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Fiat’s new 124 Spider launch parties a success

CARDIFF and Newport folk attended free events last Saturday (September 10, 2016) at two car dealerships in the cities to celebrate the launch of the new Fiat 124 Spider.

Wessex Garages on Penarth Road in Cardiff and Wessex Garages on Newport Retail Park in Newport held a party at each dealership on Saturday, September 10 with a disco, face painter, retro sweets and a free ice-cream to unveil the new Italian roadster.

Martin Watts, General Manager at Wessex Garages on Newport Retail Park, explained: “To mark the launch and celebrate 50 years of the unveiling of the original Fiat 124 Spider in Turin in 1966 we decided to host two parties for customers at our Fiat dealerships.

“They were a great success and it was fantastic to show off the new 124 Spider. The events were fun for all the family with a disco and a children’s face painter and at our Newport centre a free Mr Whippy ice-cream van.

“Some of our staff wore retro clothing on the day to get in the spirit and we also handed out retro sweets. As well as all this we had props for visitors at our Newport dealership to use when doing a selfie in the new Spider.

“The new Fiat 124 Spider is a stunning vehicle. It brings the authentic, Italian roadster driving experience to a whole new generation of British enthusiasts. It is powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine producing 140hp. It can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds and has a top speed is 134mph.”

Craig Varden, Fiat Salesperson at Wessex Garages – Newport, taking selfie in the Fiat 124 Spider at the launch party.

All UK Fiat 124 Spiders include air conditioning, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, cruise control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and keyless start.

Wessex Garages has outlets in Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester and Newport, which specialises in new and used car sales across South Wales and the South West.

For more information, please call Wessex Garages at Newport Retail Park on 01633 745 034, or Wessex Garages on Penarth Road in Cardiff on 02921 677 554. Alternatively, please visit, follow the company on Twitter at or log on to

(From left to right) Allan Rodgers, Used Car Manager at Wessex Garages – Cardiff, Richard Craythorne, General Manager at Wessex Garages – Cardiff, June Gould, DJ from SU Discos and Brian Hutton, Business Manager at Wessex Garages – Cardiff at the Fiat 124 Spider launch party.