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As a contemporary solution to the famous canvas
roof on the original Cinquecento, the new 2012 Fiat 500c features a premium
dual-layer power-operated cloth top that is designed to deliver all-season
driving pleasure with the top up or down. Directly inspired from the historic
Cinquecento, the Fiat 500c features a wide glass backlight to retain the same
visibility as the hatchback, while its rounded corners are a direct inspiration
from the historic model.
With just the push of a button, the Fiat 500c's
power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds up to 60
mph (a midway point can be chosen by pressing the button anytime between). Press
the roof button again, and the roof will neatly fold all the way open and tuck
neatly behind the rear head restraints (up to 50 mph).
Even with the top up, the interior of the new 2012 Fiat 500c is airy and
roomy, and an environment designed to be comfortable and enjoyable for any
The interior design theme of the new Fiat 500c is an
artistic blend of clean lines and conveniently located features inspired by the
historic model. Through the available leather-wrapped steering wheel, the
cabrio's single concentric instrument cluster features the speedometer,
tachometer and trip computer in a distinct and effective manner. Integrating the
latest in portable vehicle navigation for improved route guidance, the
instrument cluster features a central LCD monitor that shows pictograms from the
TomTom navigation with BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication. These elements, together
with a highly integrated center stack and a uniquely designed radio and climate
control system, can be ordered in Ivory or Black for an extra level of
personalization while also influencing the interior theme to be more sporty or
The instrument panel of the new Fiat 500c continues the perfect
blend of modern simplicity with iconic Italian styling. The upper instrument
panel is designed to convey a sense of refinement and elegance and features
color-matched exterior accents for added detail. Frequently used vehicle buttons
are highlighted with chromed circular rings and are centrally located on the
exterior-matched instrument panel trim for a premium appearance. The lower
instrument panel and center console highlight the new cabrio's space utilization
with large- and small-sized storage spaces to keep mobile devices at a
A new passenger glove box stores valuable items, while
concealing the BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication system's USB port for instant
integration of mobile devices including an iPod. For an integrated look, the new
automatic- or manual-transmission shifter and bezel are ergonomically located
into the lower instrument panel and feature a mechanically styled shift knob
accented in black or leather depending on the model.
The new Fiat 500c's
interior features highly detailed driver and passenger seats available in 12
color and material combinations for maximum personality with an added touch of
personalization. Inspired by the historic Cinquecento of the 1960s, the new
seats offer the same unique split-color effect: monotone fabric at the bottom
and the upper seatback, while the head restraint is matched to the Ivory or
Black interior environment. On the Fiat 500c Lounge model, uniquely designed
cloth seats provide an upscale look and feel, while premium leather seats are
available in traditional Nero (black), a Marrone (brown) hide or ultra-sporty
Rosso (red) and deliver a sophisticated look.
Continuing the clean
interior design theme, the door panels of the new Fiat 500c feature a contrast
between the upper trim upholstered to match the seats, while the surrounding
area elegantly incorporates large map pockets and a specially designed space-
and weight-saving BOSE Energy Efficient Series premium audio system. Paying
homage to the past, the chromed "hook" door-handle shape recalls one of the most
remembered features on the original model while integrating modern-day power
Adapted for U.S. customers,
the new 2012 Fiat 500c features an all-new 1.4-liter 16-valve engine with
state-of-the-art MultiAir fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technology - the
quietest powertrain versus its competitors. Invented and patented by Fiat
Powertrain Technologies (FPT), MultiAir provides world-class levels of power,
best-in-class 30 mpg city (manual transmission) fuel efficiency, quality and
Delivering spirited driving and well-suited for the Fiat
500c's lightweight design and city-friendly size, the efficient and responsive
1.4-liter MultiAir in-line four-cylinder engine provides 101 horsepower (75 kW)
at 6,500 rpm and 98 lb-ft (133 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm. When paired with the
five-speed manual transmission, the Fiat 500 delivers up to 38 highway mpg.
Helping to achieve 10 percent greater fuel efficiency and power while
decreasing CO2 emissions up to 10 percent compared to engines without the
system, the new Fiat 500c features the world's first Fully Variable Valve
Actuation (FVVA) system on a production engine. Also known as MultiAir, this
innovative intake-valve system replaces a traditional overhead cam with
hydraulic actuation controlled by four, fast-responding, electronic solenoids -
delivering instantaneous air-fuel adjustment at any time in the engine cycle for
maximum efficiency and power.
The new 2012 Fiat 500c offers two reliable,
robust and sophisticated transmissions uniquely designed for improved efficiency
and driving fun.
An all-new six-speed automatic transmission with
driver-selectable gear changes provides the new Fiat 500c with smooth shifting
and excellent fuel economy. For more engaging driving, the driver can select the
Should the driver select 'Sport' mode on the instrument
panel, the all-new six-speed automatic transmission provides greater driving
enjoyment. Through advanced powertrain management, 'Sport' mode enables quicker
gear changes, a unique throttle map for improved engine responsiveness and
allows each gear to be held for longer periods near the redline.
upgraded five-speed manual transmission features new gear ratios for the U.S.
market, allowing the new Fiat 500c to deliver improved fuel efficiency and
quicker off-the-line acceleration. For improved durability and pedal feel, a new
self-adjusting hydraulic-clutch system is standard on the
manual-transmission-equipped Fiat 500c.
Two New Fiat 500c Models
The new 2012 Fiat 500c offers two exciting models infused with style,
technology and convenience features to make life under the open sky more
personalized and fun.
Fiat 500c Pop
Designed for the individual
who wants Italian style, efficiency and personalization options, the new 2012
Fiat 500c Pop model includes a premium dual-layer power-cloth top, manual
transmission, 15-inch steel wheels with chrome-accented wheel covers and
all-season tires, seven standard air bags, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio
with auxiliary audio input, chromed exhaust tip, power windows, power door
locks, power heated mirrors, speed control, BLUE&ME Handsfree Communication
technology with USB port, eco:Drive Application and iPod control capability,
leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, reconfigurable Electronic
Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer, miles-to-empty, average
fuel economy and tire-pressure monitoring display (TPM).
The Fiat 500c
Pop model is the only four-seat cabrio in the market priced below $20,000. The
U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2012 Fiat 500c Pop is
$19,500 and arrives at FIAT Studios in late-Spring.
Fiat 500c Lounge
Tailored for the individual who wants their cabrio to reflect their
fashion-oriented lifestyle, the new 2012 Fiat 500c Lounge model features premium
amenities (in addition to the Fiat 500c Pop features) including the all-new
six-speed automatic transmission with driver-selectable gear changes, front- and
rear-fascia chromed accents, chromed mirror caps, fog lamps, 15-inch aluminum
wheels with all-season tires, premium cloth seats, SIRIUS Satellite Radio,
automatic climate control, and BOSE Energy Efficient Series audio system with
six premium speakers and subwoofer and security alarm.
The MSRP of the
2012 Fiat 500c Lounge is $23,500 and arrives at FIAT Studios in late-Spring.
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