Things you will like about the New Fiat Panda







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 14, 2011
Categories: FIAT, Fiat Panda

Today whoever chooses a compact car does not want to forgo the technology found on higher segment cars. The new Panda is able to reconcile these needs with the need for sustainable and safe mobility, accessible in terms of price and running costs. Thus it combines the best features of the first- and second-generation cars. This is a new intelligent solution especially in such uncertain economic times.

New Fiat Panda Smart Car

Specifically, behind that fun and confident appearance, the Fiat car offers sophisticated technological solutions which are nonetheless straightforward to use and satisfy both the concrete needs of everyday mobility as well as the growing social awareness of the environment and safety issues.

So Fiat is raising the bar to prove that it is leading the technological evolution of the super-compact segment, a segment where a large part of history carries its name: from the first 600 to the 500, from the 126 to the first Panda, from the Cinquecento to the Seicento, from the second generation Panda (2003) to the new 500 launched in 2007. There has always been a Fiat city car near the people, and now it is the Panda's turn once again.

Protective

To guarantee the protection of the passengers, the new Panda combines a body designed according to the most modern criteria with active and passive safety content that ensures its optimum performance, so much so as to be at the top of its category.

The safety performance was designed by the designers and the Fiat Safety Centre after examining all possible types of collisions: front and side impacts, roll-over, pile-up and collisions with pedestrians. Various speeds at which impact may occur were also taken into consideration as well as different types of obstacles and different types of occupants with greatly varying physical characteristics.

To guarantee the protection of the occupants, the new Panda offers 4 airbags standard (front and window protecting the head), ABS complete with B.A.S. (Brake Assist System), front seat belts with pretensioner and load limiter. Depending on the markets and versions, the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) complete with Hill Holder system that aids the driver in uphill starts while keeping the brake locked for about 2 seconds, in this way making starting off easier, is also available standard or as an option.

Special attention has been devoted to the seats. Those in front are equipped with an anti-whiplash system that reduces the risk of whiplash in case of impact, while those in back are fitted with isofix attachments for child seats and headrests. Completing the equipment of the new model are front headlamps with daytime running lights.

Lastly, the new "Low Speed Collision Mitigation" system deserves an in-depth look. It will become available after the launch. It is an innovative active safety feature capable of recognising obstacles in front of the car and of braking automatically when the driver fails to avoid the collision. Depending on certain parameters (road surface conditions, dynamics and trajectory of the vehicle, position of the obstacles, condition of the tyres, etc.), the intervention of the LSCM system can avoid impact completely (“Collision Avoidance”) or minimise the consequences of a possible impact (“Collision Mitigation”).

The sophisticated device of the new Panda integrates three added functions: Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Prefill and Brake Assist. The former, while respecting the driver's wishes and leaving full control of the car in his/her hands, is triggered by emergency braking after carefully assessing the position and speed of the obstacles, the speed of the vehicle (below 30 km/h), lateral acceleration, the steering angle and pressure on the accelerator pedal and its variation.

The Prefill function, on the other hand, prefills the braking system in order to allow prompter response both when the Automatic Emergency Braking system is triggered as well as when the driver brakes. Brake Assist instead recognises emergency situations and alters the brake pedal's response to get even quicker braking in emergency situations.

The system is based on a laser sensor installed in the windscreen that "communicates" with the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) system.

Based on the same principle as those used in astronomy to measure distances between satellites, the laser sensor detects the presence of obstacles in front of the vehicle when certain alignment conditions be present: the overlapping of the car and obstacle must be more than 40% than the width of the vehicle while the angle of impact must be less than 30°.

The control unit of the LSCM system is designed to activate automatic braking, following a request by the laser sensor, in addition to being designed to request a reduction in the torque from the engine control unit if the accelerator pedal has not been released. Lastly, the control unit keeps the car braked for 2 seconds after stopping, to allow the driver to resume normal driving safely.

The goal of the LSCM system is to guarantee maximum safety in all conditions of use, so in certain conditions such as unfastened seatbelts, icy roads or reversing, different triggering logics are activated.

Brisk

The Fiat Panda is a substantial car that boasts cutting-edge engines in terms of both performance and fuel consumption and emissions. Combined with 5-speed gearboxes, standing out amongst the engines in the range are the brand new twin-cylinders with Start&Stop system supplied standard: the 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, named "International Engine of the Year 2011", and the 65 HP 0.9 aspirated TwinAir, being fitted for the first time (not sold in Italy). The renewed 69 HP 1.2 Fire petrol engine and the 75 HP 1.3 Multijet II, with Start&Stop supplied standard, complete the range of engines.

