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Fiat slashes 500 prices

2010-03-15 08:42
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Fiat
Model 500
Engine 1 242 cm3 and 1 368 cm3 4 cylinder
Power 51 kW @ 5 500 r/min; 74 kW @ 6 000 r/min
Torque 102 Nm @ 3 000 r/min; 131 Nm @ 4 250 r/min
Transmission five-speed manual; six-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 12.9 s; 10.5 s
Top Speed 160 km/h; 182 km/h
Fuel Tank 35l
Fuel Consumption 5.1 l/100 km; 6.3l/100 km
Steering rack and pinion with Dualdrive electrical power steering
ABS with EBD
Airbags two front, two curtain, two side and one knee airbag
Tyres 175 / 65 R 14
Front Suspension Independent wheel McPherson set-up with lower wishbones anchored to a subsidiary cross-member, stabiliser bar connected to shock absorber
Rear Suspension Torsion beam
Service Intervals 30 000 km
The rather lukewarm reception granted Fiat’s new 500 has prompted a new approach. The line-up has been trimmed and prices adjusted.

With the re-introduction of the littlest Fiat around, the local subsidiary has removed a range of features and (wisely) trimmed the range of options down to a more manageable level.

The Cinquecento range now comprises two models, namely the 1.2 and 1.4 Pop, although the line-up will see at least two new additions in the not-too-distant-future, starting with the free-spirited 500C convertible a little later this month. The 1.4 Sport and Lounge models no longer feature in 500 line-up.

For now, the entry-level 1.2 comes standard with body coloured trim, chromed door handles, height adjustable steering column, the very useful dual-drive power steering system with a “city” function, power windows, "follow me home" lights, trip computer, air conditioning, height adjustable drivers seat, adjustable headlamps and an audio system with MP3 compatibility.

ABD and EDB, seven airbags, front and rear Isofix child seat lashings and daytime running lights are standard, too make this one of the safest cars in the small hatchback segment.

Fewer options

Options include Blue&Me, alloy wheels, a range of decals and paint finishes and rear parking sensors.

The two petrol units remain and the 51 kW 1.2 and the 74kW 1.4 units are thoroughly modern entities and both Euro 4-compliant.

For the utmost comfort when swanning about, the 500 rides on an independent MacPherson system and semi-independent torsion beam at the rear. This system has been modified for its application in the little Cinquecento.  

Understandably, prices for 500 have been given the chop, too although models continue to be sold with a three-year/100 000 km warranty.

A five-year/90 000 km service plan is standard on the 1.4 and a R7 400 option on the 1.2. New models are covered by 24-hour AA Fleetcare assistance for 12 months.

Fiat 500 1.2 - R135 500
Fiat 500 1.4 Pop - R157 800


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