New Fiat Topolino might be an Italian Citroen Ami
Fiat needs to construct its personal model of the Ami quadricycle, probably calling it Topolino – and the corporate boss has confirmed to Auto Specific that his model is “in lively discussions” with Stellantis companions Citroen and Opel concerning the venture.
The tiny electrical automobile – which prices as little as £20 monthly within the UK – has been a hit in a number of key markets because it was launched final yr. And FIAT boss Olivier François believes that it may assist his model to ship higher city mobility – one in all its key mission briefs inside the wider Stellantis group.
When requested instantly if he has been in talks concerning the automobile, François mentioned, “Sure, for certain. I’ve had discussions. If I soar into that [urban mobility] area – which I wish to do, to be sincere – then it’s clear that I’ve an excellent base with that Citroen/Opel automobile.”
Opel’s remodeling of the value-focused Ami prolonged to a brand new identify, Rocks-e, together with a revised entrance grille and a brand new wheel design. François says that Fiat would most likely purpose to take a extra radical strategy. “These are cubes,” he mentioned, “and it’s an actual design problem to make an attractive dice. But when any model can do it, it’s Fiat.”
It’s believed that FIAT’s tackle the automobile may carry the Topolino badge (aping the nickname of the unique 500) and provide a gap cloth roof – a function not accessible on the Ami or the Opel Rocks-e. Rumours final yr recommended that chosen Italian sellers have already been proven a prototype.
François mentioned that the most important problem thus far within the talks has been securing the kinds of manufacturing volumes required for Fiat to decide to the venture. Stellantis not too long ago introduced an additional €300million (£265m) funding for the Kenitra manufacturing unit in Morocco the place the Ami is produced, probably lifting capability there to round 50,000 quadricycles per yr.
“If I do it, I would like it to change into a serious hit,” François mentioned, “and for a serious hit we have to enhance our capability. That’s the sort of dialogue I’ve been having with my colleagues at Citroen and Opel.”
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