FIAT PANDA MODEL YEAR 2007
Auto model that is
pursuing the environmentally friendly pathway that is a
fundamental guiding philosophy in model development is the
new ‘Panda Panda’, unveiled last month at the Paris Motor
Show due to go on sale next January. The Fiat
Group’s commitment to the environment observes two guiding
• improve the eco-compatibility of conventional engines;
• put resources into the development of alternative drive
In its ongoing quest for innovative solutions, Fiat
considers that methane power units are now the most
appropriate and available technological option for
overcoming the problem of pollution in urban areas. Fiat has
been world leader in the field of alternative petrol/methane
power units for more than 10 years and is now the first
manufacturer to offer a ‘Natural Power’ environmentally
friendly line with an extensive range of green vehicles.
Smart, practical, fun and environmentally sound: these are
the distinctive features of ‘Panda Panda’ the new minimum
environmental impact vehicle equipped with a 1.2 8v engine
with dual petrol/methane fuel system. This original Natural
Power sets out to become the new benchmark in the
sustainable urban mobility vehicle scenario. The ‘Panda
Panda’ is even more innovative because it overcomes the
compromises typical of methane cars.
The floorpan, derived
from the 4x4 version, incorporates two separate methane
tanks, each with a capacity of 72 litres. The two tanks
fitted in this way allow the same amount of room as on the
original car for both passenger and luggage (approximately
200 litres with the rear seats upright). The position chosen
for the two tanks beneath the floorpan is the best in the
safety field. The 72-litre capacity allows an unexpectedly
superior mileage range that is about 300 kilometres when
only methane is used. The fuel tank capacity remains
unchanged compared to the petrol version (30 litres) thus
ensuring peace of mind even where methane suppliers are thin
on the ground.
The ‘Panda Panda’ confirms Fiat’s leadership in the methane
sector and its continuous quest to find solutions that
reconcile customer needs with the greatest respect for the
environment. Methane vehicles reduce CO2 emissions by
approximately 23% compared to the equivalent petrol vehicles
and reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions to practically
zero. Emissions when the car is driven in methane mode
amount to 114g of CO2 /Km compared to 146g of CO2 /Km in
petrol mode (combined cycle).
The ‘Panda Panda’ will also be available with a Dynamic
specification for a car packed with creature comforts that
may be customised on the basis of individual requirements.
The new Panda version is also ideal for small company fleets
since it can be driven around freely in any city centre.
Altogether, the ‘Panda Panda’ represents a natural balance
between driving satisfaction, respect for the environment,
high range and low fuel consumption. Dual energy taking you
in one direction.
Photos: Fiat Auto