Aiming to revolutionise the segment in the same way the original Panda did 23 years ago, the New Panda provides a product offering with sophisticated features and advanced safety equipment in an ultra-compact body.
The current Panda, which although ceased to be sold in the UK in 1995, will finally cease production in Italy on 5 September. Launched originally in 1980, over 4.5 million vehicles have been produced, which could hardly provide a better heritage for its successor.
The New Panda has been designed and built with the most advanced technologies, to meet the expectations of today’s motorists. It has a lively nature and easily recognisable styling. It is flexible and versatile, and the extraordinary amount of room inside is unusual for its class. The class leading interior ergonomics include a dashboard mounted gearlever, which provides an outstanding driving position. Structural solidity and an outstanding level of safety are set off by cutting edge technical features.
Fiat Auto’s recent decision to call its new car the Panda has been taken to allay concerns expressed by a competitor regarding a similarity between the name of one of its cars already on the market, and Gingo, the name by which the new Italian supermini was known during its previews.
New Panda goes on sale throughout mainland Europe this autumn, and in the UK early next year.Published 4 August 2003