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25 Sep 2012

FIAT at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

FIAT Panda range grows to incorporate 4X4, Trekking and Natural Power; FIAT 500L interior debuts with Lavazza coffee maker and Beats Audio sound system and sporty new FIAT 500 Street revealed.

FIAT at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

FIAT will debut several new and enhanced models at the 2012 Paris Motor Show on September 27th. Three new FIAT Panda derivatives will be unveiled: The all-new Panda 4x4, Panda Trekking and Panda Natural Power.

The Panda 4X4 remains the only all-wheel drive vehicle available in the A-segment, now offering substantially improved performance (on and off road), dynamics, packaging and efficiency than the outgoing model.

The Trekking version packs some of the 4X4's go-anywhere looks and capability but with an enhanced front-wheel-drive traction control system instead of a full 4X4 drivetrain. It is also available with a new Nitro kit, designed in collaboration with U.S. Snowboard maker Nitro, comprising roof bars; a 490-litre Freebox; Nitro decals; a backpack and a Nitro snowboard.

The new Natural Power model employs a new bi-fuel (methane and petrol) version of the TwinAir Turbo engine, combining livelier performance (power and torque are increased 14 and 34 percent respectively versus the outgoing Panda Natural Power) while cutting CO2 emissions by 20 percent to 86 g/km.

The stylish new FIAT 500L will debuts its interior to the public, highlighting such unique features as its new, premium Hi-Fi system, developed in collaboration with Beats Audio, and the bespoke espresso coffee making system created in association with Italian coffee producers Lavazza.

The Fiat 500 Street also makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show, a sporty new trim level available across all engine variants offering new front and rear bumpers, new alloy wheel designs, new side skirts and a new rear roof spoiler, not to mention sporty interior appointments.

FIAT will also introduce a new Park Avenue trim level and a new petrol engine option for the best-selling seven-seater in Italy, the FIAT Freemont, while the 2012 FIAT Punto will also be on display in TwinAir and Lounge trims.

Apart from the FIAT Freemont, FIAT Panda Trekking and FIAT Panda Natural Power, which will not be offered in Ireland, final specifications, pricing and availability of all other models, features and accessories unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show will be announced closer to their respective Irish launches.


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