the Geneva Salon earlier this year, and having being
steadily rolled out over the major European new car
markets ever since the summer began, the innovative Fiat
Qubo has made its official motor show debut this week at
the 78th Paris Mondial de l'Automobile.
Qubo is the
name of the new vehicle being sold by the FIAT sales
network. An original name that plays on the idea of
“cube”, which may not always be complimentary in all
contexts, but in any case clearly evokes the strong
points of this model: reliability and sturdiness, as
well as unique and versatile functions. Not to mention
the originality of changing the C of cube to Q to tell
us that this vehicle is no ordinary cube, but rather a
cube with a twist.
The Qubo is targeted at a Client who is a non-conformist
oriented towards substance rather than show, a strong
personality who is emanates confidence of his or her own
Qubo goes well beyond the concept of the MPV venture as
a pioneer into the concept of a “free space” vehicle,
capable of satisfying a variety of needs for mobility.
In fact, it is a highly functional vehicle with two
sliding rear side doors, flexible interiors capable of
offering up to sixteen different solutions. If so
desired, it is also available with a front passenger
seat that can be folded into a table and then flush with
the boot level, making it possible to load objects
measuring nearly 2.5 metres (a true record for a vehicle
that measure only 3.9 metres).
So this is the vehicle that lets you do anything you
like, just as one would expect from a multipurpose
vehicle, because it is as easy to handle as a city car
and as spacious and comfortable as a MPV. But when
compared to an MPV, the price is better for the same
versatility and more compact dimensions (3959 mm long
and 1684 mm wide, this boasts the best maximum capacity
boot among all the vehicles in its class).
Moreover, Qubo fits in anywhere (urban and suburban),
ensuring notable fuel savings -thanks to the 1.3
Multijet 75 hp engine, also available with the robotized
"Dual Logic” six-speed transmission – which all
translates into 1000 km of autonomy and reduced
operating costs (30,000 km for the first service check).
All in all, this vehicle is also about as green as can
be, reducing CO2 emissions to 119 g/km with the 1.3
Multijet engine and offering an optional particulate
But that's not all; Qubo manages to offer all this and
at a highly competitive price, in keeping with other
segment B vehicles, while including an integrated
Blue&Me communications system (hands free, vocal and
steering wheel commands, on-board text messaging, and a
Sales began in France in June while Austria and Hungary.
Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and Spain were next; this
month it is slated for Germany, Holland, Ireland, and
November for Belgium and Greece (next year, Great
Britain and Denmark should conclude the cycle).