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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

FIAT AT THE 2016 PARIS INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  • Fiat's partnership with Riva leads to the meeting of two icons: Fiat 500 Riva goes under the spotlights, alongside an example of the Aquariva Super, the yacht that inspired its creation. Two symbols of Italian beauty.
  • On the stand, all the members of the Tipo family, with the recent launch of the new Station Wagon version and DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 500 is also on show in its more dynamic, male version: the 500S.
  • The 124 Spider is again making a comeback, with the new special "America" series, now also available with the new automatic transmission.
  • Fiat also makes room for the world première of the new 500X, 1.6 Multijet with dual-clutch automatic transmission.
  • Visitors can also admire the character and connectivity of the 2017 Panda in the Cross version.
  • The stand represents the two functional and exciting worlds that characterise the Fiat brand.

 

The Fiat brand returns to Paris with the symbol of great Italian beauty that is fruit of the meeting between two absolute icons of the motoring and sailing worlds: the 500 Riva, exhibited alongside an example of the Aquariva Super, the yacht that inspired its creation.

And the entire Tipo family is also present on the stand, three vehicles with very different purposes and identities, but both designed to offer functionality and value for money. With spotlights focused on the Station Wagon version and on the DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, the full range epitomises the functional world of the Fiat brand, just as the 500 embodies its emotional side. For this reason, space is also given to the 500S, the new more dynamic version characterised by its bold look and full set of standard equipment. The 124 Spider is again making a comeback, with the new special "America" series, now available with the new automatic transmission. The dual-clutch transmission, paired with the 1.6 Multijet engine, makes its worldwide début on the 500X, under the spotlight alongside the 500L: with its market leadership in its segment continuing to grow, it completes the 500 family. Last but not least, functionality on all terrains with the refreshed Panda 2017 in the Cross version, the ideal vehicle for off-road driving that sparkles with style, efficiency, agility and its compact size. It concentrates all the exclusiveness of the off-road vehicles in higher categories into just 370 centimetres.

Fiat 500 Riva

The target of the new 500 Riva are motorists seeking on dry land the same exclusivity as the Aquariva Super yacht - iconic model currently produced by Riva and heir of the legendary Aquarama - and the accessibility that has made the 500 an icon: quality materials and a unique style that simulate the emotions of sailing on the streets of the city.

A combination that has immediately won favour amongst motorists everywhere. Only three months after orders for the 500 Riva opened in the main European countries, more than 3,000 cars were sold, a figure far beyond all expectations. And so the feather in the cap of the 500 range quite rightfully took pride of place at the Paris Motor Show, giving visitors the chance to admire its beauty and elegance alongside the Italian yacht that inspired it, emblem of the Italian boat manufacturing industry.

The "Sera Blue" colour of the bodywork is the only colour chosen for this special series, it being one of the historical and most popular shades in the palette proposed for the Aquariva Super yachts.

The open top version present on the stand features an exclusive dark blue hood, especially designed for this model. Instead, its sedan twin is characterised by a black panoramic roof, which gives it a particularly elegant look.

Unique details embellish the livery: the mirror caps are chrome-plated, as are the handles and the bonnet trim which emphasises its streamline style, in perfect harmony with the style of the boats produced by the legendary shipyard in Sarnico. Furthermore, a double aquamarine line enhances the soft profile of the 500: running along the belt line, it recalls the beautiful line present in the yachts. Lastly, the brand new and exclusive 16" 20-spoke light alloy rims, characterised by a dedicated blue finish, designed especially for this version. The special Riva 500 series is also the only one to feature the logo of the nautical legend on the boot, wheel arch, wooden insert on the side panel and on the dashboard.

The dashboard is the real heart of the 500 Riva. Made of hand-painted mahogany with maple inlay work, it offers the occupants the luxurious warmth of life on-board, as emphasised by the Riva logo. An innovative engineering process was implemented to make the dashboard: the wood is applied onto an ultralight carbon shell to ensure stability, flexibility and perfect strength over time. The maple inlays are inserted by hand, making each creation truly unique. In this way, wood - the most natural of materials - meets state-of-the-art technology for a result of absolute excellence, just like on Riva yachts: the perfect combination of state-of-the-art technology and expert craftsmanship. In addition to the dashboard, other details in mahogany include the door sills and gear knob, machined from solid wood. From September on, the 500 Riva will also be embellished by an even more exclusive detail: the steering wheel with an elegant wood inlay. And exclusivity is also the name of the game for the seats, with ivory Poltrona Frau® leather upholstery in quilted effect and contrasting ivory stitching. The seat side strips are Sera blue, like the profiles of the seatbelts, also ivory. As visitors to the Fiat stand at the Paris Motor Show can see, everything on board the vehicle, from the colours to the materials, recalls the exclusive environment of Aquariva Super. The attention to detail is meticulous, in a coherent and elegant colour palette. The mats have been especially created with ivory hems and contrasting "Sera Blue" stitching, while the boot mat also features a wood insert with Riva lettering.

