New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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BMW, Fiat small car gains ground

2008-07-30 13:30
BMW and Fiat's "little union" is gathering steam. The Isetta and Topolino - those are the names being suggested - are on their way, and the deal between the two manufacturers includes the next Mini and Alfa Mito.

The initial models will be city car's to rival the Volkswagen Up! and Toyota iQ and the Isetta will be BMW's first foray into the tiny car segment.

Both cars are being developed to comply with increasingly strict European Union and US emissions requirements and low emissions and great fuel consumption are top priorities for the development teams. There are also plans for electric versions of the cars, it has been reported.

Should they share a powerplant, it could well be the "green" 900cc twin-cylinder engine previewed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. This motor has also been earmarked for Fiat's 500.

Engines will likely be mated with twin-clutch semi-automatic gearboxes allowing for a stop-start system that switches off the engine when the car stops in heavy traffic.

Fiat's Topolino and BMW's Isetta are expected to go into production on 2010.

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