A Panda breeding success as Fiat marks 500,000 sales
FIAT is celebrating 30 years and 500,000 sales of its city car with the special edition Panda 4X4 Antarctica.
Available to order in a single colour combination – white with a black roof – it has orange detailing, diamondfinish 15in alloy wheels and special badges.
Inside, the Antarctica features grey and orange upholstery with numerous additional features over the standard version, including dark-tinted rear privacy glass, a height adjustable driver’s seat and three-passenger rear seat with 60:40 split/folding backrests.
Also on the list are air conditioning, ESC stability control, an electronic locking differential (ELD), specially tuned suspension, mudand-snow tyres and rugged bodywork protection – all as standard.
While the original model was powered by a 965cc engine with 48bhp only , the 21st century version benefits from Fiat’s technological know-how which has resulted in the development of the ultra-smooth award-winning 85hp 0.9 TwinAir petrol engine and a 75hp 1.3litre MultiJet II turbo diesel engine. Official figures put the petrol’s economy at around 58mpg and CO2 emissions at 114g/ km. For the diesel the steady right foot may extract as much as 60mpg while emitting CO2 at the rate of 125g/km.
Just 300 Antarcticas will be built for the UK market, priced from £14,895 on the road.
And just in case you are wondering whether this little off-roader is really up to the job bear in mind that in standard guise it has a number of best mini 4x4 and SUV awards. In fact, there is a six-week waiting list for the standard Panda 4X4. Even ordering now will not see delivery much before March – but on the plus side that will coincide with the new ‘14’ registration plate. Fiat’s is banking on the 4X4 Antarctica satisfying demand until then.
This week Fiat made the formal announcement that the US Chrysler Group is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker. The $4.35bn deal came after 12 months of talks and creates the world’s seventhlargest auto maker. There is speculation it will now relocate its headquarters outside Italy where Fiat was founded 115 years ago.
THE WHITE STUFF: The Fiat Panda Antarctica 4x4 in its distinctive white finish with grey and orange upholstery.