Thrown, modern, beautiful, spacious, refined and innovative. These were some of the expressions used to define the new Fiat Cronos by the first people who knew the model closely during the clinics with compact sedan buyers recently held by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). These adjectives were awarded to the Fiat Cronos justly. Starting with the design of dynamic lines that run through and unify all the elements of the body. The front is highlighted by strong features, with muscular appearance, and elongated hood, typical style of sports models. This feature is enhanced by the headlamps, which invade the sides with an LED signature, and is complemented by the chrome-plated central grille, which also demonstrates the refinement of the sedan. The sides reveal a vigorous surface that connects harmoniously to the high and wide rear, with LED lanterns with angled and seductive design. The lid houses one of the largest trunk in the category, with an impressive 525 liters capacity. The design of the Fiat Cronos is engaging, stimulating, modern and full of personality. Cronos really translates a new time for the design of the sedans in the Brazilian market. The bold style coupled with sophistication is reflected in the interior, with plenty of space and modernity. The look is drawn to the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system, in floating style as a tablet and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard in four of the five versions, allowing access to Waze and WhatsApp, among other applications. The equipment can be controlled from the multifunction steering wheel.

This, however, is just the opening of the technological package that embraces the new Fiat Cronos. The list is immense, but one can highlight the iTPMS – tire pressure sensor – another standard in all versions – the instrument cluster with 7.0-inch digital display in high definition, the Start & Stop system for fuel economy , key-operated keyless entry, exterior mirrors with electric folding, tilt down and puddle lamps, rain sensors, twilight and dazzle sensors, digital automatic air-conditioning, aft camera with dynamic lines, parking sensor, electric steering and the system of cold start without tanquinho. This technological sophistication is repeated throughout the entire mechanical assembly, anchored in the new generation of FCA engines. There are two engine options for flex (1.3 Firefly and 1.8 E.torQ EVO), and three transmission (manual, GSR Comfort automated and 6-speed automatic). In terms of safety the Fiat Cronos brings a new time to the segment. The state-of-the-art Fiat sedan offers side air bags, ESC (electronic stability control), TC (traction control), HH (Hill Holder) and ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.

Deep research and development

To develop Cronos, FCA relied on comprehensive research and development to understand the needs and aspirations of the consumer, increasingly demanding and aware of technological developments in the automotive market. Studies have shown that consumers in the compact sedans segment are mostly married, have at least one child, travel constantly with their family and have a single car, which thus needs to comply with fundamental precepts such as good internal space and of luggage, comfort and safety. Other items such as design, performance and fuel economy also have relevant participation in the purchase decision. Another highlight of the research was the customer’s desire for technological contents that are really useful and that make a difference in their day-to-day life. That is, the consumer is no longer interested in systems that at first glance appear modern, but that add little or no constant practical use. This perception was relevant in the choice of several items already cited that equip the Fiat Cronos, such as the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system and its screen projection functions. The model still fully meets another important element to make the purchase decision in this segment: trust and brand tradition. Cronos represents the continuation of a very successful lineup of Fiat sedans. In just the last six years more than 400,000 people have acquired branded sedans, and hundreds of them in direct and growing sequence – first acquired a Siena, then a Grand Siena and then a Linea. The latter model, even, is one of the cars with the largest volume of repurchase, with index that is double the traditional ones in the market.

Range for all needs

With five versions, two engine options and three transmission options, the Fiat Cronos offers a wide range of options for the most varied sub-segments of the sedan sector. And this wide variety of versions makes it possible to meet a wide price range and needs. Know all of them:

Cronos 1.3

Input option is driven by the four-cylinder 1.3-liter Firefly engine with 109 horsepower and 139 Nm of torque (both with 100% ethanol). The transmission is five-speed manual. As standard, there are air conditioning, electric steering, electric windows (front), electric lock, key with remote control, radio with Bluetooth and USB connections, onboard computer, steering wheel with radio and telephone commands, 3.5 inch TFT display and high-resolution instrument panel, ISOFIX points, iTPMS tire pressure monitoring system, driver’s seat height adjustment, ESS (emergency braking flag) system, three-point seat belts for all rear occupants, support rear center head, height adjustable steering wheel and others. Still, there is a wide range of accessories from Mopar to also equip this version.