The Fiat 500 Riva has a particularly wide range of standard safety features, including seven airbags, ABS complete with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) Hill Holder, which assists the driver during hill starts, and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) that helps with emergency braking. Naturally, the standard equipment also includes automatic air-conditioning, fog lights, LED day-time lights and a personalised TFT screen with aquamarine background and Riva logo.

Visitors to the Motor Show in Paris will be able to see a couple of 500 Riva cars take to the runway, equipped with the brilliant 1.2 Fire 69 HP engine. But the 500 Riva range presents many alternatives including the two-cylinder 0.9 TwinAir 85 and 105 HP engines and the diesel 1.3 Multijet 95 HP engine.

The Tipo family

Personality, simplicity and functionality combined with an unbeatable offer of value: these are the characteristics that have sealed the success of the Tipo family and have led it to win the prestigious "Autobest" award as "Best Buy Car 2016". An exceptional, full-range offer, focused on "value for money", the key element in the strategy of the Fiat functional family, as summed up by the slogan " You don't need much to get a lot".

On the stand, visitors will also have the chance to admire an example of the 4-door sedan in the "Lounge" version, equipped with the 1.6 Multijet II Euro 6 120 HP turbodiesel engine in the metallic "Maestro Grey" colour. The Tipo range is completed by the 5Doors and SW versions, which are also shown with Lounge trim level. The Fiat Tipo 5Doors will be unveiled in two variants: the 1.4 T-Jet Euro 6 120 HP in metallic Amore Red livery and the 1.6 MultiJet II 120 HP with the new automatic dual clutch transmission - launched in the dealerships in the last few days- for the model in metallic Cinema Black. The youngest addition to the family brings it full circle, the long-awaited Station Wagon variant, which will take to the exhibition floor in the metallic "Mediterranean Blue" and "Colosseum Grey" colours. These are powered by the 1.6 Multijet II diesel engine with dual-clutch automatic transmission and by the petrol 1.4 T-Jet engine, both Euro 6 with 120 HP.

The three styles share the same values but each have unique personalities as diverse as their respective target audiences, from families and couples to young people.

The Tipo family was developed around the brief "Skills, no frills" and combines the Fiat brand's historic concepts of functionality, simplicity and personality in an extraordinary value-for-money offering.

The 4Doors has "rocked the market" with an incredible equation of values in terms of contents, quality and price: and it is no coincidence that so far over 50,000 examples of this model have been sold in the EMEA area, including 25,000 in Europe. This is an exceptional figure if we consider that before the Tipo 4Doors, the compact sedan market in Europe accounted for 50,000 units per year. The 5Doors version was launched in the dealerships before the summer, and has already been chosen by over 15,000 customers in just over three months. Therefore, thanks to its contribution, the Tipo family is still gaining favour with customers and has now been firmly stationed at the top of segment C in Italy for the last two months, beating several well-respected competitors with tradition on their side, racking up a 21% market share in August: more than 1 compact vehicle in 5 is a Fiat Tipo in Italy, and the car has also been declared the third best-selling car of all in the Italian car industry.

In September the Tipo family will be complete, with the arrival of the third, long-awaited variant: the Tipo Station Wagon is the most spacious, flexible vehicle on the market, remaining true to the Tipo family's balanced price, content and quality ratio, while ensuring additional functionality and flexibility. In 4.57 metres of length, it combines a comfort level for its occupants at the top of the category with room for passengers up to 1.87 metres tall in the front seat and three 1.80 metre tall passengers on the rear seat at the same time, with 550 litres of boot space. The vehicle can be put to a number of different uses with "Magic Cargo Space" the function that allows the boot to be configured with only one hand, making it perfect for all family, leisure or work needs. It has a configurable shelf that can be set to two positions to increase the boot depth and two removable side walls can be used to stow small objects and exploit the width of the boot to the max.

