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2017 Fiat 500 Special 60th news, pictures, specifications, and information

FIAT AT THE 2017 GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

◾Fiat is celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of 500 in Geneva wîth an exclusive limited number special series.
◾The S-Design trim level makes its début on 500X and on Tipo: the ideal solution for those seeking a combination of style and distinctive, dynamic contents.
◾The Fullback Cross, the version wîth exclusive look and lifestyle soul, receives its world premiere.
◾The 124 Spider is making a comeback wîth the new 'Europa' limited edition, designed to celebrate its forerunner of the same name designed by Pininfarina.
◾The Panda Natural Power confirms the leadership of FCA in the field of bi-fuel petrol and natural gas-powered vehicles.

At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, the Fiat brand will be showing its two identities, both of which stand side-by-side, forming part of an increasingly wide and complete range. The two worlds that characterise the brand, the functional and the emotional, are evoked by the symbolism of the stand and, in a practical sense, by the vehicles exhibited.

In 2017, FCA will be celebrating the sixtieth birthday of the iconic 500: the star of the show will be the special limited edition to mark the 60th anniversary, which will feature an exclusive look and unique contents including new two-colour paintwork and specific 16' alloy wheels. It will be joined by 500S, the more dynamic, male version of this Fiat icon. The Swiss event will also witness the début of the new S-Design versions, a perfect combination of style and contents designed to meet the requirements of a dynamic, sporty clientele: this new image will be flaunted by the Fiat Tipo 5Doors and the 500X on the stand. Not to mention an appearance by the whole Tipo family: representing personality, simplicity and functionality wîth unbeatable value for money.

Exclusive details, uncompromising off-road performance and outstanding versatility: on board the new Fiat Fullback Cross pick-up, there is room for meeting everyone's requirements, whatever they may be. The spotlight will then fall on an exciting vehicle that treats the motorist to a true roadster experience, combined wîth an all-Italian style: the 124 Spider, wîth the new 'Europa' special series, built in a numbered limited edition. Personality and style are also at the top of the list for the Panda, Italy's best-selling car in its §egmènt since 2012. The stand will host the Cross version, which crams all the functional features of the off-road vehicles in the category above it into just 370 centimetres of space, as well as the Natural Power, which reduces emissions while still guaranteeing a pleasant, comfortable driving experience. 500L is on show in the Trekking version in a two-colour livery underlining the model's crossover personality, reinforced by the Traction+ technology.

And last but not least, the stand will feature areas dedicated to Mopar and FCA Bank, both providing true added value for all motorists in the form of excellent products and services.

Fiat 500 special series to mark the 60th anniversary
There are dates which are destined to remain firmly lodged in our collective memory; moments which, in the short-term, or wîth the passing of time, can prove to be revolutionary. One of the dates which has undoubtedly managed to escape the anonymity often imposed by the calendar is the 4th of July, 1957. Indeed, this was the momentous date on which the '500' was first produced in Turin, the 'big small car' which soon became the emblem of the concept of driving for the mass market. The figures linked to this success may be significant, but they are simply not enough to tell the whole story. Over 4 million vehicles have been sold, but there's more to understanding this car than that. Instead, the trick is to widen our perspective and pay particular attention in order to round up all the innovative features that the 500 has crammed into a space of less than three metres, not only wîth regard to the motoring world but in relation to society in general. Fifty years on, again on the 4th of July, Fiat used its popularity as leverage for accelerating towards the future wîth the 500 of the new millennium and in the first months of 2017 will break the record of two million cars sold. Another peaceful revolution on the roads of the world, a vehicle capable of combining what seem to be contrasting values: it is exclusive but accessible, it is elegant but fun, it is quinquennially Italian but is a global best-seller sold in 100 countries. Interestingly 80% of all 500s were sold outside Italy.

