Fiat will launch a small car for the Indian market. The prototypes of the first ever made-for-India car from Italian auto giant Fiat SpA will arrive in India in a year's time for extensive road trials. The results and feedback from the trials will lead to the final round of tweaking before Fiat India Automobiles Ltd begins manufacturing the small car at its Ranjangaon facility.
Fiat India president and CEO Rajeev Kapoor said the small car to be positioned between the A and B segments was already off the drawing board. “The small car, conceived for the Indian market, has been designed at Fiat's legendary design studio in Turin. There are several steps between the drawing board to actual production-grade vehicles. The car will definitely be launched in 2011,” he said.
A clay model had already been prepared and prototypes were on the way. The engine, with a 700-1,000 cc capacity, has also been designed and is currently being tested in India to make suitable changes to adapt to the country's driving conditions.
“We are adapting the engine to Indian specifications to ensure that it delivers optimum power and mileage,” said Roberto Dalmasso, manager at the engineering centre of Fiat Powertrain Technologies, a Fiat group company that develops powertrains for cars.