Fiat 500 (2007)

Fiat 500 ( since 2007)

The Fiat 500 of 2007 is a car model of the Italian car manufacturer Fiat. It is attributed to the so-called micro-car class, although it is significantly larger than its stylistic model, the 1957-1977 produced Fiat Nuova 500 2004, a retro design study named Fiat Trepiùno unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

On 4 July 2007 - 50 years after introduction of the Nuova 500 - Fiat presented the car officially. The sales start in Germany on October 27, 2007.

In the model history of the new Fiat 500 is the direct successor of the Seicento. In contrast to his predecessors regarded as cheap entry-level models to the 500 apply as a lifestyle product modeled on the Mini. Technically, shares of the 500 many components, the motors and the bottom group with the panda. The prices of the Fiat 500 10500-14500 euro are about 1,500 euros higher than in the Panda.

On 19 November 2007, the new Fiat 500 was elected Car of the Year 2008.

End of 2013, Fiat brings a sporty -looking version called the 500S on the market.

  • 4.1 Exterior
  • 4.2 interior
  • 6.1 Convertible Sedan
  • 6.2 500 " by Diesel "
  • 6.3 500 " by Gucci "
  • 6.4 500 Abarth
  • 6.5 500 Sole
  • 6.6 500 GQ
  • 6.7 500 natural gas
  • 6.8 Fiat 500e


The Fiat Trepiùno was introduced as a design basis for the production model at the Geneva Motor Show 2004.

On an exterior length of 3.30 meters reminded the retro design without grille and round headlights and the steeply sloping rear of the old Fiat 500 Nuova with folding roof. Other properties of technically related to the Fiat Panda study were large light-alloy wheels, a white-red interior with a central LCD information display and a special seat concept: in normal position, there is a 2 2- seater with foldable rear auxiliary seats. Will The front passenger facia away in front of him and slipping forward, arises behind him a seat with enough legroom, it creates a 3 1- seater; hence the name of the concept study Trepiùno ( " three plus one" ). The space-saving seats from two different hard layers of polyurethane are particularly thin and should still provide enough comfort.

The retro design had been used since the 1990s by various manufacturers with varying degrees of success, including cars like the Nissan Figaro and the Chrysler PT Cruiser. Direct competitor of the 500 is produced since 2001 Mini, which is also a reinterpretation of a historic small car.

For communication and advertising purposes, the factory secured the domains and even before the launch. There, now everyone had the opportunity to look and facilities of future production model to influence. " This approach is unique ," said senior brand manager Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, "for the first time in the history of Fiat, maybe even the entire automotive industry, a new car is developed with the active participation of the public. " Addition was made ​​up of a series of predetermined equipment details ( Alloy wheels, colors, etc.), the individual Fiat 500 put together. These contributions would take effect on the future series production, the manufacturer promised.

According to one of the design decrease relatively short to the start of development time of 18 months, the new Fiat 500 ( since August 2008 together with the new Ford Ka) in the Fiat plant in Tychy (Poland ) will be built; initially an annual production of 120,000 copies was planned. The vehicle was to appear on September 15, 2007, this date was brought forward to July 4, 2007, exactly on the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Nuova 500. Because of the high demand, it came in the delivery of the 500 to customers partially to waiting periods of up to eight months. In February 2008, Fiat announced that it would increase production to 190,000 copies a year. The units for the Americas to be built since 2012 in the work of Chrysler de México in Toluca.

Since 2012, the Fiat 500L is offered, a minivan with design elements of the Fiat 500, however, based on the Fiat Punto.


The Fiat 500 model year 2007/2008 shares a technical platform with the Fiat Panda, which is why many parts of the panda are used in the 500. In some areas, however, the technology had to be changed: Due to the short overhangs, the large wheels and retracted upward side window of the car got a new front end with an offset to the rear cooler. A special feature is the start / stop system that will reduce fuel consumption by 3 to 10 percent in combination with other measures.

Engines and transmissions

  • Five -speed manual ( six- speed manual transmission for 1.4 -liter engine )
  • Duologic semi-automatic ( for 0,9 -, 1,2 - and 1,4- liter engines )
  • Single-stage reduction gear at 500e
  • 95 hp with Start / Stop automatic
  • Torque Values ​​in parenthesis are in sport mode ( the boost pressure is increased).

