Fiat’s two-seat, two-cylinder Topolino may not come to the UK
21 January 2010

Fiat’s two-seat, two-cylinder Topolino may not come to the UK.

The budget hatchback was intended for developing markets as well as richer Western European countries, positioned beneath the Panda and 500 in price.

But Andrew Humberstone, managing director of Fiat Group UK, admitted there are doubts as to whether the Topolino would succeed in the UK.

“The Topolino makes sense globally but is more difficult to position over here. We already have a very good presence in the A-sector and we have to consider how the market will be affected when the Chinese makers eventually enter the UK. They could start offering much cheaper models, some with Fiat technology, too.”

Fiat has a long history in the Chinese market — most recently the Italian company agreed to a joint venture with leading Chinese manufacturer Guangzhou Auto Group. Construction has already started on the GAC-Fiat factory, which will be able to produce 140,000 cars and 220,000 engines per year.

Although the Topolino may not come to the UK, a turbocharged version of its two-cylinder petrol Multiair engine will when it goes into the Fiat 500 later this year. The 900cc motor will put out around 90bhp and just 89g/km of CO2, and will be priced in the middle of the 500 range between the 1.2 and 1.4-litre 4 cyl engines.

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21 January 2010

Is it me or does this bear a remarkable resemblance to the Series One Ford Ka?

21 January 2010

Sorry CheshireSteve it looks nothing like the series one KA to me. But it does look interesting. I would like to see some more shots from different angles and the interior though.

21 January 2010

What you see in the picture is just an artist's impression and it's hard to think that the Topolino will look like that...

21 January 2010

I agree, the first thing I saw was its resemblance to the Ka.

This should come here, it would be a great hit, but then they never brought the 2 pot version of the boxy Cinquecento. So much cooler than a Smart.

21 January 2010

That two-cylinder engine sounds fantastic!

21 January 2010

I hope they dont miss an opportunity in the way that Renault did when they chose not to bring the original Twingo to the UK. A number of manufacturers are bringing out small city cars over the next few years, Fiat could be ahead of the game and strengthen their position as manufacturers of some of the worlds best small cars.

To those who keep saying the picture looks like a Ford Ka its a photoshop image, I doubt it bears much resemblance to the production car.

21 January 2010

I'm glad its not coming! Why would anyone want one! I hate all these stupid small city cars - they shouldnt even be called cars - they are just go carts.

21 January 2010

[quote fhp11] they are just go carts.[/quote]

Can't think of anything on four wheels more fun than a go-kart.

21 January 2010

Fiat, keep the 500 and send this over instead.

We can`t be denied this, its FIAT doing whats its best at, innovative, trendy small cars.

21 January 2010

So the Chinese factory will make 140000 cars and 220000 engines pa. Are they expecting a few failures then? ;)


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