Panda is taking centre-stage in Fiat’s future planning that kicks off in July this year with the promise of a new vehicle every year until 2027 and sees, effective, a re-invention of the brand within the Stellantis group where it now has access to various global platforms.

Olivier Francois, Fiat CEO and Stellantis Global CMO says: “Fiat, a global brand with 1,3-million cars sold last year and solid leadership in many parts of the world, is in a global game. Our next step will be to transition from local products to a global offer that can benefit all of our customers everywhere in the world.”

Olivier Francois

The new cars will embody the same philosophy - Functionality should never exist without Fun - and the same technology - a single global platform where new models can be manufactured based on local relevance.

Regardless of where the new models are conceived, they can be produced anywhere in the world and reach customers everywhere. The multi-energy platform will also enable the next Fiat models to be equipped with all types of powertrain (electric, hybrid and ICE).

Furthermore, the new family will feature efficient space utilisation along with sustainable materials.

Fiat is rising to the challenge of producing more sustainable and affordable cars with its ‘less is more’ approach, eliminating redundant parts and reducing polluting materials such as chrome, alloys, leather, and the foams in seats.

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The first concept is the new City Car, a sort of ‘Mega-Panda’, larger than the current Panda. Its design draws inspiration from the brand’s birthplace: the iconic Lingotto building in Turin with its famous rooftop test track.

Fiat’s designers were inspired by some of the Lingotto’s special features when creating the new design language: including structural lightness, space optimization, and brightness. Meanwhile, the oval shape of the ‘La Pista 500’ track on the roof influenced some aspects of the new model’s interiors: from the dashboard to the display and seats.

Moreover, Fiat is placing a special emphasis on the use of sustainable materials, including recycled plastics and bamboo fabrics. The brand also aims to remove some of the barriers to more sustainable mobility, including making electric vehicles more affordable and accessible.

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The second concept is the pick-up. Fiat, being the market leader in South America and having the Strada pick-up as the bestselling vehicle on the Brazilian market, is confident that this type of vehicle can replicate its success at a global level, even in Europe – an unlikely contender locally since Stellantis is building an assembly plant for the new Peugeot Landtrek bakkie.

Fiat’s new pick-up blends the concept of a pick-up with the functionality of an LCV and the comfort of an SUV in a size that is suitable for urban environments all over the world. Outdoor activities are more than hobbies, and this pick-up is perfectly designed to get the most out of one’s lifestyle.

The fourth concept is a family SUV, a sort of ‘Giga-Panda’. Fiat’s SUV concept meets customers’ ultimate needs in terms of safety, versatility, and design, bringing roominess and robustness to families all over the world.

The last concept presented is a ‘do-it-all’ vehicle, as it features the new dolce vita style and reconnects people to each other and nature. This concept pays homage to the “Fun-ctionality” of the Panda from the 80s, recalling the versatility of a car that was made for the city with the features of an SUV and the soul of a trusty companion.

Colin Windell


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