1.2 8V

1.4 16V

1.3 Multijet 16V

Safety and driving behavior

In addition to six airbags, a knee airbag for the driver, impact energy absorbing reinforcements and provide an improved pedestrian protection for maximum safety. Compared with the Panda received the 500 a wider track, larger stabilizers, a newly tuned chassis and an updated anti -lock braking system (ABS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP ) with Brake Assist ( ESP not available in all markets as standard, eg in Austria ) to to ensure safe driving behavior with high agility and comfort. The braking distance is, according to Fiat at about 38 meters, when front and rear disc brakes are fitted (standard on the 100 hp version ).

The Fiat 500 has achieved in the Euro NCAP crash test, five stars ( 35 points). He is the first vehicle from the A - segment ( subcompact cars ), which reached this highest rating.

Child seats can be attached securely to the two rear seats. There are also Isofix mountings are available. In the passenger seat rear-facing child seats are permitted if the passenger airbag is deactivated via the onboard computer.


In design, the Fiat 500 is based largely on the study Trepiùno. The product range of the production model offers a wide range of different features, including different exterior colors, fabrics, finishes, stickers and many more extras. Up to 549,000, various combinations are possible which allow a large individualization.


The exterior design of the production model will be guided by the old Fiat 500; However, it is a very free and modern interpretation, such as the dual round headlights, the steeply sloping rear, the chrome bumper that runs around the "belt" (crimp below the window) and the narrow rear lamps. Also, the folding top of the historical models, there are since 2009 the Cabriolet Fiat 500 C. For the sedan will surcharge the "Sky Dome" said electrically openable glass roof and a non- openable panoramic glass roof offered.


The interior itself is the design, to commemorate the 50 year old predecessor, continues in many details. Most notable are the color-keyed instrument panel and the circular central instrument. There are also some control buttons that are reminiscent of the ancestor, and the chrome door handles. The two-tone seats pop facilities are also reminiscent of those of its predecessor. The possibility of steering wheel and operating units to order ivory color, is also a reference to the historic Fiat 500

As a modern small car, the new Fiat 500 has front wheel drive and the engine forward. He deviates from the rear-wheel drive model, but offers a great standard trunk. He sums, depending on the position of the rear seats, 185-610 liters.


Since the launch of three different equipment lines available. The basic version of pop, the better equipped lounge line and model sport. The basic equipment power steering, seven airbags, electric windows, central locking and CD radio are standard. In lounge with air conditioning, alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof will be added. The equipment package includes sports a small rear spoiler, side sills extensions, modified front and rear bumper with air intakes, a chrome exhaust tail pipe, tinted rear windows and trim. Extras include a cover sheet in the style of the original Cinquecento (500 advertised ) and a perfume atomizer with different fragrances on the nature of the Citroën C4.

In some European markets, there's also the basic model below the base, called Naked (English, "naked" ).

Other models

Convertible Sedan

In addition to the three-door hatchback sedan, there is the 500 since 2009 as a convertible sedan under the name of 500C with a large folding roof, which extends to the lower edge of the rear window. This folding roof is available in the colors ivory, red and black, but some color variations between paint and roof color is not possible.

Fiat 500C with the roof open

500 " by Diesel "

In September 2008, the special edition came " by Diesel " on the market, which was designed together with the Italian fashion label Diesel. The limited edition of 10,000 copies was initially only available in three different colors - two of which are exclusive to the 500 " by Diesel " - available. These three colors are " Green Diesel ", " Diesel Bronze " and "Crossover Black ". The engine variants are identical to those of the normal Fiat 500

In January 2010 at the Berlin Fashion Show Bread & Butter an update of the 500 " by Diesel " presented, in addition to the now available 70 - kW diesel engine ( 95 hp ) is also a new color called "Midnight Indigo Blue " to select.

Rear view

500 " by Gucci "

Since 2011, the special model " by Gucci ". To mark the 150th anniversary of the Italian Republic and the 90th anniversary of the fashion brand Gucci this special model was created.

