New model will will sit between the Panda and the Grande Punto
20 April 2010

Fiat is poised to launch an all-new supermini that will sit between the Panda and the Grande Punto.

The new model will use the famous Uno name and in effect be a replacement for the original Uno and Mk2 Punto, both of which are still in production in various parts of the world.

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Launched in 1983, the crisply designed and spacious Uno supermini was a huge hit for Fiat.

Sources say the new model is based on a shortened and simplified version of the Grande Punto platform. It should be around 3.8 metres long, which would make it a similar size to the Mazda 2. However, the design will focus on interior space in a bid to deliver more room than any similar-priced rival.

It's thought that the new car will be priced very aggressively, but there's no news yet as to whether it will be launched in the UK.

However, in the face of huge competition from Korean brands and the gaping hole between the Panda and Grande Punto, Fiat could achieve significant success with the Uno in Europe and Russia.

From the photos of these early production versions of the new Uno, it's clear that Fiat has moved away from the design language of the Punto and original Uno and produced a much more curvaceous, friendly-looking car.

There are also strong shades of the Panda around the upright tailgate and vertical tail-lights. The three offset slots in the nose are a reference to the original Panda.

These scoop shots also appear to show that the Uno will be sold in entry-level, upmarket sporting and pseudo-SUV guises.

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There's little news on engines, but it's thought that the sophisticated new Multiair units will be too expensive for all but the range-topping models.

The Uno is initially being built at Fiat Brazil's Betim plant. The factory has recently announced plans to hire 1000 new workers and boost output by six per cent to 3200 cars per day.

The entire Fiat Group is poised to announce its future product plans up until 2014 this Wednesday.

Hilton Holloway

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20 April 2010

i still don't quite understand why they are making this car when they have the 500. Will it be like a volkswagen fox small or a polo/corsa small?

20 April 2010

I don't think the intention is to bring it to Europe, it aimed at 'emerging markets'. I've read it's being built to a tight 6000 Euro, hardly the kind of car welcomed in the UK. Besides the new Panda will be along next year, so there might not be a gap in the FIAT family for it to fill here.

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20 April 2010

[quote tbisset1]Will it be like a volkswagen fox small or a polo/corsa small?[/quote]

bigger than a panda, smaller than a punto. (uk market)

20 April 2010

Hang on a minute. Ford has two superminis, the Fiesta and the Ka. Volkswagen has the Fox and the Polo. Peugeot has three, the 107, the 1007 and the 207. Citroen has three, the Cs 1-3. Renault has three, the Modus, the Twingo and the Clio. Toyota has three, the IQ, the Aygo and the Yaris. Nissan has two, the Note and the Micra. Vauxhall has two, the Agila and the Corsa. Fiat has FIVE, the Panda, the Idea, the Grande Punto, the 500 and, for the rurally-minded, the Sedici. Yet somehow there's a huge gap in the range. Am I missing something here?

20 April 2010

City cars and supermini are different classes.

example, ka=city fiesta=supermini

panda =cheap city

500 =designer city

punto = supermini

20 April 2010

Sounds logical to me to fill the size gap between their current offerings, but Fiat should learn from the 500, if you want to make money, you have to be able to sell at a premium. The 500 is only a Panda underneath yet sells for so much more. I dont think they can pull the same off with a new Punto.

20 April 2010

I don't understand where the gap is either since the Fiat has the 500, Panda and Punto. The only gap I can see it filling is the lack of a three door Panda or a cheaper alternative to the 500.

20 April 2010

The reason they have so many small cars is that they historically have done small cars better than anyone else, when they go much above Bravo size they start to become unstuck.

20 April 2010

I like the idea of the Ferrari Uno as mentioned above and whose spy shots I can,t see

20 April 2010

Is it any wonder Fiat still have some financial woes,put all your eggs in one basket and your asking for trouble!!!!! im sure they will find a gap between the Grande Punto and Bravo next!!!


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