31.07.2008 MAGNA TO SUPPLY FOLDING SOFT TOPS FOR FIAT 500 CONVERTIBLE

Fiat 500 Sport

Magna Car Top Systems has won the contract to supply folding soft tops for the forthcoming Fiat 500 convertible, with the units set to be assembled at the supplier park which serves Fiat Auto Poland's factory at Tychy which builds the 500 model.

Bertone Suagna

Two years ago Bertone showed a study of a Fiat Grande Punto Convertible with 4 seats, for which Magna Car Top Systems developed a two-piece Retractable Hardtop.

Magna Car Top Systems has won the contract to supply folding soft tops for the forthcoming Fiat 500 convertible, with the units set to be assembled at the supplier park which serves Fiat Auto Poland's factory at Tychy which is the sole global manufacturing point for the 500 model.

Magna Car Top Systems is a 100 percent subsidiary of Magna International Inc which already has ties with Fiat Group: Austrian-headquarters Magna drove the development process for the Fit Bravo. The Magna Car Top Systems division will build the soft top roof sections for the Fiat 500 convertible at the Millenium Logistic Park in Tychy which is also part of a Polish 'special economic zone'.

Magna Car Top Systems develop and manufacture vehicle roof systems for many renowned OEM's worldwide, the products transforming cars into convertibles and the term freedom into a driving experience. Today is is the leading supplier of vehicle roof systems and a globally operating full-service partner of the automotive industry - from the concept phase to serial production with the product portfolio consisting of all relevant types of vehicle roof systems: softtops, hardtops, retractable hardtops and panoramic modules.

The Fiat 500 convertible will be another project carried out for an Italian firm by Magana Car Top Systems (CTS). Two years ago Bertone showed a study of a Fiat Grande Punto Convertible with 4 seats, for which Magna Car Top Systems developed a two-piece retractable hardtop. So far there are only 2+2 seaters in this market segment. This convertible car study was a joint work of Bertone and CTS.

For this convertible car study, Bertone created an car shape integrated with the described retractable hard top. A target was the development of a fully-fledged 4 seat convertible with Retractable Hardtop on basis Fiat Grande Punto without extending the trunk of the vehicle. CTS presented a roof concept, which deviated formally of the previous coupe-silhouettes, and nevertheless didn't abandon on a dynamic and distinctive external form. The concept had a steep-standing, concealable backlite, and captivates by a simple system that offered sufficient space to four people. This concept was styled, elaborated and developed within short time.
 

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