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Fiat at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

As a focal part of its display during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will be showcasing its long history. Fiat will be officially unveiling the 60th anniversary edition of the 500. In addition, it will also be putting on display the limited Europa version of the 124 Spider having a retro-inspired design. Fiat will also be showing new styling packages that it knows will give other models that elegance.

The production of the 500 started back on July 4, 1957, which means this year it will be marking its 60th year. The special edition of this celebrated convertible will have two-tone paint in addition to the various classic touches. For the body itself, the upper portion is in Ivory with the lower part in three-layer white. There is also a pinstripe in burgundy and gray that enhances the visuals. The chrome trim on the exterior heightens this feel even further, same with the retro Fiat logos.

The old-school effect is evident on the exterior as well, with the seats in Ivory leather and the seams in burgundy. There is also a matching trim that can be seen on the dashboard. It is fitted with an impressive host of standard features such as the automatic climate control and the navigation system with the 7-inch display screen.

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Fiat marks 30th anniversary of 4X4 with Antarctica special edition

Fiat is celebrating 30 years and 500,000 sales of its Fiat Panda 4X4 all-wheel-drive city car by launching a special edition. The Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica features a white body with a black roof, as well as orange detailing, diamond-finish 15-inch alloy wheels and special badges. The interior of the Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica features grey and orange upholstery with more standard features like dark-tinted rear privacy glass, a height adjustable driver’s seat and three-passenger rear seat with 60:40 split/folding backrests.

Just like the typical Fiat Panda 4X4 sold in the United Kingdom, the special edition also features air conditioning, ESC stability control, an electronic locking differential (ELD), specially tuned suspension and mud-and-snow tires as well as rugged bodywork protection.

The Fiat Panda 4X4 Antarctica is powered either by an 85hp 0.9 TwinAir petrol engine or a 75hp 1.3-liter MultiJet II turbo diesel engine, allowing this city car to offers both low running costs and off-road capability.

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Fiat not planning to expand the 500 lineup even more, going for Panda instead

Fiat brand chief Gianluca Italia said that there’s a limit to how the company is expanding the 500 lineup. He is planning for the Panda range to have the same pace of growth as the 500. He explained that a limit is in place so that the “value and genes” of the core model isn’t being risked.

When asked whether Fiat is bound to lose some of the Fiat name’s allure by expanding in the same way as the Mini, Italia responded that it will be adding just a few models that leverage on the asset. He clarified also that Mini is a brand while 500 is not. Recently, Fiat has added the 500L five-seat MPV to the 500 line-up. This September, it will launch a seven-seat ‘XL’ version with two occasional use seats in the boot.

He revealed plans to build a new Italian-built small SUV named 500X while the company has scrapped plans for a 2014 launch. Italia said that the 500X will be its way of effectively handling the C-segment, replacing the Bravo. However, he said that there will be no additional models beyond what they’re planning. This means that there won’t be any coupe and roadster models.

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Fiat announces UK pricing for Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking

Fiat Group Automobiles UK has recently announced the pricing information for the rugged new Panda 4x4 and Panda Trekking. The Panda has been very successful, with 6.5 million cars produced in more than three decades. Notably, the 4x4 version was first presented in 1983. The newest range, the third generation, is priced from £13,950 OTR for the 0.9 TwinAir 85hp 4x4.

The price goes up to £14,950 OTR for the 1.3 16v MultiJet 4x4 diesel version. The two-wheel drive Trekking has a starting price of £12,450 OTR for the TwinAir version and £13,450 for the MultiJet. The new Panda 4x4 -- the off-road version of the new Panda – has a permanent four-wheel drive system.

The stunning car comes with body-coloured ‘4x4 style’ bumpers with satin aluminium finished skid-plate, roof rails, side mouldings with ‘4x4’ logo, black wheel arches and side skirts, 15-inch dark alloy wheels and raised ground clearance suspension. The interior of the Panda 4x4 features twin-coloured seats, coloured dashboard, door panels in coloured ‘eco-leather’, and a gloss black instrument surround.

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An upgrade program was created by Italian tuner Novitec for the latest Fiat Panda. Owners can get a front spoiler attached to the production fascia for 184 euros, while the rear spoiler is available for 150 euros. Novitec has also created custom 7.5Jx17 N10 alloys offered in matt-black or silver polished finish with 215/35 R17 tires.

