Back in July 2007, half the world’s press trooped off to Turin for the motor industry launch of the year. The Fiat 500 might not have been the most important new car of that period, but it certainly was the biggest, most over-the-top production.
Not only were there staged events throughout the city, including 500s floating down the river overlooked by grandstands full of VIPs, 30 cities in Italy actually closed their streets to all cars except original Fiat 500s.
It was a double celebration, for the Fiat 500 had first been revealed exactly 50 years earlier. The updated 2007-generation 500 is still on sale today, and will be for some time. However, the all-new, third incarnation of the Fiat 500 is all-electric.
That’s right. If you want a petrol-engined 500, you’ll have to buy the previous model. Which, to be honest, feels a bit…