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New Fiats featured at IAA Frankfurt

by Bill Cawthon on

Fiat returns to the Frankfurt International Motor Show with tried and tested models to underscore the brand’s unique position on the international motoring stage.

Fiat TwinAir 500 with byAbarth Pack: One of every three Cinquecentos sold in Europe is equipped with the award-winning 0.9-liter TwinAir engine. For the Frankfurt Auto Show, Fiat has created the new “byAbarth Pack.” The customization kit, developed in close collaboration with Abarth, will be available beginning in October and includes special “Total Black” 16-inch alloy wheels with Abarth hub caps, side skirts, rear spoiler, racing graphics on the hood and a sporty pedal unit. The new “byAbarth Pack” will be offered as an option combined with the Pasodoble Red and Crossover Black exterior colors.

2012 Fiat Panda: The star of the exhibit is the new Panda, a successful city car that for 31 years has always been a benchmark of functional design, maneuverability, space, reliability and comfort. With the third generation, the Panda makes maximum use of the interior space while minimizing the dimensions. The Panda has grown just a few centimeters to ensure the highest standards of safety and improve the generous level of passenger room and trunk capacity. With a length of 143.7 inches, a width of 64.6 inches and a height of 61 inches, the new Panda can comfortably accommodate up to five people and is equipped with one of the roomiest luggage compartments in its segment. The Panda engine range has been expanded with the TwinAir twin-cylinder engines: the 85-horsepower Turbo, named “International Engine of the Year 2011,” and the new 65-horsepower aspirated engine, with even lower fuel consumption.

The new Panda will initially be offered in front-wheel-drive configuration only. A 4X4 version will come later. Engine choices include the TwinAir Turbo, the Aspirated TwinAir, the 69-horsepower 1.2-liter Fire and 75-horsepower 1.3-liter Multijet II. Buyers can select from three trim levels, ten body colors, four interior environments, two hub caps and two 14″ and 15″ alloy wheels for a total of over 600 combinations. During the first year of sales, an innovative braking system will also become available which, at speeds below 18 miles per hour, can detect obstacles at close range and stop automatically.

2012 Fiat Punto: The Fiat exhibit will also include the new 2012 Punto 2012. It is an important product refresh that will allow the Punto to remain among Europe’s bestsellers when it is launched next year. Along with the updated styling the Punto will now be available with the 85-horsepower TwinAir engine. At the show, Fiat will introduce an new Punto Color: Verde Lime.

2012 Fiat Qubo: The new Fiat Qubo Trekking is also making its debut in Frankfurt. It emphasizes the “Outdoor” characteristics of the Qubo’s exterior and offers burnished headlights, new two-tome black/aluminium side mouldings and a new protective shield on the rear bumper as standard. The Qubo also offers: special front bumpers with protective shield, the Traction+ traction control system and high ride height combined with a under-engine skid plate, longitudinal roof bars, privacy type rear windows and alloy wheels with 185/65 R15 M+S special tires.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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