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SPECIAL VEHICLE: Craftsmen have worked on the Fiat by hand. Image: Supplied.


2015 Fiat 500X

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GENEVA, Switzerland - The Fiat 500X "Black Tie", a show car based on Fiat's new crossover, the automakers says, explores a new dimension of the 500 "in which style, substance and quintessential Italian design characterise a high-performance car always connected to the world".

The car was customised by the experts of Garage Italia Customs, Lapo Elkann's latest project dedicated to auto enthusiasts who want to own a unique product.

The report says all professionals on the team are automobile craftsmen who work entirely by hand. The underlying idea of the show car is to provide an unlimited choice of style solutions to make distinctively tailored custom products expressing the customer's expectations.


On the outside, Fiat 500X "Black Tie" has an innovative "wrap" paint job which combines chrome-plated film and traditional paint. The result, the developers say, is an elegant herringbone effect set off by varnished wood roof rails and handles.

The treatment is picked up inside by one-of-a-kind crafted details, such as the seamless black denim roof and upper pillar linings.

Other touches include cashmere sun visors with black leather edging and matte-black painted handles and ceiling light. The lower pillar lining, kick plate and non-slip floor mats of the front and rear doors are made of black Alcantara with dark stitching.

The seats are covered with denim on the outside and British-style cashmere on the inside with black leather edging and ice-colour stitching. The cashmere pattern on the seats carries over the herringbone effect of the exterior to convey a uniform style throughout.

The entire dashboard, panel structure and transmission tunnel are also covered in black Alcantara, while the panel inserts are half cashmere and half denim with ice-colour stitching. The inner door moulding, central console, dashboard accents and the entire luggage cover panel are made of solid wood and nod to the style suggested on the outside.

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