35 Facts About Fiat Panda


Fiat Panda is a city car manufactured and marketed by Fiat since 1980, currently in its third generation.

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Ultimately, the Fiat Panda was named after Empanda, the Roman goddess and patroness of travelers.

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From its inception, the Fiat Panda was designed as an inexpensive, easily maintained, utilitarian, and robustly simple car.

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Fiat Panda launched right-hand drive models for the UK market in May 1981.

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Under the prototyping designation Progetto 141, Fiat Panda subsequently commissioned Italdesign to create production studies, a master model, provisional tooling and pre-production prototypes.

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In February 1978, Fiat Panda test-marketed prototypes to potential customers and dealers — at an unpublicized event in Milan's Novegro Park.

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On 26 February 1980 Fiat presented production models to President Sandro Pertini, in the gardens of Rome's Quirinal Palace, and the car officially debuted in Geneva on 5 March — carrying the name Panda, after Empanda, the Roman goddess and patroness of travelers.

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The Fiat Panda is like a pair of jeans: a simple, practical article of clothing without pretense.

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Much like earlier French counterparts, the Fiat Panda could be specified with a two-piece roll forward canvas roof.

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In 2019, an example of the Fiat Panda 30 belonging to the FCA Heritage collection was exhibited at the Triennale di Milano.

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Minor styling changes to the Super included Fiat Panda's revised corporate grille with five diagonal silver bars.

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Van variant of the Fiat Panda was introduced, with both petrol and diesel engines.

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Two-seat Fiat Panda Elettra, introduced in 1990, added an all-electric power-train to the line.

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The SEAT Fiat Panda had its bonnet, bumpers, and rear tailgate redesigned.

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Second generation Fiat Panda, codenamed Model 169, debuted in 2003, with almost no direct engineering linkage to the first generation.

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In 2004, the second generation Fiat Panda was awarded the Compasso d'Oro industrial design award.

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Fiat Panda includes an option for split rear seats, which makes the Fiat Panda a four-seater.

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Financially troubled Fiat needed the new Panda to be a success, and it sold half a million units by October 2005.

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Fiat Panda is produced for police departments, military agencies, forest services, and mail delivery services.

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In September 2005 several changes were made to the Fiat Panda, including standard fitment of ABS and a front passenger's airbag.

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Fiat Panda range received minor updates in March 2007, including a new, darker dashboard.

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The new dark red Fiat badge replaced the blue roundel on the Panda in Summer 2007.

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Fiat Panda range was mildly rearranged again in 2009, with the addition of Active Eco and Dynamic Eco models.

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On 4 July 2011, Fiat announced that the 2,000,000th Panda had rolled off of their Tychy, Poland assembly line.

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Panda Classic was a second series Fiat Panda renamed and with a reduced list price to distinguish it from the new generation introduced in late 2011.

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Fiat Panda gave away some of Alessi's products for the special model's debut at the Ideal Home Show in the UK.

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Fiat Panda Jolly was created by Fiat Styling Center and Stola and inspired by boat design.

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Fiat Panda Terramare's creator is Milan born Maurizio Zanisi, an independent former Iso Rivolta engineer, and his self-built amphibian is based on a Fiat Panda 4x4 chassis, but with an inflatable flotation belt, and waterjet propulsion driven off the rear axle.

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The Fiat Panda logo is worked on the seats with stylish studs and crystals.

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Fiat Panda sees this unit as the future of cars with a low environmental impact: the concept car represents the most advanced frontier achievable in terms of emissions and consumption, combining technologies that already exist or are ready for production.

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Two factory-built Fiat Panda 4x4s were prepared to contest the gruelling Dakar 2007 rally raid, which started in Lisbon.

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In December 2006, Fiat considered taking legal action against Chinese automaker Great Wall Motor for the company's Peri, which is a copy of the Panda's design.

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In July 2008, Fiat Panda successfully sued Great Wall and had the Peri banned from importation into Europe.

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Older model stayed in production and was sold as Fiat Panda Classic, remaining popular thanks to its lower pricing.

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Third-generation Fiat Panda was tested by Euro NCAP towards the end of 2011, and achieved a four-star result.

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