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2nd July 2018

Panda Raid 2018: Unstoppable Fiat Panda conquers the desert

3,000 kilometres, seven stages and 400 teams from all over the world: just some of the record-breaking figures of the tenth edition of the Panda Raid, the regular competition open only to classic Panda cars. From Madrid to Lake Mohammed V, before tackling rough tracks and sandy expanses, desert scenes and landscapes with endless horizons, finishing in legendary Marrakesh. An amazing journey, on board an automotive icon born in 1980, with toughness, handling and convenience that still delight even today. Together with the old Panda cars, there was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4: a symbolic handshake between the unstoppable desert explorer and the undisputed queen of Europe's metropolises. The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters. Last Sunday saw the end of the Panda Raid 2018, the exciting regular competition open only to Fiat Panda models built before 2003. Featuring both 4x2 and 4x4 versions, the event left Madrid on 3 March, reaching Marrakesh on 10 March after taking on the Moroccan desert. The route covered a total of 3,000 kilometres, taking in sun-baked villages and sandy trails, crossing harsh terrains which would have been a tough challenge even for larger SUVs. Now an established part of the Rally Raid calendar - which also includes the iconic Dakar - in spite of its amateur spirit, it was the 10th instalment of the Panda Raid and attracted a record entry of 400 historic Panda cars from all four corners of the Earth: from Argentina to Cambodia and from Pennsylvania to Italy. Starting from Madrid, the colourful caravan first headed for the coast, to the port of Motril, from where, after a short ferry crossing, it travelled to Lake Mohammed V (4 March). From here, the expedition faced sandy lands and trails, desert areas and landscapes with an endless horizon, with stops in Bni Tadjide (5 March), Errachidia (6 March), Merzouga (8 March) and Tansikht (9 March). The final stage was on 10 March, finishing in legendary Marrakesh. An amazing journey - which has been providing a magical combination of adventure, nature and pristine landscapes for 10 years - on board an automotive icon, with a total of more than 7.5 million cars built from 1980 to the present, which still delights even today with its toughness, handling and convenience. Alongside the 400 classic Panda cars in the race was a new Fiat Panda Cross 4x4, which covered the entire course. A symbolic handshake between past and present of the model that was one of the best seller vehicles in its segment in Europe  for 15 years. In other words, the undisputed queen of Europe's cities proved once again that it is equally at ease amongst the desert dunes. The natural heir of the mythical Panda 4x4, launched 35 years ago, today's Panda Cross 4x4 has all the exclusive character of high-end SUVs, all in just 3,7 meters. The secret of its success is its unique combination of the traction system of a genuine off-road vehicle, the performance and contents of an SUV, with the external dimensions, efficiency and agility of a city car. Panda Cross 4x4 is a "crossover" because it can overcome any obstacle - thanks to the 4WD and Electronic Differential Lock it was the first to introduce to the market - and also because it attracts a wide variety of customers, offering them all the right answer to their mobility needs.Moreover, the amazing success of "Panda Raid 2018" is just another of many records. For example, as well as being the first city-car with 4WD (1983), the Panda was also the first car in its segment to receive the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city-car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres, at the Everest base camp. And the long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be produced on a large scale. And today it is the only car in its segment to offer four engine versions (petrol, diesel, petrol/natural gas and petrol/LPG), three configurations (Urban look, City Cross and 4x4), two traction systems (front and all-wheel) and two transmissions (manual and Dualogic robotised).

