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by Karl Peskett

BMW’s Mini has been spurned in favour of the new Fiat 500 at the 2008 Melbourne Grand Prix Celebrity Challenge.

This particular car is the first Fiat 500 to be seen in Australia or New Zealand; the first right hand drive model to be seen anywhere in the world; and the first racing version to be seen anywhere in the world.

“In keeping with our fresh approach to the 2008 Grand Prix there could be no better choice of car for the celebrity race than the Fiat 500,” said Drew Ward, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation. “Spectators at next year’s Grand Prix will not only get the chance to witness Formula One, the V8 Supercars and a full-on two-hour Kiss concert extravaganza, but now they’ll be among the first in the country to see the all-new Fiat 500 in action.”

Former AFL star Luke Darcy, and the Wallabies’ Ben Tune were announced today as the latest drivers in the all-star line-up, seen here, with the 500.

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According to Ateco, Fiat’s Australian importer and distributor, Australian and New Zealand production has already been snapped up for the first three months of supply, even without prices and specs announced.




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