Cronos DRIVE 1.3

Compared to the previous version, the Fiat Cronos Drive 1.3 adds the 7.0-inch Uconnect Touch multimedia system and the second USB port – facing the rear passengers. Optional fog lights are available, split rear seat, alloy wheels, aft camera with dynamic lines, parking sensor, tilt down mirrors (automatic adjustment of the passenger side mirror to a lower position in the rear) and integrated arrow repeaters, rear electric windows and alarm.

Cronos DRIVE 1.3 GSR

This version is equipped with Firefly 1.3 engine and five-speed GSR (Gear Smart Ride) Comfort automated transmission with button control in the central console, simple and intuitive drive. The GSR Comfort includes important functions such as Sport, which drives a more sporty driving mode, and Auto Upshift Abort, which provides stronger pickups. The version also has paddle shifts behind the steering wheel, through which the driver can change the gears manually. In this configuration the Fiat Cronos has the best fuel consumption figures in the range, either with ethanol or gasoline in the tank. Also in the series are Drive 1.3, Start & Stop, Ambient Lights, which give the interior of the Cronos even more refinement and sophistication, cruise control, armrest for the driver, rear electric windows, rear-view mirrors with tilt down and integrated arrow repeaters and the following safety features:

ESC (Electronic Stability Control)  – Ensures the maximum maneuverability of the car in situations of loss of grip of the front or rear axles, acting through sensors. The wheels are braked selectively automatically while the engine power can be momentarily decreased, allowing the vehicle to take the correct direction pointed by the steering wheel.

TC (Traction Control)  – It acts directly on the conditions of steep and slippery ramps, such as a wet walk. In this situation the low grip would cause the wheels to slip and the vehicle to have compromised steering, but the system electronically reduces the torque on the front wheels to increase grip to the floor and ensure a safe movement sequence.

HH (Hill Holder)  – It is an assistant for ramp starting that prevents the car from moving backwards in the exits in steep sections, avoiding collisions. The HH still acts in the parking maneuvers, both in ascents and descents. The Fiat Cronos Drive 1.3 GSR can even optionally be equipped with fog lights, split rear seat, alloy wheels, rear camera with parking sensor and alarm.

Cronos PRECISION 1.8

With five-speed manual transmission, the version is equipped with a 1.8-liter E.torQ Evo VIS engine with 139 hp of power and 189 Nm of torque (both with 100% ethanol). This engine has the variable intake manifold system – VIS (Variable Intake System), which ensures more power at low engine speeds. With up to 4,000 rpm the air going to the cylinders passes a longer path, favoring the torque. From there, a fin is driven causing air to travel the shortest path, increasing power. They are standard equipment of this version, in addition to those of Drive 1.3, headlights with LED position light, 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, electric mirrors with tilt down and integrated arrow repeaters, rear electric windows, rear seat bipartite, rear parking sensor and alarm. Optionally, the Fiat Cronos Precision 1.8 can also receive front side air bags, a dynamic line rear-view camera, a 7.0-inch high-resolution TFT display in the dashboard, digital automatic air conditioning, rear-view mirror with dazzle sensor, mirrors exterior mirrors with electric folding and puddle lamps, Keyless Entry’N ‘Go, rain sensor, light sensor, leather seats, door handles and chrome door trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Cronos PRECISION 1.8 AT6

In this configuration, the Cronos has a six-speed automatic transmission, the same used in the pick-up Fiat Toro and Fiat Argo. In addition to its smooth operation and in perfect harmony with the 1.8 E.torQ Evo VIS engine, it features Neutral Function, which helps fuel economy by decoupling the engine from the transmission at fast traffic stops – which also avoids the nuisance feeling that the system is forcing the brakes. In addition to the items in the Precision 1.8 version, the automatic version features standard paddle shifts behind the wheel for manual shift, cruise control, Ambient Lights, armrest for the driver, leather-wrapped steering wheel and door handles and chrome door trim. The optional items available for this version are the same as the Precision 1.8, except for the chrome trim and knobs (as standard here). The new Fiat Cronos comes on the market in eight colors. Three are solid (White Banchisa, Vulcan Black and Alpine Red), three metallic (Bari Silver, Scandium Gray and Vesuvius Black) and two pearls (Alaska White and Marsala Red).

