Monday, June 1, 2020

Alfa 8C Competizione and 8C Spider

Alfa 8C Competizione. Arguably the most desirable modern car created in the past 40 years. Not because it is the fastest or does any one thing the best, but because it stirs the emotions like no other car. The sounds. The shapes. The tactile sensations. This car is as close to being alive as an automobile can get. It is almost a human combination of strengths, quirkiness and weaknesses put out for all to see. It is naked and honest and...FANTASTIC!

The official press release from Alfa Romeo on the 8C for your enjoyment:

Alfa 8C Competizione and Alfa 8C Spider

The German event would not have been complete without an area for Alfa Romeo's exclusive limited edition supercars: the Alfa 8C Competizione and Alfa 8C Spider. These two sports cars have enchanted collectors and aficionados the world over, both pulling in thousands of applications in just a few days.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 2006 Concept Car

The cars were designed at the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile and 500 of each were manufactured. Their fully carbon fiber exteriors perfectly embody Alfa Romeo's motoring and mechanical excellence: a slender line that expresses all the beauty of a veritable piece of poetry in motion that harks back to the brand's glorious past while also carrying forward its values of technology and emotion into the future.

Style and aerodynamics embracing tradition and innovation

The marked dynamism of the car is imparted by the horizontal ridge cut into the side extending from the front wheel arch. The big wheels and the mighty "muscles" of the rear wings emphasis the model's personality and strength, without taking away the elegance of the soft flowing lines, almost underlining the exquisite beauty of the exterior's individual parts: the drop-shaped headlights set like precious stones in the front wing, the taillight LEDs embodying technology and functionality, and the classic door handle.

Furthermore, the front end has the trademark Alfa Romeo stylistic features, with a new interpretation of the 'whiskers' and the badge. Not forgetting that this innovative line gives us a glimpse of the parts and proportions of future Alfa Romeo cars, while always sticking to the brand's heritage.

It should be noted that for maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, the solutions adopted for the Alfa 8C Spider and 8C Competizione are not limited to shape. In fact, all the surfaces and profiles of the pillars and windows, as well as the shape and the position of the wing mirrors, were optimized either through computer calculations or tunnel and road tests. In this way, the air wraps around the car and continues its natural course without being obstructed by uneven or rough edges.

Of course, the unique feature of the Alfa 8C Spider is the Z-fold soft-top, a key design choice for limiting weight and optimizing weight distribution. To make opening and closing operations simple and easy, moving the soft-top is entrusted to an electrohydraulic system controlled by a button on the dashboard, while the manual lock and release ensure the system's smoothness.

In particular, the roof on the Alfa 8C Spider is characterized by a fabric made with two overlapping materials: the outer fabric is multi-layered with high resistance to atmospheric agents, while the inner fabric has high-capacity soundproofing for the passenger compartment. Also, the soft-top, which is available in several colors, was designed with aesthetics, aerodynamics and acoustics in mind as well as functionality, with moving parts specifically developed to make deployment easy, fast and safe.

Interior: personality and technology

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider interior

The two cars are highly sophisticated on the inside thanks to the broad use of composite materials to make the dashboard and the interior panels, as well as the ultra-light carbon fibre ergonomic seats, made in partnership with Sparco, which can be adjusted according to the driver's body shape (a feature reserved until now for race cars).

Furthermore, by focusing on customizing the interior trims as much as possible, the customer can choose from different environments and aesthetic solutions, all hand-crafted and based on close attention to detail: from contrasting or 'ton sur ton' stitching to unique color combinations.

The valuable Frau Pieno Fiore leather upholstery (using an innovative weaving process in which the hide is bound to a natural fiber fabric creating a very profound and strong look) is particularly noteworthy.

Similarly to the interior, great care has been put into making the external parts: from alloy wheels to brake calipers, every detail can be customized because each Alfa 8C Spider or Alfa 8C Competizione is unique. An unmistakable car that reflects its owner's personality. To sum up, the unique and one-off style of the exclusive Alfa 8C heralds the pleasure of a sporty drive fully in keeping with the brand's tradition.

Solid but lightweight structure

A solid but light structure is a pre-requisite for making a good high-performance car. It is also the inspirational principle behind the two cars. The floor panel is steel to get maximum torsional rigidity and ensure a drive that is always precise and safe, while the bodywork is made from carbon fiber.

This is a choice motivated by the requirement to reduce weight as much as possible but also to optimize the car's centre of gravity for better agility and handling on more challenging journeys.

