Fiat is breathing new life into an old name today. The brand is bringing back the Topolino, which means ‘little mouse’. Under that name, tiny cars with sharp noses drove around in Italy in the middle of the last century, which were eventually replaced by the famous Fiat 500. The latter name has since returned to a model that was slightly larger than at the time, but this new Topolino does it the other way around… Or so we suspect.
Even more cuddly Ami
Fiat has sent the first image of its new Topolino into the world, and once you get over its cuddly factor, it will probably look familiar. For example, it looks like the Topolino will be Fiat’s version of the Citroën Ami, just like the Rocks-E is for Opel. That would mean that this Italian will also be less than 2.5 meters long, cutting off about 70 centimeters from the length of the original Topolino. Fiat therefore says that above all, the Topolino will call the city home, where it will combine accessible mobility with the undoubtedly unbeatable ability to make people smile from ear to ear wherever it goes.
However, do you get your doubts when you see those cords where you expected doors? Then you shouldn’t worry because apart from the fact that the Topolino will probably also be available with full doors, it seems unlikely that you have to fear for your life in it. For example, the electric powertrain of the Citroën Ami, on which this Italian is probably based, only offers about 8 hp of power and a top speed of 45 hp. On the other hand, especially as a casual passer-by, we would hold our breath, because you can drive this type of equipment from the age of 16 — or even 14 in some countries.