Here’s a car to cheer you up in times of economic doom and gloom – a Fiat 500 with no roof.
Known as the Fiat 500C, the worldwide preview will be taking place at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, before its launch throughout Europe in the spring. This original cabriolet pays homage to the open-top 1957 model.
The new 500C comes with the same three engines as the regular 500: a 1.3 litre 75 hp MultiJet Turbodiesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, and the two 1.2 litre 69 hp and 1.4 litre 100 hp petrol engines, available with either manual or robotised Dualogic transmission.
The new 500C also includes Fiat’s recently announced Start&Stop system, which initiates engine shutdown and subsequent re-ignition. At every complete stop, when shifting to neutral and releasing the clutch, the engine is switched off, and then restarted simply by selecting a gear.
The sliding soft top is available in three colours – ivory, red and black, and there are even two new body colours – Pearl Red and Warm Grey.