Next-generation 500 will not be radically altered by Fiat designers
29 September 2010

Senior Fiat designers are currently deciding the future direction for the next 500.

The car has been a huge hit for Fiat and is just about to go on sale in the US, mildly revised and made in Mexico.

Read about the Fiat 500 being launched in the US

Fiat designers, though, are reluctant to radically alter the next-gen car and are currently thinking that it should become “our Mini”, indicating not much will be done to alter its iconic shape.

The new Fiat 500 was launched in 2007 – 50 years after the original model – and came to the UK in January 2008.

Read the first drive review of the Fiat 500 Twin Air

Fiat engineers are also hard at work on a low-cost city car which will have similar dimensions to the Toyota iQ and is being developed to replace the bargain-basement Seicento.

The much-mooted Topolino city car has now been axed as a result.

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29 September 2010

Let me guess. Mark 2 version will be longer, wider, lower and heavier. As sure as night follows day

29 September 2010

ischiaragazzo ,

Sadly you are probably correct . I really hope FIAT does not make the mistakes MINI is making by producing increasingly ugly and bloated cars .

Lets hope FIAT sticks to what is does best producing excellent small cars .

Lets face it some manufacturers are successful tweaking designs (Porsche/VW golf) and I think the 500 is a strong enough theme to leave well alone just evolve it by using lighter and stronger materials and more efficient engines .

29 September 2010

I think I'd like to see a diminutive Estate version, and the Gardenia version (No doors, no roof) if possible. The current car is fantastic, but I'd love to see a proper auto box on offer.

29 September 2010

[quote Mr£4worth]I think I'd like to see a diminutive Estate version[/quote]

Or a 600 Multipla?

29 September 2010

[quote Old Toad]Lets hope FIAT sticks to what is does best producing excellent small cars .[/quote]

Thanks Toad - and on those lines I was in Salerno yesterday and saw an immaculate Mk1 Golf. I cannot believe how small it was compared to today's version. I had a quick peek inside - lovely nick and it looked quite roomy so I really can't understand that in this day and age bigger is still seen as better

29 September 2010

How can they possibly consider a next generation of a"retro" design ! They nailed it this time , but they wiould be unlikely to repeat the trick. Other than making improvements under the skin , the most they should consider are dummy louvres in the bootlid to cool the engine that isn't there.

29 September 2010

Lets hope they sort the ride out....awfull !!!!

29 September 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]I saw an immaculate Mk1 Golf. I cannot believe how small it was compared to today's version[/quote] It's never been bettered.

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