Fiat has presented its new Panda at the 64th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), also known as the Frankfurt Motor Show. Making its appearance with a “new, modern and harmonious look”, this 3rd-generation Panda will begin production in the last quarter of 2011. A bi-fuel 80 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power (petrol/compressed natural gas) variant will follow the petrol-engined vehicles into production.
Although continuing to be a very compact car, the new 5-door Panda has grown just a few centimetres to ensure the attainment of the highest standards of safety and improve the generous level of passenger room and capacity of the boot still further. With a length of 365 centimetres, a width of 164 and a height of 155, it can comfortably accommodate up to five people and is equipped with one of the roomiest luggage compartments in its segment.
At its launch, the new model will be available with front-wheel drive – and later the Panda 4×4 will make its debut – and will offer a range made up of: 4 engines, 3 trim levels, 10 body colours, 4 interiors, 2 hub caps and 2 14″ and 15″ alloy wheels for a total of over 600 combinations.
To welcome the new Panda, a new production line in the “Giambattista Vico” plant in Pomigliano D’Arco (Naples) was built.
(This article compiled using information from a Fiat AG press release)