2012 Fiat 500 has been named a “Top Safety Pick” for 2011 by IIHS

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2012 Fiat 500 as a “Top Safety Pick” for 2011. Chrysler Group actually has eight other models named as Top Safety Picks for 2011. The IIHS identifies vehicles that display “good” performance in front, side, rollover and rear crash test evaluations conducted at its Vehicle Research Center.

Vehicles need to have electronic stability control, which is standard on all Fiat 500 models.

Fiat 500, which was presented in the early part of 2011, is fitted with seven standard airbags for better passenger protection. These consist of driver and front passenger advanced multi-stage air bags, driver’s knee air bag, full-length side-curtain air bags and standard seat-mounted side pelvic-thorax air bags.

Other standard features include reactive head restraints that deploy during a rear collision to minimize the space between the driver and passenger’s head and the front head restraints. Providing protection during a side impact are high strength steel door beams.

The Fiat 500 has been rebooted and will soon be available in the US. Originally from Italy, the Cinquecento has been optimised for the American market and exudes striking liveliness and agile dynamism. The Fiat 500 Sport, as pictured, displays the intelligently chic styling carried currently by the Fiat label. The new Cinquecento brings forward the MINI classicality expressed with premium workmanship and injected with individuality and expediency, just as its Fiat 500 ancestor delivered some 50 years ago.

Cinquecento is specifically designed to appeal to the North American consumer who always wants it all – a fashionable image, practical versatility and performance. The Fiat 500 Sport’s front fascia features a more prominent grille. Streamlined flaring is seen at both front and rear fasciae. Together with its sport-tuned suspension system, superb dynamism is projected. This sportive appeal is further emphasised by the new body-side sill cladding and the distinctive 16-inch aluminium wheels with Mineral Grey painted pockets.

Also contributing to this vehicle’s sportive appeal are the glossy black shadow-line window trims, the brake callipers in Performance Red colour and the chrome-finished exhaust outlet. A SkyDome power sun roof that provides a wide-open all-around view is another striking design feature on the Fiat 500 Sport. This vehicle series will also has Pop and Lounge variants with special bodywork details and equipment sets.

Fiat 500 Sport’s powerhouse is the top-class 1.4-liter engine featuring Fiat's cutting edge MultiAir technology that minimises emissions even as it enhances fuel efficiency. Power generation is also 10 percent better than other engines in its class.

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