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Fiat 500

Bristol’s Premier Used Car Dealership Hanham Road Autos

The History of the FIAT 500

Sourced from Wikipedia

Driven by the tremendous success of the Smart Fortwo, especially in Italy, Fiat began examining a variety of small car concepts “to regain its small-car crown,” — developing an “intense interest in producing a Smart (Fortwo) competitor” — and concluding that “most customers want more than just the Smart’s two seats.”

The 2004 Fiat Trepiùno concept, from which the Fiat 500 derives, was introduced at the 74th Geneva Motorshow — designed at Centro Stile Fiat by Roberto Giolito in a style strongly reminiscent of the original Fiat 5001957.

The name “Trepiùno” is a contraction of “tre più uno“, or “three plus one” in Italian; as the design accommodates three adults and one child — by reducing requirements ahead of the front passenger (with high-tech, space-saving, thin materials), sliding the front passenger forward, and positioning the third adult directly behind the passenger, allowing a fourth, smaller, occasional passenger to sit behind the driver.

The concept design was translated into the 2007 production model under the direction of Frank Stephenson. According to Stephenson, aerodynamic concerns were paramount with the new Fiat 500, saying we preferred the look without the spoiler as on the original Nuova 500. Nonetheless, the small rear spoiler at the top of the rear hatch provides a CD of .32 — where without the spoiler the drag coefficient would have been 0.40.

The Fiat 500 uses a widened variant of the Fiat Mini platform.

The Fiat 500 C

The fixed-profile convertible variant of the Fiat 500 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009 designated the  Fiat 500 C (C for Cabrio), historically recalling the fixed-profile convertible of the original 1957 Fiat 500 — as well as similar fixed-profile convertibles such as the Citroën DS 3 (2013), Nissan Figaro (1991), Citroën 2CV (1948–1990) and the Nash Rambler Convertible “Landau” Coupe (1950).

The Fiat 500 C features fully stamped body-side panels retaining the hatchback 500’s profile (door frames, roof pillars, and side windows) to increase structural rigidity, reduce scuttle shake, and retain side and curtain airbags — in trade for a less open experience than a fully pillarless convertible. Weighing 40 kg (50lbs) more than its hatchback counterpart, the Fiat 500 C features a slightly longer windshield than the hatchback, with a concealed and reinforced upper structural cross-member; a stronger front cross-member behind the instrument panel; a rear strut on which the retracted roof folds; reinforced B-pillars; and the rear anti-roll bar setup from the Abarth, high performance model.

The top itself is a dual-layer, three-position power-retractable cloth top with a glass rear window, electric defroster and an integrated color-matched spoiler with a center high-mounted stop lamp that remains visible with the top in any position. The top retracts in three stages: over the two front passengers, over all four passengers (to the rear spoiler) and fully retracted with its stack folded behind the rear head restraints just above the rear cargo opening. The top is controlled either via the key remote or by open/close buttons at the windshield header adjacent to the interior ceiling light and retracts to the first two stages at speeds up to 60 kph (37 mph), to its third stage at up to 50 mph — and is available in black, tan or red.

With its 50/50 split-fold rear seats in their upright position, the Fiat 500 C rear cargo capacity is reduced from 9 cubic feet to 5.4 feet compared to the hatchback — offering 23.4 cubic feet cargo volume with the 50/50 split-fold rear seats folded. At its rear trunk lid, the Fiat 500 C features “parallelogram” liftgate hinges. When the rear cargo lid is opened while the top is fully lowered, the top automatically closes partly — for greater cargo access. Because of limited rear visibility, Fiat 500 C models are equipped with an ultrasonic rear park assist system to audibly indicate obstacles when backing.

Fiat 500 Abarth

The Abarth 500 is a performance model of the Fiat 500 tuned in-house by FCA’s Abarth subsidiary. It was unveiled at the 78th Geneva Motor Show, a year after the rebirth of Abarth brand and company. All models use a turbocharger and intercooled version of the 1.4 L Fire I4 petrol engine.

The Abarth Fiat 500’s 1.4 L engine is equipped with an IHI RHF3-P turbocharger and is rated at 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) at 5500 rpm and 180 N·m (130 lb·ft) (206 N·m (152 lb·ft) in sports mode) torque at 3000 rpm. It includes a five-speed C510 transmission, low ride suspension, electric power steering with sports setting, 6.5 x 16″ aluminum alloy rim with 195/45 R16 tyres and four-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated). Interior includes turbo pressure gauge, gear shift indicator, aluminum foot pedals, Blue&Me entertainment system with telemetry and GPS. The car costs £13,600 in the UK. A 5-speed semi-automatic transmission (called MTA) is available as an alternative to the manual transmission.

The Abarth version of the Fiat 500 C (cabriolet) was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Abarth Fiat 500 C has a top speed of 205 km/h (127 mph) and it can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 8.1 seconds.

Fiat 500e (2013-)

The design of production Fiat 500 e is based on Fiat 500 Elettra.

The vehicle was unveiled in November 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by Frankfurt Motor Show 2013.

Deliveries began in California by July 2013, and around 645 units were sold in the U.S. in 2013. The American rollout is scheduled to continue to other states with mandates of sales of zero emission vehicles, but Fiat-Chrysler does not have plans to make the Fiat 500 e available in Europe. About 16,549 units have been sold in the U.S. through May 2016. Sergio Marchionne reported that Fiat loses $14,000 on every Fiat 500 e it sells, and only produces the cars because state rules require it.

2016 Fiat 500 facelift

For MY 2016 Fiat 500 and Fiat 500 C received a facelift including redesigned grille and reshaped headlights incorporating daytime running lights with LED technology; revised 15″ and 16″ alloy wheels; new paint colors, rear bumper chrome strip with fog lights and rear tail lights featured integrated LED’s. Interiors have revised controls and a redesigned steering wheel. Available trims are Pop, Pop Star, and Lounge. Three engines are available in Europe: 1.2 petrol, 0.9 Twin Air petrol in either 85 or 105 hp-setup, all Euro 6 emission compliant.

The facelifted Fiat 500 (and in some markets, the 1957 Edition) were introduced with strong product placement tie-ins with Charlie Puth’s debut single, Marvin Gaye — in both the song’s video as well as prominent print advertising.

We normally always have approximately 4 to 5 Fiat 500’s in stock at any one time, if we don’t have the actual model of Fiat 500 that you require we will always source the vehicle for you. Remember there is only one dealer in Bristol that you will receive outstanding customer service, 12 months FREE AA breakdown cover and our standard 3-month warranty

Hanham Road Autos are located at 13 Hanham Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8PW

We offer competitive finance rates on all our vehicles regardless of credit score 

Additional information: We are located 4 miles from Temple Meads Train Station (Bristol’s Main Station)

Bristol Airport is 15 miles away from Hanham Road Autos.

The M4 & M5 motorways are 6.5 miles from Hanham Road Autos and offers easy access to the Bristol ring road.

We are open Monday to Saturday (9:00 – 18:00) & on Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Tel: 01179 606447

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