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July 4 has always been a red-letter date for Fiat 500 as it was first introduced on this day in 1957. Fifty years later, in 2007, Fiat chose to capitalise on that heritage by launching the then New Fiat 500. It was an immediate success.Eight years later, with over 1.5 million sold, the torch is being passed to the New Fiat 500. Made by the Centro Stile Fiat, the car has a refreshed exterior and interior design. It has not grown in size but it is packed with more technology, engine versions and customisation ideas. Available in two versions (saloon and convertible), the New Fiat 500 will have three trim levels at launch: Pop, Popstar and Lounge. The first includes seven airbags, Uconnect Radio 5″ with six speakers, AUX-IN and USB ports, controls on the steering wheel and LED daytime running lights as standard equipment. The Popstar version adds manual climate control system, chrome-plated mirror domes and vintage style steel hubcaps. The New Fiat 500 Lounge version is even richer featuring additional sophisticated details, like a panoramic glass sunroof, 15″ alloy rims, chrome-plated front grille, Uconnect Radio 5″ LIVE touchscreen infotainment system and leather steering wheels with controls allowing to integrate a smartphone, use many apps on the onboard system and stay connected.The engine line-up of the New Fiat 500 includes a 0.9 TwinAir engine (85 hp or 105 hp), a 1.2 litre 69 hp engine and a 1.2 litre LPG 69 hp bi-fuel. In particular, the two-cylinder engines boast record-breaking performance: 90 g/km for the 85 hp engine, 99 for the 105 hp. ‘Eco’ configurations of the 1.3 Multijet 95 hp and the 1.2 litre 69 hp (available after the launch) will limit emissions to 99 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
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