The 2004 Fiat Seicento | Part Four

The 2004 Fiat Seicento suspension guarantees maximum comfort and outstanding roadholding to benefit driving safety. To achieve these aims, the model adopts the conventional independent wheel configuration now thoroughly tried and tested on Fiat models and more typical of higher segment cars. The front suspension is MacPherson type while the rear suspension is independent, with tie rods.

The Fiat Seicento steering system has also been designed to ensure the driver minimum effort at the wheel and great handling in parking and low-speed manoeuvres combined with precision and safety at high speed. The steering wheel turns 3.9 times lock to lock and the vehicle can perform a U turn in 8.8 metres. The new model therefore acquits itself very well in every traffic condition and is easy to park even in the tightest spots. As far as passive safety is concerned, the Fiat Seicento meets all current safety standards and performs well in tests conducted in accordance with the toughest standards.

The body offers maximum strength under all impact conditions. The passenger compartment frame has been strengthened to create a survival cell. The doors contain bars to protect against side impact. Front and rear crumple-zones absorb the energy of impact more effectively. The bonnet is collapsible to prevent it entering the windscreen. The sturdy structure of the rear backrest also prevents luggage weighing up to 36 kg from entering the passenger compartment whether the seat is one-piece or split. This has been borne out by a test subjecting the car to impact at 60 km/h against a deformable barrier. Other features that help protect occupants in the case of accidents include driver and passenger airbags (available as options), seat-belt pretensioners, antisubmarining front and rear seats, an energy-absorbing steering wheel and a collapsible steering column. The 2004 Fiat Seicento is also equipped with an FPS (Fire Prevention System).

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Published 25 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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