Fiat is known for its superminis and city cars, as the Italian car manufacturer spawned a plethora of such vehicles throughout its long history.
Even though the “Nuova” 500, Seicento, Cinquecento, old 500, 126 and Panda were successful little city cars, in Italy, Fiat’s saga in the segment began with the 500 Topolino (which literally means “little mouse” in Italian).
The car was manufactured by Fiat from 1936 to 1955 and it was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production at 3.2 meters (127 inches) long. It developed 13 hp from its 569cc engine, and reached a top speed of 53 mph (85 km/h).
Now, with the new 500 line-up getting bigger and bigger, it appears that the Italians might be thinking to revive the small car concept, as Passioneautoitaliane reports that a Panda-based automobile was spotted these days in Pomigliano d’Arco municipality in Italy, featuring two doors and a shorter wheelbase.
The alleged prototype in question could lay the path for a new car, smaller than the Panda, at around the same size as VW’s Up!, and which could revive the Topolino moniker.