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2008-08-27 14:37
Fiat, Portofino

Fiat is approaching things a bit differently at a big commercial motor show with an open-top version of its Fiorino panelvan called Portofino.

Described as a contemporary twist on the classic beach buggy, the Portofino is regarded as a recreational vehicle for holiday and leisure use.

Based on the Fiorino Combi panelvan, the Portofino can accommodate five people. It also has a flexible interior configuration with a split rear bench. Interior flooring's wood finish mimics a ship's hull, while the original dashboard has been repainted for a light finish.

Its most notable features are, however, evident from the outside. Apart from Portofino's eye-catching gold hue, the doors have done a disappearing act too.

But it does have a Traction Plus device that is said to increase traction and ensure the vehicle gets out of even the stickiest situations.

A covered version of the Portofino to offer some sort of protection against the elements will, according to Fiat, be available at a later date.

The Portofino show van is the result of a partnership between Vernagally-Holiday (a conversion company specialising in small recreational vehicles) and SALT a tuner of special and exclusive vehicles.

This showvan will be on display at the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, from August 29 to September 7.


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