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Old 9th September 2005, 09:44   #1
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Thumbs up Fiat's upcoming compact SUV, codeveloped with Suzuki

The car is to be called Sedici, which means "sixteen" in Italian. Sixteen, of course, is what you get when you do the math on 4x4.

The Toyota RAV4-sized Sedici is based on a new Suzuki compact SUV called SX4. But Fiat's version will look very different, thanks to styling by Giugiaro. According to the U.K. Web site 4Car, a Fiat spokesman said the Sedici "looks more like an off-roader than the Suzuki model," with a more rugged image.

Both cars are based on the platform of Suzuki's Swift subcompact, and the two cars will be built alongside the Swift at Suzuki's plant in Hungary. Gasoline engines will be from Suzuki: a 99-horsepower 1.5-liter and a 107-hp 1.6-liter are planned. Diesel power will come from Fiat's acclaimed 120-hp, 1.9-liter JTD engine.

The Sedici won't be at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Fiat wants the spotlight firmly on the new Punto there. Instead, the Sedici will debut at the Bologna Motor Show in December before going on sale next spring.

What this means to you: Fiat's getting stronger almost by the day. A return to the United States could happen sooner rather than later.


Ford, Fiat in Talks on Small-Car Project

TURIN, Italy Ford and Fiat are in "advanced talks" on jointly developing a small car, according to German press reports.

German newspaper Handelsblatt cited "sources close to the negotiations" as saying the two automakers are in talks, with one source saying, "The talks are already far along." Fiat and Ford declined to comment.

Earlier this week, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said he hoped to sign a new industrial partnership by the end of the year. He wants to set up projects to save on development costs. A new SUV will be launched next year based on Suzuki running gear, and the new Punto shares many components with the Opel Corsa.

Earlier, DaimlerChrysler had denied that it was in talks with Fiat.

Ford needs a new small car to replace its long-running European entry model, the Ka. Fiat is planning to launch a new city car, the 500, in 2007, which would be the size of a car that Ford needs. The 500 will be based on the Trepiuno concept car and will be built at a Fiat plant in Poland.

What this means to you: Collaboration on projects is the way to go for the car industry. The trick is to make cars that are distinctive despite sharing a lot of components.


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The second news was in papers also (TOI). Lets hope things do go smoothly for Fiat.
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Here you go:

This is how Fiat's SUV looks. I haven't seen pics of Suzuki's SUV yet.

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Waking up an old thread!!
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Since Premier has launched RIO,the compact SUV,we can remember Fiat in some context.
But RIO is based on Daihatsu Terios.
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Default Re: Fiat's upcoming compact SUV, codeveloped with Suzuki

Another 5 years fly by, nothing yet
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Default Re: Fiat's upcoming compact SUV, codeveloped with Suzuki

This is such n old news that the product came, lived its life and was phased out. Why wait for anything?

The Fiat Sedici, was a rebadged Suzuki SX4 with a 1.60L Fiat Multijet diesel engine sold in Europe. It has since been replaced by the SX4 'S-Cross'.
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