On July 4, 2007, after exactly 50 years, the new Fiat 500 made its debut in Turin, and will be marketed immediately after the launch. Derived from the '3+1' concept car presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show and designed by the Fiat Style Centre, the new 500 is a compact '3-door' model with dimensions of just 355 centimetres long, 163 cm wide, 149 cm tall and with a wheelbase of 230 centimetres. The new model comes with a choice of three engines: two petrol units, the 69 bhp 1.2 and the 100 bhp 1.4 and the 75 bhp 1.3 16v Multijet with DPF, which is equipped with a particulate trap (PDF) as standard equipment. The Fiat 500 can be fitted with up to 7 airbags as standard equipment (two at the front, two curtain-bags, two sidebags and one to protect the knees), and offers a range of safety equipment from ABS complete with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), to the sophisticated ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) or HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) which steps in for emergency stops.
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