What is it?
The long-awaited, third generation Panda. Fiat's successful small car has been on ice for a while - development cutbacks and financial constraints have stunted its growth - but it's finally here, sporting new but recognisably cute styling and clean, low capacity engines.
Why's it here?
If previous versions are anything to go by, the Panda is bound to be a big seller for Fiat. This new version has a pair of two-cylinder 875cc engines with 65- and 85bhp (the latter is a TwinAir unit, familiar from the 500) along with a conventional 1.2-litre 69bhp powerplant and a 1.3-litre MultiJet turbodiesel.
Show stopper or floor filler?
Cool looks, low running costs and a starting price of around £8,500 when it arrives in April next year are bound to be a hit, so it should draw some attention in Frankfurt.
Frankfurt Motor Show
Jack Carfrae - 14 Sep 2011