Fiat Panda hits milestone as new version planned

The Italian manufacturer is celebrating the success of the small city car after the landmark version rolled off the production line at the Polish plant where they have been built since the 2003 launch.

The model was a 1.3-litre diesel version, one of many to use Fiat’s award-winning MultiJet diesel technology to improve fuel economy without sacrificing performance.

The Fiat Panda is most notable for its choice of two- and four-wheel drive options, a rarity for such a small car. However, the 4×4 version is not available in the UK.

Instead, three versions are available; Active, MyLife and Dynamic, with a choice of 1.1-litre, 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre MultiJet engines.

Despite a starting price of just £7,960, the Fiat Panda comes with a radio and CD player, heated rear windows, ABS and both driver and passenger airbags.

Capable of seating five in comfort thanks to its high roof height, the Fiat Panda is a stylish and fun car designed to offer lower running costs than similar-size compact cars.

The Fiat Panda is the least expensive model in the Fiat range and delivers CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km – enough to qualify the car for zero first year road tax (£30 in subsequent years).

The two millionth model, the 1.3-litre MultiJet, is the best performing in terms of environmental performance.

The MultiJet model delivers 67.3mpg of fuel consumption and 109g/km of CO2 emissions. The engine is also Euro 5 compliant – a necessity for all new cars from 2011.

As Fiat celebrates the production milestone, a new Fiat Panda is being planned. Expected to arrive in 2012, the new Fiat Panda will be curvier than the current box-line design and is expected to feature the next generation of Fiat’s petrol and diesel engines.

This could include the groundbreaking two-cylinder Fiat TwinAir petrol engine used in the Fiat 500 city car which returns sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.