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by David Zalstein

The funky little Fiat 500L-Vans design concept has debuted at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, sporting a unique look and styling cues taken from the US-based shoe brand.

Based on the five-seat 500L but equipped with four ringed LED driving lights, a two-tone paint scheme, roof racks and a double-decker surfboard carrier, the Fiat 500L-Vans takes inspiration from the company’s original hi-top shoe.

Created exclusively for the California Open in an effort to “interact with the young audience attending this event”, the 500L-Vans features a checkerboard pattern roof, palm-patterned canvas seats and waffle sole covered pedals and storage bins.

At the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., the

Topping off the surfy/skater look are 18-inch matt black wheels and a collection of Vans stickers plastered across the lower dash.

The 500L’s standard 119kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder remains unchanged and is teamed to a six-speed manual transmission.

Joined by the trio of Fiat-skis seen at last year’s event, the Fiat 500L-Vans is on display until August 3.

Longer, taller and wider than the standard Fiat 500, the 500L remains under consideration for Australia, though, is tipped to arrive locally sometime in 2015.

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