The asymmetric Flip&Fold seats also provide a flat, continuous loading surface without steps at the tailgate, of over 1.80 metres in length. This way, the new Tipo Station Wagon responds to all customer requirements with maximum flexibility, and can be used to carry bikes, skis, pushchairs, surf boards and luggage.

To sum up, a Fiat that specifically targets families and Business to Business customers, given the extraordinary equation of value between price, product characteristics and contents. But that's not all: from the early stages of development, special attention was given to total cost of ownership (TCO), a key consideration for both private and business-to-business customers. The top-in-class TCO values are made possible by particularly low fuel consumption, coupled with low maintenance, repair and running costs. Furthermore, the simple and straightforward range and the comprehensive standard equipment keep the residual value high in the long term, while the specific Business versions offer a comprehensive solution to the needs of fleet customers.

Particular emphasis has been given to the range of Euro 6 engines, designed for the heart of the European market and developed over three different engine strengths with three different types of fuel systems. We are talking about the petrol-driven 1.4 16v Fire 95 HP engine, the 1.4 T-Jet 120 HP engine and the 1.6 E-torQ 110 HP engine, in addition to the dual petrol and LPG 1.4 T-Jet 120 HP engine. The range is completed by the 1.3 Multijet II 95 HP and 1.6 Multijet II 120 HP turbodiesel engines, now also available in "ECO" version: this is a choice based on a higher performance, favouring fuel efficiency and lower emissions. It is therefore the ideal vehicle for long distance trips and optimises the Total Cost of Ownership. Its secret lies in the effective combination of sophisticated motor sport solutions and specific on-board features. In detail, the 1.6 MultiJet II engine incorporates a Start&Stop system, intelligent alternator, variable displacement oil pump, electronically controlled fuel pump and electric thermostat. The ECO version incorporates an aerodynamic pack that includes Active Grille Shutter (AGS), which adjusts the air flow to the cooling system by opening and closing the front grille, thereby also keeping the engine at the correct operating temperature. Furthermore, the restriction of air flow reduces aerodynamic drag, which has a positive effect on fuel consumption.

Also included in the pack are low wind resistance 16" alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres.

Thanks to these features, the Tipo 1.6 MultiJet II ECO cuts CO2 emissions to 89 g/km in the combined test cycle.

In September, DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission will also be available on the full 1.6 Multijet II range. This ensures continuous torque and traction delivery without loss of power during gear changes. Technically, the system consists of two automated transmissions, one with the even gears and the other with the odd gears positioned in parallel. The gear is changed in one of the two, while the other continues the traction with another gear. The gear is effectively changed by adjusting the corresponding clutches to ensure the continuity of traction during the entire manoeuvre. The clutches are the "dry" type to minimise the impact on the vehicle and maximise the efficiency of the entire system. The dual clutch transmission can be used in automatic or sequential manner, according to whether the driver chooses a comfortable and fuel-efficient or a more dynamic driving style.

Additionally, in true Fiat style, the Tipo family is packed with plenty of clever solutions that make life better for everyone on-board. The line-up offers remarkably generous standard equipment, such as the innovative Uconnect™ 7" HD LIVE system, featuring a 7" high-resolution colour touchscreen display with capacitive screen that the user can pinch and swipe just like a tablet. The latest-generation system includes a hands-free Bluetooth interface, audio streaming, text reader and voice recognition, AUX and USB ports with iPod integration, controls on the steering wheel and, on demand, rear parking camera and the new TomTom 3D built-in navigation system.

The customer will always be connected, with the Uconnect™ LIVE services available on the touchscreen radio.

Users who download the free Uconnect™ LIVE app from the App Store or Google Play Store onto their smartphone can fully exploit the benefits of Uconnect™ LIVE, including music streaming with Deezer and TuneIn, news from Reuters, connected navigation with TomTom LIVE and the ability to stay in touch with friends via Facebook Check-in and Twitter. Besides savings, users can also be sure to monitor their car's environmental performance and maintenance status with eco:Drive and my:Car.

CarPlay and Android Auto™ will also be available on Uconnect™ 7" HD LIVE by the end of this year.

