|Fiat rolls out coffee-making car|
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 15:00
Italian auto manufacturer Fiat has just released a new car that is giving literal meaning to the concept of coffee on the go.
Until now, drivers and passengers wanting to enjoy a cuppa on the go during the morning commute have had to make their coffee at home first or make a pit stop along the way to buy some. However, Fiat is now making it possible for drivers to actually make their coffee in the car!
The newly released Fiat 500L, which was officially launched in the Italian city of Turin last week, is reportedly the first production car in the world to boast a fully integrated espresso coffee maker.
The Lavazza-branded, self-heating espresso-making kit sits snugly next to the car’s gearbox and makes use of the Italian coffee maker’s exclusive pods to brew you a fresh, in-car cup of joe. It even contains a sugar container, pod dispenser and a spoon.
The car also contains a wide array of other, impressive hi-tech accessories, such as the Uconnect multi-media system with a 5”-touchscreen. From this central hub, drivers will be able to manage and control their mobile phones, radio, iPod or other media player. The system has a voice recognition function and controls on the steering wheel which will also allow drivers to make hands-free phone calls and listen to incoming text messages without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The car’s premium sound system was developed in conjunction with Beats Audio, ensuring that you never miss a beat.
As for when the zippy 500L with its option of three or five doors and three lower polluting emissions engines will rev onto South African roads? According to Craig Westray, General Manager for Marketing and Communication of Fiat South Africa, the company’s product strategy department is currently working on a feasibility study. “No decision has been made in terms of model line-up, specifications, or pricing, since this model will only be available in right hand drive for our market from the second quarter of 2013,” he says.
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