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New Fiat Uno launches – in Brazil

Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

The new Fiat Uno Way - from Fiat in Brazil

The Fiat Uno was a mainstay of the Fiat range for most of the ’80s and ’90s. It offered cheap and cheerful – but not exactly reliable – motoring for a whole generation. It finally ended production after 6 million were produced and it was replaced in the Fiat line-up by the Punto.

But old Fiats never die, they just go off elsewhere to be produced for at least another generation. The Uno is still going strong in places like South Africa and Brazil, although it did finally end its life as a Polski in Poland a couple of years ago.

And it’s the Brazilian-made Uno that’s just had a tart up to make an Uno for the 21st century. Sort of. It still looks like a Panda that’s been on a junk-food diet, but a lot more contemporary than the old Uno which is sold in Brazil as the Fiat Mille – complete with bio-fuel engines.

The picture at the top is the Fiat Uno Way, the rufty-tufty Uno with a raised ride height and bolt on bits of plastic to make it look fit for the urban jungle. And a choice of two new bio-fuel engines – either a 1.0 litre or a 1.4 litre.

There are stories running around that Fiat are going to import this ‘New’ Uno in to Europe. Which seems unlikely to us. It’s a bit of a dinosaur by European style standards, even if it is based on a current Fiat platform - the same as the Panda and 500.

Still, depending on how tomorrow’s election goes, we could all be hankering after the ‘luxury’ of a Fiat Uno from Brazil by this time next year.

By Cars UK