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The Most Common Fiat 500 Symbols

These are the most common dashboard symbols that you will see in your Fiat 500. Click on one to see more information or scroll further down to see the link to the owner's manual where you can find even more symbols.

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About the 500

There are two clear generations of the Fiat 500, the earliest dating back to 1957. In all eras, the Fiat 500 is a small city car seating 3 passengers and one driver, built as both a 2-door saloon and a 2-door station wagon.

The most recent generation of the Fiat 500 began in 2007 with the long awaited revival of the original. Fiat was exceptionally careful to keep the outline and basic shape traditional, maintaining its unique styling and instant recognizability. This was a trend of the time, Volkswagen resurrected the Beetle, with some models even sporting Herbie’s number ‘53’ on the bonnet; and of course, the Mini, with The Italian Jobs colors proving popular and a checkered flag stretching the length and breadth of the roof.

Manufactured in Poland and Toluca, Mexico, over 99 countries placed orders for the Fiat 500 including the United States. Due to its instant popularity and reasonable pricing structure, Fiat produced 2 million units in just ten years. 2017 saw a myriad of awards and accolades, including ‘Worlds most Beautiful Car,’ ‘Best Small Car,’ and the highly coveted ‘Red Dot Award,’ the latter for 2020s electric model. The modern engine configurations, most recently seen in the facelift of 2016, could not be more different to the engine that the 500 started life with.

In 1957, Fiat first showcased their small city car that ‘boasted’ a 476 cc engine producing just 13 break horse power. This particular vehicle had a canvas top that folded down completely towards the boot, instead of the more modern offering that only opens half the length of the roof. When looking at the newer models, it’s very easy to see the design queues taken from the original.

The shape remains the same, a sloping ‘bubble’ aesthetic is achieved with two solid round headlamps adorning the front.

Fiat ended production of the original Fiat 500 in 1975, replacing it with a first generation Fiat 126. The decision was a poor one as the Fiat 126 was not well received. The design was not as iconic and looked far less distinctive than its predecessor.