Fiat Panda, the boxy Italian utilitarian car goes electric

Feb 03, 2020 843

BY: Alessio Lana

Another big trend of the 80s is making a comeback. The fiat Panda, the iconic car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1980, was the symbol of an Italy that wanted to start fresh, join the jet-set life and party like the politicians. No wonder it was called "superutilitarian", as opposed to those boring grey utilitarian cars of that period.

Despite its square, brutalist, no-frills shapes, with lots of metal and plastic details, the first generation of the Fiat Panda managed to touch the people. It had earned the nickname “Pandino” and the main reason was that it was never going to leave you stranded, it was simple and reliable. It even got a mostly unsuccessful electric version, called “Panda Elettra”, back in the days.

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