It was only a matter of time before the Fiat 500 came out with an open-air edition. The buzz had been out there ever since this quintessential Italian car was revealed in North America last year.
But the ragtop isn’t new to this metro-hip four-seater. The original Nuova Cinquecento debuted in the summer of 1957 as a cabrio with a canvas roof that folded all the way to the rear of the vehicle. But that version of the canvas roof was manual.
This time, the top is automated and multi-positioned. Push a button and the dual-layered cloth roof retracts to the rear spoiler even at speeds of up to 60 mph. It can also be folded to a midway point or all the way open to tuck behind the rear head restraints (at speeds up to 50 mph).
And to make it easier to access the trunk when you open the lift gate, the cloth top automatically retracts to the rear-spoiler position.
While the Fiat 500C builds on the same vintage styling as its companion coupe–the cabrio edition expands its windshield to offer passengers a bigger view of the world.
The 2012 Fiat 500C arrives in dealerships this spring with a choice of two models, 14 exterior colors, 12 seat color and material combos and three soft-top colors: Nero (black), Bordeaux (Red) and Beige.
The 500C POP comes equipped with features including a manual transmission, 15” steel wheels, chrome exhaust tip, power windows, power heated mirrors and door locks, air-conditioning and hands free communication. The more upscale Fiat 500C LOUNGE adds in amenities such as a six speed automatic transmission with gear changes, chrome accents, 15-inch aluminum wheels, SIRIUS radio and a six-speaker Bose system.
The introduction of the 500C has created a new fun factor to this exceedingly cute car. As the ebullient Laura Soave, Head of Fiat North America, noted, “The new Fiat 500C has been intelligently tailored for our market – now with an added dose of sunshine and panoramic views at the push of a button.”
HOLLY REICH writes about cars, travel, lifestyle and more. Her work has been featured in publications that include: Elite Traveler, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post and The Boston Herald. She contributes monthly to Motor Matters syndicate and her blog, “Riffs on Rides,” appears on uptownlife.net.