Later the new Fiat Panda range will be expanded with the Dualogic automatic robotized transmission combined with the TwinAir engine, the 80 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power (petrol/methane) and 69 HP 1.2 EasyPower (petrol/LPG) bifuel engines that attest to the constant attention Fiat Automobiles pays to the environmental topics through its research and development of immediately accessible solutions.

85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo

First of a new family of two-cylinder engines developed by Fiat Powertrain, this 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine develops 85 HP (63 kW) at 5500 rpm of full power and a torque of 145 Nm at 1900 rpm (constant up to 3000 rpm). Moreover, if you prefer to prioritise the green aspect and lower fuel consumption, you can press the ECO key on the dashboard to limit torque to 100 Nm at 2000 rpm. This engine records 4.2 litres/100 km and CO2 emission equal to 99 g/km in the combined cycle.

A real jewel of engine design, the brilliant two-cylinder employs the revolutionary MultiAir technology developed and patented by Fiat Powertrain which was introduced in 2009. The heart of MultiAir is a new electro-hydraulic valve management system that reduces fuel consumption by controlling air directly via the inlet valves (without using the throttle). MultiAir reduces polluting emissions (thanks to its improved combustion control) and also considerably improves performance by boosting driveability. Indeed, compared to a traditional petrol engine of equal displacement, MultiAir engines guarantee an increase in power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%) in addition to a significant reduction in emissions of CO2 (up to 10%).

Elected "International Engine of the Year 2011", the new TwinAir engine also takes the concept of downsizing to an extreme: by combining a small-sized engine with a next-generation turbocharger performance comparable to – or even better than – that of a larger engine is obtained but with less fuel consumption and lower emissions. Not only that, the turbo significantly increases the maximum torque, making it available at a very low rpm, with the result of offering greater flexibility and an unrivalled responsiveness compared to conventional aspirated engines. All this comes with a simple build to the benefit of strength and reliability.

The new engine has undergone a number of unit displacement optimisation and tuning interventions in terms of thermo-dynamic efficiency and fluid dynamic configuration.

Finally, special attention has been placed on the NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) aspect to ensure vibration performance with a characteristic sound. For this purpose, a balancing countershaft was used to maintain optimal vibration levels in all operating conditions of the engine, from idling speed to top power.

65 HP 0.9 aspirated TwinAir

The new Panda is the first Fiat Group Automobiles car to make its world debut in the "aspirated" version of the TwinAir engine that delivers maximum power of 65 HP (48 kW) at 6250 rpm and a torque of 88 Nm at 3500 rpm. All with a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - the values recorded in the combined cycle are 4.2 l/100 km and 99 g/km, respectively - and with performance comparable to engines of the same power.

One peculiarity of the new engine is the introduction of the second-generation MultiAir system that sets its sights on the goal of maximising combustion efficiency.

This is thanks to an innovative profile of the intake cam bush and a new way to manage the valves, called "hybrid". In detail, the new intake profile makes a pre-lift of the intake valve possible during the exhaust phase. In this way a part of the exhaust gases can flow into the intake duct to be re-aspirated during the following intake phase.

In this way the so-called internal recirculation of exhaust gases (Internal EGR) is achieved, which further optimises combustion efficiency and therefore reduces fuel consumption. With the high degree of flexibility that distinguishes the MultiAir system, this new adjustment of the valves (called hybrid) can obviously be activated only where it is needed, and furthermore the amount of recirculated internal EGR can be totally modulated.

69 HP 1.2 Fire EVO II

The 69 HP 1.2 EVO II is the latest evolution of the FIRE family that boasts over 10 million units produced. Thanks to the continuous updates and its flexible architecture, this family of engines remains a point of reference in the category as use of the continuously variable valve timing unit shows, able as it is to optimize valve timing (opening and closing) at all engine speeds. In this way fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on the one hand are reduced (5.2 litres/100 km and 120 g/km, respectively); on the other, performance increases to ensure torque availability at low rpm (102 Nm at 3000 g/min) and power at high rpm (69 HP at 5500 g/min).

75 HP 1.3 Multijet II

With a view to respect for the environment coupled with driving satisfaction, the new Panda offers the 1.3 MultiJet II (Euro5) with DPF standard, which delivers a maximum output of 75 HP (55 kW) at 4000 rpm and a torque of 190 Nm at just 1500 rpm.