An innovative carbon fiber monolithic windscreen frame was designed in order to ensure high rigidity on the Alfa 8C Spider while maintaining a low roll center.

The sweet-sounding 8-cylinder 4.7 engine

Still focusing on the most sophisticated technology, the two Alfa Romeo supercars use the new 90° V8 engine with a capacity of 4691 cm3 which has been designed with a precise objective: to ensure exceptional performance without sacrificing driving fluidity and the enjoyment of any road situation.

This creates a powerful and progressive engine that develops a maximum power of 450 hp at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 480 Nm at 4,750 rpm with maximum revs of 7,500 rpm. A sequential six-speed gearbox has been added to this engine, with gear selection via ergonomic triggers located behind the steering wheel and with a self-locking differential.

In more detail, the internal fluid dynamics and the cooling system cylinder heads are designed for high duct permeability, as well as effective cooling of the intake load to maximize volumetric efficiency and engine performance. Furthermore, the harmonization of the intake and exhaust geometry together with the adoption of continuous variable valve timing units on the intake camshaft, the optimization of the combustion chamber and the calibration of the engine mean that 80% of torque can be obtained from 2,000 rpm.

In sporty driving conditions on different road surfaces, you will welcome the engine's exceptionally short response times due to high intake permeability and low inertia of the two-disc clutch/flywheel system.

The crankshaft with counterweights at 90°, fully balanced with the best arrangement of rods and pistons, ensures that the engine operates with few vibrations. The crankcase/lower crankcase unit is aluminum with five main bearings to ensure the structure is very rigid with low friction losses, just like the cylinder heads are made from an aluminum alloy. Furthermore, all the piping (water, oil, secondary air) is directly in the engine's castings, thus making the system very sturdy, unhindered and safe; in short, extremely reliable.

The integration of the accessory systems with the engine's main castings and the very solid design of all the big-sided parts ensures low noise levels coming from the engine and high component reliability. Even the engine's longitudinal packaging has received special attention, as demonstrated by the adoption of a single chain timing control that ensures exceptional reliability for life.


Alfa Romeo 8C driven by Domenico Martino, responsible for final tuning of the car 

 Lastly, particular attention has been paid to the acoustic definition and intonation of the intake and exhaust in search of a tone that would enhance the character and render the car unmistakable. The result is a characteristic and full sound, emphasized by a high permeability intake system and an exhaust system with electronically activated valves that enhances the sound of the car in full compliance with regulatory and environmental constraints. 

  Transmission, sequential gearbox and self-locking differential

Just like the legendary race cars, the Alfa 8C Spider and Alfa 8C Competizione have the transaxle system which ensures the best balance of weight distribution: in fact, the engine is located further back while the gearbox is arranged at the rear in a block with the differential and the hydraulic actuator. 

The transaxle structure provides for the rigid connection between the engine and the gearbox casing, which also contains the self-locking differential. The two units are joined by a tube inside turned by the drive shaft: in this way, the load is optimally distributed between the front and rear axle assemblies.

Top Gear Roadtest on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 

 The six-speed gearbox, with gear selection by means of triggers located behind the steering wheel, has been developed to ensure very quick gear changes and can be used in Manual-Normal, Manual-Sport, Automatic-Normal, Automatic-Sport and Wet modes. Lastly, the self-locking differential enables acceleration and stability to be managed with extraordinary efficiency in any situation. 

  Suspension, wheels and braking system 

The two cars are Alfa to the core, with an uncompromising sense of control and driveability. Alfa Romeo cars have always been known for drive comfort and dynamic behavior: in the case of these supercars, they become real strong points. This is partly because of the four-sided suspension with forged aluminum uprights and supports, shaped to best control the trajectory of moving wheels. The tires with 20" rims also contribute to excellent road hold, and they have been specially developed to ensure excellent performance: 245/35 at the front and 285/35 at the rear, mounted on spoked wheels and made from flowing aluminum to ensure lightness and the best possible brake ventilation. 

 Ensuring the best possible suspension and tire setup has maximized comfort while maintaining a sporty performance. The result is excellent dynamics: classic handling so typical of the Alfa Romeo brand, direct steering, responsiveness, clean transitions, and a linear understeer gradient. 

 On the 8C Spider, it is actually extremely easy to combine accelerator and steering wheel usage, with the maximum longitudinal and transverse accelerations reached at the same time. This is noticeable by excellent responsiveness during sporty driving and easy management of oversteer.


