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Fiat Uno to return?

2006-08-28 03:33

The Fiat Mille. Its 1-litre engine can run on petrol or ethanol

In a thinly disguised PR gimmick, Fiat SA has announced it's looking at bringing in the Brazilian version of the Fiat Uno as a low-cost entry model for the SA market.

Fiat's public relations department issued a release stating that a couple of disguised Fiat Unos had been spied testing in and around Gauteng, and suggesting Fiat is "dipping a toe further into the affordable sector of the market" by introducing this Brazilian-made contender into South Africa.

The car concerned is in fact called the Fiat Mille, and it's been made in Brazil for some years now, fitted with a 1-litre version of the Fiat FIRE engine.

Furthermore, information suggests not only WILL the vehicle be imported into South Africa, but it might also be assembled here.


Left: The so-called 'spy' picture of the Fiat Mille

The move represents good news for South Africa, for, with the loss of the Toyota Tazz, the only really cheap car available on the market is the VW CitiGolf Chico.

When production of the Fiat Uno stopped in South Africa to make way for the Palio, it was the cheapest car available on the market.

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