Friday 28 May 2010

Fiat Uno to arrive late 2011 (EU)

The new Fiat Uno will arrive in Europe late next year, according to reports.

The Brazilian-developed budget supermini will be built at the Zastava factory in Serbia, which currently makes the Punto Mk2. Fiat has announced a €150 million (£130m) investment in the Serbian factory earlier this year in preparation for introducing the Uno.

The company’s European product plan describes the new Uno as an “entry-level B-sector car”, suggesting that it will be very competitively priced. Although UK sales aren’t definite, we expect prices to start from £6,000, under-cutting the smaller Panda, which starts at £7,665. In Brazil, prices start from R$ 27,350 (£10,356), rising to R$ 31,870 (£12,000).

In Fiat’s European line-up, the Uno will slot between the Panda city-car and Grande Punto/Punto Evo supermini.

The Uno is powered by two new flexi-fuel petrol engines; a 1.0 litre unit developing 73bhp on alcohol & 75bhp on petrol and a 1.4 litre engine kicking out 85bhp using petrol and 88bhp on alcohol. The front wheel drive supermini is geared through a 5 speed manual transmission.

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