Road test of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione 

 Lastly, both cars have the latest version of the Alfa Romeo VDC, a state-of-the-art system for controlling stability and traction, to give the driver the best possible control over the car. The driver can limit system intervention by driving safely and alertly. Such a system has to be backed up by excellent brakes. That is why the 8C Spider comes with Brembo's F1-inspired carbon ceramic (CCM) brakes as standard. 

In a first for a car in this class, and in order to ensure an incredible feeling from the very first time you brake, the system is broken in with a brand new process that guarantees reliability - and it comes as standard on the Alfa 8C Spider. On the 8C Competizione, the braking system has floating-type drilled discs with an aluminum bell. These solutions ensure powerful and effective braking, even under intense use. Finally, the calipers are monobloc to ensure maximum rigidity and less warp due to the high loads generated by pressure from the pistons on the pads.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fiat Brand Sales Q1 2020

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Fiat brand sales for the first quarter of 2020 show a 49 percent decline compared to the same period last year.  The Fiat 124 Spider is the top selling model this year, followed by 500 hatch and Cabrio models.  Next were the 500X crossover and 500L MPV models in order.

Fiat 500 Models

The iconic 500 hatch and Cabrio models were traditionally Fiat's best selling models, but were discontinued for the 2020 model year.  Fans are scrambling to buy up the last remaining cars still on dealer's lots.  A new 500 was recently unveiled in Europe, but it remains to be seen if the US will get this exciting new model.

New Fiat 500 Electric

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Fiat 500X Sport

2020 Fiat 500X

The 2020 Fiat 500X model range adds the new 500X Sports edition, which features sporty trim upgrades. The new 1.3L turbo motor that debuted last year in the redesigned 2019 500X continues on and contributes better gas mileage and much improved driveability compared to previous years.

New for 2020 Fiat 500X Include:

  • Fiat 500X Sport model features unique front and rear fascias, body-color painted side moldings and dark-finish exterior accents plus an all-new “Rovente Red” exterior paint color. Inside features include dark headliner and pillars, new Sport seats, refined console bezel finishes, as well as a new flat-bottom leather steering wheel with Alcantara inserts and the much asked for paddle shifters
  • Black roof option available on all Fiat 500X models.
  • Added trim enhancements like the return of the rear parcel shelf

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Fiat 500L 500,000 production

2020 Fiat 500L

The 2020 Fiat 500L MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) caries on Fiat's tradition of making outstanding family cars. The range consists of three models: Pop, Trekking, Lounge. Each offers outstanding versatility and practicality. The 500L pacts in the interior room of a full-size car within its compact outer dimensions.

The Fiat 500L offers a number of class-leading features:

  • Best-in-class standard power and torque
  • Best (or tightest) turning diameter
  • Largest dual-pane sunroof in its class
  • Best-in-class cargo room
  • More seating and storage configurations than anyone in its class
  • Best-in-class storage system
  • Best-in-class front headroom

The Fiat 500L was redesigned in 2018 and given numerous design and feature enhancements.  The 500L has been a top seller in its segment in Europe for many years.

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Fiat 124 Spider Urbana

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider captures the charisma of the iconic 1960s classic, but updates it in a thoroughly modern package.  Styled in Italy, under the leadership of the former chief of design at Pininfarina, the new Fiat 124 Spider is available in three models: Classica, Lusso, Abarth.  The Classica is crisp and clean for those who want a no-nonsense pure sportscar experience.  The Lusso is sophisticated and upscale. The Abarth carries on the legendary brand's tradition of high-performance and style.

The Fiat 124 Spider segment-leading features:

  • Best-in-class manual transmission highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon (mpg)
  • Best-in-class highway fuel economy of 36 mpg when equipped with the automatic transmission
  • Best-in-class cargo volume
  • Class-exclusive turbo engine
  • Class-exclusive quad exhaust tips
  • Most powerful turbo engine in its class
  • More peak power and torque at much lower RPM's than any vehicle in its class
  • Most affordable Roadster in its class

The 2020 Fiat 124 Spider features a new “Scorpion Sting” side-stripe and hood decal package for124 Spider Abarth models. Read more about the 2020 Fiat 124 Spider:

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fiat 500 Electric Official Unveiling Video

Fiat 500 Electric Bulgari

Pull up a seat and enjoy the official debut video of the new Fiat 500 Electric, presented by Olivier Francois, President Fiat Brand Global.

While the new Fiat 500 has not been confirmed for the U.S, FCA is evaluating its potential for the North American market.

