2 July 2009
Fiat 500C

Fiat 500C

Fiat 500C first available in the UK

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2 July 2009 | Having made its international public debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Fiat 500C, a convertible version of the iconic Fiat 500, goes on sale in the UK on Thursday 2 July - with the UK being the first market in the world to receive the vehicle. The stylish new Fiat 500C pays homage to the original 1957 fabric roof Fiat 500, but today's thoroughly modern interpretation offers customers new solutions in terms of mechanical design, engines and comfort.

Fiat's Centro Stile created the 500C by interacting with the many international communities of Cinquecento enthusiasts ‐ notably the 500 Wants You website ‐ thus reinforcing the position of the model as a car for the people, by the people.

Fiat 500C

Starting from the basis of the highly successful hatchback, the introduction of a soft top version does not change the characteristics of the model. A strong point of this original convertible version is its climate and acoustic comfort. Thorough aerodynamic research means that turbulence experienced on the move with the roof open has been reduced to a minimum, allowing full enjoyment of fresh air and the company of fellow passengers.

The decision to re-interpret the original design in a modern idiom, with an electric sliding roof that retains the shape of this classic vehicle, makes the Fiat 500C less of a seasonal product and one that can be enjoyed the whole year round.

Fiat 500C

The Fiat 500C uses a deeper windscreen than the Fiat 500. This is needed to resize the upper cross member; and affords a better view for the rear passengers, increases torsional rigidity and facilitates clean lines. These are also enhanced by the continuity of the windscreen, which extends to the fabric roof without exposing any part of the bodywork (an elegant and technologically sophisticated solution in keeping with the spirit of the 500C).

The new Fiat 500C has an exclusive feel to its interior, which is embellished with top quality desirable fabrics, including optional Frau leather upholstery, and a long list of market-dependent standard and optional features: from automatic climate control to its innovative Interscope HiFi System, from the Blue&Me Map portable navigation unit to a smart wind-stop, and a new collection of customisable options.

Fiat 500C

New Fiat 500C retains the same dimensions as the hatchback (355 cm long, 165 cm wide and 149 cm high) and shares all three of its power units: the 75 bhp 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel engine combined with a five-speed manual gearbox, together with the 69 bhp 1.2 litre and 100 bhp 1.4 litre petrol engines, both available with manual or Dualogic semi-automatic robotised gearboxes.

If the soft top is down and the boot release is activated, an electronic system automatically lifts the hood a few centimetres to allow the boot to be fully opened. This functional and neat solution contributes to the fact that the Fiat 500C is best in class for ease and versatility of loading and unloading. The luggage compartment itself, (with a capacity of 182 litres – just three litres less than the saloon version), together with a traditional upwards-opening boot and wide access, is spacious and easy to load.

Fiat 500C

The soft top is available in three colours (ivory, red and black) to match the numerous body colours (six pastel, three metallic and two pearlescent). Some of these are inspired by the vintage colours of its forerunner, while others are modern and boast a deliberately contemporary look. Among these, three were created specifically for the Fiat 500C: pearlescent Ragamuffin Red, Tech House Grey (typical of high performance supercars) and elegant Goth-Metal Blue.

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