By on May 5, 2015

 

Fiat Linea

In related news: Istanbul has an auto show.

The new built-in-Turkey sedan is described as a “compact three-box,” hinting the model will be a fairly basic affair. We expect it to be a replacement for the Fiat Linea (pictured), a compact sedan sitting atop the GM Fiat Small LWB platform that currently underpins the Opel Meriva and Ram ProMaster City.

Fiat states the car will be sold in 40 countries in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and will have “excellent interior comfort and load capacity.”

Again, Istanbul has an auto show.

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33 Comments on “Fiat Compact Sedan to Debut at Istanbul Autoshow...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Won’t it just be a renamed Viaggio?

    http://www.gaadicdn.com/upcoming_car/viaggio-persfoto4.jpg

    Also, look at this Linea Sports Wagon!
    http://details-of-cars.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Fiat-argenta-1.jpg

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Finally, the Turks will be able to get their hands on the sweet 2008 Focus that we were privileged to have in America.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      They aren’t allowed to have the 2-door though. We’re keeping that gem.

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        It really suprised me when I found out they were bringing out a coupe version of the Focus. Predictably, they sold few. That generation of Focus reminded me a lot of the late 80’s Escort, but without a really cool looking GT version.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          You could get a the SES trim on the 2-door, which kind of looked sporty. I would never say it was really cool looking though. Just better than the non-SES versions.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            I was always amazed you could get headed seats in the Focus of that generation. It seemed like swinging above your weight class.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            It was the first car to have Sync too. I remember my wife had a 2008 Focus SES for 6-8 months with leather, heated seats, and Sync.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            I’m almost 100% positive you could get heated seats in the first-gen Focus (I didn’t check that box with my much-missed ’05 ST).

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            I drove a loaded 2011 SES sedan across the country back in 2010. I actually grew to like it after a while, sh1tty transmission be damned.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Ye olde 4 speed!

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Yep, the 4F27. The irritating part was the control side where you only got Drive and Low positions on the shifter. Made for a herky jerky run through the rockies.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Yeah, the 2008 Focus mystified me.

  • avatar
    PRNDLOL

    Those bumper cover seams are pure Cobalt.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Did they buy the Coda tooling from Great Wall Motors? I guess this explains why Fiat has been reduced to using the same styling features on all of its US models.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Well the Coda was based on the Hafei Saibao which is based on the fifth gen Lancer/Mirage. The Mirage was built by Diamond Star Motors in Normal, IL during the late 90s-early 00s. This was a joint venture with Chysler, which is now owned by FCA. It is the full circle of $hittiness.

      • 0 avatar

        You win today’s game of “Six Degrees of Shitty OEM Tooling.”

        • 0 avatar

          The body dies for the fabulous looking Cord 810/812 ended up being used to make the rather funny looking Hupmobile Skylark and Graham Hollywood. Not as unfortunate looking as the catfish looking Packardbakers of 1957 and 1958, but still not beautiful.

          Graham is my favorite unknown automaker. I love their Spirit of Motion aka Sharknose.

      • 0 avatar
        Vipul Singh

        Amazing info there!

        @Marcelo: we really do need that article on “The Origins and Genesis of FIAT vehicles 1995 – 2015”. Worthy pursuit of the “truth” if you ask me.

        • 0 avatar
          CJinSD

          They still sell Mitsubishi based Jeeps. They’re selling ancient Mercedes based Chryslers, Dodges, and Maseratis. They have a current Mercedes based Jeep. They’re getting ready to rebadge some Mazdas as Fiats. They’ve got some old GM bones under small vans sold as Rams and Fiats. They’ve got PSA DNA in their large vans. I’m sure I’m missing something.

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            They say mutts make the healthiest dogs.

          • 0 avatar
            CJinSD

            We used to have a Magnum R/T. It just seemed like a heavy car teetering around on the overwhelmed suspension of a much lighter car that had been costed out to the point where the transmission lacked a dipstick. With 100,000 miles, it rode like an NYC hack Crown Vic on its way to the shredder. Various dashboard components shape shifted with age to the point that they fell off too. OTOH, a friend has a CLS 500 of the same vintage and half the miles. He purchased it new, and its durability would have Rudolf Uhlenhaut spinning in his grave.

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            It seems like LX cars have improved a lot since they first came out. Much cheaper for Chrysler to refine the old car, than to start from scratch. Seems to be working, as twice-refreshed cars are getting much better reviews.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    I’m still getting my mind around the GM Fiat platform being used on the Ram Promaster.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    easy on Istanbul. you don’t know the car culture there.


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