Small, Smart, Speedy Italian Debut: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio
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Small-Smart-Speedy Italian Debut: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

Small-Smart-Speedy Italian Debut: 2012 Fiat 500 Cabrio

A sneak-peak of this Italian smart dwarf on wheels, Fiat 500c, was revealed on 21st April 2011 at New York International Auto Show introduced by Laura Soave, Head of Fiat, North America.

The world renowned Italian automobile manufacturer, Fiat, established in 1899, has rolled out a number of successful Fiat models; Fiat 124, Lancia Delta, Fiat Punto, Alfa Romeo 147, Fiat 500 to name a few. Though Fiat has faced constant changes in its Chairman-ship originating from Gianni Agnelli, Paolo Fresco and a series of others, before John Elkann was elected as the company’s Chairman and Sergio Marchionne its Chief Executive in June 2004, the Fiat 500 Cabrio’s debut in April 2011 has surely elevated its Royal-success-tag.

Fiat 500c: “Convertible” dazzler

Usually tagged as the “cute-small car” Fiat 500 proves to be a real stunner with its double-layered power operated cloth–coated soft top. Enhancing landscape viewing Fiat 500 Cabrio steers nature-luxury for all seasons with its unique top up or down facility.

In comparison to a hard top this soft top 500 provides enhanced headspace for a tall stature to fit in conveniently. Fabio DiMuro, chief engineer for the Fiat 500 hardtop and the Fiat 500 Cabrio, said his team invested a huge amount of time and understanding to create a soft top that would impede the wind and noise, altogether to block the disturbing elements.

Fiat 500 Cabrio possesses a small engine with a capacity of 1.4 liters, 16-valve fuel-injected in-line four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. The soft top 500 speeds in the city for about 30 miles per gallon. Soaring on utility of technology Fiat plays it smart, with an ecoDrive.

Furthering the coupe’s fuel efficiency, the use of this technology estimates that the car might yield a mileage of more than 31 mpg in the city, thus turning Fiat 500c into a more fuel efficient stylish-commuter.

The Fiat 500 Cabrio is most likely to be produced in fourteen exterior colors, three different soft-top colors, and an interior of either black or white, with 12 combinations of interior fabrics and materials. Fiat 500c’s “Pop” version includes a 5-speed manual transmission, power windows, and cruise control.

Brand-tag, experience, technology, comfort, luxury, style, color at its best!

Fiat 500 vs. Mini Cooper: Debut or a Contender ?

With Fiat 500c’s fabulous introductory specifications, simultaneously it also instigates competitive price questions against its European rival. The base price for the 2012 Fiat 500c can be approximately $20,000. Including added benefits like heated leather seats, navigation and a six-speed automatic transmission, it's possible to run the approximate price for the convertible up to around $26,000.

The price at its best as well?

Though the Cooper beats Fiat 500 in its style, fit and finish; the soft top 500 is surely a show-stealer when dollars are the priority. As per statistics at Affordable Small Cars the Mini Cooper is ranked 9th out of 33 in the Affordable Small Cars list.

As opposed to this, the base Cooper starts at $20,100, while The John Cooper Works convertible is the most expensive and starts at $35,000.

Author
Richard Meryn, Associate Editor Industry Leaders Magazine (www.industryleadersmagazine.com)

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