Just For Fun: The Fiat 500L - Vans Design Concept


Most of us have worn Vans "tennis" (athletic?) shoes at some point in our life and Vans have come to sort of represent SoCal surf culture. In honor of the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., Fiat has put together a 500L design study to try and create the "perfect" surf vehicle. The 500L Vans Design Concept takes a standard 500L and applies Vans stuff all over it from the vintage palm fabric on the seats to the Vans stickers adorning the dash. Other concept features include a two-tone body color paint scheme, 18-inch matte black wheels, and a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. On the outside, the roof displays the Vans Checkerboard pattern, while the step pad, cladding, and grille texture are accented with a Waffle Sole shoe design as are the pedals and storage bins on the inside. The grille features four rings with glow lighting. This is a nice piece that might find a few takers if produced...minus the glow-ring grille I'm sure. If you like it, let Fiat know. If enough folks show interest, you might catch a few of these at a beach or other spot near you. Good size, nice design and touches, what more could you ask for?

Source: Fiat - Press release after the "read more" jump.





Press Release:
FIAT Brand Debuts Fiat 500L-Vans Design Concept 


At the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., the FIAT brand will debut a Fiat 500L-Vans design concept. Details from Vans original hi-top shoe are echoed throughout the vehicle, including vintage palm-patterned canvas, Vans logo stickers on the instrument panel and Vans Waffle Sole on the pedals and in storage bins. On the exterior, the roof displays the iconic Vans Checkerboard pattern, while the step pad, cladding and grille texture are accented with the Waffle Sole design. Other unique features include a two-tone body color paint scheme, 18-inch matte black wheels and a roof rack with a basket and a double-decker surfboard carrier. The Vans US Open of Surfing begins Saturday, July 26.

About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. That philosophy is embodied by the North American introduction of the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function and a pride of ownership that is genuine.

Reminiscent of the original 1957 Cinquecento, the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500c (Cabrio) build on the vehicle’s global popularity. Since its launch in 2007, more than 1,000,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In addition to success on the sales front, the Fiat 500 has earned more than 80 international awards.

In North America, the FIAT brand portfolio continues to expand with the introduction of the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the Fiat 500L, an all-new five-passenger model that expands FIAT’s brand style and efficiency into the growing B-segment.