Each of the wheels costs 159 euros but the entire set with tires is priced at 1,106 euros. Novitec also offers a coilover suspension that lowers the ride height between 30 and 80 millimeters. The tuner also provides sport springs that lower the vehicle by 35 mm.

For 419 euros, the Panda can receive a Novitec PowerJet 2 auxiliary control unit for the 2-cylinder TwinAir gasoline engine that increases the output to 99 hp (73 kW), permitting the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 10.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h).

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Fiat seems to be intent on its promotions for the all-new third-generation Panda model. It was many years before the entire lineup of first-generation Panda models could be completed. But now that the series is here, Fiat is going all out with its campaign. The new Panda made its debut at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Panda 4×4 will have its official unveiling at Paris Motor Show. What makes the new Fiat Panda 4×4 stand out from the lesser models is the use of permanent four-wheel drive, together with two electronic locking differentials. The other Pandas use just front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission with a low-range first gear is the only transmission option.

There are two engines to choose from: an 85-hp 900-cc TwinAir turbocharged I-2 or a 75-hp 1.3-liter MultiJet I-4 diesel. The two engines are available with automatic start/stop for a cut in fuel consumption and emissions. The Panda 4×4 is 0.8 inches longer, one inch wider, and 1.8 inches taller than the standard car. The additional height stems from the revised suspension setup that makes use of an independent MacPherson arrangement at the front and a torsion beam at the back.

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A truckers' strike in Turin has had a big impact on the vehicle distribution in Italy, hampering Fiat’s launch of its crucial new-generation Panda minicar. Fiat’s factory in Pomigliano d'Arco, near Naples, will halt the production of the Panda on March 26 and 27. There was also no Panda output on March 16-19. A spokesman told Automotive News Europe that the lost volume due to these stoppages amounted to about 2,800 units.

Market researcher JATO Dynamics said that the Panda is Fiat's topselling car with a volume of 30,705 units after two months. Fiat expected the new Panda to give it a boost this year. Initially, the demand had been strong.

Fiat said that 40,000 dealer orders for the new minicar have been received since its debut in late January. The strike, which began Feb. 20 in protest of the Italian government's austerity measures and the rising fuel prices, has made transporting these cars to dealers an almost impossible task. Fiat said that due to the strike, its total production in Italy fell by 20,000 vehicles.

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Fiat is developing a performance version of the new Fiat Panda city car. According to a Fiat spokesman, a 105bhp version of Fiat’s 875cc, two-cylinder TwinAir engine is being developed. A spokesman said that this installation into the Panda is “the next logical step.” The TwinAir engine is available as an 85bhp turbocharged unit, and a 65bhp naturally-aspirated version will be presented later this year.

The engine has enough flexibility to offer a wide range of power outputs but 105bhp is the limit without major re-engineering of the unit.

The spokesman said that the company can go beyond this but it isn’t prepared to do so while sacrificing drivability. The Panda 100HP, the previous performance variant of the model, was accepted well. Because of this, there’s pressure for a replacement to be offered. This model would link the gap between standard Pandas and the 500 Abarth and Punto Evo Abarth.

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Fiat Group Automobiles UK Ltd. has released the pricing for its Panda unit, which will be available for sale in the UK at the end of February. A base Panda has an on-the-road price of £8900, while a top-of-the-range version carries an OTR tag of £12,250.  This pricing provides an outstanding value for money and places the Panda as one of its benchmark competitors. 

Panda buyers could choose from three engine choices: 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, 85bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir, and 75bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet 2 turbodiesel. All engines boast of low-fuel consumption and low emission, and carry Euro 5 specifications. The Fiat Panda is also available in three different trim options: Pop, Easy and Lounge.

The entry level Pop trim is fitted with standard equipment that includes electric windows, central locking, Dualdrive electric power steering, four airbags and body color bumpers. A buyer may opt to add other features like ESP, roof rails and black pastel paint. 

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Fiat Automobiles has launched a highly poignant advertising spot for its new Panda, a concept far from the traditional marketing language in favor of a message depicting its approach to the future. The 90-second advertisement portrays an Italy driven by passion, talent, creativity and the desire to do things well. It was aired on Italian TV since January 22. It can also be viewed on the Internet, including www.fiatpanda.it and www.fiat.it. The spot is an event in its own right, showcasing the product by discussing the values and people behind it.

