Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda Hybrid, the Hybrid according to Fiat
The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda, always European leaders in their segment, are the first FCA city cars fitted with the new gasoline Mild Hybrid technology.
The new Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid are the first step towards
The Hybrids are powered by the new 3-cylinder engines from the FireFly family, combined with the 12-volt BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator), which will deliver 70 HP.
For customers, CO2 consumption and emissions are reduced by up to 30% depending on the model, in addition to the tax and traffic benefits of hybrid vehicles in densely populated areas, based on local regulations.
The 500 and the Panda represent the two souls of the Fiat brand. The first, the more emotional one, is the pop, fashion and design icon. The second, the more functional, trendy one, with 5 doors. Together they are able to satisfy any customer and need and today, for the first time, they are together in a single special series: the Hybrid Launch Edition.
The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda, undisputed leaders of the city car, will be the first FCA Group models in their category to adopt the new hybrid technology. The new 500 and Panda Hybrid, available from February and March 2020 respectively, will revolutionize urban mobility once again, making the hybrid accessible to all and indeed becoming the new European benchmark for electrified urban mobility.
The new 500 and Panda Hybrid provide all the benefits of efficient, compact, lightweight and accessible hybrid driving. In short, it is the best solution for a citycar and consistent with the Fiat approach. For the last 120 years Fiat has always been a pioneer in technology and an innovator in mobility and now sustainable mobility.
2020 marks the new milestone in the history of the Fiat brand. With the launch of the new hybrid versions of the Fiat 500 and the Panda, the electrification of the brand will begin, and will continue with the start of production in Turin of the new 500. This model will be 100% electric and therefore will play a key role in the e-Mobility by FCA strategy. 2020 will see the group offer a range of products and services to give customers a complete and sustainable mobility experience.
Furthermore, for the first time in the history of the two iconic and complementary Fiat brand models, the 500 and the Panda will be available in a special unique series: the exclusive "Launch Edition", with the debut of the new gasoline Mild Hybrid engine that combines the latest 3-cylinder FireFly 1 liter 70 HP (51 kW) engine family with a 12-volt BSG (Belt-integrated Starter Generator) electric motor and a lithium battery. Compared to the 1.2 69 HP Fire, the Mild Hybrid version improves fuel efficiency, thus reducing CO2 emissions on average by 20% and up to 30% for the Panda Cross, without foregoing performance. It also ensures a very high standard of driving comfort thanks to the BSG system, which allows for quiet, vibration-free restarting of the internal combustion engine in Stop&Start mode. Customers also benefit from all the advantages of going hybrid (the car is Euro 6D Final-compliant, for instance), which, depending on local regulations, include freedom of access and movement in city centers, cheaper parking in town centers and tax breaks.
The special series can be recognized by the "Hybrid" sign written on the rear and the exclusive "H" logo, formed by two dew drops, on the center panel. Dew - the symbol of the light of dawn and therefore of the beginning of a new era - has been used as inspiration for the new and exclusive "Dewdrop Green" exterior that fits both cars like a bespoke suit, in perfect harmony with the themes of nature and innovation.
On the inside, the seat upholstery is faithful to the sustainable philosophy of the entire project: a perfect match with both the FCA Mild Hybrid technology and the innovative spirit of the iconic Fiat Panda and Fiat 500. The Launch Edition seats are the first in the automotive sector to be partly made with SEAQUAL® YARN, the weaving of which produces a special material, certified by SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, derived from recycled plastic: 10% of which originates from the sea and 90% from land. SEAQUAL® YARN is produced by transforming plastics collected from the sea into flakes of polyethylene terephthalate. These flakes are then used in the yarn from which the fabrics are made. In the weaving phase, marine polyester is mixed with other environmentally friendly, natural, recycled or recovered fibers. This green process is completed by the application of dyes and environment-friendly finishes based on the saving of water and energy. Fiat is collaborating with SEAQUAL INITIATIVE to support ocean clean-ups to take action against marine litter. The two new Fiat 500 and Panda Hybrid Launch Edition models will therefore satisfy the customer who is just as attentive to aesthetics as to environmental issues, in terms of consumption and emissions.
