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Fiat 500C unveil on Monday

Sat, 14 Feb 2009

The retro revival in the small car sector is lead by the Fiat 500 and the Mini. Both have been a success, but present different characters. The Mini is, when you get to the nitty-gritty, a very good BMW update of the original Issigonis Mini. But the Fiat 500 is truer to the original ‘Cheap’ concept of the 500.

Spy shot of the Fiat 500C - due to be revealed on Monday 16th February

Both cars have managed to be cool and, just as they were in the ’60s, classless. But it’s the 500 that gets the value award, even if it has spawned new models that aren’t cheap, such as the Abarth.

The next in line is the 500 Cabriolet (although, in truth, it will be more of a full-length Targa). Fiat has announced that they are unveiling the Fiat 500C ahead of the Geneva official launch at Fiat’s 500 site – Fiat 500 – on Monday 16th.

And this is what Fiat are showing so far on their site!

Fiat is staying true to the affordable concept, and won’t be offering anything fancy in the way of a folding roof. It is expected to be a full-length targa, that slides back manually leaving the sides intact, meaning a less costly exercise all round for Fiat, and a lower headline price.

We expect the base model of the 500C to nudge in at under £10k, comfortably undercutting the competition. We also expect to see the car have just two seats, but we’ve been wrong before!

More details on Monday.

By Cars UK