Currently reading: Fiat/Zastava Topolino tie-up soon
Joint venture to be finalised this month, paves way for new microcar

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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tannedbaldhead 30 December 2009

Re: Fiat/Zastava Topolino tie-up soon

VX220EDDIE wrote:

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

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.

Efried 30 December 2009

Re: Fiat/Zastava Topolino tie-up soon

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.

BriMarsh 29 December 2009

Re: Fiat/Zastava Topolino tie-up soon

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.