A Panda breed­ing suc­cess as Fiat marks 500,000 sales

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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