Colourful upgrades for the Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 is undoubtedly the Italian brand’s most iconic car of modern times. And having just smashed the 100,000 sales mark in the UK, the city car has been updated with a range of new colours and upgraded interior trims that “better match the exterior” says Fiat.The colours are imaginatively named: we have Countrypolitan Yellow and New Age Cream solid paints, and Groove Metal Grey, Epic Blue, Chillout Purple and Idol Pink metallics.New chocolate brown/ivory fabric and grey/black fabric trim has also been introduced for the interior. New two-tone leather trims will be available at the end of the year, replacing the current leather finishes.

A new ‘short-fin design’ antenna and 15-inch alloy wheels are also part of the design upgrade.
Prices for the Fiat 500 remain the same with the range starting at £9,960 for the 1.2 Pop, rising to £19,060 for the 500CbyGucci TwinAir.

Meanwhile, the Fiat 500 will be going head-to-head with Vauxhall’s new citycar when it goes on sale in September. Already ridiculed for its name, Adam (yes really), Vauxhall is hoping the car will crack this competitive sector with big hopes in appealing to those who want a chic small car.

Adam will have the choice of three engines: 1.2-litre (69 bhp), 1.4-litre (86 bhp) or 1.4 litre (98 bhp). Vauxhall is promising that a new small engine will follow, which presumably will be its equivalent to Ford’s 1.0 Econetic engine.