Fiat 500L Vans Concept Goes With the Flow

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Surf, skate and BMX action. From July 26th to August 3rd, Huntington Beach is the place to be if you want to be a part of the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing. Not even Fiat managed to stay away from this event, so it debuted a one-off Vans-inspired design concept of the 500L five-door compact multi-purpose vehicle.
Most of you know that the L is just a spin-off of the smaller 500 city car and it's not that exciting of a vehicle to make you go "Wow! I need to own that car because reason X." It's a little bit boring and it doesn't sell as well as the three-door Cinquecento. So what has Fiat done to the 500L Vans Design Concept in order to spruce things up a little bit?

As the name implies, the Vans lifestyle is at the core of this one-of-a-kind Fiat 500L. To be more precise, the Vans original hi-top shoe is echoed throughout the vehicle. Vintage palm-patterned seats, Vans logo stickers on the instrumental panel and pedals garnished with grippy Vans Waffle sole rubber are some of the original cabin accessories on this Italian MPV.

Step outside and you are met with a unique two-tone body color paint scheme, a four-port face that seems to have a thing or two in common with the four-wheel desert warriors from the dystopian world of Mad Max, 18-inch matte black wheels and a roof rack with a basket and the ever important double-decker surfboard carrier.

Last but not least, this pucker California special of the 500L draws its oomph from a peppy MultiAir four-pot 1.4-liter turbocharged mill that sends 160 horsepower to the wheels via a six-speed manual tranny. Dig it or rather something else to carry your surfboard and surf buddies to the beach?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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