The Fiat 500C made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales to begin on July 4th, on all the European markets. Today Fiat launched the first official video of the 500C.


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  (137) posted on 06.28.2009

I guess, Fiat 500c is about the right interior space and right features needed outside, Some might find the rear view being compromised but I suppose the windows are high enough so as not to overlook that point and to say that this car really deserve the right attention, this car gives a bolder appeal and more playful that its competitor-the mini.

  (116) posted on 06.28.2009

According to FIAT CEO, "The car can fit comfortably four people, while maintaining unmodified the space and stability. In other words, it ensures the maximum amount of safety and has the same consumption figures as the sedan version. The 500C is thus a comfortable and functional convertible, to be used every day and in all seasons" Thus, we can now guess exactly what Fiat have in mind for our little buddy, I hope whne it comes out, it can really hit a good impression and mark a good competition in its segment.

  (79) posted on 06.28.2009

I guess being a convertible, one of its most important features is the roof. Thr rag top is available in three colors (ivory, red and black), the roof is powered by a full electric drive. It will combine with the two specially conceived body colors available for the car, Perlato Bright Red and Gray Warm, to maintain the retro yet playful look of the 500.

  (78) posted on 06.28.2009

Well, the 500C, is available for order at all Fiat dealerships. Deliveries are set to begin in July, at a starting price of 16,600 euro. For the top 1.4l 100 horsepower Rock version, prices can reach 20,800 euro. The Lounge comes equipped with seven airbags, climate control, parking sensors and Blue&Me, while the upper trim, the Rock, adds leather interior and xenon lights. Sounds exciting but you have to up this up. Engine wise, the 500C uses three powerplants: the 1.3 liter 75 hp Multijet Turbodiesel coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, a 1.2 liter 69 hp and 1.4 liter 100 hp gasoline engines, available with either manual or Dualogic transmission. It also makes use of a start-stop system. So, who says, thi car is compromised and feminine. I beg to disagree.

  (177) posted on 06.28.2009

I’m old enough to remember GM’s rusting on the showroom floor and Fords exploding upon rear contact. It’s was the 70’s, everyone’s QC was horrible during the period. As for the power sliding canvas top, what were they thinking? The one-hand manual top employed by Fiat on the 124 Spider is still held up in design studios as the model of a perfect design. I know instructors at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA who use it as a teaching tool.

  (231) posted on 06.28.2009

It’s going to ba at least two years before I buy a new car, and really the current Fit would be a great little commuter for me. I would be really happy with a C30 as well, and I would love a MiTo.

That said, this little 500 Cabrio is really growing on me. I’m old enough to remember when you could get a Spider or X19 new, and I had friends with Fiats that were lucky to run for a week straight without a breakdown. I want this little car, even thought I suspect the top’s going to leak within 2 years or less, it’ll be expensive to maintain, and the performance will be lackluster in the HP dept. Heck, I really want one with the 1.3 Multi Jet, but now that’s just fantasy on this side of the pond.

Yeah the Fit would be the practical choice, but who cares, I think I would get plenty of smiles per mile in this little ragtop.

  (289) posted on 06.28.2009

I can so picture an Italian beauty driving through Rome in that. I’d buy the Abarth version though, if they make one. In fact, I thought the regular 500C was sweet, and this is even better; having that whole roof just opened up to the sky...glorious.

  (318) posted on 06.28.2009

That is exactly what came to mind. It’s pretty cute but I would never consider this, I would rather have the Mito.

Now if you add some Polyglas (a name so different it’s registered) wheels to this little thing, then I could totally see this being a hit with most of my female friends.

  (314) posted on 06.28.2009

Although that is true that due to the retracted roof canvas, the rearward visibility semmed compromised, you can always use the side view mirrors when you’re driving with top down, but likely you’ll only be top down 10-20% of the time and the mirror is higher than the fabcir and considering how low this car is you can see out the back just fine, you don’t have to see the tires of the car behind you, the windshied and roof will do just as well.

  (421) posted on 06.28.2009

It totally looks like the rear visibility is zero with this design, if I would have designed it, I would make the rear glass dissapear into the rear door just like old staion wagons did, or like some trucks that the rear window goes down, that way the left over fabric would have not taken up too much space and you could see out the rear...

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