For the year 2012, Fiat Group will be producing 300,000 fewer cars than its original plan in Europe, an Italian business Web site, linkiesta.it, reports. The outlook for the European market is worsening and as a result, automakers are rethinking their production plans for 2012. The report said that Fiat had initially forecast that it will make 1.3 million passenger cars for the year. However, it now expects to make just 1 million.
The current figure is also 13% lower than the 1.15 million units Fiat Group hopes to roll out this year. When asked by Automotive News Europe, a Fiat spokesman said that the company won’t comment on “purely speculative” figures. The Web site had based this report on internal company documents. Fiat made revisions to its output plans last September.
Car companies that suffered the most during the economic crisis in 2008-2009 were those that had a big inventory of unsold new cars. This is why automakers are making sure that inventories are low.
Towards the end of September, Fiat and its dealers reported a combined inventory of around two months of sales. This is a bit higher than the 1.9 months inventory recorded in the same period the previous year. In September 2008, Fiat had an inventory of 2.5 months of sales.
The new Fiat 500C – unveiled to the global public at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show – delivers an array of innovations in terms of mechanical design and engines, as well as passenger comfort. It pays tribute to the original 1957 Fiat 500 and its fabric roof, in line with the carmaker’s long tradition of offering segment firsts both in content and technology.
Starting July 4, 2009 – the birthday of the Fiat 500 and two years after its launch – Fiat is allowing the public to test drive the 500C in Italy. In creating the Fiat 500C, the Centro Stile Fiat design center employed a typical open-source approach that entails a continuous evolution of a successful product using input from its customers.
To this end, the Centro Stile Fiat design center succeeds by interacting with several communities of Cinquecento enthusiasts like the “500 Wants You” Web site. Through this, Fiat was able to augment the 500’s status as "a car for the people, by the people." Even though the 500C is a soft-top version of the saloon, it still retains key attributes that made the model a successful one, including its four comfortable seats and cargo capacity.
In fact, the 500C features a number of additional functions that made it more enjoyable. For instance, a clever system of parallelogram hinges has made it easier to access the boot even when the soft top is fully deployed.
The original cabriolet version of the Fiat 500 was known for its outstanding climate and acoustic comfort, thanks to careful and considerate aerodynamic research. In fact, occupants experience minimal turbulence when the roof is open, allowing them to fully enjoy the delight of an open air ride. Since the 500C is basically a modern reinterpretation of the original design – featuring an electric sliding roof and styling that retains the shape of the classic car.
With this, the Fiat 500C has become a stylish car that could be enjoyed all-year-round, not just when the season is suitable for open air driving. These elements and features allow the 500C to start its campaign to become one of the most successful convertible cars in the modern city-car segment.
The soft top of the new Fiat 500C is one of the technical highlights of the convertible. Aside from its stunning finish and elegant electrically controlled movements, the soft top of the 500C comes with an array of wisely selected technical features.
For instance, the glass rear window and the third brake light have been built beautifully into the soft top, which is available in three colors: ivory, red and black. The 500C could be wrapped in an array of paint finishes, including three ad-hoc creations: Goth-Metal Blue, Ragamuffin Red and Tech House Grey.