Let us know on the Fiat 500 Forum what you think!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

New Fiat 500e Preview

new fiat 500e BEV

The first images of the new Fiat 500e all-electric vehicle have been posted on the internet ahead of the official unveiling on March 4th. The upcoming all-electric Fiat 500 was to have been unveiled this month at the Geneva Motor Show. However, the abrupt canceling of the Geneva show due to concerns about the Coronavirus has changed those plans.

new fiat 500e BEV side

The leaked images show a design that is the evolution of the current model. It is hard to improve on an icon, so Fiat has wisely chosen subtle changes to continue the overall look of the current model.

new fiat 500e Cabrio

However, on closer inspection, there doesn't seem to be a panel that hasn't been changed. In fact, the new 500e is longer and wider than the previous generation by  2.36 inches, and has an increased wheelbase of nearly an inch (.78 inches).

Hood, trunk, sides, and fascia front and rear are all different. Refinement is the word that comes to mind on the redesign. Exterior door handles are now flush-mounted, and side rear-view mirrors are integrated into the lower corner of the side windows and not tacked onto the side of the car.

new fiat 500e Cabrio rear

Fiat 500e logo

Mouldings and trim are revised, and there is a 500e logo integrated into the side rear window trim. And speaking of the logo, the front fascia now sports a prominent 500e emblem in place of the usual Fiat name badge. Fiat wants to move the 500 series upmarket as a near-premium mini-brand, so this is not surprising. The thinking is that the 500 is such an iconic symbol of Fiat and Italy that the car doesn't need, in essence, an introduction. Positioning the car upmarket allows Fiat to charge a higher price, which helps pay for the expensive all-electric powertrain.

new fiat 500e charging

The side profile shows different shaping towards the bottom of the sideskirts, which have a more pronounced flaring.

Headlights and taillights have also been changed, with the former now having an eyebrow incorporated into the hood design. Interestingly, the side turn indicator light is incorporated into the hood/character line. All in all, a very smooth design that is a nice update to the current model.

new fiat 500e dashboard

Interior wise, the 500 has gone noticeably upmarket. A large 10.3 inch Uconnect 5 multimedia infotainment screen is located prominently in the center in the sleek new dashboard.  The system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,  and has advanced voice commands that allows the management of many functions from a mobile phone.  Some of these include checking the status of the car and recharging operations, and sending a destination to the on-board navigator.

The 500's signature body-colored dash bezel appears to be there, but now in a more subtle and less austere way. A single instrument binnacle is a nod to the original Nuova 500 from 1957. Door panels are more sculpted than the current generation's. A new, taller center console between the seats has a storage compartment, and there is a large center armrest in place of the small individual armrests previously used.  The center console house audio volume and driving mode controls. Storage space looks to be improved as well as shoulder room. Higher quality interior materials are expected to be featured in keeping with Fiat's desire to make the 500 the premier model in its segment.

The new Fiat 500e will have an all-electric propulsion system. A gasoline engine or hybrid powertrain will likely not be available. Those powertrain options will be relegated to the current generation 500 that will still be sold alongside this new model.

Update: Below are the preliminary specifications for the new Fiat 500e

The motor used in the 500e is rated at 118 HP and is powered by a 42 kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the floor. Acceleration from 0-100km/h  is listed as 9 seconds.  Average range is 320 km  (199 miles) as measured in the WLTP cycle. The 500e's Combo 2 type charging socket is under a filler flap on the right side and can be charged by alternating current up to 11 kW and continuous up to 85 kW.  The battery is charged to 80% in 35 minutes at the 85kW rate and  Fiat states 5 minutes are enough to give the car an additional 50 km of range when needed.

Like most EVs, the 500e has an acoustic warning for pedestrians, which makes one aware of the approach of the car and works up to 20 km / h.  However, unlike the usual beep noise, Fiat has chosen music composed by Nino Rota for the film Amarcord by Federico Fellini. Classy!

The 500e is also the first city car equipped with autonomous level 2 driving, and allows the car to drive on its own keeping in the center of its lane and following traffic. The automated system takes full control of the vehicle: accelerating, braking, and steering, but requires that the driver remain alert and with his hands on the steering wheel.

