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Coffee and driving together at last

Fiat 500

Caffeine and driving go hand in hand like a horse and carriage, it’s a relationship that has withstood the test of time and one that has been mutually beneficial to both parties. But while cars have become outfitted with special cup holders, so that you can store your thermos or otherwise thermo-resistent cup of java, you still had to bring the coffee from the outside of your car, into your car.

Well the prayers of many a driver have finally been answered by Fiat when they announced that the new Fiat 500L will be the first production car in history to offer the option of an integrated coffee machine, so that drivers can actually make an espresso on the go.

The coffee kit has been developed in collaboration with none others than the experts over at Lavazza, and it will include the actual coffee maker, cups, a spoon holder as well as a sugar container.

The 250 Euro ($300) package will get its power from between the front seats where special power sockets will be located. The Lavazza coffee maker will work with their specially designed Modo Mio coffee pods.

The inclusion of such an option is interesting when you consider that many governments and safety authorities all around the world are trying to decrease the number of in-car features that can cause drivers to be distracted while driving – and this accessory is definitely going to create a bit of noise, but maybe that’s what Fiat are counting on.

The 500L combines the looks of the smaller 500 city car with the practicality brought by a five-door and five-seat mini MPV.

It will be available in a range of small petrol and diesel engines including a 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol Twin Air and a 1.3-litre diesel that will uses 4.2 litres per 100km.

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