The 500 " by Gucci " is in black and white to choose from. The side parts wear stripes in the colors green, red and green, the hubcaps carry the two entwined letters " G " of the fashion brand in the middle. Even the shift knob carries the Gucci logo, the seats are equipped with the typical Guccissima print and the straps are green-red- green.

The 500 " by Gucci " is available as a sedan and convertible. Both models are available with four-cylinder petrol engines with 1.2 liter displacement and eight valves, 1.4 liters and 16 valves or with two-cylinder Twin - Air petrol engine.

500 Abarth

As a top model, there are refined by Abarth versions. Since early 2008, Abarth is placed as an exclusive, independent brand, which is why only a relatively small number of Fiat dealers comes into possession of an appropriate distribution license.

The 1.4-liter 16V engine will be available in various Abarth versions that apart from the additional power with sporting equipment details - such as larger brakes, strafferem chassis and a dynamic function, the faster accelerator reactions, a sportier engine characteristic map and a more direct steering characteristics allowed - to entice. In addition, the individual variants delimit by individual exterior design, for example in the form of spoilers from each other. As Abarth entry-level model, the Abarth 500 is thought that went with 99 kW (135 hp) from July 2008 in the sale. The model celebrated at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008, his premiere. The launch date of the top version Abarth 500 SS with 117 kW ( 160 hp ) in January 2009.

In the strongest version comes in cooperation with Ferrari developed 140 kW (190 hp) engine is used, which should provide the basis for the planned new Abarth Cup racing series. This Abarth Assetto Corse was shown in May 2008 at the Mille Miglia in Brescia the public. From the 500 Assetto Corse only 49 pieces to the end of 2008 to have been built by Abarth in Italy.

Front view

Rear view

500 Sole

As of April 2013, limited to 1000 copies limited edition " Sole" was offered. The special edition was. Than three-door or convertible, available in the colors Yellow Sole, Passione Red, Volare Blue, cappuccino beige or gray Carrara, available

500 GQ

Also in 2013 there was a model called GQ and the motto style hunter on the market. In gray-black two-tone paint ( provided by the manufacturer Bicolore - painting) with contrasting orange details, the model is offered as a " tailor-made for the modern gentleman ."

Satin chrome detailing and 16 " alloy wheels and side skirts and a rear spoiler underline the sporty appearance, which settles in the interior fitted with a black leather interior with orange stitching and logo elements from the series model.

The range of engines offered for this model extends from the 0.9 8V TwinAir over the 1.2 8V up to 16V 1.4.

500 natural gas

At the 80th Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, the concept of a natural gas - powered Fiat 500 1.4 Natural Power Turbo was presented. This featured a 1.4-liter gas turbo engine with 85 kW (115 hp). A year later, also at the Geneva Motor Show, the concept of a natural gas - powered Fiat 500 was presented. Since the summer of 2011, the Fiat 500 and 500C gas turbo is sold in a small series in Switzerland. He is a market supply of natural gas mobile AG, a company of the Swiss gas industry and the gas interconnections Mittelland AG.

The 500 and 500C is equipped with a two-cylinder TwinAir engine developing 63 kW (85 hp) and the car in 11.5 seconds accelerates to 100 km / hr. The CO2 emissions are around 80 g / km. The vehicle is available with a manual 5 - speed gearbox or automatic transmission Dualogic. The range of the pure natural gas is 300 km, with the additional fuel tank at 1000 km.

Fiat 500e

After a conversion of Karabagh has been available since 2009 in Germany as Karabagh 500E, had the Fiat 500e at the LA Auto Show 2012 its premiere. Fiat offers the 500e currently on (2013 ) exclusively in the USA as an electric car. It was developed mainly because of strict environmental regulations in force there. The 500e has a redesigned front end and revised side skirts, wheel covers and rear spoiler and new, aerodynamically designed 15 -inch wheels. The first production batch was sold out after a short time, the car is sold out until 2014.


  • 2007: Readers affection of the magazine " What Car? "
  • 2007: Car of the Year 2007 ( Car Magazine )
  • 2007: City Car of the Year
  • 2008: European Car of the Year 2008
  • 2008: Best City Car
  • 2009 World Car Design of the Year
  • 2009: Best City Car