New Fiat 500e

  • Length 3.63 meters (142.91 inches)
  • Width 1.69 meters (66.53 inches)
  • Height 1.48 meters (58.26 inches)
  • Range 320 km (199 miles) WLTP
  • Battery Pack / Capacity Lithium-ion / 42 kWh
  • Charging AC Fast Charger Combo 2: 85 kW
  • DC Mode 3: 11 kW
  • DC Wallbox: 3-7 kW 
  • Power 118 hp (88 kW) 
  • Top Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)
  • Acceleration 0-50 km/h (31 mph) 3.1 sec
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) 9.0 sec
  • Price (La Prima  / First Edition) €37,900 Euro

Fiat Mirafiori Plant

To build the new Fiat 500e, the company has invested €700 million in its Mirafiori plant located in Torino, Italy. Mirafiori is FCA's largest production facility and employs in the neighborhood of 20,000 workers. Of those workers, approximately 1,200 people will be dedicated to the production of the new 500e. Anticipated production of 80,000 units per year is initially expected, with the potential to increase production in the future.

Fiat Mirafiori Solar Panel Units

This is part of FCA's overall investment of more than €5 billion in Italy to finance a renewal of their product range. Planned are the introduction of 13 all-new or significantly refreshed models. The electrification of the product range is featured prominently in the investment plan. It includes the debut of 12 electric versions of new or existing models.

Fiat Charging Stations

To support the new range of electric vehicles, approximately €50 million is being spent on a new "Battery Hub" at Mirafiori to produce batteries. The installation of 850 charging points will also be created at the facility, including 750 in employee parking areas.

Pre-production Fiat 500e manufacturing is already underway with a full production launch planned for June. Pricing is anticipated starting at € 35,000.   The limited production (500 total) launch edition called "La Prima" shown above is expected to be priced at €37,900 Euro.  There is no official confirmation the new 500e will make it to the United States.

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source: FCA
images: internet, FCA
updated specs and additional info: 3-4-2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fiat 500 Hybrid Details Released!

Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid

The Fiat brand in Europe has released details on its new hybrid-powered Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda. The two models are the top-selling cars in the City Car segment in Europe and are the first FCA models in this category to adopt hybrid technology. The Fiat 500 and the Panda are the symbol of urban mobility in Europe, with about 400,000 units sold throughout the year.

Fiat 500 Hybrid

These new Hybrids usher in a new era of sustainable mobility for the brand and are being introduced just ahead of the all-electric 500 that will be introduced in the next few months.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Emblem

The new models will debut the new gasoline Mild Hybrid system that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1 liter 70 HP engine family with a 12-volt BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator) electric motor and a lithium battery.

Fiat Panda Hybrid

The company says compared to the gasoline-powered 1.2L 69 HP engine used on 500 and Panda models, the Mild Hybrid version improves fuel efficiency, reduces CO2 emissions on average by 20%, and up to 30% for the Panda Cross. This is achieved without losing any performance. The BSG system also allows for quiet, vibration-free restarting of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode, further enhancing driving comfort.

The new hybrid-powered Fiat 500 and Panda meet Euro 6D Final-compliant emission standards. This compliance is considered vital in the European city-car segment as some cities there restrict access and movement of vehicles with internal combustion engines. Additionally, tax breaks and other perks like discounted parking are available for cars that meet these standards.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Launch Edition Seats

The Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid will be recognizable by the "Hybrid" logo on the tailgate and an exclusive "H" shaped badge on the B pillar. A "Launch Edition" of the Hybrid 500 and Panda will be available and features for the first time in the automotive industry, an interior upholstery made with "SEAQUAL® YARN". An ecological and "green" material made from recycled plastic, of which 10% of marine origin and 90% of terrestrial origin. Plastic collected at sea is turned into flakes of polyethylene terephthalate and then mixed with other ecological, natural, recycled or recovered fibers and made into yarn.

Fiat 500 SEAQUAL interior

The Fiat 500 and the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition can be ordered now at Fiat dealerships across Europe. The 500 Hybrid will hit dealerships starting in February and the Panda Hybrid in March.

Fiat 500 Hybrid Trunk Logo

The upcoming all-electric Fiat 500 is rumored to be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and expect a big launch on this July 4th, the 52nd anniversary of the launch of the iconic 1957 Nuova Fiat 500.

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Whether we will see the new all-electric Fiat 500 here in this country has not been confirmed, but we can always hope. However, Fiat USA has displayed an all-electric concept car called the Centoventi in the US this month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020), which is a promising sign for the future.

Below is a full description of the Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid system, courtesy of the FCA Press release.

Fiat FireFly Hybrid Engine

How the FCA Mild Hybrid Technology Works

The new gasoline Mild Hybrid engine, which builds on the heritage of the famous Fire engine, more than 30 million of them were produced, implements a 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine configuration with a peak power output of 70 hp (51 kW) at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 92 Nm at 3,500 rpm.

