe, it has several partnerships, acquisitions and alliances with other giant European carmakers such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Chrysler, Lancia, Ducato and Ferrari. Its CEO, Sergio Marchionne has since steered the company into being one of the top five automakers who have survived and garnered success over the years. It was even tagged in 1968 as “the most dynamic automaker in Europe”. An understatement considering Fiat made military machinery, vehicles, and aircraft during World War I and II. Fiat stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino or Italian Automobile Factory of Turin.
Car of The Year
No other car manufacturer in Europe has been awarded 12 times as European Car of the Year in the span of 40 years. These Fiat car models were Alfa Romeo, Fiat Bravo/Brava, Fiat Punto, Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Fiat Uno, Lancia Delta and Fiat 124, 128, and 127. Alfa Romeo cars are known for being one of the best looking cars of its time. Its world-renowned main features are its exterior and interior styling, which is the benchmark for Alfa Romeo cars, including a highly developed platform and suspension system. Fiat Bravo and Brava cars are small family cars that known for precise handling and better comfort in terms of driving experience. The Fiat Panda on the other hand is your basic “modern day” car, a basic no frills utility vehicle. It may have a cheap, “boxy look” in the early years but it is utilitarian and practical in many aspects. In Europe, it could be seen as Polish police cars, Italian forest service cars, and Swiss postal mail delivery service cars. Fiat Punto is a super mini car popular among amateur racing car drivers low cost and easy availability of its spare parts. Lancia Delta is a compact luxury car best known for dominating the World Rally Championships in late 80’s and early 90’s. The Fiat 500 is a city car that known for its enormous practicality making it a popular vehicle in Europe. Compare these to the models that are sold in the states like the 500 L and the Abarth, which can be seen online at Pomoco FIAT of Newport News.
With the Japanese and US automakers wanting a larger share of the car market, Fiat and Lancia cars were consequently withdrawn in the US market particularly in 1984. Even Alfa Romeo exited the US market in 1995, while Maserati sales increased briskly since 2002. Fiats worldwide operations makes it Italy’s largest industrial concern and continues to do so as plans of expanding to third world markets are in their time table.
Fiat, to date, continues to produce luxury cars but has now expanded into manufacturing smaller cars as well. With its success as one of the top European auto manufacturers in the world, it is certain that it would continue on with its heritage of excellence in design and superior performance in any car class.
Fiat has been as esteemed name in manufacturing vehicles. Numerous individuals purchased its cars since it started in the industry. Nevertheless, every top name has its downfall. For Fiat, the manufacturing of Fiat Multipla is considered its setback.
Top Gear’s Ugliest Car of the Year
In 1999, Top Gear named Multipla as the Ugliest Car of the Year, a title that no one would want to receive. Obviously, a car is an investment and it is an expensive asset. Therefore, it is understandable if buyers choose elegantly designed vehicle. Even if a car does not possess an extremely luxurious appeal, it should at least look pleasing to the eyes.
The blow against the car’s appeal does not end with the award as Simon Cowell, the infamous former American Idol judge, also had something to say about the Fiat car when he guested in Top Gear. After seeing the car on a photo, the X Factor executive producer commented that the vehicle had a disease. Cowell is known for being harsh, but many may consider this as hardcore.
What Went Wrong?
People who have not seen Multipla may ask why the car received such award and comment. What went wrong in manufacturing the manufacturing? Consider it as a bold move for the company as it tried a unique design for the vehicle. Judging from its looks, most people commented that it is like gluing two vehicles together. Imagine a compact car, chop its top, and place it on a convertible. It looks very awkward because Multipla looked like as if it had a prominent hump. Even the backside of the car appeared weird for many buyers. Hence, gaining the title from the prominent car show on television.
However, Multipla also had its own appeal and some buyers may love it, particularly those who look for a compact vehicle with great interior space. It followed Fiat Brava’s style although made shorter and wider. This results to getting more interior space that can accommodate six people and still have good space for luggage.
Aside from its style, Multipla also failed to catch on in terms of sales. The car was unveiled in Italy first then expanded to other countries, where it did not receive as much acknowledgement.
Every setback means an opportunity for a comeback. Top Gear may have named Multipla the ugliest car in 1999, the Top Gear Magazine chose it as the Family Car of Year. And this is not for one year, but for four consecutive years.
In addition to receiving a completely different title, Multipla also received a major aesthetic overall as the company rebooted its style in 2004. Its transformation received critical acclaim from buyers together with its spacious interiors.
Fiat Multipla experienced quite a roller coaster ride when it comes to reputation. Nevertheless, it showed that every downfall opens an opportunity to comeback. In fact, it made a glorious comeback that gained more fans and earned benefits for the company, boosting its sales to promote better cars today.
Thankfully the Multipa isn’t sold here in the states, but instead we are lucky enough to experience the beauty that is the Abarth and 500 L—both of which can be seen at Arrigo WPB Fiat.