The All-New Fiat Panda

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Midrand, South Africa – Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa (Pty) Ltd, importer of Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and Fiat Professional vehicles locally, presents the new Fiat Panda, an evolution 31-years in the making. The likeable, versatile and easy to use Panda is rich in strong, rational and emotional value, a car of which more than 6.4 million units have been produced and a best-seller that has contributed to the leadership of Fiat Group in the small car segment. From the first 600 to the new 500 launched in 2007, Fiat has remained the benchmark of the city-car segment in Europe.

The third generation of the Panda model offers more quality in terms of space, comfort, functionality, technology and safety features. This intelligent vehicle is ideal for those wanting to combine the practical handling of a city car with the space and comfort of a five-door compact car in a modern and harmonious look.

Simply Panda

Now in its third generation, the new Panda is the byword for substance, practicality and usefulness, making maximum use of the interior space, rationalising the dimensions. Although continuing to be a very compact car, the Panda has grown a few centimetres to ensure the highest standards of safety and to improve the generous level of available interior space.

With a length of 3,65m, a width of 1,64m and a height of 1,55m, the new five door Panda can comfortably accommodate up to five people and it has one of the most spacious boots in its segment: 225 litres, increasing to 260 litres with the sliding rear seat in the fully forward position, and 870 litres with the backrest of the rear seats folded down.

New Fiat Panda offers maximum freedom of use due to the modularity of its space, the numerous storage compartments and a wide array of front and rear seat configurations. The exterior is also distinguished by an unmistakable “Italian style”, a “Mediterranean” stylistic language where the smooth shapes give it an appealing, solid and protective look.

More Panda

The new Panda is for people who choose a compact car, yet don’t want to forgo the technology generally reserved for cars of higher segments. The new Panda accommodates these with the need for sustainable, safe mobility that is accessible both in terms of price and running costs. It combines the best features of the first and second generation cars.

Behind its fun and confident appearance, the new Panda offers sophisticated technological solutions that satisfy both the concrete needs of everyday mobility as well as the growing social awareness of the environment and safety issues

At its launch, the new model is available with the renewed 51 kW 1.2 Fire petrol engine, and offers 2 trim levels (Pop and Lounge), 7 body colours, 3 interior trim colours and 14″ steel and 15″ alloy wheels. The new features include an optional “Blue&Me TomTom LIVE” that combines the advantages of an infotainment system which is integrated and connected with those of the portable navigation system, opening the doors to connectivity.

From its very first generation, the Panda evolved without losing its true nature of a revolutionary car. It was the first car in its segment to bear the prestigious title of “Car of the Year 2004”, the first compact to feature a diesel engine (1986) and it was the first to offer both four-wheel drive (1983) and a range of eco-friendly engines designed to limit fuel consumption (the Panda Elettra was introduced in 1990, one of the first electric cars). It was also the first 4×4 city car to reach Everest’s base camp at an altitude of 5,200 m (2004).

A 31-year success story

In 1980, the Fiat Panda went down in automotive history when Fiat presented it at the Geneva Motor Show, the result of research started in 1976. With the Panda an idea was born, an idea which has generated another way of experiencing a car: simple, fun, and at the same time revolutionary, owing to its intuitive and brilliant solutions. It was the first generation of one of the most highly successful city cars. After only four years, the one millionth Panda was produced.

Its success was cemented in 1986 with the second series of the first generation. The engines were one of the major innovations. The new 34 HP and 45 HP FIRE 769cc and 999cc replaced the 652cc and 903cc versions. The diesel engine was also introduced. Over the next two years it surpassed the 2 million unit mark, and in 1990 the range grew, enriched with the futuristic Panda Elettra, the first version fitted with an electric motor. The first-generation Panda was produced up until 2003.

The second generation Fiat Panda was launched in September 2003 with a design that interpreted the new style trends. It abandoned the three-door bodywork and grew 130mm in length and 120mm in width to make room for a comfortable five-door MPV configuration. It was the first car in this segment to be awarded the prestigious “Car of The Year 2004” title. The model became a platform on which Fiat created an entire family of cars boasting technology and attention to detail worthy of a higher category. In 2007 the one millionth second generation unit rolled off the line. About 6 million first and second generation Pandas were produced in total.

The third-generation Fiat Panda continues on the road embarked on 31 years ago.

Simply Panda

In seeking a higher and more perceptible value, the new Panda’s design sets out to create true sentimental value between car and user. Centro Stile Fiat designers put themselves in the shoes of the customer to try to understand how to combine utility and an even bolder personality. The end result is a car brimming in personality and value, one that combines the outstanding reputation of a timeless model with amazing quality up to the very last detail.


The new Panda conveys freshness and appeal in addition to a strong “Italian style” that makes it instantly recognisable from the very first glance. The slightly convex bonnet joins with the elegant horizontal grille and the new front headlamps with a rounded shape that resembles a smiling face. The same aesthetic elements also express the family feeling of the latest Fiat models, and stress their bond with the other successful city car icon, the new 500.

