Design Notes – Fiat Panda Trekking
The new Fiat Panda is a very interesting car from a design point of view – especially here in Australia. There really isn’t another car on the market like it. In some ways it looks like a little SUV, or maybe a mini people mover, or then again just a tiny 5-door hatch. We welcome its quirkiness and hope that it finds friends down under.
As fans of Italian cars we’re always interested in automotive design and here is a guide to some of the details found on the Panda.
Naturally the first design feature to talk about is the squircle. What is a squircle, I hear you ask, we’ll as the name suggests it is a combination of a square and a circle. You may not be aware but it is quite the thing in design circles (sorry no pun intended), with everything from iPhones to modern houses rocking the squircle. But we reckon that no other product has taken this shape on board quite as much as the Fiat Panda – there are squircles literally everywhere.
Now What is it We’re Driving Again?
If you ever forget what car your sitting in Fiat have thoughtfully provided a multitude of reminders. The word Panda appears everywhere. It is embossed in the door panels, in the hatch jamb, around the gear lever, on the foot mats and upholstery.