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The 2012 Fiat Panda has been caught testing under extreme weather conditions somewhere in Italy revealing nothing but complete camouflage from head to toe. Despite the heavily clad exterior, details of the vehicle’s new design path have already been revealed due to some leaked patent drawings.

The new Fiat Panda will adopt a more aerodynamic appearance with a rounded hood, a wider grille with sweptback headlights, and a sloping roofline. Other modifications to the exterior include a bigger air intake, a disproportionate rear quarter window, and a new set of wheels. The interior will also be significantly improved compared to the current model.

So far, we haven’t heard a peep as to what will be residing under the hood, but we expect to see the same engine lineup as found in the Fiat 500 . That lineup includes a 69 HP 1.2. 75 HP1.3 Multijet with DPF and a 100 bhp 1.4 16v, as well as TwinAir technology.

The new Fiat Panda will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with sales to begin in early 2012.

Updated 08/30/2011: Fiat has unveiled today the first images for the new generation Panda that will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The third generation Panda has been improved in terms of comfort, technology and safety equipment, and comes with an improved range of engines. Customers will have to choose between two TwinAir twin cylinder engines: the International Engine of the Year 2011 85bhp TwinAir Turbo, or the brand new 65bhp naturally aspirated TwinAir, both equipped with Start and Stop as standard. Sales will begin next spring.

Fiat has unveiled the special edition 500 "First Edition", a model developed especially for the Chinese market. This special edition is limited to only 100 units and is set apart from the rest because of the creative graphics of five young Chinese designers.

The Fiat 500 "First Edition" will be distinguished by a special three-coat pearlescent white body color, red leather interiors, and a special badge on the door pillar. Under the hood, the model will feature a 1.4 liter MultiAir engine that delivers a total of 101 HP at 6500 rpm and a torque of 98 lbs-ft at 4000 rpm.

"The ’First Edition’ is a special offer exclusively created for Chinese customers and represents a symbol that joins our two cultures. Not by chance, we asked five young Chinese artists to interpret the relationship between our two countries in a creative, original manner, and to fashion a tribute for the launch of the 500 in China," said Lorenzo Sistino.

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When we buy a car, we want it to make us feel special. Now that the Fiat 500C has hit our shores, it’s easy to see that this convertible has excelled in this aspect. It combines the fun of a convertible and the ease of use of a compact car. You feel so happy when driving the 500C it should be categorized as an anti depressant. With such a cheap and cheerful car, you would expect it be made of plastic and have the same cosmetic qualities as an outhouse. As soon as you peek inside and out, you are amazed.

The 2012 Fiat 500C promises all the fun and style of the Fiat 500 with a convertible drop top that lets you soak up the glorious sunshine. The amazing thing is a fully loaded 2012 Fiat 500 C is the same price as a base model MINI convertible. We just looked up thew word value in the dictionary and not surprisingly, it showed a picture of the 2012 Fiat 500C.

Details on the Fiat 500C after the jump.

If you are a fan of the Pininfarina Design House then Alessio Minchella and Alessandro Camorali are names very familiar to you. Among the cars they have designed the most famous ones are Ferrari 599XX , 599GTO and 458 Italia . In 2008 they have founded "Camal" and the first car to be designed by their little company is 500 Marcia Corta ("Short Gear" in Italian).

A quick look to their car will unveil a design language inspired by classic Abarth models and retro rally cars. The exterior package includes new new front and rear bumpers, sideskirts, spoiler, and competition-style quad spotlight pod. As their concept is based on the 500 EsseEsse , under the hood you will find the same 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that delivers 160 HP. But it will be combined with a new exhaust system.

The 500 Marcia Corta is just a concept at the moment, but Camal is currently looking for partners to help with production and distribution.

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While Pininfarina is busy designing models for Ferrari , concept designer Peter Norris is taking a break from his job in the video games and entertainment industry to design a future luxury sports car concept that is "clean, unfussy, elegant and fast." These attributes led him to the Pininfarina Coupe Concept, a front engined model combined with a rear wheel drive system.

Norris’ design inspiration for the Pininfarina Coupe Concept came from the love of his very own Fiat Coupe 16v Turbo with some Ferrari lines thrown in to polish it over. The Pininfarina Coupe’s look is characterized by the ultra low roofline and the accentuated front and rear fenders. The sleek profile is exaggerated further with large wheels that visually shorten the height of the sports car. At the back of the Pininfarina are a set of C-shaped LED taillights.

When talking about his concept, Peter Norris said: "much of my work is focused strongly on science fiction and the distant future, but with this project I wanted to create an elegant and unfussy design with classic lines that could be on the road today."

“The Pininfarina styling inside as much as outside just oozes with Italian flair and really was, and still is different to anything else on the road. Some people have referred to it as a “baby Ferrari”.

Somehow we don’t see a luxury sports car like this toting around the 190 HP 2.0L 16V Turbo engine as seen on the Fiat Coupe, but since the Pininfarina Coupe Concept was also inspired by Ferrari, we’d love to see something along the lines of the 458 Italia’s 570 HP 4,499 cc V8 engine. Not a likely scenario, but we can dream.

We’ve been around the industry for quite some time now and for the most part, we know better than to expect the world from the New York Auto Show.

