The new Fiat Panda will have a role in the forthcoming James Bond film Casino Royale according to reports...

Fiat Panda in Casino Royale
29th July 2005

The new Fiat Panda will have a role in the forthcoming James Bond film "Casino Royale", according to the latest reports from the International Herald Tribune.

Although it is unlikely James Bond will be behind the wheel (MI6 confirmed back in February 2004 that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage will be 007's new car), the Panda could feature as transportation for another character.

The news goes against expectations that Ford would be supplying all the vehicles for the 21st official film, following the three-picture contract that began with "Die Another Day" in 2002. Ford Motors paid $35 million to feature three of its cars: Bond drove an Aston Martin Vanquish, Jinx drove a Ford Thunderbird, and Zao drove a Jaguar XKR.

 
Above: The new Fiat Panda

"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film, will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled to commence on January 17th 2006 in Prague and South Africa. No casting decisions have been made officially. The release is planned fro October 19th 2006. Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest and most accurate coverage of Casino Royale.

Official Panda Blurb
"With a front section as distinctive as that of a SUV, Panda has the streamlined sides of a sedan, with high arching windows and a third glass pane that adds a unique stylistic element.
Styling details include the grille, with two huge chromed headlamps, and the bumper with air intakes that convey an impression of dynamism and sturdiness. The high, square cut rear is characterized by long, vertically-oriented light clusters, which underscore the spaciousness and practical mindset of New Panda. The interior features original pastel coloured fabrics that are pleasurable to the touch."

Specification
Transmission 5 Speed Manual Gearbox
Automatic Transmission N/A
Body Style Hatchback
Driven Wheels Front (FWD)

Engine Data
Engine Capacity 1248 cc
Cylinders 4
Power [email protected] bhp
Torque [email protected] lb/ft
Emissions Class EU4
CO2 Emissions 114 g/km - (Man)

Performance
Maximum Speed 99 mph - (Man)
0 - 62 mph 13 seconds - (Man)

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 3538 mm
Width 1578 mm
Height 1540 mm
Wheel Base 2299 mm
Split/ Fold Rear Seat £100
Boot Capacity 206 litres (min) - 860 litres (max)
Kerb Weight 935 kg
Towing Limit 900 kg

 

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