Fiat's forthcoming Topolino will be produced at the Zastava plant in Serbia
22 September 2008

The forthcoming Fiat Topolino budget hatchback will be produced at the Zastava plant in Kragujevac, sources in Serbia have reported.

Fiat signed a memorandum of understanding with Zastava earlier this year, the Italian car maker planning to use Kragujevac’s under-utilised plant and local car-building expertise to increase production capacity.

Although Fiat has not confirmed that its new budget car will carry the Topolino name, the company has committed itself to creating a new ultra-cheap city car beneath the current line-up – and plenty of detail about the fascinating project has leaked out.

Insiders say the Topolino will be less than three metres long, and will be powered by a new two-cylinder petrol engine that will come in both normally aspirated and turbocharged form, producing around 65bhp and 90bhp respectively.

The new motor uses a cost-saving iron engine block in place of aluminium, but features Fiat’s innovative ‘MultiAir’ variable valve system, which should make it impressively clean: the company is believed to be targeting CO2 emissions of less than 90g/km.

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When the Topolino goes on sale in 2010 it will be the first two-cylinder car to be sold across western European markets since the demise of the Citroen 2CV.

In richer markets it will be sold as a small, stylish city car – while in developing markets it will be pushed as a value choice, with pricing set to start at about €6500.

Mike Duff

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22 September 2008

So, Fiat gave Ford the floor pan for the new KA and in exchange Fiat got the design rights to the old model!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 September 2008

Ha ha good joke! Just an artist impression though. There are many going around on the web and they are all different from each other.

They are brave to stick to the rear.engined concept though. Both the IQ and the forthcoming VW Lupo will be FWD, unlike the VW UP concept.

Interesting how not many people that concept UP could stand for New LUPO just as concept IROC has become (with modifications) New ScIROCco.

GD

22 September 2008

"When the Topolino goes on sale in 2010 it will be the first two-cylinder car to be sold across western European markets since the demise of the Citroen 2CV."

Doesn't the 126 count?

GB

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