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Electric Fiat 500 gets French ‘green car’ award

  • FCA’s first full-electric car adds two more awards
  • ‘Green Car’ in France, UK’s ‘Car of Year’/’Best Small Electric’
  • Red Dot award and Auto Motor und Sport ‘Best Design’

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The latest Fiat 500 has scored a double win – one in France, the other in Britain – “Green Car” at the Automobile Awards 2020 and “Car of the Year/Best Small Electric Car”from DrivingElectric.

The accolates join “Best Design 2020” award from the Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport and a “Best Design Concept” Red Dot design award.

FCA’s first 100% electric car does, The Corner was told, continue as a true 500 but with a 42kW battery with extended range up to 320km, rising to 450m in city driving, and comes with an 85kW battery charger in Passion and Icon versions.\

FIAT’S NEW ELECTRIC CUTIE. Image: Supplied

FCA says only a five-minute charge will add 50km on the road or a fast charger will require 35 minutes to 80% charged and, in terms of performance, the 87kW electric motor can deliver 150km/h and can reach 100km/h from standstill in nine seconds.

The 500 also claims to be the first car in its segment equipped with Level 2 autonomous driving. FCA’s engineers’ aim was to ”humanise” the technology, by implementing advanced drivig assistance to regain control of a runaway situation which detects if the driver has hands on the steering-wheel.

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Lane-keeping and blind-spot coverage are automatic and warn with a red triangle in the relevant external mirror; eleven 360° sensors will provide a drone view – such as manoeuvring in tight situations.\

HIGH-TECH LATEST FIAT 500. Image: Supplied

This the fifth-generation 500 has a UConnect 5 infotainment system with a 19cm screen in Passon models, 26cm in Icon units – with a custom interface and an advanced, hands-free, voice-recognition system.

The New 500 will be distributed in hatchback and cabriolet versions, plus a three-door.

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