Is this the ultimate test-drive for a reasonably-priced car?
At 5.28pm on Monday February 11th 2013 Philip Young and Paul Brace drove their Fiat Panda under Marble Arch at the end of their gruelling 10,000 mile drive from Cape Town to London shaving over a day off the previous best time ever achieved.
Details of changes to the 2010 edition of the Fiat Panda are emerging… carsuk.net has a summary:
Nothing too drastic, mind you. You’ll have to look quite hard to see what’s been done. The grill gets the same body-coloured treatment as the 4×4, there’s some new choices on the alloys, the roof bars get a bit of silver paint and the door mirrors grow in size.
The inside changes are even more minor. The instrument panel gets new graphics and you get a new choice of trim colour. And that’s it. As I said. Nothing too drastic.
The major oily bit change is the introduction of a new 69bhp 1.2 litre petrol that emits 113g/km CO2. The rest of the engine options remain unchanged for 2010.
From the outside, the adventurous spirit of the new Panda 4×4 is apparent from its original green bodywork, which emphasises the car’s bond with nature and Fiat’s eternal special attention to the environment and sustainable transport. The same colour is used for the front and rear bumpers, enhanced by the grey of the central badges, while the lights are bronzed and the windows are tinted.