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Hi, I know the 124 Spider is built in Japan, but read that the Abarth is finished in Italy. Is this true? Or are the Abarth parts taken to Japan. In wiki in states it is completed in Italy, but to me it seems that from a logistics/costs standpoint, this would not be cost effective.
Can someone please confirm. Thanks
 

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I dont believe so.

You have to remember that abarth in this context is not like GTA, AMG or M power..they all take cars off the line early and put own engines etc.

Abarth for the 124 is much closer to trim, albeit with different dampers and diff. So it's very likely they do it on one line, then fit the abarth trim and exhaust and different ecu map in the same way the Lusso gets different nav unit than the classica.

Could be wrong, but that seems the most logical from a cost perspective.
 

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Knowing that the price difference between the Abarth and other models is not substantial enough to justify a trip to Italy, I doubt it. The window sticker mentions the percentage of parts and major components from other countries and the assembly country. Those two facts would be an indication that this is not true.

I have also read a rumor about the matte black hood is painted in Italy but haven't found factual information about this being true either.
 

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I remember back in 2016 when I read the first descriptions of the Abarth Spiders, I distinctly remember reading that cars destined for the EU went from Japan to Italy for final installation of Abarth-specific parts and the application of the heritage stripes. US vehicles, on the other hand, went from Japan straight to the US where final assembly took place. The US heritage stripes were painted either at or near the port of entry prior to shipment to the dealers. The engines were shipped from Italy to Japan for installation, no matter the final destination.

Interestingly, (and deceptively some thought), the early videos of the Abarth showed a car equipped with all the EU items. That car even had a blowoff valve installed. The BOV never made it into the production cars and to this day is only available as an aftermarket part.

Unfortunately, I can’t find the source article. Maybe someone else has a link to the source article(s).

There were quite a number of trim and equipment differences between the US and EU cars, especially early on. My early MY 2017 US Abarth, delivered in October of 2016, didn’t have a number of items the EU cars did.The US cars did not have the Record Monza exhaust, Abarth steering wheel badge, Abarth side badges, Abarth key fob logos, red mirror covers, red front lip trim, and red tow hook cover. They also didn’t have the Abarth engine cover., and they did not come with the Abarth logos on the seats.

All of those items became available to order as extra cost packages in the US beginning with the 2019 MY. That said, the MSRP of the early US Abarths was substantially lower than the EU models, even allowing for exchange rates. The differences also have something to do with the fact that Abarth is a distinct brand in the EU countries, as opposed to the US, where the Abarth name is considered simply a Fiat trim level, not a separate brand.
 
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Good info.

They made a complete hash of it, then charged the uk £7k for the premium over the Lusso....madness for what you actually get.

To be fair, it's no different to AMG line and S line trim, where there are some goodies. But Fiat making it £7000 more expensive was putting it in the same bracket as actual AMG/M power premiums which actually have bespoke engines, chassis setups etc.

Obviously prices dropped quickly.

The fact a Lusso can be made into abarth spec for about £2k says a lot (sans LSD) . Try turning a 330i into a M3 for 2k....lol
 

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I understood that all Spiders are completed back at Turin....Interestingly enough my Classica (ex Demo) had the 7" screen, no Sat Nav when I bought it so only had to buy the 124 Spider SD card at about £28.00. No idea if dealership
I remember back in 2016 when I read the first descriptions of the Abarth Spiders, I distinctly remember reading that cars destined for the EU went from Japan to Italy for final installation of Abarth-specific parts and the application of the heritage stripes. US vehicles, on the other hand, went from Japan straight to the US where final assembly took place. The US heritage stripes were painted either at or near the port of entry prior to shipment to the dealers. The engines were shipped from Italy to Japan for installation, no matter the final destination.

Interestingly, (and deceptively some thought), the early videos of the Abarth showed a car equipped with all the EU items. That car even had a blowoff valve installed. The BOV never made it into the production cars and to this day is only available as an aftermarket part.

Unfortunately, I can’t find the source article. Maybe someone else has a link to the source article(s).

There were quite a number of trim and equipment differences between the US and EU cars, especially early on. My early MY 2017 US Abarth, delivered in October of 2016, didn’t have a number of items the EU cars did.The US cars did not have the Record Monza exhaust, Abarth steering wheel badge, Abarth side badges, Abarth key fob logos, red mirror covers, red front lip trim, and red tow hook cover. They also didn’t have the Abarth engine cover., and they did not come with the Abarth logos on the seats.

