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In the 2020s, the Fiat ambit will abide of the Panda, a Golf-class crossover, and a clamp of 500 derivatives.
Fiat has arise its affairs for a ambit centred about the premium-compact 500, which will sit alongside value-focused above models in its agency activity forward.
“We will be present in the C-segment [Volkswagen Golf class] but not abundant more. All models will sit aural 3.5 metres and 4.5m [long]. This is area Fiat will play,” Olivier François, the CEO of Fiat, told Autocar in an interview.
The Fiat brand’s latest plan centres about two key pillars: the 500 ancestors of models, and “family transportation”.
As we’ve abundant in an beforehand piece, the next-generation 500 ambit will accommodate a hatch, wagon, all-electric model, and the 500X crossover.
According to François, the Centoventi abstraction (above), apparent at this year’s Geneva motor show, has “looks [which] are actual affectionate to the next-generation Panda”.
Due in 2021 and powered by internal-combustion engines, the approved Panda ambit will be followed by a pure-electric alternative appointed to arise in 2023.
Like the next-generation electric 500, the electric Panda will affection a modular array arrangement acceptance drivers to acquirement or hire added active ambit as required.
The better archetypal in Fiat’s calendar (excluding its van-based models) is the Tipo. The sedan, bear and wagon ambit is fabricated in Turkey as allotment of a collective venture, and targets economy-minded buyers in the Golf and Focus class.
François reportedly wants the Tipo replaced by a new crossover to sit aloft the next-generation 500X.
Should the new crossover appear to fruition, it will acceptable be Tipo-like with its aciculate appraisement and a able focus on value.
The Fiat boss’s account the casting will accept “no big cars, no exceptional cars, no adventurous cars” in its approaching seems to casting the approaching of the 124 Spider into some doubt. The 124 Spider shares its platform, autogenous and assembly band with the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5.
While the aggregation may accumulate the accepted car about until Mazda decides to body a next-generation model, a chase up to the 124 Spider looks to be abbreviating into the distance.
For enthusiasts, the sales abstracts for both the 124 Spider and MX-5 accomplish for aching reading.
In 2018 Fiat awash 7698 124 Spider convertibles in Europe, forth with 3515 in the US and 153 in Australia. During the aforementioned aeon Mazda begin 13,703 homes for the MX-5s on the Continent, as able-bodied as a added 8917 sales in the States and 835 Down Under.
With buyers abandoning ample cars from non-premium brands, such as the Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia, in droves, Fiat seems agog to leave this allotment of the bazaar to its Alfa Romeo and Maserati marques.
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Fiat outlines its archetypal affairs aloft the 500
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