A masterpiece of technology in miniature - complete with all of its accessories, it weighs about 140 kg - the new turbodiesel is small in size: less than 60 cm long and less than 70 cm high, it boasts a component layout designed to take up less room. The compact and technologically sophisticated 1.3 Multijet II is also capable of outstanding performance.

Equipped with fixed geometry turbocharger with intercooler optimised for delivering torque at low speed, the 1.3 Multijet II records just 104 g/m of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption equal to 3.9 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.

Belonging to the second generation of Multijet engines, this engine ensures economy, ecology and performance levels found nowhere else on the market. In contrast to the first generation of MultiJet engines, the fuel supply system is now equipped with faster injectors able to execute multiple injections in rapid succession. Specifically, the system can now perform a main modulated injection of fuel in several distinct phases and anticipate the ones that follow. The servo valve with balanced plunger of the MultiJet II system enables it to manage up to 8 injections per cycle, offering greater speed, flexibility and precision in the various phases of operation. The injector is also simpler and more reliable because its construction is less complex and it has 40% less components.

Thanks to the new type of injector, now strategies focused on optimizing the increasingly advanced combustion can be achieved, such as the Rate Shaping injection that involves two consecutive injections so close together in time as to generate a continuous and modulated profile of the fuel supply into the cylinders. With this method the combustion process is improved, all to the benefit of quieter operation and particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Today the Multijet II engines totally satisfy the Euro 5 standard and at the same time mark a decisive step toward stricter regulatory levels in the future.

Lastly, again in full respect for the environment, advanced exhaust gas treatment technologies have been used for the 75 HP 1.3 Multijet II, namely a Close Coupled Diesel Particulate Filter and a built-in EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) system that improves control of temperature and gas flow, simultaneously guaranteeing lower emissions and reduced fuel consumption.

Respectful

In addition to its agility and lively spirit, a true "city car" also needs to afford low fuel consumption and to respect the environment. In this context, the new Panda is unrivalled, owing to the implementation of a large number of systems designed to increase the vehicle's dynamic efficiency: from Start&Stop to the Gear Shift Indicator (GSI), ecoDrive and the ECO mode of the TwinAir Turbo engine. Technical words which are now part of the standard terminology that Fiat has contributed to create and develop and which are now grouped together in “Air Technologies”, the new brand that identifies the low environmental impact technologies which team eco-friendliness with driving satisfaction.

Start&Stop

All TwinAir petrol engines and the 75 HP 1.3 MultiJet II offer the Start&Stop device as standard. It switches the engine off temporarily and then restarts it in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Specially designed for driving in the city, the system automatically switches off the engine when traffic conditions require the vehicle to stop (red lights, tailbacks and temporary stops, for example), keeping all of the functions that guarantee comfort and safety on board active (lights, climate control system, radio and windscreen wipers).

Switching off the engine when the car is stopped prevents consuming fuel needlessly (up to -15% over an urban cycle), reduces emissions and improves acoustic comfort.

The device can be activated/deactivated using the button on the dashboard.

Gear Shift Indicator (GSI)

The Gear Shift Indicator (GSI) device is a genuine “co-pilot” which discreetly suggests to the driver the best time to change gear in order to minimise fuel consumption. For example, the GSI may suggest shifting up, by means of an indication on the control panel, to allow the engine to run at a lower speed or to downshift to make best use of the available torque.

"ECO" mode

To underscore the eco-compatibility qualities of the revolutionary 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo engine, cars which are equipped with this afford the opportunity to select an ecological operating mode by pressing an “ECO” button on the dashboard. This selection consists in a specific mapping which, by reducing the torque by 45 Nm (from 145 to 100 Nm), allows a less high-performance drive which focuses on minimising consumption (in addition, the invitations by the Gear Shift indicator to switch to a higher gear are multiplied).

eco:Drive

The eco:Drive system is an easy to use "zero cost" solution that supports the driver in improving his or her driving efficiency and reduces fuel consumption and emissions. Indeed, eco:Drive is the first and only system able to offer drivers customised tips based on their driving style.

Using the eco:Drive application, available for download free of charge on the Fiat website (www.fiat.com/ecoDrive) teamed with the Blue&Me system, users can collect their driving information and store them on a USB storage device. When the USB storage device is inserted into their PC, the eco:Drive system sends the data to the Fiat server, which processes it to measure driving efficiency based on four parameters: acceleration, deceleration, gear shifts and speed.

