Introducing the Fiat 500 | Part Three

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

With a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating to its name, the new Fiat 500 builds on an already impressive safety portfolio with the full range of braking, traction control and stability systems available on the market today: ABS anti-lock brakes, complete with electronic brakeforce distribution, ASR to limit wheel spin during acceleration, MSR to modulate brake torque while changing down, and a sophisticated ESP to control stability through bends. Vehicles fitted with ESP – standard equipment on 1.4 litre versions – also benefit from hydraulic brake assistance and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.

Building on Fiat's unrivalled reputation as the world's pre-eminent small car specialists, the new Fiat 500 was created in just 18 months from completed production specification to launch.

To achieve this remarkable development time, Fiat Group Automobiles employed new, groundbreaking, state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) systems of unprecedented power and complexity. So sophisticated is the computer software involved, that not only could Fiat’s engineers simulate every aspect of the new 500’s structural, dynamic, NVH and accommodation characteristics to a level of unprecedented detail, but they were also able to create a virtual production-line to ensure consistently outstanding component and build quality.

The benefits of these all-encompassing developments in virtual design and engineering are clearly evident in every aspect of the new Fiat 500, from unprecedented build quality and capacious passenger accommodation, to superior driving dynamics, minimal NVH levels and, of course, outstanding safety. In recognition of its high quality construction, the new Fiat 500 recently won the world’s most prestigious prize for car bodies.

Published 19 January 2008 Melanie Carter

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