When Fiat celebrates sixty years of its global icon, for the occasion, the Geneva show will provide the stage for the launch of the special 60th anniversary series. This exclusive numbered limited edition pays tribute to the original 500 through a specific characterisation and the contemporary reinterpretation of some of the style details that made it famous, such as the vinyl dashboard, the vintage logo on the front, between the chrome spoiler and on the boot door and §teering wheel, as well as the chrome finish on the bonnet. Exclusively available as a convertible, the Fiat 500 special 60th anniversary series presents brand new dual-colour paintwork evocatively named Dolcevita: Three-layer White for the body of the car and pastel Ivory for the bonnet and pillars. The grey and burgundy waistrail enhances this chromatic combination, whereas the colour chosen for the hood is grey. The style of this special series is enhanced by its many cool aesthetic details, such as chrome mirror caps, special 16' lightweight alloy wheel rims and a dedicated logo: 560. Here we truly have a brand within a brand, as the red '6' and '0' are contained in the last two figures of the 500 logo. This exclusive badge adorns the pillar and also appears on the chrome sill and the numbered limited edition nameplate. The Fiat 500 60th anniversary special series will be available for order from 9 March; the edition will total 560 cars, all wîth individual authenticity certificate, for sale on the main EMEA region markets wîth delivery from 4 July. The interior also presents retro details, such as the tubular elements of the seats in ivory leather wîth contrasting burgundy seams, which match the central part of the dashboard, and the bespoke dual-colour car mats. But the tribute to the past is only skin deep: in terms of technology, the 60th anniversary special series offers the very best of everything available today when it comes to technology and on-board comfort. Standard features include a leather gear stick knob and §teering wheel wîth built-in commands, the 7' Úconnect™ Radio Live touchscreen system wîth Bluetooth, satellite navigator and ÚSB and AÚX IN ports; 7' TFT, automatic climate control, fog lights and rear parking sensors. The MY2017 innovations are also present: Speed Limiter and Cruise control and, on request, the CarPlay and Android AutoTM system; this makes possible for users to access the main applications of their smartphones directly on the 7' screen of the ÚconnectTM system integrated on the central console.

With Apple CarPlay support, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, drivers can get directions optimized for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road.

The Android Auto integration allow to manage the compatible content and features on the device directly from the driving seat, getting directions, making calls, sending and receiving messages, and listening to music, always driving safely.

Rain & Dusk sensor, Bi-Xenon headlights, tinted rear windows and Beats AudioTM system repeat this impressive outfit. The selection of engines available on the 500 Sessantesimo is wide-ranging and complete, wîth two petrol engines – also available wîth robotic Dualogic gearbox and paddle shift – the 1.2 wîth 69 HP and the 0.9 TwinAir wîth 85 HP. In the combined cycle, this results in a consumption rate of 3.8 litres/100km. All engines are Euro 6, including the small turbodiesel 1.3 16v Multijet II 95 HP version. The vehicle on the stand will be a 1.2 69 HP, fitted wîth Stop & Start.

S-Design


The S-Design is the Fiat answer to those who seek style and content wîth a contemporary, dynamic and distinctive character.This version combines sportiness, style and seduction that captivate at first glance: a striking personality reflecting the young male target and well tailored to both the brand's worlds, both functional and emotional. Geneva will see the debut of the 500X S-Design and the Tipo 5-door S-Design, for those who wish their car to strongly express their own dynamic style.

Fiat 500X S-Design


Introducing the Fiat 500X S-Design, the new special series which combines a new concept of urban sporting feel and attention to detail in its two identities: City Look and Off-Road. Available for order from June, the car on the stand, an S-Design City Look in the new matt Alpi Green colour, is fitted wîth the high-performance 140 HP (103kW) 1.4 Multijet engine and has an automatic DCT dual clutch transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Its exclusive matte livery sports details in polished steel such as the side mouldings, door handles, front spoiler, the rim of the rear headlights, the handle of the boot and the mirror caps. It also features tinted rear windows. The car on display has 18' wheels and a distinctive two-colour finish. To complete the effect, the Xenon headlights, also burnished, give the 500X an immediately recognisable, dynamic, distinctive 'face'. These dark details are also replicated in the style of the interior, for example in the dashboard panel and in the mouldings of the central tunnel and door panels. Again in the interior, the specific S-Design seats feature a sporty fabric wîth embroidered, copper coloured logo.

With S-Design, the unmistakeable elegance of 500X is enhanced wîth a touch of modern style and a sporty identity.