The scores allocated for each of these four areas contribute to the definition of the eco:Index that summarises driving quality with a score from 1 to 100.

eco:Drivers receive personalised tips on how to improve their performance in each area and consequently their eco:Index. They can follow their progress in time, set goals and check their savings through an application on their own PC.

All eco:Drive users are part of eco:Ville, an on-line community that receives data on all the savings made through the commitment of eco:Drivers. To date, approximately 64,000 users have saved a total of 4300 tons of CO2 by improving the efficiency of their personal driving styles.

Available on a broad range of Fiat Group Automobiles cars and commercial vehicles, the software offers specific features to evaluate savings associated with the use of Start&Stop technology and CNG. In addition, eco:Drive Fleet is also available, a dedicated fleet version that allows companies and fleet managers to control fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - and consequently costs - for their company fleet.

With eco:Drive, Fiat therefore set out to think not only of its own products but also its own users by encouraging them to help reduce automotive transport-related emissions.

Hospitable

Despite its small size that makes it perfect in the city, once aboard the new Panda you will be amazed by the roominess of the passenger compartment and interior space... so much so you will feel more a guest than a simple passenger.

But the new Panda is able to do more. In fact it has all the properties of dynamism and comfort that allow it to easily tackle longer and tougher extra urban routes: driving ease, functional and ergonomic layout of controls and furnishings, a large number of storage compartments, and use of “slim" seats that improve accessibility and comfort for the rear passengers.

The high driving position, the gear lever in the centre of the dashboard and the large windows guarantee driver and passengers excellent visibility and mastery of the road. Lastly, the ergonomic position of the controls, the leg room and the abundant freedom of movement in the upper area of the passenger compartment all contribute to improved driving comfort.

Ergonomics and space at the highest levels

These days, people who choose a compact car don't want to forgo the comfort they would find on larger cars, as they are used to the typical standards of comfort of superior segments and tend to refer to them. To achieve this objective, the designers worked according to the most modern ergonomic standards, in order to fulfil the criteria which measure a vehicle's capacity to meet the requirements for on-board comfort and wellbeing.

The final results of the new Panda are excellent in all key ergonomic areas: comfort, driving position, accessibility. Specifically, it boasts an improvement over the present Panda in terms of the main internal vertical (front +7 mm and rear + 4 mm) and side (front +26 mm and rear +5 mm) dimensions, placing it at the top of its class. Also thanks to the slim front seats that improve accessibility (front + 23 mm, rear + 6 mm), the practicality of the longitudinal space increases (+20 mm) to provide rear passengers with greater comfort.

The new Panda is a surprisingly big car. Among other things, this result was achieved without jeopardising the boot capacity, which is 225 litres (with fixed rear seat), which becomes 260 with the sliding seat in the fully forward position, gaining an additional 16 cm. Furthermore, 870 litres are reached with the rear seat backrest folded down. Compared to the second generation Panda, the boot volume is 10 litres larger (normal configuration), which turns into 36 litres when the rear seat is folded down.

Acoustic and climatic comfort

The Panda is a comfortable, roomy and quiet city car. The latter is a particularly important feature for a car because it improves the quality of life on board and helps the driver pay attention to the road, meaning safety. An entire series of devices aimed at effectively reducing all type of noise transmitted to the passenger compartment was used in designing the new Panda. For example, compared to the second generation the new Panda records a 4 dB reduction, which corresponds to half the intensity of the noise coming from the road and which guarantees a really quiet drive.

The new car features high torsional rigidity of the body (71,300 daNm/rad) that associated with specific targeted interventions allows excellent levels of compactness to be achieved, and is one of the strong points of the model.

In addition to the traditional heater and manual climate control, an efficient and rapid climate control system was chosen for the new Fiat Panda. It automatically controls the temperature, air flow, its distribution, compressor engagement and recirculation through an electronic control unit. Besides, the climate inside the passenger compartment is one of the principal factors for comfort when travelling and is also important for preventive safety, because comfort, humidity and ventilation all influence the wellbeing of the driver and therefore his/her level of attention. Not forgetting that the heating and ventilation system is also responsible for the defrosting of the windscreen and side windows.