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2nd July 2018

Panda Waze: the most social city car ever

New milestone for the record-breaking Panda:Panda Waze is the first city car to bear the Waze name, integrating the Waze navigation appas well as being the most social media savvy Panda ever. Waze is much more than just a navigator: it avoids traffic, it guides you to the service station and it even reminds you where you parked. With a Cross spirit on the outside and a social, high-tech soul on the inside. Developed by Mopar®, the integration of the Waze and "Panda Uconnect" apps enables drivers to dodge traffic and find the best route, with the aid of advice from the community, shared in real-time and with immediate adaptation of the route planned, in addition to many other functions. Panda Waze will be gradually available in all Fiat dealerships across Europe with prices that will vary from market to market. Fiat Panda has been Europe's best-selling city car continuously for the last 14 years. In the first quarter of 2018, Fiat Panda and 500 together headed their segment in Europe with a market share of 28.4%.   When the most popular model in the Fiat range meets the world's most social navigation system, the result is the Panda Waze - the technological gem which continues the model's mission: to make the smartest solutions, simplify and improve life at the wheel, while being affordable for all. The new Panda Waze special series is the first city car in the segment to integrate the famous Waze navigation app with the equally well known "Panda Uconnect" app, allowing them to be used simultaneously, switching between them with just a touch on your smartphone display. This digital combination was developed by Mopar, the FCA brand that handles after-sales products and services for the Group's cars, and means drivers are free to focus on their driving, while still enjoying a vast array of services. There's no doubt about it: Panda Waze is the ideal car for escaping the daily grind for urban adventures, sharing photographs, travel advice and driving experiences. The new Panda Waze is also the meeting of two vast communities: the 7.5 million Fiat Panda fans who have chosen the car, from 1980 to the present, as in the manifesto of "freedom on four wheels", and the more than 100 million connected Waze users worldwide, who actively collaborate by sharing real-time traffic information for the smartest possible travel. All the benefits of digital integration of Waze and "Panda Uconnect" The new Panda Waze special series marks a major step forward in infotainment with the integration of two unique smartphone apps: Waze and "Panda Uconnect". In the digital era, huge amounts of data must be exchanged in real time and monitored using connected devices and user-friendly interfaces. So now drivers will only have to fit their smartphone into the holder provided on the dashboard and set off, connected and safe at all times. Waze is the navigation app that lets drivers avoid jams and save time during the daily commute and beyond. Millions of motorists, united in a vast community, cooperate every day by reporting traffic conditions in real time - enabling the Waze navigation app to find the best routes. The app is always able to recommend the fastest route based on data provided in real time by more than 100 million people. From traffic information to details of the filling stations with the lowest prices, Waze is a reliable travelling companion for "surviving the daily urban adventure".  The Waze navigation is integrated in the "Panda Uconnect" app - Android and iOS platform - which allows the driver's telephone to be used as an extension of the car, interacting directly with the device display to access all infotainment functions: switching radio stations, selecting playlists, adjusting the volume, managing calls and texts, and checking your diary or the weather in real time. The "Panda Uconnect" app talks to the on-board infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth 2.1 technology, audio streaming and the voice recognition function and handles data reading via USB and MP3. The Panda Waze integration allows the apps to be used simultaneously: with "Panda Uconnect" on the smartphone, Waze navigation appears in a box on the screen, with route instructions and the estimated time left to destination. Naturally, the reverse is also possible, with the Waze app in the foreground and "Panda Uconnect" as an icon on the screen. What's more, if fuel is running out or low tyre pressure is detected, an alert will appear on the smartphone display and the user can decide to select one of the best-priced filling stations or choose from the nearest workshops offered by the Waze app; they just select the destination of choice and the navigator will suggest the best route for getting there. In addition, thanks to a new "Panda Uconnect" app, photos and videos shot on board the new Panda Waze will be saved in the driver's smartphone gallery, ready for sharing with friends: yet another original way of experiencing journeys of all lengths, with the certainty of innovative services and a smart, social navigation system. Last but not least, the Panda Uconnect app also features the "Find myCar" service, to help drivers to remember where they parked, and "My Car" for checking the car's parameters, such as scheduled services, and consulting the owner handbook, as well as direct calls to Fiat Customer Care or roadside assistance. Finally, if activated the "Object Reminder" function reminds the driver not to leave things in the car after getting out. Mopar® Connect, the new set of services dedicated to safety and remote vehicle monitoring, is available* on the Panda Waze. With the UConnect Live app, Mopar® Connect adds new connected services, such as assistance in the event of an accident or vehicle location following theft. Moreover, it is possible to monitor some vehicle functions remotely, such as exceeding a pre-set speed or leaving a defined area on the map, and control door locking and unlocking. Mopar® Connect offers greater safety, tranquillity and continuous control over your vehicle. The new Panda Waze features the Cross look and will appeal to anyone who shares its social-media language - particularly Millennials. This new target want their car to provide the maximum connectivity and a distinctive style at an affordable price. On the outside, the Panda Waze is identified by the "Waze" logo on the front bumpers. Its urban, dynamic personality is also underlined by the black details, including the side mouldings, the side mirror caps, the roof bars and the door handles. The external look is completed by the 15" wheels with a new burnished finish. The same youthful, dynamic imprint is found on the inside, where the new seat upholstery makes an attractive match with the new titanium grey colour dashboard. The lavish standard outfit includes Bluetooth radio and dashboard smartphone holder, climate control, 4 airbags, ESC with Hill Holder, tyre pressure sensor, centralised locking with remote control, front head restraints with whiplash prevention system and adjustable height steering wheel. Available with 1.2 69 HP petrol engine. Yet another record for the Fiat best-seller   The New Panda Waze confirms the model's ability to create fashions and deliver technological firsts for its segment. For example, as well as being the first city car with 4WD, the Panda was also the first car in its segment to receive the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres, at Everest base camp. And the long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be produced on a large scale. It has been Italy's best-selling natural gas car every year since its launch, and its cumulative sales from 2007 to the present are also the highest Europe-wide. And today it is the first city car to bear the Waze name, integrating the app functions in its infotainment system. The Panda Waze special series expands the range of the city car which, together with Fiat 500, has been European best-seller since 2003. A leadership also confirmed during the first quarter of 2018, when Panda and Fiat 500 headed their segment in Europe with a market share of 28.4%. What's more, Fiat Panda is absolute leader in Italy and Greece, as well as being in the top three in Spain, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland.

