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  Fiat Croma 8V

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:2005
Introduced at:2005 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Italdesign / Giugiaro
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 14, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionTo mark the public debut of the Fiat Croma t the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, Giorgetto Giugiaro wanted to recall Gianni Agnelli, the uncrowned monarch of the Italian motor industry - an enthusiast of his "Croma Special" - bringing to light a more generous model this time round in terms of performance and appearance, encapsulating the essence of a high-performance car, just like the car that would have appealed - as so we believe - to the "Avvocato", the Croma 8V prototype.

Compared with the series-production Fiat Croma, the exterior introduces unique design features that herald the elegancy of this luxury, high-performance car. The all-new radiator grill mounts a slanting ribbed grid, set just below the chrome beltline allied to the bodywork, while the lower air-intake continues to thread through the upside-down trapezoidal motif embodied within the radiator grill. Enriching the rear light units is led technology. Chrome inlays on the front and rear bumpers confer elegance, whilst their heightened chiseled angles also work towards protecting the bodyshell. In response to the challenges posed by the new and more powerful eight-cylinder engine, the car features two exhaust silencers at the tail-end; the exhausts intermesh into a spoiler motif, while the louvers take a bolder stance. Offering greater privacy, the car comes with dark tinted windows.

Classified within the high-range segment, the Fiat Croma Special offers seating for four, all of which cradled in an atmosphere of stunning elegance: the leather-wrapped and trimmed seating surfaces were created in collaboration with Poltrona Frau with whom Giorgetto Giugiaro styled a pastel harmony, mated to inlays surrounded in briarwood trim. The low-slung second row seating at the rear makes access easier for passengers: given the low-slung design around the structure shapes, which, at that point, verge downwards and generously carve out more legroom between the seating and the door post. Second-row passenger amenities include a multi-use storage compartment located in the center aisle that folds forward into the tunnel. There is an upright fridge-bar fitted between the rear seats.

Beneath the center armrest is a fold-down work table and an extra storage holder has been added where cups, glasses or other can be kept, whilst, at the touch of a button, aeronautic-type swivel monitors emerge. As the rear seats are not tilt-adjustable, some 50 mm. of extra space has been carved out and added to the backrest's depth, thereby ensuring more comfortable seating. Affording protection to the car's occupants from noise or draughts on opening the luggage trunk is the fixed glass pane introduced by Giorgetto Giugiaro behind the hat rack thereby setting apart the passenger environment from the luggage trunk, also tailored in fine detail with fine leather trims. To the side of the trunk's interior, next to the wheel arches, there are handy flap-holders, with book-retaining straps, complete with portable bags. Additionally, fixed to the rim of the hatch-back door is a panel enabling luggage to be laid flat, along with an underlying float chamber.

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