The Fiat 500 and the Panda are the two complementary Fiat icons, representing urban mobility in Europe, with about 400,000 units sold throughout the year. Now, by introducing the Mild Hybrid technology, the 500 and the Panda will be making a significant contribution towards more sustainable urban driving.
The 500 and the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition can be ordered from now onwards at Fiat dealerships across Europe.
How the FCA Mild Hybrid Technology Works
The new gasoline Mild Hybrid engine, which builds on the heritage of the famous Fire engine, more than 30 million of them were produced, implements a 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine configuration with peak power output of 70 hp (51 kW) at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 92 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The cylinder head has two valves per cylinder and a single camshaft with continuous variable valve timing (the timing is chain-driven). The structure includes a compact combustion chamber, high-tumble intake ducts and external EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), providing a remarkably high compression ratio (12:1), which translates into better thermal efficiency. The crankcase, developed in collaboration with Teksid, is made of high-pressure die-cast aluminum alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners, to reduce startup times and contain the weight of the engine to just 77 kg. Additionally, friction is reduced using a crank mechanism with a bore/stroke ratio of 1.24 and a connecting rod/crank device with a 10 mm offset to maximize efficiency.
The BSG system is mounted directly on the engine and is operated by the belt that also drives the auxiliaries. The system recovers energy during braking and deceleration, stores it in a lithium battery with a capacity of 11 Ah, and uses it, at a maximum power of 3,600 W, to restart the engine in Stop&Start mode and to assist it during acceleration.
This technology allows the internal combustion engine to switch off, even at speeds below 30 km/h, simply by shifting into neutral (the dashboard, which displays information on the hybrid system, prompts the driver when to do so). In coasting mode, the lithium battery powers all services, ensuring the driver has full control of the vehicle.
The Mild Hybrid propulsion unit in the latest Panda and 500 Hybrid Launch Edition is combined with a novel 6-gear C514 manual transmission evolution (transverse gearbox, front-wheel drive), with contents aimed at enhancing maneuverability and improving efficiency, including new low-friction bearings and gaskets, the use of a specific high-efficiency lubricant and a never seen before 6th gear ratio that improves fuel economy in out-of-town driving. The comfort-related aspect has also been taken into consideration by optimizing the gearbox system support. Lastly, the new system involves lowering the entire power unit 45 mm so the car behaves better on the road thanks to the lower center of gravity.
The new FireFly family was developed by FCA to offer a range of downsized gasoline engines, featuring good fuel efficiency and benchmark performance in a wide range of applications. The basic structure of the new engines guarantees efficiency, modularity and a considerable degree of standardization in terms of components and manufacturing process, flexibility and potential for future developments.
Fiat 500 and Panda
The new Hybrid Launch Edition once again positions the two Fiat icons as the stars of the show, thanks to continuous technological innovations and a timeless style. At the same time, they also complement each other: in the city car segment according to Fiat, the 500 represents the more "aspirational" side and the Panda the more "functional".
The Fiat 500 is one of the most representative examples of Italian ingenuity, winning over customers for many generations. Launched in 1957 and recreated in 2007, the iconic Fiat 500 got Europe onto the roads in the 1960s, then completely revolutionized the city car category in the first decade of the 21st century, offering an extraordinary never seen before blend of style and technological innovation in this segment. And now, thanks to the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition, it will continue to play a leading role in urban mobility where last year, in its eleventh, it recorded the best number ever, with about 194,000 registered units. One of the ingredients in this success is the special series: over 30 of which have been issued which have allowed the exploration of territories uncharted by a city car. It is now time for the 500 Hybrid Launch Edition to continue the technological journey towards the future of urban mobility in the third millennium.
