The Fiat 500C – a Convertible version of the successful city car will make its debut in the Geneva Motor Show 2009. the car will be available with the Fiat 500 car’s three engines – 1.2 litre, 1.4 litre petrol and a 1.3 litre diesel developing 69bhp, 100bhp and 75bhp respectively.
To save space, the Fiat 500C gets a sliding canvas roof which sits at the back of the car when opened – similar to the Citroen C3 Pluriel and classic Citroen 2CV.
The C is the latest model to join the super-successful Fiat 500 range since its re-launch in 2007. The 500C also gets Fiat’s stop-start technology where the engine is automatically shutdown when the car is stationary, helping to cut carbon emissions. This improves the fuel economy.
The Fiat Bravo has been given a heart transplant for 2008 and now comes with an all-new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine.
The new Fiat Bravo 1.6-litre will be available in two power options – a 105bhp and 120bhp turbo-diesel – which come with 210lb/ft and 220lb/ft of pulling power respectively.
Fiat has replaced the familiar 1.9-litre turbo-diesel with this new ‘downsized’ 1.6-litre, which is said to offer a 25 per cent increase in pulling power and an 8 per cent decrease in fuel consumption.
The new Fiat Bravo scored five stars in the EuroNCAP safety test and last year sold a record 90,000 models in Europe
Fiat Multipla MPV won a host of awards for its practicality – comfortably seating six adults.
The problem with the Multipla was its controversial looks, but its 2004 facelift saw the Fiat go full circle, offering a more conservative design, but still maintaining the innovative six-seating profile.
Inside, the Fiat Multipla is a place of purpose. From the gear stick which is placed to the left of the steering wheel to the handbrake to the right of the driver’s seat, everything has been set out to accommodate the front row’s middle seat.
For a car with such a high roofline, the Fiat Multipla handles quite well.
Fiat’s new models fair better than ever in the reliability stakes.
It’s not an overly well specced car and is available in three trim levels – Dynamic Family, Dynamic Plus and Eleganza. All models get remote central locking, electric front windows, CD player and immobiliser.
The Fiat Multipla is a competent MPV which should be complimented on its innovative six-seat layout..
The Fiat Doblo MPV range is an excellent choice for cost-conscious motorists looking for a flexible and spacious vehicle.
It might be based on the Doblo van, but there’s not much evidence of its roots as a commercial vehicle. And in its 1.3 Multijet Family guise, the Doblo is the UK’s cheapest seven-seater.
The Doblo might not be conventionally attractive, but its utilitarian looks are appealing for some.
The interior is very functional, from the dashboard right through to the rear seats.
The Doblo is likely to be bought by those looking to lug large loads, with the occasional need to ferry up to seven people. The Active and Dynamic models have five seats, while the Family (tested here) adds a third row.
The Fiat Doblo handles surprisingly well, with responsive steering and limited body roll for what is basically a commercial vehicle.
The Doblo is available with a choice of a 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.3-litre diesel and two 1.9 diesels.
The Doblo is built of tough stuff, and it has to be, particularly in its van guises.
If you’re in the market for a bargain basement people and luggage mover which also happens to be a rather good steer, the Doblo is the MPV for you.
British buyers hunting for a family hatch are spoilt for choice. The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astral dominate the market.
But then there’s the mighty VW Golf, Toyota’s newly-launched Auris and Honda’s sexy Civic to choose from, not to mention the Peugeot 307, Citroen C4, Seat Leon, Kia Cee’d, Dodge Caliber… need we go on?
Now Fiat has unveiled the Bravo to compete in an already crowded market – which can only be good news for the consumer.
The first thing you’d expect from a Fiat is for it to be a bit of a looker – and its no surprise the Italian company sees this as one of the Bravo’s strongest selling points.
Buyers can choose between three petrol engines, the 1.4-litre T-Jet 120bhp model, 1.4-litre T-Jet 150 bhp model and a 90bhp model due later in the year. Diesel fans can choose between a 120bhp and 150bhp 1.9-litre model.
The model achieved to a maximum five star rating following EuroNCAP safety tests.
Overall, Fiat has achieved considerable success in meeting their big aims with the Bravo – beauty, safety and performance.
And in terms of building on the good work begun with last year’s launch of the Grande Punto – the Bravo looks set to be a winner.