The Fiat Idea '5terre' - Transversality

Fiat Idea '5terre'

Fiat Idea

The Fiat Idea had its world preview here in Geneva one year ago. Today, the same stage hosts the debut of the Fiat Idea '5terre', a show car whose most distinctive feature is its 'transversality'. The model combines the dynamic, functional look of an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) with the modularity and internal flexibility of an MPV (Multipurpose Vehicle). The Fiat Idea '5terre' forges a link between the elegant line and personality of an 'off-road' vehicle, and styling and design trends which are developing interesting solutions for the future, and particularly for the SUV and MPV segments.

The model's name reflects this striving for balance between form and content. The Cinque Terre is one of the most famous Mediterranean coastal areas, a strip of land suspended between the sea and the sky where uncontaminated nature has coexisted for centuries with the work of man. And for one thousand years these small villages in Liguria, perched on sheer cliffs and surrounded by green hills, have taught us that the balance between opposites is not only possible but often produces results of stunning beauty and extraordinary harmony.

The show car presented in Geneva can therefore be seen in the narrow streets of a European metropolis, but also on desert tracks and in frontier landscapes. In fact, since its launch, the Fiat Idea has shown that it aims to do away with the accepted historical limits of conventional cars, reconciling apparently contrasting characteristics: roominess with compact dimensions, easy handling with a large loading area, practicality, versatility and a fresh, carefully appointed interior with a modern, attractive design.

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Published 28 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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