The selection to bring a message packed with symbolism is an important one. The advertisement presents the Fiat family leading the path in a new era of development and growth in Italy. All Italians are called on to participate, with the same determination and commitment. The advertisement responses to the question, "What kind of Italy do we want to be?"

The country is seen as a nation of invention, art, industrial and technological enterprise, and creative talent. To erase the old-fashioned picture of Italy and the negative stereotypes that are still present these days, the video showcases powerful images of workers at the revitalized Pomigliano d'Arco facility where the new Fiat Panda is manufactured.

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The unraveling of the euro could mean serious troubles for Volkswagen Golf and possible blessings for Fiat Panda. Together, the Golf and the Panda are older than the European Union. Beyond the immediate economic fight, a north-south break-up -- wherein Spain, Greece and Italy left the currency -- would change the industrial map.

This would topple ten years of supply relationships and investment decisions based on monetary union.

Alexander Law, Paris-based head of economics consulting firm Xerfi Global, explained that there will be "no winners among European car makers" once the breakup happens. However, he explained that there are various degrees of "loser," adding that the profitability of domestic production is a major factor.

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Fiat believes that by dropping the prices of the existing and new generations of the Panda to below those of the Volkswagen Up, it will be able to achieve sales of 230,000 units next year. The Panda is the No. 1 minicar in Europe. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe, Gianni Coda, Fiat's chief operating office for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that the new Panda will account for 180,000 to 190,000 units of 2012 sales and the rest will come from Classic models. The new Panda is set to start selling in Europe next February with a starting price of 10,200 euros.

The starting price of the current-generation Panda, which will be known as the Panda Classic, is 8,500 euros in Italy. This represents a drop from the today's starting price of 10,250 euros. Since 2004, the Panda kept its title as the segment leader.

However, the VW Up, which is priced from 10,600 euros in Italy, is a major threat. If Fiat is able to achieve the 2012 target it has set for the Panda models, these two versions will almost match the minicar's total European sales in 2010.

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We now know more details about the new Fiat Panda minicar, Europe's top-selling minicar, before it debuts at the Frankfurt auto show. This latest version has a more spacious interior and it is set to compete with the Volkswagen Up, which will make its debut in Frankfurt too. Its exterior styling hasn’t changed much from the existing car but it is not as boxy and has more curves.

Its engine hood and headlights are comparable to those on the retro-styled Fiat 500. The new Panda measures 110mm longer at 3650mm while its wheelbase remains at 2300mm. The increase in length is mostly due to the rear overhang to increase the car's trunk space, as well as to expand the legroom for rear passengers.

This is also the first time for the model to have rear sliding seats. The Panda is wider by 50mm wider to measure 1640mm, which allows three passengers in the rear to sit comfortably.

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Fiat S.p.A. has a new collection of well-equipped, high-value models in the passenger car range. Launched on Feb. 18, 2011, MyLife trim level was presented along with Fiat Punto MyLife. Fast on its heels is the Fiat Panda.

Fiat will introduce the Bravo, Qubo and Doblo MyLife later in 2011. The MyLife cars focus on technology and style, with a special emphasis on choice and value for money, in a car carrying an impressive equipment list.

The distinctive and original MyLife cars combine technology, design and eco-friendliness in a single product. Elena Bernardelli, marketing director of Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland, said that MyLife focuses on style and technology while at the same time offering a proposition that represents sheer value for money.

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Sources said that the launch of the Panda, the third generation of Europe's biggest-selling minicar, will be delayed further due to Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's latest investment freeze. Sources told Automotive News Europe that the new Panda has been postponed until January 2012.

The Panda was supposed to be launched this summer but in late 2008, Marchionne ordered a spending freeze and the launch was put off until September 2011. Aside from the Panda, the Lancia Ypsilon subcompact will also be delayed again. It is now due 26 months later than originally planned in May.

And instead of in December 2011, production of the two minivans to replace the Fiat Musa and Multipla will begin in the second half of 2012.

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Details of Fiat's 2010 Panda were released recently boasting of enhancements at both the front and the interior compared to the current model. The same body color grille is available on the 4x4 version and a silver satin finish can be observed on the roof rack plus new wheel design.

There are many gasoline and diesel engine options available, with power ranging in between 54 and 100 horsepower.

Although alternative power sources such as LPG will most probably be offered as well. There will also be a 1.2-liter, which produces 69hp and complies with Euro 5 regulations.

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