Warranty, service and accessories Mopar

The Fiat Cronos has a three year warranty with no mileage limit. This period may be extended through Mopar Vehicle Protection, the MVP, available with the option to dilute its value in the portions of the vehicle financing plan. Now with the programs on the Build Your Car page on Fiat’s website, to make it easy to calculate the value of the car with the services, MVP also offers Tailored Review, with pre-programmed and fixed price visits, Convenience Services, which include the most common activities performed during the life of a vehicle, such as oil change, alignment and balancing, among others, and the 24-hour Assistance, with five available modalities that complement or extend the basic assistance Confiat. Mopar still offers more than 40 accessories to provide a unique customization to each Fiat Cronos, to enhance the style and practicality, among other requirements of the model.

How To Make Use Of Disposable Auto Covers

Protecting the exterior of your car is important and you may not always have the regulation cover packed on a trip. This is where the choice of cheap but nonetheless hardy disposable auto covers comes into play. They are made from a light material that may not last long but will ensure adequate protection for a day or two. The term disposable can be misleading for those who have never made use of the covers. While they are intended to provide an immediate solution to motorists who find themselves parking their cars in a dusty or potentially harmful place, it does not mean you must dispose of them once the temporary need is over. You can as well fold the plastic auto cover and keep it in the car boot. There is no telling when next you may be in need of a temporary fix in a hurry. These cover options are also at times referred to as universal auto covers. This is so because they are not custom made to fit anyone vehicle model or even of any particular size. This is a big advantage as they provide plenty of flexibility of application that other car cover types do not have. Almost always, a disposable car cover will be made of a clear plastic sheeting. This is not always the norm and you are now just as likely to find some made from plastic material that is is either tinted or of a certain color. To ensure they fit properly irrespective of the car in question, most have an elastic band that ensures they are not loose on the edges. For more details visit www.carautocovers.com

A disposable cover makes plenty of sense for someone who finds themselves at a construction site where it may be necessary to protect your car from excessive dust. The covering will also provide a form of protection that will prevent your car from harm if there is a possibility of exposure to chemicals and other harmful deposits. Other elements that might require the protection of a temporary disposable car cover include sawdust, oversprays, latex and oil paints as well as a host of other solvents. Disposable car covers have been gaining in popularity over the recent past. Looking at their practical usefulness and low cost, it is easy to see why more drivers are opting to buy them as a precautionary measure. They offer an easy solution to protect your car from the elements as well as more immediate dangers such as dust from a construction site. If you take your vacations overseas in Europe and you wish to turn it into a driving holiday, you should check with your breakdown cover insurance policy provider to see if your cover is affected. In some cases, you may be charged a higher premium and other fees you were not expecting. On occasion, the policyholder may also be covered for breakdown assistance abroad. However, this is not the norm and in most cases, auto breakdown recovery, where you will be assisted at the scene and have your car fixed, often only covers you if the breakdown occurs on the home country soil.

Many insurance companies provide breakdown cover in Europe as part and parcel of their comprehensive breakdown cover. Despite this, there are still policy providers that do not and will charge you an additional premium. You should inquire about this before you set off on your driving holiday so that you have enough time to find an affordable European breakdown policy. The EU state of France can be particularly difficult when it comes to breakdown cover as auto-breakdown recovery teams are not permitted on some of the lay-bys and you must contact the local police station to get the police to pick you up and arrange for your car to be moved. A few United States auto insurance firms will provide you with international auto insurance cover, meaning that your policy will be accepted in whichever European country you are in. However, not all EU states have the same auto-insurance policy and you should always check the details of your own policy in case you are charged additional fees. It is likely that you spent a considerable amount of money on your car, and it makes a great deal of sense to invest a bit of cash in some coverings to protect it from the elements and general day-to-day use. The purchase price is minimal in comparison with the amount a vehicle can cost. By protecting it in this way, you are helping to protect your investment, and it should pay dividends when you eventually come to sell.

There are numerous types of cover is available to fit all makes and models according to the year of production. It’s simple to search online for the exact cover, and even easier to order. The type purchased largely depends on your particular circumstances, and whether or not your car is kept in a garage. There are all-weather covers that are not fully waterproof, and which will also protect the paint from fading in the sun. There are other types which are designed for use indoors, as even if it is kept in a garage it’s still possible for it to get dusty and dirty. These protective coverings also come in a number of different layers. If you order a covering which consists of more layers then obviously it will offer more protection. The great thing about ordering these is that they often come with extremely long warranties, and the top of the range coverings have a lifetime warranty. It doesn’t matter what size the vehicle you have, whether it’s a bike, a limousine, or a truck or an SUV, or simply a car, you can find the perfect accessory to keep it safe. It’s not just the exterior of your vehicle that could do with a little extra love, as most can benefit from a new set of floor mats or seat covers or even a nice new steering wheel cover. These also make great presents for the car enthusiast. The seat coverings come in a wide range of colors and designs, creating a custom look.