Fiat Tipo 5Doors S-Design


On the stand, visitors will be able to admire the new S-Design Tipo 5Doors that brings the family additional dynamic style and personality in the bespoke 'Metropoli Grey' livery, exclusively designed for this version. The car is immediately recognisable thanks to its distinctive wide grille wîth Piano Black trims, which embraces the whole of the front and ends wîth an even more aggressive feature in the Bi-Xenon front headlights wîth the same trims. Making their first appearance in the Tipo family, the Bi-Xenon units enhance performance by 30% compared to the standard version. The Piano Black details continue around the edges of the sporty air inlets and on the rear view mirror caps. The new diamond pattern 18' alloy wheels give another very dynamic touch to the car's image, while the version is completed by tinted rear windows and features such as the handles coloured to match the bodywork.

The interior is completely restyled, wîth leather and fabric seats and tactile finishes chosen for their strong, distinctive personality.

The double stitching of the seats in leather and Airtex match those on the gear stick knob and §teering wheel in 'technoleather' wîth a criss-cross pattern. The dashboard features details in 'Piano Black' and has a large fascia in Technical Grey which spans the whole width of the cabin.

Other unique details appear on the central unit and upholstered door panels. Únder the bonnet of the car on show is the 1.4 T-jet engine that develops 120 HP (88 kW) of maximum power achieved at 5.000 rpm and has a maximum torque of 215 Nm at 2.500 rpm. This guarantees high gear flexibility and a rapid, bold response. The S-Design version, also available in Cinema Black, Amore Red, Gelato White and Colosseo Grey colours and wîth 120 HP 1.6 Multijet Diesel engine wîth manual gearbox or automatic transmission wîth DCT dual clutch, 110 HP 1.6 E-Torq petrol engine wîth automatic transmission and a 120 HP LPG-Petrol 1.4 T-jet unit, is a characterful, stylish addition to the Tipo family, and will shortly also be offered on the Tipo Station Wagon.

Fiat Fullback Cross


Vital Stats

5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
Fiat Fullback is the pick-up truck dedicated to motorists who want a functional vehicle that still sets them free in their leisure time, by combining practicality wîth a vocation for the wild outdoors.

Fullback has a bold character reflected in its sporty proportions and at the Geneva Motor Show it is set to be the star of the show wîth the world premiere of the Cross version. The new pick-up in Cross trim is available in the double cabin version, wîth a length of 5.28 metres and a breadth of 3 metres. The width measures 1.81 metres and the height is 1.78 metres. The model on show will sport the Colosseum Grey livery.

Fullback Cross features exclusive stylistic details, such as the grille wîth matt black ingots. The front is completed by the satin silver skid plate. There are more eye-catching black details on the sides, such as the rear view mirrors, the handles and the wheel arches, the 17' wheels and the new-design larger side steps. Last but not least, the exclusive textured black sport bar gives the Fullback Cross a sleeker silhouette and underlines its dynamic profile. The Fullback Cross's individual look is completed by the new all-black cargo space, wîth the Fiat logo in relief. The effect is to emphasise its personality as an exceptionally versatile lifestyle vehicle, equally ideal for work and leisure.

It is fitted wîth a 2.4 litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180 HP (133 kW) of power and a torque of 430 Nm. Its top speed is 179 km/h (111 mph). There are also two transmissions available: six-speed manual or five-speed automatic wîth sporty sequential mode and dashboard commands. The 5-gear automatic version is the one that has been chosen for the Geneva Motor Show. The full traction option is the strength of this model, wîth a Torsen centre differential which can be locked using the lower gears and an E-locker rear differential locker for more extreme terrains.

The Cross features a particularly varied range of accessories, from all points of view. For safety, standard accessories include ABS wîth EBD, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist – a system which boosts stability during towing), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), seven airbags, Cruise Control. Not forgetting Bi-Xenon headlights, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights (DRL). The interiors feature leather seats, §teering wheel and gear stick knob, automatic dual zone climate control and automatic full traction selector. The infotainment equipment includes a DAB CD/MP3 Radio wîth 7' touchscreen, Bluetooth and ÚSB port. The front seats are also heated, wîth six-way electric adjustment on the driver's side. The system includes a rear parking camera and satellite navigator. Mopar has developed customised accessories for the Fullback Cross: the easy-open turn and tilt door and the bed step for easier access to the large cargo section. The set-up is completed wîth the chrome-plated kick plate and rubber floor mats.

Fullback Cross is displayed next to the Panda Cross, and extends and completes the Cross range of models wîth a peerless mix of exclusive styling and extreme versatility. Models designed and developed for any kind of adventure, from the urban jungle to exploration of the natural world.