Free and easy

The Fiat Panda shows it is brilliant and free and easy in its natural habitat: the city. Without a doubt that is due to its compact size and full range of engines added to which are the innovative chassis, the reliable and tested suspension layout now brought up to date to guarantee control and comfort at the top levels. Moreover, a turning cycle of 9.3 metres allows the new car to tackle the narrow streets of a city centre with ease.

Renewed suspension

Compared to the second generation, the new Panda offers an unprecedented front suspension with McPherson layout. It has been lightened and contributes to high level crash performance. It was lightened using a monocoque lower arm made of ultra-high resistance material, the first use in Europe for Chassis components, and a modular cross member made with low-thickness, high-resistance steel sheets. Ready for future applications, the cross member interfaces the so-called third load line to definitely improve crash performance during a high-speed and low-speed collision, pedestrian impact and insurance impact.

The new front suspension has a "split" type of shock absorber mounting that transmits the loads to the body through two different routes and therefore get better filtering of the road vibrations and improved acoustics compared to that of the current model owing to a dynamic stiffening of the lower tyre, at the same time guaranteeing top efficiency of the shock absorber thanks to an axial rigidity no less than the one today.

The front suspension also has a new stabilizer bar that improves its efficiency. The solution with connection to the suspension bar has been replaced with a connection solution of connecting rod on the shock absorber to maximize the anti-roll effect of the bar. In addition to efficiency, also the weight of the stabilizer bar has been optimized, again with equal anti-roll effect. Lastly, the bushes of the front suspension arm have been researched and designed to achieve ultimate comfort when driving and on bumpy roads, and have contributed to improving noise reduction also by attaining a dynamic stiffening lower than that of today.

The rear torsion axle suspension is fitted with a new bush larger than that of today's Panda, which guarantees greater comfort on bumpy roads and improved noise insulation without detracting from road holding. The shape was studied to optimise absorption of the longitudinal bumps, without penalizing the other elastic property-kinematic performance aspects of the rear suspension.

Innovative chassis

The chassis of the new Panda also contains an innovative feature developed in keeping with two guidelines: safety and lightening car weight. In particular, as was done for the entire body, it was possible to reconcile these two performance aspects with extensive use of high-resistance materials (more than 70%), 11% of which with hot pressing technology, making it possible to increase the energy absorption capacity in both front and side impacts and at the same time lighten the structure.

Compared to the previous model, another innovative element is implementation of a third load line in the front structure that provides more effective control of deformations and loads in front impacts because of its ability to transfer the loads to the lower, more resistant part of the vehicle, thus reducing penetrations into the passenger compartment. The bolted parts also demonstrate the technical evolution of this platform, such as use of high-performance tempered steels for the front bumper crossmember and adoption of lightweight and resistant "noble" plastic materials (Xenoy) on the rear bumper crossmember.

Dualdrive electric power steering system with "city" function

The new Panda adds those devices that change life on board a car to these technical characteristics, like the electric Dualdrive power steering with “City” function. Standard on the entire range compared to the majority of systems on the market, the Fiat Panda Dualdrive offers the customer an added opportunity: that of choosing between two different calibration programs. The first ensures maximum feeling between driver and car.

The latter, which is selected by pressing the "City" button, lightens steering and is ideal for city driving and parking manoeuvres. To guarantee maximum customer safety even when driving on roads at high speed forgetting that the "City" device is enabled, above 35 km/h, the "city" program disables and, as speed rises, power assistance drops back to therefore ensure greater driving precision and a steering wheel response which is appropriate for high speeds.

Ingenious

Communicating and travelling: that is what the ingenious Panda promises and upholds by offering both the first level Blue&MeTM system - including hands-free with Bluetooth® interface, sophisticated voice recognition, USB port, MP3 player and SMS interpreter - and, upon request, the latest development of the device, the “Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE”.

All the strong points of the Blue&MeTM

Granted many prestigious international awards, the Blue&MeTM system is the most popular infotainment device, as demonstrated by the more than two million units sold world-wide. It is the offspring of collaboration between Fiat Group Automobiles and Microsoft.

The partnership signed in July 2004, with the long term aim of designing innovative telematic systems for cars, has given rise to a product that is now established in the market - with 2 million devices sold - that makes use of technology that is fully integrated in perfect harmony with the user as the name suggests.

Based on Windows Mobile for Automotive, the device is based on an open, constantly developing system that can be updated and whose contents are flexible and can be modulated. In fact, Fiat Group Automobiles and Microsoft, with the support of Magneti Marelli, offer a platform that can be upgraded for most mobile phones, music players or other personal devices, with the enormous benefit of the possibility of being constantly able to follow market innovations and maintain perfect integration with the car. All at an affordable price, in completely safety and in accordance with traffic laws.