Equally fascinating is the history of the Fiat Panda. For more than 40 years, the Panda has unmistakably represented the daily relationship with the automobile: more immediate, more carefree. The secrets of its popularity include its compact exterior dimensions, the large interior space that can be configured to any transport need, the wide range of engines and the numerous color combinations. In total, more than 7.5 million customers have been won over by the simplicity and attractiveness of the model, a true compendium of the characteristics of the Fiat brand. In addition, the Panda has always been the torchbearer of innovation for the entire segment. For example, it was the first four-wheel drive city car (1983), the first in its segment to win the prestigious "Car of the Year" (2004), and in the same year, the first city car to reach the Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,200 meters . The long set of records continued in 2006, when the Fiat Panda was the first large-scale methane-powered city-car put into production. Back in 2013, it was the first in its class to introduce automatic emergency braking. And today comes the Panda Hybrid Launch Edition, ready to revolutionize urban mobility by meeting the new needs of the "Panda people," a global community that looks to the future with an ever-increasing respect for the environment.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed 2019 with sales in Italy totaling 452,000 vehicles and market share at 23.6%. In December, Group sales totaled 31,000 vehicles
Lancia posted another strong result in 2019 with sales up 21.0% year-over-year and market share at 3.1%
Alfa Romeo sales were up 4.8% in December to 2,000 vehicles
Jeep continued as leader in the SUV segment with 81,500 vehicles sold for the year. The arrival of the new Jeep Compass and plug-in hybrid versions of the Jeep Compass and Renegade in the coming months are expected to further support the strong sales performance achieved by the brand in recent years
The Fiat Panda confirmed its position as the best-selling vehicle in Italy in 2019 and leader in the A segment
The Lancia Ypsilon remained popular with Italian customers, ranking third overall in December. It was also among the leaders in the top ten throughout the year as well as being leader in the B segment
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was the best-selling model in its segment for the year and in December, when it posted a 19.3% share. The Alfa Romeo Giulia also continued as one of the best-selling sedans in the D-segment
A total of five FCA models ranked in the top ten for the month. These included the Fiat Panda, first overall, together with the Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat 500X, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade
In Italy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles closed 2019 with sales totaling 452,000 vehicles for the year and market share at 23.6%. For the fourth quarter, Group sales totaled 99,000 vehicles (22.0% market share) and sales for the second half of the year totaled 185,000 vehicles (22.2% market share).
In December, Group sales totaled nearly 31,000 vehicles and market share was 22.1%.
Best-sellers in their respective segments were the Fiat Panda, Fiat Qubo, Lancia Ypsilon and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. In the Italian top ten, the Fiat Panda, which continued as overall market leader by a solid margin, was accompanied by four other FCA models. These included the Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat 500X, Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade.
Lancia posted particularly positive results in 2019 with sales up 21.0% year-over-year to 59,000 vehicles, driven by strong demand for the Ypsilon, which confirmed its position as segment leader in Italy. Market share for the year was up 0.5 percentage points to 3.1%.
In December, brand sales totaled nearly 4,000 vehicles and market share was 2.8%, while sales in the fourth quarter totaled 13,000 vehicles with market share at 2.9%.
With sales significantly higher year-over-year, the Lancia Ypsilon was the third best-selling vehicle in Italy overall and leader in the B segment.
Fiat closed the year with December sales in Italy up 2.9% to nearly 19,300 vehicles and market share at 13.8%.
For the year, brand sales totaled nearly 286,000 vehicles and share was 14.9%.
The Panda continued to lead the overall rankings for the year (as well as in December, with 10,200 vehicles sold) and it was the best-selling model in the A segment.
The Fiat Qubo was the best-selling MPV, demonstrating the flexibility and spaciousness of this compact model which have contributed to its enduring success.
Positive results also for the 500X (ranked in the top ten and also leader in its segment for the year), the Tipo (continuing as one of the leaders in the C segment) and the 500L (segment leader for the year).
Two Fiat brand models ranked in the Italian top ten in December: the Panda, overall market leader, and the 500X. Abarth celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2019 with a series of special editions that proved very popular with customers. Brand sales were up 7.0% year-over-year.
Jeep brand posted full-year sales of 81,500 vehicles in Italy with market share at 4.25%. In December, brand sales totaled more than 5,700 vehicles and market share was 4.1%. With strong sales growth in recent years, Jeep consolidated its position as leader in the SUV segment through its uncompromising range of four-wheel drive models. The arrival of new models produced at the plant in Melfi, Italy in the coming months (new Compass and plug-in hybrid versions of the Compass and Renegade) will give additional momentum to the brand's results.
Results were strong for the Renegade (second only to the Fiat 500X in its segment), Compass (among the top ten overall and one of the leaders in its segment) and the Cherokee, which posted a 120% sales increase for the year.