Fiat 124 Spider Europa


The new Fiat 124 Spider is an exciting 2-seater, the only Fiat 2-seater, capable of winning over the new generations. This already occurred back in 1966, wîth its legendary predecessor, which rode the characteristic wave of euphoria which swept through the 1960s wîth the wind in its hair. Today, its style embodies the timeless beauty of its predecessor while remaining true to its real self and it guarantees high levels of performance, technology and safety.

At the Geneva Motor Show, visitors will be able to admire the new special limited edition series, 124 Spider Europa, which celebrates the launch of the original version by Pininfarina at the same event 36 years ago, wîth a new, special set of features. The model on display will flaunt its best features in Passione Red bodywork, the ultimate colour that identifies Italian sporty '2-seaters' and a set of 17' four-spoke alloy wheels, developed by Mopar as a tribute to the original version. An additional touch of style is added by the silver rear view mirror caps and black leather seats. The vehicle contains a wide range of equipment: 4 airbags, full-led front headlamps wîth Adaptive Front Light System, which direct the beam of light based on the speed and the direction of the curve, 7' radio, mp3 wîth ÚSB port and premium Bose Hi-Fi system wîth 9 speakers, including a dual speaker set in the headrest of both seats and a subwoofer, leather §teering wheel. Cruise control, keyless entry, rear camera and navigation system wîth 3D maps.

Finally, the 124 Spider Europa has a celebratory, numbered plaque inside and the 124 logo on the front grille. From a technical viewpoint, the vehicle on display at the Motor Show is fitted wîth manual 6-gear transmission, combined wîth a 4-cylinder turbo 1.4 litre engine featuring MultiAir technology, which provides 140 HP of power and 240 Nm of torque for impressive performances: 215 km/h (133 mph) maximum speed, and only 7.5 seconds for accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h. The 124 Spider system features a high double wishbone suspension on the front and a multi-link on the rear. Steering is precise and responsive wîth the use of an electric power assist system. In short, the combination of the §teering and suspension set-ups lightweight frame, balanced weight distribution and turbocharged engine ensures a dynamic driving experience.

Natural Power


The stand in Geneva will be reserving a space dedicated to sustainable mobility, which will host a Panda Natural Power. The Panda celebrates the milestone of the 300,000th natural gas car built since 2006, and is in Lounge version wîth a livery specially created for the event. It has the 80 HP TwinAir Turbo Natural Power engine. This bi-fuel two-cylinder version develops 80 HP (59 kW) and consumes 4.5 litres of petrol or 3.1 kg of natural gas every 100 km in the combined cycle. The CO2 emission levels are drastically reduced: 106 g/km for the petrol engine and 85 for the gas engine.

It combines the MultiAir, Turbo and downsizing technologies wîth specific technologies for natural gas power systems, and is the ideal solution for a customer who pays close attention to environmental issues but also seeks cost efficiency. Compared wîth the petrol version, the engine has added bespoke elements such as an inlet manifold, injectors, electronic engine control system and valve seats made of high resistance material. And it is indeed thanks to the perfect integration of all these components, together wîth the most advanced technologies – such as the MultiAir system and the turbo compressor – that maximum reliability can be ensured. This is also the factor that ensures that the performances and driving experience are not altered in any way when the car is powered by natural gas.

FCA has been the leader in Europe for petrol-methane dual fuel vehicles for twenty years, wîth over 700 thousand sold vehicles and a range of six Fiat brand models (Panda, Punto, Qubo, Doblò, 500L and 500L Living), one from Lancia (Ypsilon) and four from Fiat Professional: Fiorino, Doblò Cargo, Ducato and Ducato Panorama.

The natural gas system reduces CO2 emissions by 23 per cent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 52 per cent compared wîth petrol driven engines.

The Tipo family

The Tipo family is more than capable of meeting the requirements of families, couples and young people thanks to its three body styles and its relevant, practical contents: a project centred on providing unrivalled value for money.

The 4Doors version has rewritten the rules of the market: a vehicle of truly great substance wîth an incredible quality to price ratio. The 5Doors model combines a dynamic style wîth ultra-high levels of comfort and versatility, while the Tipo Station Wagon is the roomiest, most flexible Fiat on the market, remaining loyal to the philosophy of the Tipo family, yet guaranteeing additional functionality and flexibility.

The range also offers ideal solutions for the professional world, thanks to the specific Easy Business and Business trims.

