Fiat 500C to open up in NZ next year

Fiat 500C to open up in NZ next year

Fiat 500C fq

Fiat has announced more details of the open top version of the Fiat 500C, which is set to arrive in New Zealand in mid-2010, and brings with it a car that plays homage to the original 1957 open top 500, yet with greater safety, economy and lower emissions.

Starting from the hard top version of the Fiat 500, the introduction of the soft top does not change the winning character that has made it a success or its practical nature, such as its four comfortable seats and boot capacity, but it does add some new functions. These include easier access to the boot even when the soft top is fully open, thanks to a clever system of parallelogram hinges.

Another strong point of the original cabriolet version is its climate and acoustic comfort. Thorough aerodynamic research means that the turbulence experienced with the roof open has been reduced to a minimum.

A true object of design, the soft top of the Fiat 500C stands out for its electrically controlled movement and its impressively finished and carefully selected technical features, from the glass rear window to the third brake light built into the soft top itself. Available in three colours (ivory, red and black), the soft top is matched with various paint finishes.

The Fiat 500C retains the same dimensions as the base model (355 cm long, 165 cm wide and 149 cm high) and shares all three of its power units: the 55 kW 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel engine combined with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 51 kW 1.2 litre and 74 kW 1.4 litre petrol engines, both available with manual or Dualogic robotised gearbox.

To confirm Fiat Automobiles’ commitment to environmental protection and sustainable mobility, the 500C includes an innovative “Start&Stop” system, which controls the temporary cutting out of the engine and its subsequent restarting. When the vehicle stops, putting the gear lever in neutral and releasing the clutch will switch off the engine; to restart, simply put the car back into gear.

Details of the versions to be sold in New Zealand, along with their prices and specifications, will be announced when the Fiat 500C arrives in New Zealand in mid 2010.

Fiat 500C fq

Fiat has announced more details of the open top version of the Fiat 500C, which is set to arrive in New Zealand in mid-2010, and brings with it a car that plays homage to the original 1957 open top 500, yet with greater safety, economy and lower emissions.

Starting from the hard top version of the Fiat 500, the introduction of the soft top does not change the winning character that has made it a success or its practical nature, such as its four comfortable seats and boot capacity, but it does add some new functions. These include easier access to the boot even when the soft top is fully open, thanks to a clever system of parallelogram hinges.

Another strong point of the original cabriolet version is its climate and acoustic comfort. Thorough aerodynamic research means that the turbulence experienced with the roof open has been reduced to a minimum.

A true object of design, the soft top of the Fiat 500C stands out for its electrically controlled movement and its impressively finished and carefully selected technical features, from the glass rear window to the third brake light built into the soft top itself. Available in three colours (ivory, red and black), the soft top is matched with various paint finishes.

The Fiat 500C retains the same dimensions as the base model (355 cm long, 165 cm wide and 149 cm high) and shares all three of its power units: the 55 kW 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel engine combined with a five-speed manual gearbox and the 51 kW 1.2 litre and 74 kW 1.4 litre petrol engines, both available with manual or Dualogic robotised gearbox.

To confirm Fiat Automobiles’ commitment to environmental protection and sustainable mobility, the 500C includes an innovative “Start&Stop” system, which controls the temporary cutting out of the engine and its subsequent restarting. When the vehicle stops, putting the gear lever in neutral and releasing the clutch will switch off the engine; to restart, simply put the car back into gear.

Details of the versions to be sold in New Zealand, along with their prices and specifications, will be announced when the Fiat 500C arrives in New Zealand in mid 2010.

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