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Car loans customers offered Fiat 'with a sting'

The latest version of Fiat's 500 could be of interest to car loans customers looking for a car with a "sting in its tail", one expert has suggested.

The latest version of Fiat's 500 could be of interest to car loans customers looking for a car with a "sting in its tail", one expert has suggested.

In an article for Auto Express, Jack Rix states that the launch of Fiat's new Abarth 500 supermini at next month's Geneva Motor Show in March marks something of a challenge to BMW's popular Mini Cooper.

It is noted that the 1.4-litre 16v turbocharged engine, capable of producing 135bhp, and the inclusion of the manufacturer's Torque Transfer Control system means that the new 500 will hit 60mph in around eight seconds.

"Prices for the newcomer are likely to start at around £13,000 when it goes on sale later this year. As a result, that pitches the Abarth 500 directly against the likes of the big-selling MINI Cooper," Mr Rix notes.

Last year the magazine reported that the Fiat 500, with an entry-level price tag of £7,900, had secured the title of 2008 European Car of The Year.


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