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2009 Geneva Motor Show
Fiat 500C: the rebirth of the 500 "cabriolet"

New Fiat 500C convertible: front view, closed top. Click on the right inserts to see the Fiat 500 open top model of the fifties.

New Fiat 500C gets the “Start&Stop” system.

APN

16 February 2009.

Before its launch throughout Europe this spring, the all-new Fiat 500C (C for convertible or cabriolet, but with fixed roof frame and structure on both sides) has a rendez-vous in Switzerland first, for its worldwide preview at the 79th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March 2009).

Descendant of a certain open-top that is still vividly remembered since the fifties, the new Fiat 500C comes with modern technology, design and comfort.

New Fiat 500C convertible: rear view, open top.

3 engine choices, with manual or robotised Dualogic gearbox.

Under its Italian elegance, the 2009 Fiat 500C features an innovative soft top, with electrically operated linkage and a glass backlight with a built-in, centre high mounted stop light.

Available in three colours (ivory, red and black), the soft top can be matched with several bodywork colour schemes. The Pearl Red and the special Warm Grey typical of sports supercars have been conceived specifically for the 500C.

In size and engine terms, the new Fiat 500C comes like the basic 500 model (3.55 m x 1.65 m x 1.49 m), with the same three engines, one diesel and two petrol (gasoline) ones:

New Fiat 500C convertible: rear view, open top.

Parallelogram hinge device of the sliding soft top leaves space for luggage even with the top fully open.

- 1.3 litre 75 hp Multijet Turbodiesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission,
- 1.2 litre 69 hp and 1.4 litre 100 hp petrol (gasoline) engines, available with either manual or robotised Dualogic transmission.

To reduce fuel consumption and emissions, the new 500C benefits from the “Start&Stop” system to momentarily shutdown the engine (in traffic jams or at traffic lights for instance) then restart it automatically as soon as the driver can move forward. When the driver shifts to neutral and releases the clutch, the engine is switched off, then restarted simply by pressing down the clutch pedal again and selecting a gear.

Designed by the Fiat Styling Centre and manufactured at the Tichy plant in Poland, the 500C can welcome four adults with some luggage even with the soft top fully open, thanks to the parallelogram hinge device of the sliding soft top.

More at:
- Open top Fiat 500... the fifties,
- Fiat 500 at Motion Trends,
- Cobra tuning for the Fiat 500,
- The Fiat 500 past and present at Wikipedia.

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