To further beef up its funky designer Fiat Palio range, the latest numbers will now come kitted with an integrated Motorola Bluetooth car kit to enable drivers of these little movers to make and receive phone calls via voice technology.

To further beef up its funky designer Fiat Palio range, the latest numbers will now come kitted with an integrated Motorola Bluetooth car kit to enable drivers of these little movers to make and receive phone calls via voice technology.

“Increased driver safety and convenience” were stated as the key reasons for the deal with an international Motorola distributor, according to the managing director of Fiat Auto SA, Giorgio Gorelli. And since the special series is aimed at young individuals, Gorelli said that it would make sense to acknowledge their “cellular lifestyle” and facilitate a device that would keep them in touch while driving without compromising safety.

Pioneering the technology in the entry-level segment of the local market, the Bluetooth car kit uses universal technology and is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, regardless of make or model. The driver can make and receive calls as long as the phone is within 10 metres of the car kit.

"What this means to the Fiat Palio Special Series driver is that they can now leave their cellphone in their handbag or briefcase in the boot, for safety reasons, and still receive and make phone calls from their Motorola Bluetooth Car Kit," Gorelli added. “It is a move that we expect will be very well received by the customer.”

The Fiat Palio Special Series enables buyers to customise their vehicle from top to toe. They can choose a body colour from five options: Rosso (deep red); Blu (blue); Gala (metallic black); Verde (deep green); and Argento (silver). Other choices include a white or body-coloured roof and side mirrors, and silver or body-coloured door handles, among others.

A body styling kit, 15-inch alloy wheels and now a Radio/CD and the Motorola Bluetooth Car Kit are standard features on this vehicle.

The price for the Fiat Palio Rosso is R100 900 and the special paint on the Blu, Argento, Verde and Gala pushes these prices up to R101 690.

The Motorola Bluetooth Car Kit comes with a 12-month warranty, honoured by Lipton Griffin International, authorised distributor of Motorola handsets and original accessories.

The special Palios are covered by a 36-month/100 000 km dealer warranty, three years on paintwork and five years on anti-perforation. Services are required at 20 000km intervals and all new models are covered by the AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for 12 months.