 The floor mats come in an even wider range of designs, and it’s really easy to let your individual personality shine through in this choice of interior decor. You can even match it up with a steering wheel covering for a fun look. You might be surprised once you look around at the choice of car covers online, as there is much more to choose from than you could possibly imagine. If you want to save money on a car cover, you can surely check out a garage sale before going to Walmart or other stores that sell them. They may not be in as good condition as the wholesale car cover sold at Walmart, but it is worth it just to look at a garage sale beforehand. A wholesale car cover can be expensive if purchased at Walmart or a similar store. Garage sales are advertised on bus stops, benches, street lights, and advertisements in newspapers and magazines. Sundays are pretty common days for people to have a sale. You can find some great deals at these sales. If you have a free Sunday, it may be worthwhile checking out a garage sale to see what kind of deals they have. Some people go to the sales with an idea in mind of what they need, and others just go to browse around to see what is there, even though they don’t have anything specific in mind to buy. I have gone to sales and found some really great items that I wasn’t even thinking of purchasing before I got there!

Tools are found in these sales. You can find hammers, wrenches, bike and car tools, nails, bolts, and all sorts of tools and supplies of that nature. If you are a fix it kind of person, it may be worth your time to look at a sale instead of just driving off to Walmart where you could end up spending at least twenty more dollars on a specific product. People also sell random clothes at garage sales such as baby clothes, children’s clothes, men’s and women’s clothes, costumes, among other items. You may not have something in mind particularly to buy, but you would be surprised to find some random items that could come in handy. Kitchen supplies are also found at sales. You can find blenders, crock pots, hand mittens, bowls, cups, spoons, knives, forks, and entire dinner sets. Even though they are second hand, they could still very well be in good condition. Why spend two hundred dollars on a new blender while you can find a second-hand one that works just as well for only ten dollars! Now that is saving big. Sofas, chairs, tables, and bookshelves, in addition to other furniture, can be found at these sales for low prices. They may be heavy so you may need to bring your truck or have a friend help you carry the furniture to where it needs to go. Auto supplies such as car covers and car seats can be found for low prices also. While you could spend one hundred dollars on a car seat at a store, you could find a second-hand car seat for just about twenty dollars or so. If you have the time, garage sales could save you some money and you could find some pretty interesting things.

Car covers are an amazing invention as they can and will protect your car from virtually anything. I say virtually because no they won’t act as a bomb shelter, but they act as the weather-shelter instead. Any weather condition – you name it- and they’ll save the car from it. It’s a good thing too since cars get totally wrecked from the various weather conditions in a multitude of ways. The sun’s powerful ultra-violet rays can prove to be detrimental to both the interior and exterior of cars. The internal workings of a car can get ruined when left in the heat, and the car will get extremely stuffy and unbearable to drive. On the outside, the paint-work and finish of the car get bleached in the sun’s rays and gives it a very faded, and old look, well before it’s time. Rain is neither too good for a car. The water-marks left over the exterior are not to be desired and will take endless cleaning to remove. A build-up of rain can also cause the bodywork to begin to rust and rot. When it snows, the car is affected pretty much in the same way as from the rain, only worse. Snow will make the car freeze over. This is a total pain-in-the-neck, as well as a big hazard. Frozen brakes do not work properly, and can be extremely dangerous, even fatal.

Other winter weather conditions include wind, which can harm a car too. When a wind-storm starts, anything that is left lying in the streets gets whipped up and blown along. This includes all the rubble and rubbish like stones, and sticks. As these fly about in the wind, they scrape and scratch cars, even sometimes denting them. That’s not the only thing that creates marks on cars. Birds muck, tree sap, dust, they are all natural nuisances that leave almost permanent visiting cards. They leave marks that make the exterior look unsightly and they are near impossible to remove. However with a car cover, none of the above will be able to penetrate and wreck the car. The cover will shield the car from any type of disaster that may occur. It will leave the car remaining spotlessly clean and sleek, and will not even need dusting over. The cover will save hundreds of dollars otherwise spent on cleaning products and materials, as well as the odd professional clean and re-wax. It is like having a portable garage as the covers fold up so compact they can be taken around with you wherever you go. This way, your car will never be left to nature’s peril.