Design for the Masses09.26.06   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Toshi Jones
Tags: Alessi, Alternative Transport, Automotive, Bluetooth, Contemporary Design, Fiat, Industrial Design
Recently, automobile manufacturer Fiat and design factory Alessi introduced the 2006 Panda in the first collaboration of its kind. Alessi brought industrial designer and architect Stefano Giovannoni to update the sporty style Fiat is classic for. The result of this eccentric collaboration is a fun vehicle equipped with gadgets like Bluetoothâ„¢ technology and Italyâ€™s signature contemporary style. Standard features include climate control with pollen filter, ergonomically designed control panel, and trip computer. The sticker price of around $17,000 USD is compensated by the impressive fuel efficiency of 75 miles per gallon. Currently the Panda Alessi is available for purchase in France, Germany, UK, and Japan.