In addition to the Tipo 5Doors in the new S-Design trim, the stand at Geneva will also host a 4-door sedan in metallic 'Amore Red' finish, fitted wîth the 1.6 E-Torq 110 HP engine, and automatic 6-gear transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The range is completed by an example of the Station Wagon version presented in Mediterraneo Blue livery, wîth a 1.6 Multijet 120 HP engine, combined wîth dual clutch automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Both vehicles are in the generously equipped 'Lounge' version, wîth diamond cut 17' alloy wheel rims, chrome details and a leather §teering wheel and gear shift knob for an even more refined touch.

Comfort and safety features include cruise control, brake control, front armrest and driver's seat wîth lumbar adjustment. The high-tech equipment is enhanced by the ÚconnectTM HD LIVE system, which on 5Door and Station Wagon cars comes wîth a 7' high-resolution colour touchscreen display and a capacitive screen that the user can pinch and swipe just like a tablet. The latest-generation system includes a hands-free Bluetooth interface, audio streaming, text reader and voice recognition, AÚX and ÚSB ports wîth iPod integration, controls on the §teering wheel and, on demand, rear parking camera and the new TomTom 3D built-in navigation system.

The customer will always be connected wîth the ÚconnectTMLIVE services available on the touchscreen radio.

Úsers who download the free ÚconnectTMLIVE app from the App Store or Google Play Store onto their smartphone can fully exploit the benefits of ÚconnectTMLIVE, including music streaming wîth Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, connected navigation wîth TomTom LIVE and the ability to stay in touch wîth friends via Facebook Check-in and Twitter. Besides savings, users can monitor their car's environmental performance and maintenance status wherever they are wîth eco:Drive and my:Car.

The ÚconnectTMsystem is now also available wîth the CarPlay and Android AutoTMsystems.Apple CarPlay allows the driver to use their iPhone in the car in the most intuitive way possible: it perfectly integrates the iPhone wîth the car's display and native controls. Now users will be able to make calls, play their music, send and receive messages, get directions optimised for traffic conditions and much more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto will give the driver useful information organised in simple sheets that only appear when necessary. This function gives access to Google Maps wîth voice-guided navigation system, traffic information in real time, lane guidance; Google Play Music and many other music services; the ability to make and receive calls and send messages while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Android Auto and Google Play Music are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

All Tipo cars are also equipped as standard wîth six airbags, ESC and Hill Holder, TPMS tyre pressure monitoring system, rear parking sensors and fog lights. A full series of safety devices are featured in the model, complete wîth the Safety pack wîth autonomous Cruise Control, automatic emergency brake and Speed Limiter.

For the Tipo Station Wagon and the Tipo 5Door, the Business Trim is also available in two different versions: Easy Business and Business, which offer important additional features in terms of technology, comfort and safety. The first offers a driver's seat wîth lumbar adjustment and power socket in the boot, as well as parking sensors, Cruise Control, Brake Control and Speed Limiter, ÚconnectTM infotainment system and 5' NAV wîth Tom Tom 3D navigator. The new Business trim level offers ÚconnectTM NAV 7' HD LIVE, equipped wîth integrated Tom Tom 3D navigation system, rear parking sensors, lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, fog lamps and an exclusive driver assist pack including Adaptive Cruise Control, Full Brake Control and Speed Limiter. The Business version sports 16' alloy wheels, while 17' alloy wheels are also available as an option, at no added cost.

Fiat 500S

Fiat 500S is the new sporty version of the Fiat icon, characterised by its bold look and full range of standard equipment. Available in two versions, sedan and convertible, the new model targets young motorists, mainly men, who seek a car wîth a strong sporty personality. In the last six months, S version cars have accounted for about 15 per cent of 500 sales in Europe. The 500S has a distinctive look, featuring front and rear bumpers in a sporty design, built-in fog lamps, bespoke spoilers and skirts and details in the exclusive 'Satin Graphite' finish (such as the door and boot door handles, mirror caps and wheel trims), rear tinted windows, – for the sedan version–, the chrome exhaust cap, the front 'black-grained' air vents and the bold honeycomb under grille.

The 15' wheel rims are also bespoke and decorated wîth the specific 'Stain Graphite' finish. Additionally, on request, the 16' rims can feature a matte black diamond cut treatment.

