- Panda has always been the queen of ‘smart’ solutions over its 40 years. The story of all these solutions is shown in the latest video to mark the car’s birthday.
Based on its robust and highly practical nature, Panda has gained its reputation as the vehicle for any occasion over the years, making it ideal for the widest variety of uses and the most exciting adventures. This is well known by customers who have chosen Panda for 40 years for its compactness, character, usability, affordability and fun. A variety of perks, all wrapped up in a little, right-angled vehicle. Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat, Lancia & Abarth Products, travelled to the Heritage Hub at Mirafiori, for a talk with Roberto Giolito, Head of EMEA Heritage to know more about the production of all the smart solutions that have made it a success over its three generations.
Luca Napolitano said, “In this video, we take a step back in time, to find out together why Panda has become known as the car with the ‘smart solutions’.” Napolitano further added, “From generation to generation, the Fiat brand‘s city car has always known how to impress with its original features, conceived and designed to improve life on board, in an ideal balance between form and function. The modular seats, the tailgate and the flat cargo space are just a few of the ‘smart solutions’ that have made Panda such a resounding success. A success in every way: The Fiat Panda is the best-selling car in the Italian market, and competes with the Fiat 500 in Europe for the lead in the small city car segment. We often say that Panda is the functional icon in our line-up, Fiat’s most rational, most accessible and most democratic car and now we can understand why.”
“Space, compactness, character, versatility, affordability, fun and functionality are what people look for in a car. Panda has all that, and more,” says Roberto Giolito. In terms of practicality and freedom of usage, Panda is an icon, reference model. Think of the interior: “full of nothing.” It’s a place to fill up the way you want to. The brilliant open compartment in today’s Panda dashboard, for instance. It’s still very simple to use, though is very complex from design perspective. While talking about the window, thanks to another ‘smart solution’ : the taillights, they give a continuous 360° view. These days, we listen a lot about autonomous vehicles, but for years, the Panda has had a ‘blind spot monitor.’ The only difference is that it is analogue.
It is important to keep in mind that Panda was the first vehicle with emergency braking, the first with the Cradle mobile operator, with Waze navigation embedded into the Panda UConnect application, in order to make the vehicle even more social media and multimedia-oriented. The D-Fence by Mopar pack, introduced last May, comprising of a high-performance passenger cabin filter, an air purifier and a UV light, is the latest new feature to disinfect the interior of the car and remove up to 99 percent of bacteria. And how can we ignore that Panda, using the built-in Wi-Fi by Wind, is the first small town car to become a mobile hotspot to guarantee accessibility for all users.
This is the beauty of Panda, a new vehicle, one that can keep pace with the times, from generation to generation. A car that brought the entire family, freedom of travel. A car that never lost its will to impress, now comes in the Panda Simple Hybrid variant as well, making it the most affordable hybrid on the market. Evidently, all the advantages of a reliable, compact, lightweight and usable hybrid powertrain are provided by the new model.
In short, it is the ideal option for city cars and is ideally in line with the path taken by Fiat, an increasingly sustainable visionary of technology and a mobility innovator over the last 120 years.
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Panda!
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