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Lifting The Lid On The Fiat 500C

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The Fiat 500C for 2010

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17th February, 2009

Fiat will take the wraps off the convertible version of the Fiat 500 at the Geneva Motor Show in early March with the launch of the 500C, a new version of Fiat’s 'bambino' that plays homage to the convertible version of the original Fiat 500 which was launched in 1957. The new model combines the latest in technology, which means an electric roof and a spacious interior that still has potential to seat for four adults.

Featuring an innovative soft-top - a fully fledged window to the sky - the new 500C comes in the same size as the basic model (3.55 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m) and offers the same three power plants: the 1.3 litre Multijet Turbo Diesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission and the 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre petrol engines, available with either manual or robotised Dualogic transmission.

Moreover, as proof of Fiat Automobiles commitment to ecology and sustainable mobility, the new 500C incorporates the innovative “Start&Stop” system, that ensures the engine is only running when its need, cutting air and noise pollution. To this end, at every stop when shifting to neutral and releasing the clutch, the engine is switched off and then restarted simply by selecting a gear.


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Designed by the Fiat Styling Centre and to be manufactured at the Tichy plant in Poland, the 500C is of the “open source” design, implying the addition of new functions to a highly successful existing product. Indeed, the Fiat 500C incorporates all the strong points of the basic model, namely top-of-segment safety features, four-adult seat habitability and generous luggage space combined with excellent loadability also with the soft top fully open, thanks to a clever parallelogram hinge device.

A highly original exercise in design, the soft top of the Fiat 500C stands out for its electrically operated linkage and engineering solutions of great quality and finish, such as the glass window and the built-in centre high mounted stop light. Available in three colours (ivory, red and black), this original soft top will be matched with several body work colour schemes, two of which have been conceived specifically for the new car, a brilliant Pearl Red and a special Warm Grey (similar to that which features on sports super cars). Last but not least, thanks to the adoption of the innovative sliding soft top combined with a styling concept which retains all-round protection, the Fiat 500C offers a delightful ride in any season of the year. All told, its many special features make this new car one of the best turned out cabriolet models currently on offer in the city-car segment.


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The 500C is further proof of Fiat's participation in this vehicle class and maintains that unique "Italian style". A new cabriolet is coming along to provide excitement and driving fun, combining captivating lines with the performance of flexible, environment-friendly engines.

Australian Availability

An Australian arrival is anticipated in mid-2010.

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