Posted by: Debra Kolkka | August 25, 2012

34 green Pandas before 3.00 pm

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These cars are everywhere in Italy. I really did count 34 of them one day while I was driving around between Bagni di Lucca and Lucca…….and I was only counting green ones.

The first Fiat Panda was introduced in 1980 and produced until 2003 with few changes. It was designed as a “peasant car”, cheap, no frills, easy to use and maintain. A new model “Nuova Panda” was launched in 2003 and was revamped again in 2011.

Fiat has sold over 6.5 million Pandas, which would explain why I see so many of them. Fiat must have got a good deal on green paint as this is the most common colour I see.

Green Fiats have featured in my blog before. I can’t tell you how many of them cause problems on the road. Click here to see more.


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  1. Snails every one. You can be sure you’ll be late for your appointment if you’re behind one.

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  2. Yes, but these little guys are amazing. When we have to put chains on our snow tires to get out of our road, inevitably I see a little green Panda climbing the icy roads with no problem. I don’t get it!

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    • These cars just seem to keep going. Some of them are 4 wheel drives and can go almost everywhere.

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  3. After recently driving from Lucca to Paris through Austria and Germany and back, I have to agree that driving Italy has some very special challenges. However, although the Italian drivers may be reckless, they are skilled. Just watching them do parallel parking in a piece of art.
    I just kept telling myself that “a near miss is a good miss”…”a near miss is a good miss”!!!
    But I must admit I am more scared when crossing the zebra crossing here than of driving. One of my Lucchese friends described the experience of an italian zebra crossing as like entering the lottery

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    • I agree with you completely on Italian drivers. They are extremely skilled and I see near misses every time I am on the road. As long as they keep missing me I will be happy. Perhaps they are born with parallel parking skills…and with the zebra crossings, I always step out beside an Italian and don’t look sideways.

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  4. We have lots of them here too … white, red and green all over! 😉

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    • Once you start noticing them, you see them everywhere.

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  6. The new Fiats are gorgeous. Our youngest daughter bought herself the latest 500 in San Francisco, a black one. They even have a Gucci model! They are selling like hot cakes!

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    • We have a baby blue Fiat 500 in Australia, and we love it.

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  7. Bwahahaha! Just the green ones … 🙂

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    • I see more green ones than the others, but occasionally I get stuck behind a white one or a dark blue.

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  8. I’m sure we saw them when we were in Italy last year, but I was too taken with the 3 wheeled trucks to remember. Our rental was a Fiat Panda, great on fuel but not so good on the hills 🙂

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    • The tiny 3 wheel truck, the quaintly named Ape, is very popular in our mountain area where many of the roads are too small for much else.

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  9. This is a riot! There is a man in my apartment building in Milan that drives a green Panda and, I hate to say it, but he is RUDE. I have a theory about green car drivers, but I’ll save it for later. Actually, it’s not original, I got it from Click ‘n’ Clack The Tappet Brothers (used to have a weekly radio show on NPR, out of Boston)…

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    • Green is my favourite colour, but I have never had a green car.

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  10. Would you believe that I have no recollection of ever seeing a green in Panda in Ireland – I wonder do certain colours sell better in different countries.

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    • Practically every second car in Italy is silver, which makes the green Panda stand out more.

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  11. These little cars are so easy to park, just 4 guys can pick it up and put it in to a tight spot. Easy peasy. They are great little working cars, not built for comfort but oh o practical.

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    • Our little Fiat is easy to park, we love it.

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  12. How funny that there are so many green ones. Wonder why?

    Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, Deb!

    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • There had to have been a special on green paint.

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  14. I think the new Panda may have a little more zip, but I’m not sure. I never particularly noticed green ones – I’ll sure keep my eyes open for them now. (!) Heard a great joke recently, Genovese (read cheap-skate), that featured a white Panda…

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    • I know a good cheap skate joke about Ligurians too….in Italian.

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