For U.S.-spec, the automatic transmission is one of the major additions, but the North American car is also quieter and has a more comfortable ride, while the 101HP 1.4-liter FIRE engine received the MultiAir intake system as well. Fiat claims that MultiAir improves fuel efficiency and power output by 10% over the Euro-spec engine. It also comes with larger cupholders.
Follow the coverage of the Auto Show New York 2011.
In fact; the 500C is not really a convertible car in the true sense of the term, because it still retains its arched roof. It is rather a sliding canvas roof with double thick folds on the trunk panel. This choice allows a substantial saving to the builder because the doors and bracing the body need not be modified to counter a loss of rigidity of the chassis.
Besides this attribute theater, small 500C incorporates all the features of the 500 normal cut. It is always possible to obtain with a choice of 14 colors and 12 unique combinations for covering the cockpit and interior applications.
In terms of motorization, the choices are the same as the coupe. It is the small but highly efficient four-cylinder 1.4 liter TwinAir which occupies the space under the hood. The displayed power is 101 horses and to ensure that consumption remains low, two transmissions are available: a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. The little Fiat 500C will be available during the year, but prices are still not developed by the manufacturer.