New Fiat 500

Production Cars 22 Mar 2007
New Fiat 500

Fiat has released the first official images of the new 500, that will be launched on 4 July 2007, exactly 50 years after the debut of its legendary predecessor, the Nuova 500, produced for 18 years in nearly 4 million units.

2007 Fiat 500 - Side ViewDeveloped by the Fiat Style Centre and manufactured in the plant in Tychy (Poland), the new 500 is a 3-door model with compact measurements: it is 355 cm long, 165 cm wide, 149 cm tall and has a wheelbase of 230 cm.

The range of available engines includes a 75 bhp 1.3 16v Multijet turbodiesel unit and two gasoline engines, the 69 bhp 1.2 8v and the 100 bhp 1.4 16v, all of which are available with five or six speed mechanical gearboxes.

The new Fiat 500 will be officially presented in Turin on 4 July 2007, exactly 50 years after the original launch of the "Nuova Fiat 500", in 1957.

The new model will go on sale immediately after the launch.

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New Fiat 500 - Interior New Fiat 500 - Interior

About the Fiat Nuova 500 (1957-1975)

The Fiat Nuova 500 is a true icon in the automobile history: during its 18 years-long life, from 1957 to 1975, i was built in 3,893,294 units and helped Italians and many Europeans to satisfy the need for individual mobility that raised up in the early 1950s.

Fiat Nuova 500 Fiat Nuova 500

The Nuova 500 also marked the end of the post-war emergency period for motorisation and the automotive industry in Italy, and the start of the striving for comfort, albeit minimal and economical.

It also concluded the rebirth of Fiat and of its product range, after the devastation of the Second World War.

The "father" of the Nuova 500 was engineer Dante Giacosa, who had already developed many other models including the 500’s predecessor, the 500 Topolino (509,650 units between 1936-1955).

In his book ‘Progetti alla Fiat prima del computer’ (‘Design at Fiat before the computer’), he said that with the Nuova 500 Fiat "realised its programme of renewing its models, to replace those born before the Second World War".

Fiat Nuova 500 - Cutaway illustration Dante Giacosa
Fiat Nuova 500 – cutaway illustration The father of the Nuova 500: Dante Giacosa (on the left)

To know more about the history of the Nuova 500, you can download the official document released by Fiat, which contains 30 pages of detailed information about this Italian icon.

(Source: Fiat)


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