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Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia

Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia

08/10/2009

MOSCOW, October 8

Italian auto giant Fiat plans to launch production of off-roaders in Russia, the company's executive director said on Thursday.

Sergio Marchionne met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

The Russian premier said that off-roaders "are of high demand in Russia considering the amount of roads that yet have to be built in the country."


LINK:Fiat plans to produce SUVs in Russia | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire

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Fiat India to unveil a high-powered Linea

Fiat India to unveil a high-powered Linea at 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi


October 17, 2009

Fiat India, which is pulling out all stops to enhance its market share in the midsize sedan segment, is looking to unveil a high-powered diesel version of Linea at the upcoming 2010 Auto Expo in New Delhi , scheduled for January next year. This would be in addition to its existing 1.3 litre diesel and a 1.4 litre petrol versions which have sold around 10,000 units since its launch in January this year.

“The Linea has everything going for it – looks, finish and a good price, except the one thing that matters most in a good car – power. In a test drive on National Highway 8, I drove the petrol-powered Linea up a flyover with 3 people in the car. The accelerator was pressed flat to the floor (yes, flat down) and it was still groaning under our combined weight while other cars whizzed past cocking a snook at us. If Fiat doesn’t change the engine soon enough, Fiat will end up driven by old ladies who drive to kitty parties and back,” commented Anindya Banerjee of Publicis India.

Meanwhile, Fiat India, which has recently announced its plans to double its research and development headcount is looking to reach 80 per cent localisation of its hatchback Grande Punto by March next year. It has already been making Linea with 85 per cent local content. Despite scaling up the local content of its cars, Fiat India is considering an upward revision of prices for the Punto and Linea after the end of the current quarter in its bid to offset the sudden surge in the international metal prices and the impact of the euro, which has become costlier for its suppliers.

On its exports front, the company has set an export target of 3,000-3,200 Lineas to South Africa in the next 12 months and would start exporting Grande Punto to that country as well. Palio is already being exported. The company, which has already exported 250 units of Linea to South Africa, will in the first phase cater to the neighbouring markets of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and then look at markets such as New Zealand and Australia.

The company will also be exporting around 10,000 engines over the next 12 months, citing that Indian auto components are 15-20 per cent cheaper than the ones in developed markets. In the last six months, Fiat India has managed to export 25,000 small engines to Europe as against a target of 10,000 units, as quoted by a senior representative of the company.

Leading business daily, ‘Business Standard’ claims that Fiat India is looking to facelift its Paleo model in the next three to four months by either strapping the BS IV engines or borrow ones which are on Grande Punto. There were rumours earlier that this premium compact car priced above Rs. 3 lakh, was to have been discontinued from the domestic market as its sales have been dwindling for the past few years.

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Fiat accused of spying in China

Fiat accused of spying in China

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CHINA'S Great Wall Motors Co Ltd is suing Italian car maker Fiat for allegedly stealing its business secrets.

The case appears to be the second round in a battle that began when Fiat accused Great Wall of copying one of its cars in 2007.


In the latest barrage, Great Wall Motor, a Chinese sport utility vehicle maker based in Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, said Fiat sent spies to its engineering center and took pictures of its first subcompact car, the Peri, while it was under development before its release in 2007.

Great Wall spokesman Shang Yugui said yesterday that the car maker filed the lawsuit with the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People's Court, and the court is preparing to send the complaint to Fiat's headquarters in Italy.

Two years ago, an Italian court ruled that Great Wall's Peri resembles Fiat's Panda and banned the Peri from being sold in Europe. A similar claim filed by Fiat in the Shijiazhuang court was dismissed last year.

In the new complaint, Liu Hongkai, an attorney for Great Wall, said the evidence shows Fiat illegally visited Great Wall's engineering center in 2007 and collected information on the Peri.

"They could have gotten other important research and development secrets as well," Liu told Shanghai Daily in a telephone interview yesterday.

He did not disclose the evidence the company claims will show an improper intrusion by Fiat or exactly what business secrets might have been compromised.

In its suit, the Chinese car maker is demanding a public apology and 100,000 yuan (US$14,649) in compensation. Liu acknowledged the amount was relatively small but said it might be difficult to judge the value of any secrets stolen.

Fiat denied the accusation in a statement yesterday.

Chinese car makers have been involved a series of copyright infringement cases since the country began pushing its auto industry to develop more self-branded models after years of mainly assembling vehicles for overseas manufacturers. Among them, the Shuanghuan CEO sport utility vehicle made by China's Shuanghuan Automobile Co has been accused of being a copycat of BMW's X5 SUV. The intellectual property rights issue is also used by overseas car makers to prevent price-competitive Chinese cars from selling in their home markets.

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Fiat's Multiair Valve-Lift System Explained

Fiat's Multiair Valve-Lift System Explained

Fiat's Valve-lift system boosts power and saves fuel.

Surging gas prices and impending regulations are causing automakers to hunt for ways to increase the efficiency of gasoline engines. One of the chief inefficiencies of these engines is the restriction that’s created by the throttle plate in the intake passage, which is used to regulate how much air feeds the cylinders. Referred to as “pumping losses,” this bottleneck caused by a partially open throttle forces an engine to squander about 10 percent of energy that could otherwise be used for propulsion.

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Cool little car, but I think I'd rather have the Alfa Romeo Mito whenever it gets here. I wast interested in another FWD coupe, but the 500 Abarth just seems so exciting. And these packages can only make it that much better! Awesome!