Apple CarPlay allows the driver to use their iPhone in the car in the most intuitive way possible: it perfectly integrates the iPhone with the car's display and native controls. Now users will be able to make calls, play their music, send and receive messages, get directions optimised for traffic conditions and much more, while staying focused on the road.

Android Auto will give the driver useful information organised in simple sheets that only appear when necessary. This function gives access to Google Maps with voice-guided navigation system, traffic information in real time, lane guidance; Google Play Music and many other music services; the ability to make and receive calls and send messages while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

Android Auto and Google Play Music are registered trademarks of Google Inc.

Ready to face the challenges of the future, the Tipo family was designed in Italy by the Fiat Style Centre and developed in Europe and Turkey together with Tofaş R&D, one of FCA's largest research and development centres, involving a dedicated team of over 2,000 people during the three-year development process. During that time, the models were tested over a total distance of 8.7 million kilometres in extreme weather, road and high altitude conditions, in order to be ready for sale in over 50 countries in the EMEA area.

The final result is a family of sturdy, reliable cars, marking Fiat's full comeback to the medium-size vehicle segment, the second largest segment in Europe in terms of size and the first segment for Business to Business customers.

Fiat 500S

The Fiat 500S is the new sports version characterised by its bold look and full standard equipment. Available in two versions, sedan and convertible, the new model targets a young, mostly male clientele seeking a vehicle with a strong sporty personality. Aesthetically speaking, the 500S is characterised by sportier front and rear bumpers, with built-in fog lights, side-skirts and special spoilers and by the introduction of details, from the exclusive "Satin Graphite" paint (as on the door and tailgate handles, mirror caps and alloy rims), the rear tinted windows, chrome-plated tailpipe, "black grained" air intakes and the eye-catching honeycomb bottom grille.

The 15" rims are also exclusive to this model and enriched by the specific "Satin Graphite" finish. Additionally, 16" rims with a matt diamond black treatment are also available as optionals. Finally, the exclusive colour palette chosen to further enhance the bold appearance of the vehicle features the colours Italia Blue and new matt Alpi Green, only for the sedan version.

The vehicle on the stand is equipped with a two-cylinder petrol 0.9 TwinAir 105 HP engine, which increases fuel efficiency and reduces emissions, still managing to shine thanks to its engine boost. The 500S is also available with a 1.2 petrol 69 HP engine and as a 1.3 Multijet 95 HP turbodiesel model.

Finally, the interior of the New 500S stands out for the "Satin Graphite" details (such as the dashboard fascia), special sports steering wheel and matching black seats and roof rack, in contrast with the door panels and the stitching on the chairs, available in light blue, white and yellow. Frau leather interiors with white or blue details are available on request.

Infotainment on the 500

The new 500 Riva and 500S are two personalities of the iconic Fiat vehicle. They are designed to captivate all motorists who share a passion for on-board comfort and the most innovative technological features. The dashboard in both models incorporates a Uconnect™ 7" HD LIVE touchscreen with tablet effect and HD display, the next frontier of infotainment. This system implements a wide range of functions, including Uconnect™ LIVE services as standard, Bluetooth hands-free system, voice recognition and plenty of music options in addition to FM/AM radio. The driver can connect their multimedia devices via USB or using the 3.5mm auxiliary jack, or stream music from a compatible smartphone using Bluetooth. In addition, the new Uconnect™ 7 "HD LIVE will soon be available on request with the integrated mirroring system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio (DAB) and a 3D integrated TomTom navigation system.

The new versions complement the 500 range with the latest audio experience from Beats by Dr. Dre, the system designed to revolutionise the way in which music can be heard inside the vehicle. Optionals on the 500 Riva and 500S include the exclusive BeatsAudio™ system, boasting a total output of 440 watts and featuring a digital 8-channel amplifier integrating an advanced equalisation algorithm, which can recreate the entire sound spectrum that an artist experiences during studio recording.

The Beats Audio™ system consists of 8-channel amplifiers with 440 watts of power; two dome tweeters installed in the front pillars; two 165 mm midwoofers in the front doors; two full-range 165 mm speakers in the rear side panels; and one 200 mm subwoofer in the centre of the luggage compartment, in the spare wheel compartment.