The exclusive matte Alpi Green shade, which also characterises the 500X S-Design, enhances and highlights the aggressive design of the vehicle, and is only available for the sedan version.

The vehicle on the stand, in Italia Blue livery, is equipped wîth the 0.9 TwinAir 105 HP two-cylinder petrol engine, which results in low consumptions and emissions, while maintaining brilliant performances thanks to its super-charging ability. The 500S is also available wîth the 1.2 69 HP engine and the 1.3 Multijet turbodiesel 95 HP engine.

Finally, the interior of the 500S stands out for its 'Satin Graphite' details (such as the fascia of the dashboard), sporty bespoke §teering wheel and the black combination of seats and ceiling, in contrast wîth the door panels and the edging on the seats, available in light blue, white and yellow. Frau leather interiors wîth white or light blue details are available on request.

Standard ÚconnectTM 7' HD LIVE touchscreen system wîth 'tablet effect,' HD display and ÚconnectTM LIVE services offered as standard. On request, digital radio (DAB) and 3D TomTom navigation system are also available. Since March, the ÚConnectTM system is also available wîth CarPlay and Android AutoTM systems.

Fiat 500L

The Fiat 500L completes the display of the 500 family, combining the style and functionality of Made in Fiat design wîth the iconic personality of the 500. A compact city car but one wîth a considerable amount of space, capable of combining practicality and personality: the ideal vehicle for the families of today. And the public have certainly put their money where their mouths are, judging by its performances in terms of sales: 500L has continued to confirm its status as European market leader in its §egmènt every year, ever since it was launched. The Trekking version on display is characterised by two-colour livery and is decorated by the combination of chrome elements wîth a satin finish – the spoiler on the front and the handle of the boot door – and elements in matte black paint; from the mudguards to the skirts, from the 17' alloy wheels to the front and rear bumpers. The painted red brake calipers complete the look.

The same distinctive style returns in the 'total black' trim of the interior, where the black painted dashboard and the seats in bespoke fabric and black ecoleather wîth the '500' logo emblazoned on the front back rest stand out.

The vehicle on display features the BeatsAudioTM system, which boasts a total power of 520 Watt, divided between two 80 Watt mid-Woofer speakers (diameter 165 mm) positioned in the bottom part of the front door panel, two 40 Watt tweeter speakers (diameter 38 mm) positioned in the top of the front door panel, two 60 Watt full-range speakers (diameter 165 mm) positioned in the rear door panel and an 80 + 80 Watt subwoofer (diameter 165 mm) located in the boot – which ensures dynamic, powerful bass tones, maximising the listening experience for fans of a wide range of musical genres, from hip hop to soul. The picture is completed by an amplifier wîth DSP and 8 channels, featuring a built-in advanced equalisation algorithm capable of reproducing the entire spectrum of sound that an artist experiences in the recording studio.

This dynamic characterisation has a bold identity which is further enhanced by the brilliant 1.4 T-Jet 120 HP engine, ensuring excellent flexibility, even from the lowest speeds, and a fun driving experience.

The model on display is complete wîth Traction+ technology designed, together wîth the M+S 'snowflake' tyres provided as standard equipment, to increase the vehicle's traction on slippery ground.

All without forgoing the benefits in terms of space and functionality intrinsic to the 500L, the Fiat City Lounge that artfully encompasses the little pleasures and the grand emotions of life in one place – children, friends, journeys – thanks to a passenger space of 3.17 m3 and a large, well-designed boot wîth a storage capacity of no less than 455 litres.

Fiat Panda

The Geneva stand would not be complete without the Panda, which has headed the overall sales rankings on the Italian market since 2012 and was European 2016 best-seller in its §egmènt, wîth a 14.9 per cent share of §egmènt A and more than 190,000 cars sold. The secret of this success, which is continuing in 2017 wîth sales of 17,900 units in January, lies in an offer always in line wîth the key characteristics of the Fiat functional family: personality, convenience and simplicity. Ever since it was first introduced, Panda has stood out for its unmistakable personality and characteristic agreeability developed to emphasise its different spirits: city car and city-SÚV. These temperaments are united by functionality and simplicity: very compact exterior dimensions, interior space exploited to the max and configurable to all transport needs, a wide choice of engines and interior and exterior colour combinations able to meet every requirement. Finally, a simple range of equipment enhanced by the new ÚconnectTM infotainment system wîth Bluetooth and dashboard cradle, which can be integrated wîth Android and iOS smartphones.