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Fiat 500 City Car of the Year

UK Car of the Year

The UK’s popular Fiat 500 supermini is still winning awards. The 2009 Green Fleet Awards recently presented Fiat with top prize in the City Car of the Year category setting apart the Fiat 500 Start/Stop for special praise.

The Green Fleet Award judges said “ The latest version of the iconic 500 now comes with Start&Stop which further reduces it Co2 emissions down to 110g/km which is band B, a true four seater, the 500 gives fantastic value to the consumer as well as being one of the greenest cars in its class. It also leads the way with the latest USB-compatible ecorive system which shows the driver how to improve fuel economy and cut emissions.”

The Fiat 500 is available with a choice of three frugal, ultra low emissions Euro5-ready engines, it can be ordered in three different trims the Pop, Sport and the Lounge and prices start at approximately £9500.


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Fiat to upgrade Linea

Fiat to upgrade Linea


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New Delhi, Nov. 2: Italian car maker Fiat is planning to launch an advanced version of the mid-sized sedan Linea next year after it received a good response for the car.

Sources say Fiat will showcase the upgraded model at the auto expo scheduled to be held in January next year. The car is likely to be powered by either a 1.6-litre or a 1.9-litre diesel engine.

Fiat has sold about 10,000 units of the Linea since its launch in January this year. At present, the car has a 1.3-litre diesel and a 1.4-litre petrol engine. Fiat has also been able to sell 5,000 units of the Grande Punto so far.

The company plans to start exporting the Linea and the Punto; it has shipped 250 units to South Africa.

In the first phase, the company will cater to neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and later consider venturing into markets such as New Zealand and Australia.

Sources say the Italian firm is also exploring options to manufacture light commercial vehicles in India with capacity to carry loads between 0.8 tonnes and 1.8 tonnes.

Silverio Bonfiglioli, chief operating officer of Fiat Group Automobiles International, said, “We have sufficient capacity to build light commercial vehicles in India. Our passenger car segment is growing at a good rate and, as the market develops for Fiat vehicles, we might think of manufacturing light commercial vehicles in India.”

Bonfiglioli said the new light commercial vehicle would meet the requirements of the domestic as well as international markets.

“The capacity of light commercial vehicles would be in the range of 0.8-1.8 tonnes. But all this will take a lot of time to start,” he said.

The Fiat group is also in the process of developing a small car for India. The car, priced between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 4 lakh, will be rolled out of the company’s manufacturing facility at Ranjangaon near Pune.

LINK:The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Business | Fiat to upgrade Linea

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Fiat Oct market share in Western Euroe 8.8 pct

Fiat Oct market share in Western Euroe 8.8 pct - Global Insight

Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:57am EST

TURIN, Nov 11 - Fiat SpA's October market share in Western Europe is estimated at 8.8 percent, Global Insight director Pierluigi Bellini told Reuters on Wednesday. The Western Europe market share of the Italian group was 8.6 percent in October of 2008, he said.

In the ten months to October, Fiat's market share is estimated at 8.9 percent, against 8.3 percent in the same period of 2008.

The European think tank expects that the European car market will continue its recovery with new car sales seen up in the last month by 15.7 percent over October 2008. The pick up in sales is largerly due to state incentives to buyers.

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Fiat plans to boost Italy output 40 pct

Fiat plans to boost Italy output 40 pct - report

Sat Nov 14, 2009

Automaker Fiat plans to boost Italian output about 40 percent to 900,000 units a year under a restructuring scheme, la Repubblica newspaper reported on Saturday.

Fiat, which owns 20 percent of U.S. car maker Chrysler, will present the plan to unions in a couple of weeks, the daily said. The scheme is aimed at boosting productivity at its six Italian plants, which lag Fiat factories in Brazil and Poland.

Fiat, Italy's biggest manufacturer, would raise its yearly domestic production from 600,000-650,000 units under the programme, la Repubblica said. It cited speculation in Turin, Fiat's hometown, for the story.

Fiat is scheduled to present its Italian plans to the government next month.

A company spokesman said: "Fiat is not prepared to comment on a plan that has not yet been presented."

Among the reported plan's main points, Fiat would shutter its plant at Termini Imerese in Sicily under the scheme, the daily said. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne has already announced closure of the factory in 2011 and transfer of production of its Y model to Poland.

The plan includes switching output of about 270,000 new Panda models a year from Poland to Pomigliano, near Naples. Pomigliano also would wind down output of current Alfa Romeo models, la Repubblica said.

The only certainty about Fiat's main Mirafiori plant at Turin is continued output of the Alfa MiTo model, it said.

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Fiat set to drive in small car in 2011

Fiat set to drive in small car in 2011
18 November 2009

KOLKATA: The prototypes of the first ever made-for-India car from Italian auto giant Fiat SpA will arrive in India in a year's time for extensive road trials. The results and feedback from the trials will lead to the final round of tweaking before Fiat India Automobiles Ltd begins manufacturing the small car at its Ranjangaon facility.

Fiat India president and CEO Rajeev Kapoor said the small car to be positioned between the A and B segments was already off the drawing board. "The small car - conceived for the Indian market - has been designed at Fiat's legendary design studio in Turin. There are several steps between the drawing board to actual production-grade vehicles. The car will definitely be launched in 2011," he said.

Sources said a clay model had already been prepared and prototypes were on the way. The engine, with a 700-1,000 cc capacity, has also been designed and is currently being tested in India to make suitable changes to adapt to the country's driving conditions. "We are adapting the engine to Indian specifications to ensure that it delivers optimum power and mileage," said Roberto Dalmasso, manager at the engineering centre of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, a Fiat group company that develops powertrains for cars, trucks, boats and gensets.

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