Blue&Me is an innovative electronic module which allows pairing of up to 5 mobile phones featuring Bluetooth® that are within the system's operating range (approximately 5 metres) with the car.

The interaction methods with the system make use of the microphone in the roof light, the controls on the steering wheel and the monochromatic display in the control panel.

Blue&Me guarantees maximum safety and is simple to use. The voice command system, its full integration with the controls on the steering wheel and with the information in the instrument display allow the customer, with a Bluetooth® mobile phone, to use it even if it is in their jacket pocket or their handbag, without ever having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Not to mention that the highly developed voice recognition system allows immediate interaction because no voice learning stage is required and incoming text messages can also be interpreted.

By connecting a digital device to the USB port or AUX-IN, featured in the tunnel, it is possible to listen to digital music in MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV format, recorded on digital audio players and/or USB devices.

This system makes the following functions available to the customer in an efficient and intuitive way:

  • Use of their own mobile phone in hands-free mode, without having to use the phone itself, which can stay in a pocket or in a bag in the boot (calling names in the phonebook using voice control with independent user recognition);
  • Transfer of their phonebook to Blue&Me in the car and reading it through the display in the control panel;
  • Interaction with the display using the steering wheel controls to manage numbers called, incoming calls, incoming text messages, refuse call, redial last number called, etc.;
  • Listening to a music collection stored on a USB device, mediaplayer and last generation Apple devices, in the most common formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC). The information about the tracks being played is available on the on-board radio.

“Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE”

To drive in city traffic with total peace of mind the new Panda offers the “Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE” device that combines the advantages of an infotainment system which is integrated and connected to the net with those of a portable navigator, opening the doors to connectivity.

“Blue&Me TomTom LIVE” will allow new Panda customers not only to use mobile phones and media players in total safety without ever removing their hands from the steering wheel, but will provide an absolutely unique and distinctive navigation experience, built into the dashboard and offering the most accurate traffic information updated in real time.

The default position for this PND (Portable Navigation Device) is in the middle of the dashboard and allows the safe installation of the specific support, in addition to guaranteeing power to the navigation device without external wiring.

In addition, in terms of Bluetooth® connectivity, thanks to Blue&Me, phone, media player and car information can be displayed and controlled on the navigation device's touch screen.

“Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE” is at the cutting edge when compared to the latest portable navigation devices available on the market:

  • Capacitive 4.3” HD touchscreen display with iPhone-type HMI; • Detailed maps: 45 European countries;
  • Best route definition: helps you choose the best route by analysing traffic conditions collected on a 24h statistical basis. “Blue&Me TomTom2  LIVE” is designed to receive the information about the car, detected through connection with the on-board network and then to provide real time information about car use and that of the devices connected to it: Trip computer, Fiat-customised points of interest, phonebook display, Media Player and eco:Drive. “Blue&Me TomTom2”, in those countries where the service is available, also offers LIVE services in real time featured in the latest generation TomTom portable navigation devices:
  • Speed camera: mobile speed camera locations, including reports by other users, fixed mobile camera locations and Tutor camera locations along the trip. It helps you achieve a safe and relaxed driving experience, while saving money;
  • Google: local points of interest updated by Google Local Search: to find anything, from restaurants to flower shops. Just type in a key word; it finds corresponding points and allows the device to show you how to get there;
  • Weather: current weather forecasts and over the next five days, making planning your trip possible according to the most recent forecasts;
  • TomTom HD Traffic: detailed traffic information, queues, road blocks and works in progress updated every 2 minutes, suggesting alternative routes for your trip. Traffic information is collected also using info from mobile phones and TomTom navigation devices present along the route, reprocessed by the TomTom station;
  • Cost: The “Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE” device is supplied with a year of free Live services, including roaming and data traffic. From the second year, the services are available for purchase from TomTom Home. “Blue&Me TomTom2” is available in two versions (LIVE and NON-LIVE): depending on the availability of the service in the Country of purchase.
  • Customers can purchase the device only through Fiat dealers in their country of residence. Compared with the after-market services available in most chain stores, the “Blue&Me TomTom2 LIVE” solution offered by Fiat presents a considerable advantage for customers in addition to the integration with the Blue&Me hands-free system and with the car's electronics.

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