Midrand, South Africa – Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa (Pty) Ltd, importer of Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat Professional vehicles locally, presents the new Fiat Panda, an evolution 31-years in the making. The likeable, versatile and easy to use Panda is rich in strong, rational and emotional value, a car of which more than 6.4 million units have been produced and a best-seller that has contributed to the leadership of Fiat Group in the small car segment. From the first 600 to the new 500 launched in 2007, Fiat has remained the benchmark of the city-car segment in Europe.
The third generation of the Panda model offers more quality in terms of space, comfort, functionality, technology and safety features. This intelligent vehicle is ideal for those wanting to combine the practical handling of a city car with the space and comfort of a five-door compact car in a modern and harmonious look.
Now in its third generation, the new Panda is the byword for substance, practicality and usefulness, making maximum use of the interior space, rationalising the dimensions. Although continuing to be a very compact car, the Panda has grown a few centimetres to ensure the highest standards of safety and to improve the generous level of available interior space.
With a length of 3,65m, a width of 1,64m and a height of 1,55m, the new five door Panda can comfortably accommodate up to five people and it has one of the most spacious boots in its segment: 225 litres, increasing to 260 litres with the sliding rear seat in the fully forward position, and 870 litres with the backrest of the rear seats folded down.
New Fiat Panda offers maximum freedom of use due to the modularity of its space, the numerous storage compartments and a wide array of front and rear seat configurations. The exterior is also distinguished by an unmistakable “Italian style”, a “Mediterranean” stylistic language where the smooth shapes give it an appealing, solid and protective look.
The new Panda is for people who choose a compact car, yet don’t want to forgo the technology generally reserved for cars of higher segments. The new Panda accommodates these with the need for sustainable, safe mobility that is accessible both in terms of price and running costs. It combines the best features of the first and second generation cars.
Behind its fun and confident appearance, the new Panda offers sophisticated technological solutions that satisfy both the concrete needs of everyday mobility as well as the growing social awareness of the environment and safety issues.
At its launch, the new model is available with the renewed 51 kW 1.2 Fire petrol engine, and offers 2 trim levels (Pop and Lounge), 7 body colours, 3 interior trim colours and 14″ steel and 15″ alloy wheels. The new features include an optional “Blue&Me TomTom LIVE” that combines the advantages of an infotainment system which is integrated and connected with those of the portable navigation system, opening the doors to connectivity.
From its very first generation, the Panda evolved without losing its true nature of a revolutionary car. It was the first car in its segment to bear the prestigious title of “Car of the Year 2004”, the first compact to feature a diesel engine (1986) and it was the first to offer both four-wheel drive (1983) and a range of eco-friendly engines designed to limit fuel consumption (the Panda Elettra was introduced in 1990, one of the first electric cars). It was also the first 4×4 city car to reach Everest’s base camp at an altitude of 5,200 m (2004).