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25th June 2018

FIAT 500 WINS AUTO EXPRESS DRIVER POWER 2017 AWARD

The Fiat 500 - best known for its timeless design and head-turning style - has been honoured in the hugely influential Auto Express Driver Power Survey 2017. The iconic model, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, took silver in the Best Premium Supermini category after receiving positive feedback from thousands of real owners. The Fiat 500 not only took the silver award in the overall category, it was ranked highest in four of the judging categories for ‘Interior and Comfort', ‘Practicality and Boot Space', ‘Infotainment, Connectivity, and Electrics' and ‘MPG and Running Costs'. Driver Power - the largest new car customer satisfaction survey in the UK - uses data from more than 50,000 car owners to rank models on everything from reliability to performance. Alejandro Noriega, Head of Brand at Fiat UK, said: "We are delighted that the Fiat 500 has been honoured in this way, especially in this landmark year for the model. This award means so much as it's based on real feedback from our customers and shows we continue to produce a model which really appeals to them." View all Fiat 500 offers here.

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8th August 2016

VIP EVENT EXTENDED AT PALMERS FIAT & ABARTH WATFORD Due to the success of last weekend's VIP Sale Event we have secured additional funds and permission from the manufacturer to extend the event through to Sunday 14th of August. Join us and receive: - Refreshments and a snack with our compliments - Cost pricing on all new cars on Sale Days Only - Deposit contribution up to 5000 on many models - Purchase and receive an Extra Value Package (up to 300) - Additional authorised VIP bonus discount from Fiat & Abarth UK - Show us a recent service bill and receive a trade-in enhancement CALL 01923 227000 OR REGISTER YOUR INTEREST ONLINE http://palmerscars.co.uk/fiat-watford/vip-event/

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29th January 2016

The biggest deal of 2016 and the all new Fiat 500X £168 per month £0 deposit #fiat #500x #16plate

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29th January 2016

Palmers Motor Company invites you to our exclusive sale event. Unique offers for 3 days. Join us and receive: > Refreshments and a snack with our compliments. > Cost Pricing on all new vehicles on Sale Days Only > Deposit Contribution up to £5,000 on many models > Finance Rates as low as 0% on select models > Purchase and receive an Extra Value Package (up to £300) > Additional authorised VIP bonus discount from manufacturers > Show us a recent service bill and receive a trade-in enhancement Go to http://palmerscars.co.uk/vip-event/ to register your interest.

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18th September 2015

Very excited about my new car looking forward to driving it home, thanks Dan

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