Alfa Romeo closed 2019 with a total of 25,900 vehicles sold and market share at 1.35%. In December, sales totaled more than 2,000 vehicles (+4.8% year-over-year) and market share was 1.4%. This represented one of the best monthly results in 2019.
The Stelvio was leader in its segment for both the year and for December, when it posted a 19.3% segment share. The Alfa Romeo Giulia also continued among the leaders in the highly competitive D segment despite being offered exclusively in a sedan version.
Off-road prowess of Jeep® Wrangler honoured at the ‘4x4 Of The Year’ awards
The Jeep ® Wrangler has been lauded for its off-road ability, once again winning the UK's 4x4 Magazine's special Off-Road Award in the magazine's 4x4 of the Year honours.
The expert panel of judges at the specialist off-road driving publication put the US-built off-roader through its paces to test its abilities against some extremely capable competitors.
The Off-Road Award special category concentrates solely on a vehicle's off-road performance, a Jeep Wrangler attribute the judging panel were quick to applaud.
The Jeep Wrangler legendary off-road prowess makes it the most capable Wrangler ever, courtesy of unmatched technical content which, depending on trim, includes two advanced four-wheel drive, active, on-demand full time systems - Command-Trac and Rock-Trac - plus Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, 32-inch mud-terrain BF Goodrich tires, top class approach, departure and breakover angles, dedicated skid plates and rock rails for extreme off-roading and electronic front sway-bar disconnect.
As the only authentic full open-air 4x4 SUV available on the market, Jeep Wrangler is made for easy open-air driving thanks to the easily foldable windshield, easy removable doors and various top combinations, including hardtop, soft top, no top or the easy-to-use Sky One-TouchTM power top. All these open-air option allow for the utmost freedom on every terrain and in every season, when driving in the city as well as in the great outdoors.
Wrangler's engine range comprises a 2.2-litre turbo diesel delivering 200hp and a 2.0-litre petrol engine delivering 272hp. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a first for this model. This eight-speed automatic offers a responsive driving experience: whether in every day's commuting or in extreme rock crawling, customers will enjoy a smooth, linear power delivery and fuel efficiency.
Every year, a panel of experts from 4x4 Magazine - one of the world's most renowned 4x4 specialist publications - tests a large number of four-wheel-drive vehicles from the world's manufacturers. As well as scoring the cars for their on-road driving features, the jury take them on a tough off-road evaluation course before delivering their verdicts across a number of classes, including Small, Medium and Large SUV, Performance SUV, and Best Off-Roader. Special Awards include Best Value, Off-Road Award and 4x4 Manufacturer of the Year.
The Fiat Professional Ducato has been named, for the 13th year in a row, "Best Motorhome Base Vehicle 2020" by readers of Promobil, a German motorhome magazine. This once again, confirms its leadership in the sector.
The model continues to dominate the European market, given the fact that many motorhomes are based on the Ducato. Since 1981, the Ducato has been continuously produced at the Sevel plant, located in Val di Sangro. In the last ten years, this vehicle has been selected by over 500,000 European families as a motorhome base.
Its 9-speed automatic transmission and improved engine range are held in particularly high esteem.
The Ducato has received yet another international award, to add to the many it has already won. For the thirteenth time in a row, it has been named "Best motorhome base 2020", ahead of its well-known competitors. This prestigious award is given by the readers of Promobil, a specialized German magazine that has served as a major benchmark for trends in the recreational vehicles sector for over 25 years.
Since 1981, the Ducato has been continuously produced at the Sevel plant, located in Val di Sangro (CH). However, the new Ducato MY2020 is an enhanced model to best respond to all professional needs. It also boasts major new features for the Ducato motorhome base versions, aiming to further consolidate its undisputed leadership in the sector. In the last ten years, more than 500,000 households across Europe have selected a motorhome based on this range
Leisure sector customers seem to be particularly enthusiastic about one of its major innovations: the new 9-speed automatic transmission. This ensures a relaxed and pleasant driving experience, fuel consumption optimization as well as performance enhancement. Even more so, in classic Ducato motorhome base style, the engine range has been overhauled by the introduction of a Euro 6d-TEMP 2.3-liter industrial diesel engine. It is robust and durable, yet guarantees performance and comfort while driving, with its four power levels: 120, 140, 160 and 180 hp. All equipped with Multijet 2 technology, each engine has its own special features, such as the design of the turbocharger, pistons and fluid dynamics. Finally, for safe and smooth journeys, the most advanced drive assistance systems (ADAS) come as standard, as well as specific suspension for motorhomes, together with a long list of features to guarantee maximum comfort.