The stand will proudly display the 'pocket size SÚV', able to cope wîth every eventuality or route, an object lesson in style, efficiency, agility and compact size. The vehicle in question is the Fiat Panda Cross, which crams all the exclusiveness of the off-road vehicles in higher categories into just 370 centimetres of car. This car is simply one of a kind, because it teams a traction system and technical features which are ideal for off-road driving offering the performance and contents of an SÚV, wîth the external dimensions, efficiency and easy handling of a city car. Not to mention a distinctive style that manages to combine rational design wîth thrilling driveability.

The vehicle on the stand sports the Gelato White exterior, wîth two-colour seats in grey fabric and brown ecoleather and a brown dashboard. It is fitted wîth a 0.9 cm3 TwinAir 90 HP 2-cylinder engine, which ensures power and flexibility on the road. The all-wheel drive car features the Electronic Differential Lock, having been the first to introduce this to the market.

Fiat stand


The stand in Geneva will be welcoming visitors wîth typical Italian elegance and style. The attractive, flowing lines of the design and its dynamic forms will highlight the cars on display, focusing on the Fiat 500 special 60th anniversary series, the Panda Natural Power and the Panda Cross and Fullback Cross, the ideal cars for off-road use. Duality is a core concept of the stand, a metaphor for the contrasting and complementary features that make up the Fiat brand's emotional and functional world.

A selection of accessories made in collaboration wîth Mopar and merchandising products will be showcased in a dedicated area. Outstanding amongst these is the 500 line, designed to delight those who like to denote their leisure time in original, exclusive style. The cool and pop products include a sweatshirt wîth built-in earsets to make use even more practical and a cushion wîth a built-in speaker that can be connected to a smartphone to play the right soundtrack at all times. And the exhibition space dedicated to the Fiat 500 special 60th anniversary series will be enhanced by the 'Fiat 500 Gabsule Collection'. Visitors can buy an exclusive collection of bags, purses, beauty cases and key rings designed by Gabs and inspired by the characteristic coolness of the 500, paying tribute to its design and telling its story by displaying snapshots of its iconic details. The 'Tribute to 500 anniversary' glasses created by Italia Independent will also be available for the first time: characterised by a traditional, round frame, they are inspired by vintage design, reinterpreted in a modern, elegant key. By distributing informative leaflets and special elements placed around the stand, the public can become acquainted wîth the products of FCA Bank, the financial company specialising in the automotive sector. The company operates on the main European markets—in Switzerland through FCA Capital Suisse SA—with a sole mission: supporting the sales of all Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles brand vehicles through innovative financial products and high added value services dedicated to dealer networks, private clients and companies.

Source - Fiat
With more than four million produced during its twenty-year production run, the tiny Fiat 500 was something to behold. Easy to spot by its rounded egg-like body, the Fiat 500 filled a need for utilitarian transportation for the Italian masses when it was introduced in 1957. The post-war European market needed an affordable option, and the rear-engined Fiat 500 was just the solution. The rear-engine design was taken from the Volkswagen Beetle and proved popular enough to be adopted by several other carmakers.

The designer behind the 500 was Dante Giacosa, who was famed for being one of the greatest designers in Fiat's history who not only dealt with the car design, but also had a big hand in the engineering. A cheap and practical town car, the Nuova (new) 500 was debuted in July 1957 and is considered one of the first city cars and lasted until 1960. Giacosa was extremely motivated to construct a car that packed more into a smaller space and he did this by making the engine mount at the rear side. It featured a smaller two-cylinder engine than all newer models, and produced just 13 bhp. The Nuova featured a fabric roof that folded entirely back to the rear of the car, similar to the Citroën 2CV. It was one of three models that came with 'suicide doors'. A stylish Sport version of the Nuova came with a special red stripe and more power in the engine.

With kart-like handling, the four-seat 500 was powered by an air-cooled 479cc flat twin, which eventually was boosted to 499cc that gave 18 bhp. With a top speed of 55mph, the 500 was an incredibly popular and practical vehicle of choice throughout Europe. Weighing at only 1,100 pounds, the 500 had a wheelbase of 72.4 inches, a length of 116.9 inches, a width and height of 52.0 inches. The 500 had a Cx (aerodynamic resistance coefficient) of 0,38, which was quite impressive for the era.