Fiat 124 Spider

The new Fiat 124 Spider revives the storied nameplate, bringing its classic styling and performance to a new generation. Paying homage to its namesake, the original 124 Spider that was launched 50 years ago, it delivers an authentic Italian roadster experience with driving excitement, technology and safety combined with inimitable Italian design. Visitors to the Paris Motor Show will be able to admire the new limited edition special "America" series: it celebrates, with special equipment, the 124 Spider that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Pininfarina in the 1980s. And indeed, the special series also sports the same magnetic bronze paintwork featured on the original model. The caps of the rear view mirrors are silver in colour and the interior is upholstered in a tobacco shade of leather. Upon request, the new 124 Spider America can be supplied with 17" light alloy wheel rims in the historic design and rear baggage rack. These two accessories are developed by Mopar, the reference brand for services, Customer Care, original spare parts and accessories for the FCA brands which emphasise their vintage identity. Finally, the 124 America Spider includes a celebratory plaque with the issue number and a logo on the front grille. From a technical point of view, the vehicle hosts the début of the six-gear sequential automatic transmission - orders open from October in major European countries -, which is the fruit of an accurate study designed to make the most of the engine torque and ultra-rapid gear changes.

The stand also hosts another 124 Spider, in "Lusso" version with Ice White livery and interior in black leather. Both of the vehicles on display feature three packs designed to personalise the 124 Spider version. More in detail, these are the "Visibility Pack" which includes, among other things, full LED adaptive headlights with light and rain sensors; the "Radio Pack" with DAB radio, a 7" touchscreen display, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and multimedia control, and the "Bose Pack" which features nine speakers, four of which are integrated in the headrests. The "America" version also features the Premium pack which includes a navigator with 3D maps, a rear video camera and Keyless entry system.

Standard equipment still includes four airbags, manual climate control, MP3 radio with USB port and four speakers, leather steering wheel, cruise control, 16" alloy wheel rims and Keyless Go function. Not to mention the active bonnet. The "Lusso" upgrade adds many fine details, such as 17" alloy wheel rims, leather seats, lower dashboard and instrument cluster hood with stitching details, Premium Silver roll-bars and front pillar, chrome-plated twin tailpipe, fog lights and automatic climate control system.

In the EMEA region, the Fiat 124 Spider is equipped with the reliable 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder engine with MultiAir technology, which delivers 140 HP power and 240 Nm of torque, and is available with six-speed manual transmission and automatic transmission. The performance obtained with manual transmission is outstanding, including a top speed of 215 km/h with acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. The 124 Spider's suspension uses a double-wishbone layout in front and a multilink in the rear, specifically tuned for greater stability while braking and turning. Steering is accurate and responsive with the use of an electric power assist system. The steering and suspension set-up, lightweight frame, balanced weight distribution and turbocharged engine combine for a dynamic driving experience. Noise vibration and harshness (NVH) enhancements, including an acoustic front windscreen, also help to deliver a refined, quiet ride. For an open-air driving experience, the Fiat 124 Spider's soft manual convertible top is easy to operate and requires minimal force. Therefore, with the 124 Spider, Fiat is making a comeback to the convertible segment. Not by chance, over the course of Fiat's history, open tops have been a key feature of very successful models which are considered authentic examples of the finest Italian design.

Fiat 500X

The 500X is also something of a head-turner: on the stand, visitors can admire it in the Cross Plus version, the off-road model featuring special bumpers with bumper protectors. The vehicle on display is fitted with the brand new winning combination of a 1.6 Multijet 120 HP engine with front-wheel drive and DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Exhibited in the exclusive three-layer colour Amalfi Yellow, it is embellished by black mirror caps and diamond wheel rims from the rich Mopar range. The upholstery is in structured grey fabric with knit and black eco-leather inserts.

The 500X leads the segment in terms of technology and safety systems. The vehicle on show is equipped with automatic climate control, Lane Assist system (which alerts the driver with visual and acoustic warnings in the event of involuntary lane changes), Brake Control (which warns the driver of potential collision risks and independently brakes the vehicle if the driver fails to react in time), Blind Spot Assist (which alerts the driver to the presence of vehicles in blind spots) and Rear Cross Path Detection (which warns the driver of the presence of vehicles approaching from the side when reversing). Last but not least, it also has Adaptive Cruise Control, enabling the optimum speed for the traffic conditions to be automatically set in real time. It relies on a radar sensor mounted on the front of the vehicle to detect objects in its path. If the road ahead is clear, the system reverts to the set speed. If a slower-moving vehicle is detected, the system automatically regulates itself to maintain a safer distance (selected by the driver), using the accelerator and brakes.