The Fiat Professional Ducato motorhome base is the true "Leader in Freedom", with an extraordinary track record of international awards as testament to its primacy. The prestigious German "Best motorhome base" award stands out, confirming the trust customers accord to the Ducato model as an ideal base for their leisure time. Fiat Professional is the only brand with a dedicated team that can boast a profound knowledge of the world of Recreational Vehicles, as "certified" by the "Fiat Professional For Recreational Vehicles" logo. The brand is also highly specialized in terms of products and services for the motorhome owners, thus guaranteeing maximum flexibility and freedom for its customers.
Fiat Concept Centoventi awarded the Special Jury Prize at the “Trophées Argus 2020”
Last night, Olivier François, President of Fiat Brand Global, received the prestigious French magazine "L'Argus"'s Special Jury Prize, awarded to the Fiat Concept Centoventi, Fiat's vision for the democratic electric mobility of the future
Last night, Paris hosted the 27th award ceremony of the "Trophées Argus", a competition organized by the prestigious French magazine L'Argus. This year the jury of 18, including journalists and experts in technology and residual value, evaluated 60 models, divided into 11 categories, including the Fiat Concept Centoventi, which won the coveted "Special Jury Prize".
"As a Frenchman and as the Global President of Fiat, I am proud to accept this award from one of the most prestigious French publications. I am even more proud that the Special Jury Prize has gone to the Fiat Concept Centoventi", said Olivier François. And he continued: "Concept Centoventi is the quintessential brand from Fiat, for 120 years synonymous with city and family cars, and represents the most innovative solution for the urban electric mobility of tomorrow. It has a social mission because it is sustainable, because it is democratic, because it results in creation and involvement through its community, because it "communicates" with the outside world and because it was designed for car sharing. Fiat Concept Centoventi is an ABC of a car: "Affordable But Cool".
Presented at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and currently in the limelight at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, this revolutionary vehicle won over the French jury, whose citation read: "Fun and 100% electric, the Concept Centoventi elevates customization to an art: colors and interchangeable materials, the option of replacing the passenger seat with a child seat or pet carrier, as well as holes in the dashboard for attaching 3D-printed accessories. In addition, a modular autonomy range from 100 to 500 km, based on individual "packages" of 100 km each, can be purchased directly by customers. Its appearance - suggesting a revisited Panda - has won over the jury for the Trophées l'Argus. We look forward to seeing the concept in production".
Hat-trick for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio at the “What Car?” magazine “Car of the Year 2020” awards
For the third year running, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has won a "What Car?" magazine award, in the "Performance Car of the Year" category of their "Car of the Year 2020".
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is powered by the unique 2.9-liter Alfa Romeo V6 Bi-Turbo engine.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has won a "What Car?" magazine award, in the "Performance Car of the Year" category of their "Car of the Year 2020". The legendary "Quadrifoglio" has proven its prestige once more, with the Giulia fighting off tough competition across all price points, coming in at the top of its category.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio won over the "What Car?" team of experts with its combination of class-leading driving dynamics and an extraordinary, powerful and versatile aluminum engine, which make it ideal for everyday driving.
Steve Huntingford, the Editor of "What Car?", praised the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: "For the third year running, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is "What Car?"'s "Performance Car of the Year", for very good reason. Much of its appeal lies in the 2.9-liter V6 Bi-Turbo engine, developed by technicians from Ferrari. However, despite an actual power output of 510 HP and rear-wheel drive, it is not a monster of a car. Traction is excellent, whatever the weather. The gears are always smooth, so long journeys pass by comfortably, making the Giulia a performance car you can use every day." The 510 HP and 600 Nm engine takes the car to a top speed of 307 km/h, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
Arnaud Leclerc, CEO of FCA UK, stated: "Winning this award for the third year running vindicates the quality of the work that went into creating the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which, year after year, has been confirmed as a true supercar."