Fiorino name has been reborn for Fiat's new light van which
has been developed in conjunction with Tofaş in Turkey, and
which is set to make its public debut tomorrow at the
Transpotec Logitec trade fair in Milan. The third partner in
the project is PSA Peugeot CitroŽn who will market the van
as Bipper (Peugeot) and Nemo (CitroŽn). The Minicargo
project is considered by Tofaş as a breakthrough in their
history. An agreement was signed on 31 March 2005 between
Fiat, PSA Peugeot CitroŽn and Tofaş to develop and produce
the new LCV.
It has been a busy week for the new commercial vehicle,
which has so far gone by the project codename 'Minicargo'.
Yesterday it was presented to 600 Italian dealers and today
PSA Chief Executive Christian Streiff and Fiat Chief
Executive Sergio Marchionne will be at Bursa for the
official inauguration of the new production line. Later in
the week it will be shown to the international press and the
public at Transpotec Logitec, the landmark event for South
East Europe, recognised since 2004 by OICA, for national and
foreign industrial and commercial vehicle manufacturers, for
bodyworks, fittings and trailer manufacturing companies, in
addition to companies operating in the accessories,
logistics, intermodal and combined transport sectors. The
last edition drew 800 exhibitors, 80,000 sector
professionals and more than 300 journalists.
the Fiorino makes a welcome comeback. Fiorino has long been
associated with Fiat's light vans, offering practicality and
flexibility with affordability. The first Fiorino was
launched exactly 30 years ago, based on the platform of the
best-selling Fiat 127 hatchback. Three years later it was
facelifted before an all-new version based on the Uno was
launched in 1984. This model, which spawned combi and
pick-up versions, is still in production in Brazil where it
remains a popular option in the Latin American markets. The
Fiorino was also built in Argentina and licensed by Fiat for
production in Spain by SEAT. Meanwhile the CitroŽn Nemo
derivative could be regarded as a successor to the French
brand's C15, which was based on the Visa.
name returns to adorn a new light commercial vehicle which
will be built in Turkey by Fiat's joint venture partner,
Tofaş. The project has been realised with PSA
Peugeot-CitroŽn, building on a long-term relationship that
already sees the two carmakers building the Scudo and Ducato
through a dedicated joint venture. Initial production has
been slated at 160,000 units, with two thirds of this being
taken by PSA. Just 5 percent of production will be allocated
for domestic consumption in Turkey. The Fiorinoís FWD
platform is a new development, based on the Fiat Pandaís
Fiorino will be built at the Bursa factory in the North West
of Turkey. Founded in 1968 as a joint-venture by KoÁ Holding
A.S. and Fiat Auto S.p.A., Tofaş is a jointly controlled
company. Tofaş has its manufacturing and assembly plant in
Bursa, whereas the head offices are located in Istanbul. By
the end of 2007 Tofaş plans to employ 8,200 employees.
The project is calculated to have an annual project revenue
generation of circa 1.1 billion euros, whereas the
investment budget stands at 350 million euros. A first in
the local Turkish automotive industry is that the Minicargoís intellectual property rights are owned by Tofaş.
The series 2 Fiorino, which also spawned combi and
pick-up versions, is still in production in Brazil
today where it remains a popular van option in the
Latin American markets.
The Fiorino name has been reborn for Fiat's new
light van which has been developed in conjunction
with Tofaş in Turkey, and which is set to make its
public debut tomorrow at the Transpotec Logitec
trade fair in Milan.
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn
is a partner in the Minicargo project who and will market the van
as Bipper (Peugeot, centre) and Nemo (CitroŽn, right).
This entry-level van will be positioned beneath the Fiat
DoblÚ, Peugeot Partner and CitroŽn Berlingo. The Fiorino and
PSA derivatives, in all their guises, will compete
head-to-head with the short wheelbase version of the future
Renault Kangoo II (VUL0 & VPL0) which will be launched in Q2
design team was given the task to combine a modern identity
with functional and practical intentions. The latter is
confirmed in the specifications, with the Fiat Fiorino
measuring only 3860 mm in length whilst offering an
impressive 2,5 m3 loading capacity (DoblÚ: 3,0 m2) with a
maximum length of 1,5 metres. This loading capacity can be
increased to 2,8 m3 by folding the passenger seat, creating
a loading length of 2,5 metres. A sliding door on the
right-hand side and dual opening doors at the rear give good
access to this impressive carrying capacity. The loading
sill is 53 cm high.
The Fiorino will offer all the ease of convenience, driving
experience and comfort of a passenger car; and so the cabin
features carefully thought out ergonomics and a strong list
of options. Cabin stowage has been focused on and smaller
details such as cupholders will feature. Its compact length
will allow for easy parking manoeuvres to be carried out.
Rear parking sensors and central locking also add to the
list of equipment. Safety has been addressed with the
inclusion of airbags and ABS.
Engines expected to be available include the 1.2 8v (69 bhp)
and 1.4 16v (100 bhp) petrol units, as well as the highly
economical 1.3 Multijet 16v (75 bhp). This latter unit will
offer 4,5 l/100 km consumption and emit just 119 g/km of CO2
The brand-new van will complete a modern and dynamic line-up
for the Fiat Professional division, the new name for the
light commercial vehicles arm of Fiat Group Automobiles.
Along with the new Scudo and Ducato, as well as the Panda
and Punto vans, and the recently facelifted DoblÚ (also
built by Tofaş in Turkey), this unit is making a concerted
push forward to increase sales. It is also thrusting its
reach globally. Production of the Fiorino gets underway in
November. It will arrive in the Italian showrooms in
December, before reaching the other major European markets
in early 2008.