Maximum safety is also assured by a high level of visibility. The model has Bi-Xenon headlamps fitted to enable sharper illumination because they are closer to the natural viewing conditions of the human eye, as well as fog lights with cornering function that perfectly illuminate the inside of the curves.

Furthermore, the automatic headlights switch on and off automatically depending on the light conditions, and also change automatically from high to low beam when other vehicles are approaching.

From a technical point of view, the most important innovation in the vehicle on display is the Multijet II engine, combined with the DCT dual-clutch gear system, which offers high standards in terms of comfort and user-friendliness while still retaining the popular dynamic characteristics of the 1.6 120 HP engine.

Technically, the system consists of two automated transmissions, one with the even gears and the other with the odd gears positioned in parallel. The gear is engaged in one of the two, whereas the other continues to provide traction with the other gear. The effective gear change is obtained by modulating the corresponding clutches in order to guarantee continuous traction during the entire manoeuvre. The clutches are the "dry" type to minimise the impact on the vehicle and maximise the efficiency of the entire system and enhance the driving experience.

The 6-gear, dual clutch automatic transmission interacts in real time with all the vehicle's electronic systems. For better road performance, depending on driving conditions and the driver's style, the transmission continuously "communicates" with the "Mode Selector" switch, and therefore with the braking and steering systems in addition to the engine control unit and the vehicle stability control system. Additionally, the DCT transmission can be set to automatic or sequential mode, using the gear stick or steering wheel controls.

On board the 500X, comfort and a pleasant driving experience are key elements, as is evident from the wide range of contents offered, such as, for example, the Electric Park Brake, Keyless Entry and Keyless Go (for opening the doors and starting the car without a key) and the three-position Drive Mode Selector. Finally, the 500X is the poster vehicle for round-the-clock connectivity. Its Uconnect™ 6.5'' Radio Nav LIVE is the ultimate in infotainment. Add to this a large, high definition touchscreen, 3D navigation functionality and many other services, for a brand new driving experience. With Tom LIVE, motorists can receive traffic, weather and route updates in real time. The Reuters news app is also available on the 500X, ensuring that the latest news from all over the world is always close to hand, and the music apps TuneIn and Deezer, which offer a library of over 35 million tracks. The vehicle also features the powerful HiFi Beats By Dr. Dre system, with 9 speakers and an 8-channel amplifier.

Finally, American actor Adrien Brody will be driving the versatile, technological 500X: he is the star of the new commercial after having featured in that of the exclusive and elegant 500 Riva.

Fiat 500L

The line-up is completed by the 500L model, which combines the iconic 500 style with the functionality of Fiat's design tradition. This special alchemy has resulted in the 'City Lounge Fiat', a new approach to a city car which is an emotional reformulation of the compact vehicle category for the modern family. In Paris, visitors can admire the Trekking version with Pack S in matt silver livery with matt black roof, upholstery in black leather and matt silver dashboard. The Pack S styling provides a unique look created by the contrast between the red brake callipers, matt black details (front and rear bumpers, fenders and side skirts) and exclusive 17" matt black alloy wheels. The vehicle also features the Hi-Fi Beats sound system by Dr. Dre, with six speakers plus stereo subwoofer offering 520 watts of power, amplifier with DSP, eight channels and an advanced equalisation algorithm for an equally unique audio experience. Under the bonnet, excellent performances are ensured by the 1.6 Multijet 120 HP engine, with a compact variable geometry turbocharger that delivers a very high torque power at low rotation speeds (320 Nm at 1750 rpms).

This version is a true free spirit with two perfectly integrated personalities that come to the fore depending on the conditions: the city friendly car that takes all the stress out of urban driving and its more adventurous counterpart that emerges to bring fun and excitement to weekend trips out of town. Indeed, the vehicle sports a look that expresses its full versatility, paired with a raised ride height and exclusive bumpers with bumper protectors. Standard equipment includes smart forward-drive with Traction+ technology and this, together with the M+S "snowflake" tires (again provided as standard), increases the traction of the vehicle on slippery terrains. All this without missing out on the generous space and practical functionality intrinsic to the 500L, the vehicle that best holds together the small pleasures and grand emotions of life - children, friends, trips - thanks to a 3.17m3 passenger compartment and a wide, regular boot (with volume of up to 455 litres).