Make no mistake, the event has always generated great attendance, especially since it’s being held at one of the world’s most important cities. But to peg the New York Auto Show in the same level as its counterparts in Geneva and Frankfurt is getting a little too ahead of oneself.

Having said that, this year’s installment of the New York Auto Show is still something that’s worth keeping close eyes on, especially the number of concept cars that are scheduled to be unveiled to the world for the very first time.

Here at Topspeed, we make it a point to give you guys a heads-up on what to expect for these type of shows - call it a preview, if you will - and this year figures to be no different.

There are a number of cars scheduled to be unveiled when the doors of the New York Auto Show are opened on April 22, 2011. It may not be the number we come to expect from Geneva, but as far as quality is concerned, this year’s event figures to have plenty waiting to have their covers pulled off.

Details after the jump.

Fiat made its grand re-entrance into the United States with the adorable little hatchback, the Fiat 500 coupe . Now, the Italian automaker is officially debuting its Cabrio version at the 2011 New York Auto Show in about a week’s time. And since no auto show is complete without its string of teaser images, Chrysler has released the first images and details on the American version of the Fiat 500 Cabrio.

On the American market, the 500C will be offered with a premium dual-layer power-operated cloth top that is designed to deliver all-season driving pleasure with the top up or down. This power-operated cloth top retracts up to the rear spoiler during speeds of up to 60 mph.

The model will offer interior room for four passengers. Customers will have their choice of three exterior soft-top colors, 14 exterior colors, and 12 unique seat colors and material combination, plus a choice of two interior environments.

UPDATE 04/26/11: Chrysler has finally announced the pricing for the Fiat 500 Cabrio, slapping a base price of $20,000 on the car, including a $500 destination charge. If you want the top-of-the-line ‘Lounge’ trim, you’re going to need too add $3,500 on the price as the high-end 500 Cabrio is going to have a price tag of $23,500.

First of all, happy-150th-anniversary-of-your-unification Italy!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s now time to see just how Italy’s automakers decided to celebrate the country’s 150th year anniversary of its unification starting with Fiat ’s release of the special edition Punto 150°.

It’s not the most fashionable car in the company’s portfolio, but you have to give credit for the thought that went behind dressing up the Punto to commemorate Italy’s very special anniversary. There are a number of aesthetic additions to the Punto’s exterior to go with a choice of three Euro 5 engines.

Unfortunately, this limited run Punto will only be sold exclusively to the Italian market beginning sometime in April 2011. That means that people who may have had interest in the car will have a hard time getting one unless they either import one of these - too much trouble - or they move to Italy.

But if you can’t do either, there’s no harm in appreciating the car from these pages, even if you won’t get to see it up close and personal.

Details on the Fiat Punto 150° after the jump.

TheAbarth 695 Tributo Ferrari is no doubt the most powerful Fiat 500 in the line-up. It is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged T-Jet engine that delivers a total of 180 HP, a significant increase over the 500’s standard 101 HP. But, as usual, there is always someone out there who believes that any car can be improved, and Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris has taken on that challenge with the Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari.

Romeo Ferraris got their hands on two of the limited edition Tributo Ferraris so they could tinker around with their insides. Starting off with the original project’s 1.4-liter turbocharged T-Jet engine, Romeo Ferraris used new camshafts, a new turbine, oversize injectors, a remapped ECU and a new exhaust system complete with sports catalyst and dual rear exit to get the Tributo Ferrari up to 260 HP. That’s a 80 HP increase over the standard 180 HP.

Abarth had originally left the 500’s power output unchanged, but they did strengthen its suspension and braking system. Sin Sin ce the handling was already there, the tuner just opted for installing a new Brembo brake system to handle the extra juice.

As far as looks are concerned, no aesthetic modifications needed here. The original Fiat 500 used for the project was already Ferrari red before Abarth added performance-enhanced and Ferrari -designed 17-inch alloy wheels, carbon fiber door mirrors, and Xenon headlights. With the car looking that good already, Romeo just had to power it up to get a good response.

The two Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari models will be offered to the American market, but there are no words just yet on the update’s prices. We’re guessing that, with only two units up for grabs, there will be a lot of disappointed folks out there.


Next to the 500 by Gucci , Fiat also brought the 500 Coupe Zagato to the Geneva Motor Show. This 2+2 concept was created by the Italian company in cooperation with Zagato and is inspired by the namesake predecessor built in the 1950 by the famous Italian coach-builder.

The concept comes with a completely revamped exterior style and a more aggressive appeal. In addition, the unique shape of the roof features the characteristic "double hump", the true emblem of Zagato Zagato , teaming the lowering of the car with retaining excellent interior comfort. The concept will be distinguished by burnished chrome exterior elements, 17" "chrome shadow" wheels with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts.

The concept is powered by a TwinAir engine that delivers a total of 105 HP and 155 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm.

UPDATE 03/15/11: While it was first introduced as a concept, the quirky Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato may be green-lighted for production soon. Designed by legendary Italian design house Zagato, the stylish concept Fiat 500 could be designated with a ’limited edition’ tag, and even better, could also make its way in the US. If these prove to be accurate, there’s no telling what kind of changes will be made from the concept version, although as a limited edition model, we can expect it to keep some of custom features that makes this Fiat 500 Coupe stand out from the rest.

Hit the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato.

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