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MA-DE Fiat 126 An Electric Fiat We All Want to Drive

Ben Parker

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Como, Italy based design studio MA-DE is the practice of Andrea Della Vecchi and Woody Chui. The small design studio has given the world a breath of fresh air with the design of the new Fiat 126. The Fiat 126 was an iconic car in the Fiat lineup and was first introduced in 1972 as the replacement for the Fiat 500. It proved to keep the cuteness from the Fiat 500 while updating some of the lines to fit with the straighter lines that were so prevalent in the 70s. The MA-DE Fiat preserves that same iconic design while adding some modern updates.

The MA-DE Fiat 126 had the goal to “not lose its identity, but rather [strengthen] it”. I think they’ve done a good job, keeping essentially the same silhouette. Andrea, the principal designer, has slightly extended the wheelbase, shortened the back bumper leaving less overhang and making the car a bit sleeker. The greenhouse preserves that nice angular shape while adding more window space and an invisible B-pillar. 


Updated headlights bring new life to the 126 with a sort of rectangular angel eye look. The updated mirrors retain that same quirky style looking like little leaves stemming off the sides of the car. Andrea retained most of the body lines and has exaggerated the beltline to provide some aggressiveness. 


The car looks similar to the Honda Urban EV released recently. Both are small electric hatchbacks, both are cars I want.

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