Fiat Panda

Paris will also be sure to welcome the refreshed 2017 Panda, the best selling car in Italy in its segment since 2012, with an updated offer, as always in tune with the characteristics that have made it successful and that are the cornerstones of the Fiat functional family: personality, practicality and simplicity. Ever since it was first introduced, Panda has stood out for its unmistakable personality and characteristic agreeability developed to emphasise three different expressions of the model: city car, 4x4 and Cross. These temperaments are united by functionality and simplicity: very compact exterior dimensions, interior space exploited to the max and configurable to all transport needs, a wide choice of engines and interior and exterior colour combinations able to meet every requirement. Finally, a simple range embellished by the new Uconnect™ infotainment system with Bluetooth and cradle on the dashboard for integration with Android and iOS smartphones.

The stand wouldn't be complete without the ultimate winter vehicle, one that shines and stands out for its style, efficiency, easy handling and compact size. We mean the Fiat Panda Cross 2017 of course, which concentrates all the exclusiveness of the off-road performances typical of vehicles in higher categories into just 370 centimetres. This car is simply one of a kind, because it teams a traction system and technical features which are ideal for off-road driving offering the performance and contents of an SUV, with the external dimensions, efficiency and easy handling of a city car, along with a distinctive style that manages to combine rational design with thrilling driveability.

The vehicle on show is clad in the new Colosseum grey colour, in a bid to emphasise its technical personality, with two-tone seats in grey fabric and brown eco-leather and brown dashboard with satin silver panel. It is fitted with the 1.3 Multijet II 95 HP engine, which combines an extraordinary power with a generous torque and low consumption levels. The all-wheel drive car features the Electronic Differential Lock, which it was the first to introduce to the market.

Fiat stand

The stand in Paris will use sophisticated symbolism and elegance to attract visitors. The theme of the installation is duality and the complementarity of opposing elements, as summarised by the Yin and Yang concept. In other words, mutually related elements that constantly alternate through changes in the state of equilibrium. In short, the stand represents the two functional and exciting worlds that characterise the Fiat brand.

On the white side, to the left of the stand, you will find models characterised by simplicity, functionality and convenience: the features that have always marked the Fiat brand. Even so, over the course of its history, Fiat has created thrilling vehicles that have become a fashion icon. "Value for money" and "Dolce vita", typically Italian values, are both part of the brand's DNA - which is why on the black side, to the right, there are vehicles that embody seduction and ambition. Alongside the 500 Riva, visitors will be able to admire the iconic Aquariva yacht, on a purpose-built platform. This is the ultimate model made in the Riva yard, which bears perfect testimony to the natural stylistic evolution of the brand. The soft, elegant forms and the fine woods encompass the flavour of tradition, while the innovative technical solutions ensure exceptional performances.

From an architectural point of view, the underlying construction that defines the space looks like a fluid and harmonious structure with a contemporary edge. From the front, visitors can appreciate all the cars on show while videos are projected on the large screen. By means of a clever alternation of full spaces and voids, the background conveys a feeling of solidity and enveloping protection. The same which is felt at the wheel of a Fiat. The surfaces consist of a few essential materials such as steel, wood and glass, the latter used in shades of black and white that are perfectly in harmony with the architectural setting.

Visitors to the Paris Motor Show can discover the new line of merchandising dedicated to the Fiat brand and, in particular, to the 500: an exclusive collection, created jointly with the Style Centre, and designed to express a lifestyle that is capable of charming even the most demanding customers. In particular, a public always on the lookout for new, trendy ideas that appreciates the sweatshirts with built-in earphones that allow the wearer to comfortably listen to their music, and more fashionable products, such as the bags in technical fabric, characterised by exclusive patterns and the "power bank", useful for recharging your smartphone wherever you may be. The collections are distributed by Mopar, the reference brand for the services, Customer Care, original parts and accessories of the FCA brands.

Finally, thanks to the informative leaflets and the special elements placed around the booth, the audience will get a chance to become acquainted with the products of FCA Bank, the financial company specialising in the automotive sector. The company operates on the main European markets - in France through FCA Capital France SA - with a sole mission: supporting the sales of all FCA brand vehicles through innovative financial products and high added value services dedicated to dealer networks, private clients and companies.