The designers added a touch of personality to this “human” stamp to make it a solid yet roomier car. The passenger compartment is designed as a single, comfortable space to increase quality of life on board, even for children. Proof of that is the placement of graphic patterns decorating the door panels and roof of the car, in this way creating an attractive “sky” over the heads of the tiny passengers. In this same way the radio interface sports a pleasant and intuitive look, and all controls and buttons are grouped into two islands for easier use.


The new Panda has been created drawing inspiration from the most up-to-date trends. An elegant restyling of the exteriors with smooth and rounded lines ensures the available space is used effectively. The absence of sharp corners conveys solidity and emphasizes the welcoming and protective “shell” nature of the passenger compartment. The rounded shapes of the exterior also combine aesthetic and an aerodynamic feature ensuring the drag co-efficient is lowered to 0.32, one of the best in the competitive segment.

The side view has several distinctive features of the second generation Fiat Panda, starting with the third window, now with softened angles in harmony with the softer shape of the exteriors, which creates the effect of an uninterrupted glazed surface up to the vertical rear light clusters. These clusters are arranged higher up to improve lighting and to reduce the possibility of damage in case of minor knocks. The front light clusters continue down the side to give the exterior an additional three-dimensional effect.

Smooth and rounded shapes also distinguish the rub strips on the bumpers and side panels that not only pay tribute to the first generation Fiat Panda, but also play an essential protective role. A new design language has evolved, adding robustness to many interior and exterior details; the door handles are a more substantial visual and tactile shape.

Finally, as on the outgoing model, the lower section of the tailgate protrudes with respect to the rear window. Combined with the side line, this gives a distinct impression of a roof panel resting on the bodywork.


Offered with five doors, the new Panda is a true super-compact that is able to combine the smaller size outside with amazing volume inside. Despite its seemingly small size, the new car accommodates up to five people and has one of the most spacious boots of its segment.

The new Panda offers maximum freedom of use with its roomy, functional and comfortable passenger compartment. Flexibility has always been one of the model’s strong points, as the new dashboard, various seat configurations and large number of storage compartments demonstrates.

The new dashboard is designed as a practical, multipurpose shell containing a roomy storage “pocket” along with the glovebox in the lower section. Additionally, the dashboard is wrapped up in a colourful frame which serves as a single perimeter to the steering wheel, radio and main controls, and that houses the vents.

Maximum functionality is also found in the slim front seats that ensure more leg space for the rear passengers, greater flexibility – the seat travel distance is 210 mm and vertical adjustment is 60 mm – and enhanced seat comfort thanks to the comfortable and embracing shape. The “squares” welded to the backrest perform the task of circulating air between the passenger’s back and the seat fabric to improve comfort, especially during the warmer months. On the Lounge model, the driver’s seat is available with height adjustment.

The versatile rear seats are available with space for three passengers and feature a fold-down 60/40 split backrest. Furthermore, if the rear seats are lowered, a flat platform extending the entire length of the passenger compartment (over 2 metres) ensures interior space is cleverly utilised.

Similarly, the door panel was designed with the idea of freeing-up space. The speaker in the panel has been raised to make the pocket wider and improve sound quality. Upholstery has been extended to improve comfort.

Another new stylistic and functional innovation is the special shape of the parking brake with small longitudinal dimensions to allow the space in front of and behind the lever to be exploited in addition to clearing space for use directly underneath it.

To guarantee comfortable and distraction-free driving, the gear lever of the Panda is positioned in a raised position in the centre of the dashboard, close to the steering wheel. The steering wheel is perfectly round on the outside to make it easy to turn and square on the inside to improve grip and provide maximum instrument panel visibility.

The 14 storage compartments in the Panda are not just abundant and capacious: designed and conceived according to those who use the Panda every day; open compartments, which are easy to reach into for frequent use, and closed concealed compartments for objects that are usually left in the car. A new feature is the glasses holder located above the driver’s window.


To guarantee the protection of the passengers, the new Panda combines a body designed according to the most modern criteria with active and passive safety content that ensures its optimum, class leading performance.

The Fiat Safety Centre examined all possible types of collisions: front and side impacts, roll-over, pile-up and collisions with pedestrians. Various speeds at which impact may occur were also taken into consideration as well as different types of obstacles and different types of occupants with greatly varying physical characteristics.

To guarantee the protection of the occupants, the new Panda offers four airbags standard (front and window protecting the head), ABS complete with B.A.S. (Brake Assist System), front seat belts with pretensioner and load limiter. ESC (Electronic Stability Control) complete with Hill Holder system that aids the driver in uphill starts while keeping the brake locked for about 2 seconds, in this way making starting off easier, is also available.

Special attention has been devoted to the seats. Those in front are equipped with an anti-whiplash system that reduces the risk of injury in case of impact, while those in back are fitted with isofix attachments for child seats. The Lounge trim-line features rear headrests.


The new Panda boasts a cutting-edge engine in terms of both performance, fuel consumption and emissions.

The 51 kW 1.2 EVO II is the latest evolution of the popular FIRE family; over 10 million units produced. Thanks to the continuously variable valve timing unit that optimizes valve timing (opening and closing) at all engine speeds, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced (5.2 litres/100 km and 120 g/km, respectively), and performance increased to ensure torque availability at low r/min (102 Nm at 3 000 r/min) and power at high r/min (51 kW at 5 500 r/min).

