According to reports in Italy, Fiat has ceased production of the diesel Panda. The small city car will now be available in petrol version only with the 500 to go the same way once existing diesel cars at dealerships are all sold out.
The decision to stop production of the diesel Panda is part of FCA’s 5 year plan announced back in June. The new Fiat 500X which has just gone on sale has become Fiat’s first petrol only model since the plan was introduced.
This dropping of the diesel Panda which was produced in Poland, has no doubt been accelerated by The Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure emissions tests, which went into effect in Europe Sept. 1,
FCA has not clarified the information but it was no doubt inevitable, diesels accounted for just 15% of all Panda sales through August, and as little as 4% of all 500 sales. Most Pandas are sold in Italy — 77,636 by the end of August or 70 percent of the total.
A new battery electric 500 is expected in 2020, however the Panda engine range is expected to remain petrol for the foreseeable future, with the possible addition of mild-hybrid versions joining the range at some point.