The cylinder head has two valves per cylinder and a single camshaft with continuous variable valve timing (the timing is chain-driven). The structure includes a compact combustion chamber, high-tumble intake ducts, and external EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), providing a remarkably high compression ratio (12:1), which translates into better thermal efficiency.

Fiat FireFly Cylinder Head

The crankcase, developed in collaboration with Teksid, is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners to reduce startup times and contain the weight of the engine to just 77 kg. Additionally, friction is reduced using a crank mechanism with a bore/stroke ratio of 1.24 and a connecting rod/crank device with a 10 mm offset to maximize efficiency.

Fiat FireFly Hybrid BSG System

The BSG system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The system recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in a lithium battery with a capacity of 11 Ah, and uses it, at a peak power of 3,6 kW, to restart the engine in Stop&Start mode and to assist it during acceleration.

This technology allows the internal combustion engine to switch off, even at speeds below 30 km/h, simply by shifting into neutral (the dashboard, which displays information on the hybrid system, prompts the driver when to do so). In coasting mode, the lithium battery powers all services, ensuring the driver has full control of the vehicle.

Fiat Hybrid Powertrain

The Mild Hybrid propulsion unit in the latest Panda and 500 Hybrid Launch Edition is combined with a 6-gear C514 manual transmission evolution (transverse gearbox, front-wheel drive), with contents aimed at enhancing maneuverability and improving efficiency, including new low-friction bearings and gaskets, the use of a specific high-efficiency lubricant and a never seen before 6th gear ratio that improves fuel economy in out-of-town driving.

The comfort-related aspect has also been taken into consideration by optimizing the gearbox system support. Lastly, the new system involves lowering the entire power unit 45 mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower center of gravity.

Fiat Hybrid BSG Powertrain

The new FireFly family was developed by FCA to offer a range of downsized gasoline engines, featuring good fuel efficiency and benchmark performance in a wide range of applications. The basic structure of the new engines guarantees efficiency, modularity, and a considerable degree of standardization in terms of components and manufacturing process, flexibility and potential for future developments.

Fiat 500 and Panda

Fiat 500 and Panda
The new Hybrid Launch Edition once again positions the two Fiat icons as the stars of the show, thanks to continuous technological innovations and a timeless style. At the same time, they also complement each other: in the city car segment according to Fiat, the 500 represents the more "aspirational" side and the Panda the more "functional".

Fiat 500 Hybrid Launch Edition

The Fiat 500 is one of the most representative examples of Italian ingenuity, winning over customers for many generations. Launched in 1957 and recreated in 2007, the iconic Fiat 500 got Europe onto the roads in the 1960s, then completely revolutionized the city car category in the first decade of the 21st century, offering an extraordinary never seen before blend of style and technological innovation in this segment. And now, thanks to the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition, it will continue to play a leading role in urban mobility where last year, in its eleventh, it recorded the best number ever, with about 194,000 registered units.

Fiat 500c Hybrid Launch Edition

One of the ingredients in this success is the special series: over 30 of which have been issued which have allowed the exploration of territories uncharted by a city car. It is now time for the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition to continue the technological journey towards the future of urban mobility in the third millennium.

Fiat Panda Hybrid Launch Edition

Equally fascinating is the history of the Fiat Panda. For more than 40 years, the Panda has unmistakably represented the daily relationship with the automobile: more immediate, more carefree. The secrets of its popularity include its compact exterior dimensions, the large interior space that can be configured to any transport need, the wide range of engines and the numerous color combinations.

In total, more than 7.5 million customers have been won over by the simplicity and attractiveness of the model, a true compendium of the characteristics of the Fiat brand.

Fiat Panda Original

In addition, the Panda has always been the torchbearer of innovation for the entire segment. For example, it was the first four-wheel drive city car (1983), the first in its segment to win the prestigious "Car of the Year" (2004), and in the same year, the first city car to reach the Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,200 meters.

1990 Fiat Panda Elettra
The 1990 Fiat Panda Elettra - considered by many to be the first available to the public mass produced electric car by a major manufacturer.

The long set of records continued in 2006, when the Fiat Panda was the first large-scale methane-powered city-car put into production. Back in 2013, it was the first in its class to introduce automatic emergency braking. And today comes the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition, ready to revolutionize urban mobility by meeting the new needs of the "Panda people," a global community that looks to the future with an ever-increasing respect for the environment.

Source and images: FCA NV