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Fiat Plans Hybrid Cars and Vans by 2011

The Fiat group is developing diesel and gasoline-hybrid models of small cars and vans that could be production ready by 2011.

At this stage, the company expects new models to propel vehicles short distances on electric power only, with the main aim of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for stop-start city driving.

Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Alfredo Altavilla, CEO of Fiat Powertrain Technologies said, “We are still in the research phase and, if everything proceeds as expected, we could begin production within three years.”

For minicar and small car models, Fiat is developing a new two-cylinder 900cc gasoline engine, paired with an electric motor via a dual-clutch transmission. The powertrain for larger delivery vans will be based on an electric motor linked to a larger 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with an automated manual transmission.

The low "electric only" range reflects the use of a relatively low-powered battery. However, according to Altavilla, Fiat is working with several unidentified battery suppliers to design better alternatives.

Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, wants the company to have the tramadol out script overnight lowest CO2 emissions of any European car manufacturer by 2012, when new EU standards come into force. The Italian firm says the new system could bring CO2 emissions for their small cars below 90g/KM.

Via Autoweek

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Panda and 500
written by Mark Kiernan, June 05, 2008
This is good bout 2011 is 3 years away, it didn't take that long to bring out a new model of best price for generic levitra the Panda or 500. Why the long development cost when the Prius is on the market??? Am I the only one to smell a rat?
written by GEORGE HANDLEY, July 09, 2008
written by Mat, November 06, 2009
Please sell it as quick as possible even in Australia, I can't wait that long. Lots of other company like Honda, Lexus and Toyota have already start to sell bigger car, but soon they are going to put on the market smaller size! So? Fiat want to wow look it cialis side effects lose the business??
written by Charlie, June 03, 2010
Wouldn't mind seeing a few hybrid vans from Fiat. I think they'd do the job properly and vans are some of the worst offenders when it comes to CO2.

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