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News ‘70s Fiat 126 Re-Imagined By MA-DE Design Studio

‘70s Fiat 126 Re-Imagined By MA-DE Design Studio

The Fiat 126 is an extremely rare sight in North America. Even so, an electric new Fiat 126 could be what the Italian small car brand needs here


  • Its retro-themed design is perfect.

  • The potential to make old designs new again seems limitless.

  • The Fiat 126 replaced the original 500.


Often times, it’s the simple designs that stand the test of time. The Fiat 126, which was introduced at the Turin Auto Show by Fiat in 1972, is a perfect example of how an old car’s design can be repurposed as an EV. MA-DE Design Studio’s creation is proof of this.

The Fiat 126 is a four-passenger rear-engine car that turned out to be quite a hit with nearly 5 million sold worldwide. This love for the 126 partially inspired MA-DE Design Studio to create the all-electric Fiat 126 Vision.

MA-DE Design Fiat 126 | Photo: MA-DE

The concept is an honest interpretation of the original car. From the squared cut-outs for the headlights, the absence of a front grille, and the unmistakable tapering roof towards the rear. Andrea Della Vecchia, co-founder of the MA-DE Design studio, “With this 126 Vision, we have decided to preserve, adopting a new interpretation, the contour and some unmistakable stylistic elements, such as the roof tapered at the rear and the squared headlights dominated by the character line that surrounds the vehicle.”

The Fiat 126 Vision is only a styling exercise and was internally commissioned.

MA-DE Design Fiat 126 | Photo: MA-DE

MA-DE Design Fiat 126 | Photo: MA-DE

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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