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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fiat Presentation at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show

Here are some of the presentations given by Fiat at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. This show hosted a number of debuts for Fiat: the Fiat 500 by Gucci, the Fiat 500 Coupé Zagato and the new Fiat Freemont.

Interestingly, each vehicle has an American connection: the 500 by Gucci is being considered for the American market, the 500 Coupé Zagato uses American spec bumpers and the Freemont is an American transplant.

Below are the presentations and some excerpts from the press release:

Fiat presentation given by Fiat CEO Andrea Formica, Head of Fiat Brand in Europe

Fiat returns to the International Geneva Motor Show with an all-new stand where important world previews and affirmed models will take turns to underline the distinctiveness of the brand on the international car scene.

Star of the exhibition area is the brand-new Freemont, the first Fiat vehicle to come out of the partnership with the Chrysler Group. Based on the Dodge Journey, the new model is due to go on sale from the second half of 2011.

The Geneva Motor Show line-up would not be complete without the Fiat 500 TwinAir (saloon and cabriolet), which has chosen this prestigious setting to introduce its new 2011 range.

From now on, the TwinAir name will be applied not merely to an engine but to a genuine product line that will become the heart of the 500 model 2011 range. The 500 TwinAir range, aimed at an urban, fun-loving audience, is remarkable for its very individual looks and some product content that guarantees great value for customers.

Everything is made more interesting by the adoption of the 85 HP TwinAir engine, forerunner of a new family of two cylinder engines from FPT - Fiat Powertrain, with performance levels between 65 and 105 HP. This makes this car extremely fun to drive by guaranteeing outstanding performance despite a significant reduction in fuel consumption: compared with the 100 HP 1.4 unit, the 85 HP TwinAir returns a 25% torque increase at 2000 rpm while slashing fuel consumption by 30%. All this ensures greater satisfaction at the wheel and reduced emissions.

Pivotal to the 85 HP TwinAir is the adoption of the revolutionary MultiAir System combined with specific fluid dynamics optimized for maximum combustion efficiency. The new 85 HP TwinAir with Dualogic robotized gearbox is a supreme example of the downsizing philosophy, producing just 92 g/km of CO2: this is the lowest CO2 emission level so far achieved on the market by a turbo petrol engine.

Source: Fiat Group Press

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