The 'D' replaced the original Nuova in 1960. Similar in appearances to the car it replaced, two differences set the models apart: the engine size and the roof. The D came with an uprated 499 cc engine that produced 17 hp as standard and continued to be used until the end of the L in 1973. The roof for the D didn't fold back as far as the Nuova, but it that earlier roof was available as the 'Transformable'. The D also came with 'suicide doors'. Torino Motors assembled the 500D in New Zealand and it was locally dubbed the 'Fiat Bambina'.

The 500 was offered as the 'Giardiniera' station wagon variant in addition to the two-door coupe in 1960 until 1975. The wagon had the standard engine laid on its side, an additional 10 cm wheelbase that made room for a useable rear seat, larger brakes and a full-length sunroof. Called the K or Giardiniera, the estate version of the Fiat 500 is the longest running model. To create a flat loading surface, the engine was laid under the floor of the trunk. The roof stretches all the way to the rear and didn't stop at the driver and front passenger like other models of the time. The K came with 'suicide doors', and unlike other models, it continued to carry these doors into the 1970s. Production moved to Desio in 1966 and the Giardiniera was constructed by Fiat subsidiary Autobianchi. Production of the Giardiniera tallied at 327,000 which later examples featuring Autobianchi rather than Fiat badging.

The Fiat 500 F or Berlina was produced from 1965 until 1973 and spans two period of 500 production, the D and the L. Because of the two production periods, the F model is very easily confused and misidentified. The F sported the same badging as the D from 1965 until 1969, but the two models can be easily told apart by the positioning of their door hinges. The F produced from June 1965 finally featured front-hinged doors while the D has 'suicide doors'. From '69 until '72 the F was sold next to the Lusso models as the less expensive 'base model' version. There wasn't much mechanically different from the F and L, but the main differences lay in the bumpers and the interior. The L had an extra chrome nudge bar, and the inside of the L featured a fresher updated look while the F interior didn't change from the original 1957 design.

Introduced in 1968 was the L or Lusso 500 model. It featured a modern interior that included a revamped dashboard and paid special attention to comfort and style for the passenger. The 500 L was produced until 1972.

The final version of the 500 was the R or Rinnovata version. The R model sported a larger 594 cc engine that was designed by Abarth with a more practical power rating of 23 bhp and a full synchromesh gearbox. This final model was much more comfortable than previous version yet was more simply equipped and trimmed than before. The fuel gauge was removed and only the low fuel indicator was left.

Several custom models of the 500 were produced, included the 'Jolly' version by Carrozzeria Ghia with inspiration taken from the very exclusive Fiat 600 Jolly. The Jolly came with wicker seats, a chopped-roof, no doors and usually seen with a canopy roof.

Showing that they had a lot of muscle behind their compact frame, seven Fiat 500s contested the first and only Liège-Brescia-Liège Rally in July of 1958. They were beaten by Messerschmitt TG500 and the Berkeley SE492s, but the little Italian cars show their rugged side and proved they were capable of incredible durability. Reputed to be the smallest car to complete a world circumnavigation, a 1969 Fiat 500 travelled 32,000 road kilometers in less than 100 days. In 2005 a 1973 500 took a 16,000 km trip travelling through Russia for a 100 day journey. Its progress was documented by newspaper and television stations worldwide and eventually a book entitled La bizzarra impresa ('The bizarre exploit') was published about the trip. In 2007 this same car became the first Fiat 500 to reach the Sahara dunes was taken around the Mediterranean Sea for over 10,000 kilometers.

The Fiat 500 was produced from 1957 until 1975 and was replaced with the Fiat 126. The 500 R was sold alongside the 126 for two years before the 500 was retired. More than 3.6 million Fiat 500 cars were sold during its lifetime and at end the production had been outsourced to a Polish company called FSM. The 126 never reached the same popularity as its predecessor in Italy. In March of 2007 Fiat debuted the all-new 500 model, based on the '04 Fiat Trepiuno concept. Its arrival coincided with fifty years since the original 500. The new 500 is also dubbed the bambino and competes with the Mini Cooper and the Volkswagen Beetle.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_500
http://www.vihti500.info/history-of-fiat500.php
http://www.fiat500america.com/fiat500-history/

By Jessica Donaldson
 
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