The engine is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Acoustic and climatic comfort

The Panda is a comfortable, roomy and quiet city car. The latter is a particularly important feature for a car because it improves the quality of life on board and helps the driver pay attention to the road, enhancing safety. A series of devices aimed at effectively reducing all types of noise transmitted to the passenger compartment was used in designing the new Panda.

The new car features high torsional rigidity of the body (71 300 daNm/rad) that associated with specific targeted interventions allows excellent levels of compactness to be achieved, and is one of the strong points of the model.

In addition to the traditional heater and manual climate control fitted as standard on the Pop trim level, an efficient and rapid climate control system was chosen for the higher specification Lounge edition. It automatically controls the temperature, air flow, its distribution, compressor engagement and recirculation through an electronic control unit. The heating and ventilation system is also responsible for the defrosting of the windscreen and side windows.

Innovative chassis and suspension

The new Panda offers an unprecedented front suspension with McPherson strut layout. It has been lightened and contributes to high level crash performance during a high-speed and low-speed collision, pedestrian and insurance impact.

The front suspension also has a new stabilizer bar that improves its efficiency. In addition to this, the weight of the stabilizer bar has been optimized, again with equal anti-roll effect. Lastly, the bushes of the front suspension arm have been designed to achieve ultimate comfort when driving, and have contributed to improving noise reduction also by attaining a dynamic.

The rear torsion axle suspension is fitted with larger bushes which guarantee greater comfort on bumpy roads and improved noise insulation without detracting from road holding. The shape was studied to optimise absorption of the longitudinal bumps, without penalizing the other elastic property-kinematic performance aspects of the rear suspension.

The chassis of the new Panda also contains high-resistance materials (more than 70%), 11% of which using hot pressing technology, making it possible to increase the energy absorption capacity in both front and side impacts and at the same time lightening the structure.

Communicating and travelling

The new Panda offers the innovative Blue&MeTM hands-free with Bluetooth® system that includes sophisticated voice recognition, USB port, MP3 player and SMS interpreter. Blue&Me allows simple pairing of up to five mobile phones featuring Bluetooth® that are within the system’s operating range (approximately five metres) with the car and guarantees maximum safety.

By connecting a digital device to the USB port or AUX-IN, it is possible to listen to digital music in MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV format, recorded on digital audio players and/or USB devices.

The system makes the following functions available to the customer in an efficient and intuitive way:

  • Use of their own mobile phone in hands-free mode (calling names in the phonebook using voice control with independent user recognition);

  • Transfer of their phonebook to Blue&Me in the car and reading it through the display in the control panel;

  • Interaction with the display using the steering wheel controls to manage various call and message functions;

  • Listening to a music collection stored on a USB device in the most common formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC). The information about the tracks being played is available on the radio.

The Blue&MeTM system has been awarded many prestigious international accolades and is one of the most popular infotainment devices with than two million units sold world-wide.


One of the pillars of World Class Manufacturing is the Environment, including environmental-friendly methods and tools. To make the new Panda, all of the processes have been designed and built according to principles that permit achieving the strictest environmental parameters.

All the paints are water-based and the pastel colours have a special formulation that enables better utilisation of the electrostatic spraying sumps, in this way reducing waste and the liquids to be disposed of.

A number of highly advanced energy saving systems have been applied in sheet-metal working and assembly. LED lamps, for example, reduce energy consumption by 90% and devices fitted with photocells switch off the lights in the areas where there are no workers after a few minutes.

Lastly, disposable packing materials have been drastically reduced and replaced with other reusable materials ensuring that recycling has gone up to 95%.

Totally Italian

An icon of design and Italian know-how, the new Panda is the evolution of a successful model and destined to confirm Fiat’s position as undisputed leader in the small car category. For this reason, Fiat Group Automobiles has set its sights on ensuring top quality throughout the entire product development process and engineering. Such a design could only be manufactured in an equally advanced factory, one redesigned with the same criteria. The new model is manufactured in Pomigliano d’Arco, near Naples. The industrial area has been entirely refurbished with new systems, particularly in the body-in-white and assembly sector, and an innovative “Quality Centre”, resulting in the most advanced Fiat manufacturing facility.

The Giambattista Vico plant was upgraded in a record time of 12 months and with a total investment of Euro 800 million in both machinery and people, for whom to the present day 200,000 hours of training have been invested.

The result is a car that represents the passion, design and building ability of a brand born over a century ago. The heritage of Fiat is all this and more, combined with the commitment and professional pride of thousands of people over the years – engineers, factory workers, executives.


The new Fiat Panda will be available immediately from 36 Fiat dealerships countrywide and, as with all Fiat Group passenger cars, comes standard with a 3 year / 100 000km full maintenance plan and warranty for peace-of-mind driving. The local dealer is Thompson Motors, phone them on 039-315-7788. 

The new Fiat Panda pricing starts at R139,990 for the Pop version and R154,990 for the Lounge, including VAT and CO2 tax.




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