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'One-Shot' film details the creation of three Fiat 500 one-offs

The Fiat 500 made a snazzy debut earlier this year and a new film documented the one-off models designed to celebrate the new generation of Italian design.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

There's so much more to the auto business than getting a vehicle to a dealership. One of the sides rarely captured in newsreels, but drooled over by fans are restored and modified creations. Heck, SEMA has built an entire convention around it. The MotorTrend network is almost entirely devoted to the cause.

Those mods are usually on existing cars, however. A new film released by Fiat takes a look at how three Fiat 500s were modified before they debuted.

New Fiat 500⎮One Shot - Trailerwww.youtube.com

"One-Shot" is the first docufilm by the automaker. It covers a six month journey to create a unique one-off ahead of the debut of the redesigned Fiat 500 earlier this year. The new model is an all-electric car that retains much of the classic Fiat looks but with a completely modern powertrain.

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." These words, from Olivier François – President, Fiat Brand Global and FCA Chief Marketing Officer – open the film, explaining how the debut of the New 500 should be considered as a milestone in the brand's history.

The documentary is dedicated to the three cars designed by high-end brands - Armani, Bvlgari, and Kartell. Armani is a fashion house, Bvlgari is a jewelry company, and Kartell sells contemporary furniture.

Filmmakers take the viewer on a journey from the moment the company representatives first met with Fiat in Turin through the launch of the three exclusive cars in Milan earlier this year.

Fiat 500 "One Shot" docufilm still shots

Fiat 500 "One Shot" docufilm still shots

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The new 500 has a more aggressive exterior that's less bulbous but still retains many fo the design characteristics of the 500 of years past. It has a range of approximately 199 miles (WLTP). Fiat has given the car three drive modes: Normal, Range and Sherpa. The Range drive mode allows for one-pedal driving.

The 500 is the first Fiat to receive FCA's new UConnect 5 system, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless communication. It comes equipped with a 10.25-inch touch screen.

Officially, the decision on whether or not to bring the new Fiat 500 to U.S. shores is still up in the air.

You can watch the film below.

New Fiat 500 | One Shot documentary by VICE - Genesis of the New 500 One-Offswww.youtube.com

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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