Fiat Automůveis is introducing this month
onto the Brazilian market an updated version
of the Mille which features cosmetic
improvements and significant technological
changes; the long-running Uno-based model
continues to be the country's entry-level
car of choice.
Mille Fire Economy 3/5-door (2009)
Mille Way Economy 3/5-door (2009)
Automůveis is introducing this month onto the Brazilian
market an updated version of the Mille which features
cosmetic improvements and significant technological
changes; the long-running Uno-based model continues to
be the country's entry-level car of choice.
long-since discontinued in Europe, the B-segment Uno (which
is badged as the Mille on the South American markets)
continues to thrive, its low retail price, coupled to cheap
running costs, means that it is a genuine option for
cost-conscious customers seeking out an entry-level car.
Built at Fiat Automůveis huge plant at Betim in the Minas
Gerais region it was given a makeover several years ago by
Giorgetto Giugiaro, and the cosmetic enhancements on the new
model build on this theme. In fact the Mille is enjoying
renewed global success, Fiat Automůveis, which has recently
taken over responsibility for South Africa, is reintroducing
it to this market.
innovation of Uno Mille (2009) appears under the bonnet in the
form of a revised engine, the 'Fire Economy 1.0 Flex', which
has undergone a series of improvements with the overall
objective being to reduce the consumption and emission
The changes have
been accomplished by FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) and
the engine now features a new electronic management system;
new exhaust collection system; new catalyser; weightless
valve command and connecting rods, and a new sensor for the
injection fuel system.
modifications in search of improved efficiency haven't been
applied just to the engine, the gearbox features new ratios
that allows the engine to operate at lower revs per minute;
whilst a low friction lubrication oil for the engine will
reduce internal attrition amongst the moving components.
The drive for efficiency continues with new suspension
geometry; new tyres that lower road resistance, offering
about 30 percent decrease compared to the conventional ones,
while on the dashboard an indicator instrument presents the
driver with an instantaneous reading of the fuel
consumption. The result of all this work is a 10 percent
reduction in the level of fuel consumption compared to the
Complementing the mechanical changes
are a string of detailed aesthetic improvements. These
the adoption of a new grey grille with chrome-finished horizontal slats; new hub
caps (13-inch alloy wheels are optional); new reflectors for
the headlights; new smoked rear light units; grey bumpers,
wheel arch covers and sill protectors, while completing the external changes, the new
red Fiat badge is incorporated at the front and rear and an
'Economy' badge on the tailgate denotes the new version.
Internally, the Mille Economy (2009) features a new instrument panel colour and new
fabrics for the seats and
door trim panels.
The Mille model
range now counts on four versions: the Mille Fire Economy
and Mille Way Economy, both of which are available in three-
and five-door formats. The Mille Way version also offers a
raised ride height and stiffer suspension along with 175/70
R 13 tyres.
pricing for the range opens with the Mille Fire
Economy 3-door, at R$23,240 (£7,880), and is followed by the Mille Fire
Economy 5-door, at R$22,890 (£8,129), the Mille Way
Economy 3-door, at R$ 23 740 (£8,051), and the Mille Way
Economy 5-door: R$25,470 (£8,638).