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History of Fiat Panda
Fiat first launched the Panda in 1980, as a cheap, easy-to-maintain city car to add to its range of vehicles. The Italian carmaker''s venture into this small no-frills genre was seen as a modern approach, designed to compete with the Citroen 2CV and the Renault 4. Now in its third generation, the Panda has been a huge success for Fiat, selling over 10.5 million vehicles globally in over 31 years - with more than 4.5 million sales coming from the first generation. Throughout its three generations the Panda has been a huge success for Fiat, providing a small city car which focused on simplicity and utilitarian practicality. The Italian carmaker has a strong reputation for producing excellent city cars, and the Panda is no different. Auto Express praises its low costs and fun driving style, with the latest Panda in particular being bigger than its predecessors with plenty of storage space inside the cabin.
First generation Fiat Panda (1980 - 2003)
Fiat introduced the Panda in 1980, as a cheap, easy to use and maintain city car designed to sit between the existing Fiat 126 and Fiat 127. Its European premiere was at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980. This Mk1 model was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign, who likened the design to a pair of jeans - "that simple, practical, no frills piece of clothing."
Many of the components used within the Fiat Panda were borrowed from existing Fiat models, including engines and transmissions from the Fiat 127. The idea of making a simple car was seen in many areas, including the rear suspension, which comprised of a dead axle suspended on leaf springs. More recent versions of the Panda added mechanical improvements, but the idea of maintaining an air of simplicity stayed throughout the life of the Panda.
When it launched, the Panda was available in two models: the Panda 30, with a longitudinally-mounted air cooled straight-two-cylinder engine from the 126, or the Panda 45, using a larger transversely-mounted water cooled 903cc four cylinder powerplant taken from the Fiat 127.
In 1986 Fiat overhauled the range with a selection of significant improvements mechanically, including the redesign of many parts. Two new engines from Fiat''s FIRE family of four-cylinder water-cooled power plants were added to the Mk1.
A facelift model was introduced in 1991, with a new front grille and smaller five-bar branding. Changes were also made to trims and specifications with new models like the ''Selecta'' introduced, boasting an electromagnetic clutch. This second facelift version of the Mk1 was very popular, and remains a common sight on European roads to this day - with many still in use in the UK long after production ended.
Second generation Fiat Panda (2003 - 2012)
Fiat launched the Mk2 Panda in 2003, which initially earned the nickname ''New Panda''. Fiat considered changing the name of the Panda to the Gingo, but it was decided that it sounded too similar to the Renault Twingo, causing Fiat to stick to the Panda name. However, there were no direct links to the original Panda model when it came to the engineering.
The Mk2 Panda was designed to supersede the Seicento, even though it remained in production, replacing the original 1980s Panda after its extensive 23 year lifespan. The design of the second gen Panda saw many styling cues taken from other mini MPVs and mini SUVS, such as the larger Fiat Multipla.
With the launch of the second gen model Fiat needed a success, and fortunately the Panda delivered, selling half a million units by October 2005. It was particularly successful in Italy, with over half of the cars produced sold there, although it was popular throughout Europe. In 2004 the Panda was awarded European Car of the Year, before ranking eighth out of 152 cars in a Top Gear Motoring Survey in 2006 which looked at craftsmanship, reliability, driving experience and ownership costs.
In 2004 The Panda Was Awarded A Three-Star Adult Occupant Safety Rating During Euro NCAP Testing.
Third generation Fiat Panda (2011 - present)
The third generation Panda was introduced in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was based on the Fiat Mini platform, with production renewed at Fiat''s Pomigliano d''Arco plant towards the end of 2011. The Mk2 model continued to be sold as the Panda Classic, with popularity continuing due to its impressively low price point.
An all-wheel drive version of the Mk3 Panda was released in 2012, at the Paris Motor Show. The same year, Top Gear magazine awarded the new Panda 4x4 its SUV of the Year award.
In 2011 the latest Fiat Panda was awarded a four-star safety rating during Euro NCAP testing, an improvement over its predecessor.