Joint venture to be finalised this month, paves way for new microcar
28 December 2009

Fiat SpA's purchase of a majority holding in Serbian car-maker Zastava looks set to go through before the new year.The 1bil EUR joint venture between Fiat and the Serbian government was originally planned to go ahead in 2008. The global economic slowdown put paid to that, but since a meeting between Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne and Serbian President Boris Tadic last week, the deal is expected to be finalised within days.Fiat is expected to make its new Topolino city car, a three-metre two-seater based on the Panda, on the Serbian company's production lines. The car will be positioned below the Panda and the 500 on price, and is expected to use Fiat's new 900cc 'MultiAir' engine in 65bhp, normally aspirated form.Matt Saunders

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28 December 2009

how many small Fiats do fiat need in their range with the panda 500 and grande punto and punto evo do they need another??

28 December 2009

I think will be mainly sold in the emerging eastern European and Asian markets to compete against cars such as the Dacia Sandero. The 500 at it's current pricing would hardly be competitive in such markets.

On another note, isn't refreshing to see a government willing to stump up some money to stimulate a the manufacturing sector and provide much needed employment. Perhaps if our boys in Westminster had done similar we would still have a British owned mid size car manufacturer.

29 December 2009

Small cars are the future, hopefully. The Grande Punto isn't what I'd consider a "small car", besides in your post you forgot the best small FIAT, i.e. the Panda.

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30 December 2009

What is really lacking is an incentive to buy such small cars. They don't fall into the microcar category saving taxes nor have fuel saving engines. Being stylish is not enough lets double the kei-car success from Japan.

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30 December 2009

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how many small Fiats do fiat need in their range with the panda 500 and grande punto and punto evo do they need another??

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The Panda is an excellent little car. Have hired them in Italy and was very pleasantly surprised. It is getting a bit long in the tooth now and will soon be facing the chop. Maybe this is where the replacement will come from.

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