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The Fiat 500 Combines New Design with Familiar Feeling

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A closer look at the New Fiat 500 Lounge; the small iconic hatchback of the decade!

The Fiat 500 Lounge is the small iconic hatchback of the decade, and it has been updated with over 1,800 upgrades over the older model. The car combines fashionable style, efficiency and an affordable price tag, which makes it the ultimate city car that can equally perform perfectly on city streets and countryside lanes.

The model has been designed to remain true to its core appeal of the modern-retro look, and demand for the car has stayed high with sales growing year-on-year, so it makes sense to give the car a light ‘facelift’ rather than putting it through radical changes.

Exterior

On the exterior you will instantly spot the refined headlights and the ring shaped tail lights which look neat and striking at night. At the front the airdam has a fun design as whiskers to the Fiat badge in the centre - the grille has a more appealing 3D look with chrome outlines either side. The lower rear bumper houses a shiny new chrome trim separating the reverse and fog lights on the edges.

Interior

The interior comes with a new dashboard design; the old CD/radio has been replaced by the Uconnect infotainment system giving it a fresh modern look – simplified. The steering wheel has a new three-spoke design with integrated audio controls, the seats have been reshaped for more comfort. The new technology combined with retro colours gives the interior a quirky edge and is also surprisingly spacious.

Engines

The engine has received a clean upgrade to comply with Euro 6 offering 85bhp and 105bhp versions of the 0.9-litre petrol TwinAir. This new engine technology uses electric energy to reduce fuel consumption up to 74.3mpg (combined) and reduce CO2 emissions to under 90g/km. A total of four engine packages are available including the standard 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol and to be revealed later this year a 1.3-litre MultiJet2 Diesel.

You can create your own individual 500 to stand out from the crowd, with even more customisable options than before. Similar to the MINI, the Fiat 500 sells on the personalisation features, so you can choose from two new colours and two ‘Second Skin’ graphics to run down the sides and the roof of the car.

Overall, Fiat has managed to fully upgrade the 500 whilst preserving the quirky modern-retro feel of the car which has made it famous and recognisable!

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relative’s home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you can’t wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Posted on: 14th Sep 2017

Last weekend (Sunday 10th September) some of our fitness fanatic staff completed the Great North Run, which is the largest half marathon in the UK with over 57,000 runners participating each year! Do you want to find out how our team got on? Read their inspiring stories below…