Fiat Announced Fiat 500 Convertible

Fiat will take the wraps off the convertible version of the Fiat 500 at the Geneva International Motor Show on 4 March 4th with the launch of the 500C, a new version of Fiat’s chic bambino that plays homage to the convertible version of the original Fiat 500 which was launched in 1957 and combines it with latest in technology, which means an electric roof and a spacious interior that still has seats for four adults.
Featuring an innovative soft-top – a fully fledged window to the sky – the new 500C comes in the same size as the basic model (3.55 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m) and offers the same three power plants: the 1.3 litre Multijet Turbo Diesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission and the 1.2 litre and 1.4 litre petrol engines, available with either manual or robotized Dualogic transmission. Providing different features, all three engine types are generously sized, have a brilliant temperament and offer high performance based on sophisticated technology. Standard features include stubborn reliability and environmental friendliness.

Moreover, as proof of Fiat Automobiles commitment to ecology and sustainable mobility, the new 500C incorporates the innovative “Start&Stop” system, that ensures the engine is only running when its need, cutting air and noise pollution. To this end, at every stop when shifting to neutral and releasing the clutch, the engine is switched off and then restarted simply by selecting a gear.

Created by the Fiat Styling Center and manufactured at the Tichy plant in Poland, the 500C is of the “open source” design, implying the addition of new functions to a highly successful existing product. Indeed, the Fiat 500C incorporates all the strong points of the basic model, namely top-of-segment safety features, four-adult seat habitability and generous luggage space combined with excellent loadability also with the soft top fully open, thanks to a clever parallelogram hinge device.

A highly original exercise in design, the softtop of the Fiat 500C stands out for its refined electrically operated linkage and engineering solutions of great quality and finish, such as the glass backlight and the built-in center high mounted stop light. Available in three colors (ivory, red and black), this original soft top will be matched with several bodywork color schemes, two of which have been conceived specifically for the new car, a brilliant Pearl Red and a special Warm Grey typical of sports supercars.

Last but not least, thanks to the adoption of the innovative sliding softtop combined with a styling concept which retains all-round protection, the Fiat 500C offers a delightful ride in any season of the year. All told, its many special features make this new car one of the best turned out cabriolet models currently on offer in the city-car segment.

The 500C is further proof of Fiat’s undisputed leadership in this vehicle class where continuous innovation ensures that its position as the industry’s standard is maintained. In fact the car sets new levels of in terms of comfort and safety, engineering and appointments whilst maintaining that unique and inimitable “Italian style”. A new cabriolet is born which gives great excitement and utmost driving pleasure, combining captivating lines with the performance of flexible, environment-friendly engines.


  • baskin
    February 17, 2009 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    wow!! The car looks amazing. It has a very cute look and seems to have innovative features and comfortable seating options. The brand Fiat is itself trustworthy and we can sure expect a car that’s a hit among the youths this year.

  • Mrsjprice
    February 18, 2009 - 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I had a Fiat Punto and I absolutely loved that car and thought the look of it was gorgeous! I just can’t stomach this I think it is extremely ugly looking, I don’t know how who ever designed it got away with it!

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