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Fiat Uno Cabriolet Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you've traveled overseas and seen the tiny Fiat Panda zipping around town, you'd probably scratch your head in bewilderment as to how much more "no frills" a car could get. Well, the Fiat Uno is your answer. Like the Fiat 500, the Uno is built atop the same chassis as the Panda, but unlike the retro-hatch with its cutesy charm, the Uno is all about getting back to basics. But even basic cars can get an added dose of excitement..."excitement" here being used as a relative term.

The Uno is built by Fiat's South American unit for the Brazilian market where the Italian automaker is, in more ways than one, a driving force. And for the Sao Paulo Auto Show currently under way there, Fiat unveiled two sporty(er) versions of the little economy car.

The more exciting of the two is the Uno Cabriolet, which receives modified bodywork in a roadster style with two seats, a molded cowl, an aggressive aero kit and 17-inch wheels. Under the hood resides a 1.4-liter turbo four producing 152 horsepower, which is a whopping figure for a car that looks like it could fit in your shirt pocket.

Unfortunately the Uno Carbio is strictly a showcar for the time being, but while they were at it, Fiat also took the occasion to introduce the new Uno Sporting, pictured at right. The new (production) trim level packs an 85-horsepower 1.4-liter engine, a sport suspension lowered by 20mm and it rides on 15-inch alloys. A special body kit, badges, interior trim and unique shade of orange paint round out the package, which you can see for yourself in the gallery below.

[Source: Fiat]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      See the rears of the Fiat Panda and Punto and you'll see that the rear is pure Fiat, and pre-dates anything Kia has done.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. The first-gen Punto was the first modern hatchback to have high-mounted tailights. And how could Fiat have copied Soul's vertical hatch so quickly? Plus, the Soul is far from being the first of its kind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gross. Looks like some reject from 1987.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I giggled at "carbio".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that rear end looks almost exactly like a KIA Soul:


      Strange days indeed that KIA is now the copied instead of the copier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so the KIA Soul pretty much stole this car and rebadged it? well good for them, yet another copy
      • 4 Years Ago
      The design contest had an age limit of nine years. Can't think of any other reason for this "thing."
      • 4 Years Ago
      As if the normal version wasn't bad enough, they had to create this hideous thing...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, they just kept on hitting with That ugly stick...
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some reason, seeing that little drop-top reminds me of the topless Geo Metro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BUT without the clubs! (9-iron, etc.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here we go...

      This is the new Uno, for Brazil. It was designed in Brazil, by Brazilians. It is not built on the present Panda chassis but on a longer wheelbase and heavily modified one designed specifically for Brazilian conditions. None of the engines used is available in Europe as most of them can run on a strong ethanol/petrol mix, or even pure ethanol.
      The basic car is, I believe, very decent and practical, and for a very small car rather good, being simple and free of stylistic fashion trends. It apparently rides and handles well too. The design will probably not date either. It is also selling fast in South America.

      The cabriolet, however, is not great looking, but it may well be cheap and robust, and that matters.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did Homer Simpson design this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally! Evidence that the molds to the Yugo Cabrio weren't lost to fire during the civil war!
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