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Fiat goes retro

Fiat’s new 500 supermini will go on sale on July 4 in Italy, exactly 50 years from when the original 500 was first launched.

The three-door model’s cute styling takes heavy design cues from the old 500.

Fiat will be targeting sales at customers who want retro looks, following the success of BMW’s reinvention of the Mini.

The car is powered by a choice of three engines: a 75bhp 1.3 16v Multijet turbodiesel unit and two petrol engines, the 69bhp 1.2 8v and the 100bhp 1.4 16v, all of which are available with five or six speed manual transmissions.

The official UK launch date has not been set yet, but expect to see the little 500s on our roads before the end of the year.

The 500 isn’t the only brand that Fiat has resurrected. The Italian manufacturer’s Abarth sporting brand was also reincarnated at this month’s Geneva Motor Show.

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