All of those items became available to order as extra cost packages in the US beginning with the 2019 MY. That said, the MSRP of the early US Abarths was substantially lower than the EU models, even allowing for exchange rates. The differences also have something to do with the fact that Abarth is a distinct brand in the EU countries, as opposed to the US, where the Abarth name is considered simply a Fiat trim level, not a separate brand.
Pretty much what I read also....
 
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The monroney sticker can't be any clearer.
Mine:
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Random Abarth with Heritage Stripe (5% less Japanese content, same as other 2019 Classicas and Lussos, don't know what changed):
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Confirms my thoughts! Good info
 

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Going back to the Abarth specific aspect of this, it all goes back to the bit where in the rest of the planet, Abarths are sold through Abarth dealerships and are a different brand. In North America, it's just a different trim level, and because of the piddling contest regarding Abarth branding, for whatever reason (and unlike the 500 Abarths that were sold in North America), initially we got none of the badging inside or out.... aside from the hood and trunk badges. Completely baffling.
 

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The monroney sticker can't be any clearer.
Mine:
View attachment 76572
Random Abarth with Heritage Stripe (5% less Japanese content, same as other 2019 Classicas and Lussos, don't know what changed):
View attachment 76574
That's the car I want (minus the heritage stripe and the automatic transmission).
2020 would be preferable at this point, and the tri-coat white would be a nice addition.
 

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The fiat 124 abarth is manufactured at the assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
European orders are then shipped to Italy where final trim, badging and the heritage stripe is applied.
American orders are shipped to Baltimore with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services facility in michigan.
Canadian orders are shipped to Montreal with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services Facility in Oshawa, Ontario
 

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It seems like this thread was a good and relevant question...looking through the comments we all read or saw baffling and differing storylines of where and what was built, added , Fiat themselves failed to promote the 124 Spider never mind "Abarth 124 Spider" then confused the markets, hence the enthusiasts, (us) by selling to different markets a different lifestyle. Uk, used to Specialist and Exclusive promotion at least were sold internally the 170 hp 124 Abarth as the slightly aggressive, Premium model with a huge price jump from Lusso to Abarth....which many could not justify paying even with Abarth badges, Brembo's and Bisteins standard fitting. North America it seems were sold a comfort/sport level in the 164 hp ? 124 Abarth at a slight increase price wise over the already well endowed 160 hp Lusso, making it a good find if you can get the right package; 50 mm Abarth badges for steering wheels are easy to pick up on ebay, whereas , Brembo's and Bisteins I would have expected to be standard. Europe / Canada / Worldwide I suspect all different again...
Whatever, we have an "Outstanding" Sports Car here..The 138 hp Classica blank canvass, drive a basic sports car or modify, Lusso, the executive luxury package that can still be upgraded further and the one that got away.............
124 ABARTH, " Should have been breathed on "Cosworth" style, could have been fitted out and promoted "AMG" style, but Hey....We are doing a pretty good job of showing Fiat what should have and could have by doing it !
And...I still don't know quite where the Spider, in any form was finished exactly..........
FiatCares..will only ever point us to our nearest dealership....
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Knowing that the price difference between the Abarth and other models is not substantial enough to justify a trip to Italy, I doubt it. The window sticker mentions the percentage of parts and major components from other countries and the assembly country. Those two facts would be an indication that this is not true.

I have also read a rumor about the matte black hood is painted in Italy but haven't found factual information about this being true either.
Its a vinyl Wrap in the UK . Boot (Trunk) is painted.
 

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The fiat 124 abarth is manufactured at the assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
European orders are then shipped to Italy where final trim, badging and the heritage stripe is applied.
American orders are shipped to Baltimore with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services facility in michigan.
Canadian orders are shipped to Montreal with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services Facility in Oshawa, Ontario
I wonder whether a car could be intercepted before reaching Penske to avoid having the heritage strip applied.
 

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The fiat 124 abarth is manufactured at the assembly plant in Hiroshima, Japan.
European orders are then shipped to Italy where final trim, badging and the heritage stripe is applied.
American orders are shipped to Baltimore with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services facility in michigan.
Canadian orders are shipped to Montreal with heritage stripe application done at the Penske Services Facility in Oshawa, Ontario
Where did you get this info?

Genuinely curious who actually paints the stripes.
 
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