In Europe the Fiat Panda is one of the most sold models. Ideal for daily use in the city, here is the story: The version imported by EDOM is a very interesting option due to comfort and effectiveness in their 5-speed automatic-sequential, the economy of its small 1200cc engine, the image its well cared-for bodywork contributes with, its surprising interior space contained within 3.54 meters, and, most of all, its purchasing price of USD$12,800.00 which makes it one of the most affordable models of the market.
For citizen use, it is comfortable and fits in any parking space. It possesses five doors which facilitate vehicle entry. It has 4-passenger capacity and a large trunk for its size, its simple aspect provides sympathy at the first gaze. The 14” rims seem especially attractive to me.
The bodywork comes in different colors, some of them so elaborate and juvenile, like a particular blue, a very Italian red, or an interesting green, among others. Once seated, you see a control dashboard of very simple design but great finish. The adjustments between elements are good, and the used plastic has an attractive appearance.
Instrumentation has seen very well achieved, and asides the traditional meters, it is completed with a voyage meter that measures the mid autonomy, mid speed, mid consumption, instant consumption and time en route. Seats, despite not featuring multiple regulations, are comfortable and with elevated drive position. The stirring wheel is height-regulated. In the posterior row, it features discrete space for two passengers.
The engine inserted in our small protagonist is a 1.2liter from the “Fire” family, of simple technology, which reaches 60CV. At the beginning it can seem a little, but thanks to optimal transmission, with moves with an unexpected laxity.
We couldn’t carry out a consumption test, but according to official FIAT info, the little Panda surpasses 60Km per gallon, a true little “firecracker”.
María De Villota
Marussia for Formula 1 driver María De Villota, lost her right eye after the accident she suffered at the autodrome in Duxford, England. Official statements revealed that the surgical team at the Addenbrooke Hospital in Cambridge took on a long time-consuming procedure to save the life of the Spanish driver, and face the head and facial injuries De Villota had suffered. María remains in critical but stable condition.
Infiniti offers more
A night of Infiniti at the Manf-Ariel of Santo Domingo. An evening where the brand did not seek to be the centre of attention with the glamour of each car there displayed, but with the capacity this premium brand has to offer more for less. The responsible at Santo Domingo Motors, Infiniti dealers for the country, told us that: “All the Infiniti models reflect the wishes of their buyers to be able to have a high-performance, luxury and representation, but at a more affordable price than their direct competitors”. “As philosophy we try to achieve for the buyer to receive more at no extra charge”. Congrats!! Smart initiative.
Sergio Pininfarina. Farewell to a creator of dreams
Engineer Sergio Pininfarina, who designed some of the most emblematic models under the Ferrari brand, died on July 2nd, in his hometown of Torino, Italy at 86.
Born on September 8 1928, Sergio Pininfarina followed the guidance of his father, Battista “Pinin” Farina, spending a great deal of his life working in the family company, dedicated to designing and assembling automobiles.
His academic preparation was established with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Torino in 1950, thus reaching to develop his professional career in design and emblematic auto projects. Pininfarina’s creations have had their maximum exposure in Ferrari models, but other sport brands such as Maseratti were not far behind the seal of this automobile artist. Cadillac, Peugeot, Jaguar, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ford, MG, and even vehicle brands not so set in the heart of aficionados such as the Russian Lada (by AutoVaz) or Korean manufacturers whom also received stunning designs.
For Pininfarina, his most inspiring years transcurred between 1965 and 1985. His company managed to reach 5000 employees, though he never ceased to be a simple man.
Since beginning of 2000, his company underwent difficulties. Now, its future can rebirth thanks to the great demand for Pininfarina designs in China.
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