Since the Fiat 500 was launched in 2007, on the 50th anniversary of the original, the Italian brand has gone from strength to strength. They’ve sold over 100,000 Fiat 500’s in the UK alone now and the urban chic city car has picked up numerous awards, as have Fiat’s innovative range of lively eco TwinAir, Multiair petrol and MultiJet diesel engines, which power the whole, rapidly-expanding range.
Now the Fiat 500 has been given a retro-chic, 1970s-style new range called ‘Colour Therapy’ – packing even more fun, style and design panache into the magic mix, and we’ve got a ‘Countrypolitan Yellow’ TwinAir one on test in this Fiat special.
We’ve also got the newly-revamped Punto on test, also in TwinAir spec – a car that’s vital for Fiat, competing in its core, competitive and highly-prized, supermini market.
To combat rivals, it’s loaded with more technology, specification and eco-credibility than ever and is a definite improvement over the out-going, out-dated old Punto.
Finally, we test the fresh-faced Panda, in regular front-wheel drive and also in re-vamped, brand new, SUV of the Year Awarded, 4×4 specification – a legendary cool car reborn?
The 500 might get all the attention, but the Panda is a car that truly represents the core values of Fiat – funky, stylish, affordable, green, practical and, above all else, fun.
Enjoy the Fiat special folks!
Editor, Phil Royle