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Back in the late 1970s, Fiat CEO Carlo de Benedetti asked renowned carmaker Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign to design a small car to replace the popular but outdated Fiat 126. The requirements were clear: production costs had to be kept minimal, the car had to be spacious and practical, similar to the hugely popular competitor Renault 4 model. During the design, Giugiaro conceived a simple angled and spacious car body, maximally simple seats, an almost completely flat floor, a large trunk and an ascetic cabin. The rear seat was adjustable in 7 different ways and could be extended like a folding sofa. If we had to name what is minimalism in motoring - then the Fiat Panda would be an ideal example of this. Giorgetto Giugiaro Panda himself described it as follows: “A panda is like jeans - a simple, practical garment without any pretense. It's like a military helicopter - light, rational and purpose-built. " The first generation of Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980. At that time, this car also stood out from other Fiat in that the front-wheel drive was chosen instead of the rear-wheel drive. It is a cheaper and more practical solution that provides even more space inside. Two versions of the Panda were produced: the Panda 30 is powered by a 652 cm3 engine and the Panda 45, with a displacement of 903 cm3. The first-generation Panda was a great success across Europe: it won second place in the 1981 European Car of the Year election, ahead of only the Ford Escort. Not surprisingly, such a simple, cheap, and practical car has been in production for more than two decades.
The first generation of the Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980. At the time, this car stood out from other Fiat even when the rear-wheel drive components were selected for the front-wheel drive.

In 1990, a two-seater Panda Elettra was introduced that was powered only by an electric motor! The batteries were installed in place of the rear seat and occupied part of the engine compartment, which housed a 19 hp (14 kW) electric motor. Interestingly, the engine can transmit through a permanent clutch and gearbox. The weight of the car has increased to 1150 kg, which is only twice less than modern electric cars. Such experimental electric cars of the time are known to be doomed to failure due to impracticality, high prices, and the absence of any infrastructure at all.

The first-generation Panda has been a great success across Europe, winning second place in 1981. Only the Ford Escort passed the European Car of the Year ahead.
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TempraMarea Linea  
  Mid-size   Croma  
  Coupe  Coupe   
  Roadster  Barchetta   
 Barchetta  124 Spider
  Mini crossover    500X
  Crossover   Sedici  
  Pickup    Fullback 
  Mini MPV   Idea500L
  MPV  MultiplaMultipla  
  Large MPV   Ulysse  
  Leisure activity vehicle   DobloDobloDoblo
  Van  DucatoDucatoDucato
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