• Dec 2, 2010
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Fiat and Opel have been dancing at arms length for years. The relationship looked like it could grow closer as a result of GM's recent downsizing, but the Italian automaker didn't end up acquiring the General's European operations in the end. The two automakers have, however, announced a new arrangement that will have Fiat supplying Opel and its British counterpart Vauxhall with rebadged versions of its Doblo van.

Not even taking into account impending platform-sharing with Chrysler, Fiat already produces a number of vehicles with or for other automakers, including commercial vans with PSA Peugeot-Citroën and the compact SX4/Sedici with Suzuki.

The Opel vans will be produced at Fiat's Tofas plant in Turkey, with several derivatives planned, including chassis cabs, cargo vans and passenger vehicles. They'll be sold in Europe and overseas markets (but not in North America), replacing the Opel Combo that itself was based on a Fiat platform that underpins the Corsa.



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FIAT AND OPEL SIGN AGREEMENTS FOR SUPPLY OF VEHICLES

* Supply of Fiat's Doblò derivatives
* Successor to the Opel / Vauxhall Combo
* Produced at Tofas in Turkey
* Production in excess of 250,000 units to start in 2011

Turin/Rüsselsheim: The automobile sector of the Fiat Group (Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, Turin, Italy), and Adam Opel GmbH, (Rüsselsheim, Germany), have concluded negotiations and signed a contract whereby Fiat will supply vehicles comprising several variants to Opel, commencing December 2011.

The vehicles, based on the same platform as the Fiat Doblò, will be produced at the Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey, where the Doblò is manufactured, and will be sold progressively by Vauxhall and Opel dealers in Europe and other markets outside NAFTA from January 2012. The model will replace the Opel Combo Light Commercial Vehicle.

Opel and Vauxhall will retain the Combo name for this new vehicle range, which will include a number of derivatives including Cargo vans, Combis, passenger vehicles and chassis cabs. The Opel / Vauxhall design team in Rüsselsheim is actively involved in the development of the new models with Fiat Group Automobiles' Engineering and Design Group in Turin.

The project calls for an initial supply of up to 6,000 vehicles in 2011. The programme is planned to cover the supply of at least 250,000 units, which will extend the total life-time production of this vehicle platform in Tofas to 1.3 million units.

Tofas is a joint venture between Fiat Group Automobiles and Koc Holding of Turkey and was established in 1968.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      In Europe, commercial vans come in XS, S, M and L/XL/XXL sizes. In the US, it's mostly XL/XXL/XXXL. ;-)

      The entries in this category of vehicles (all available as cargo vans and passenger vans):

      - Fiat Dobló
      - Ford Transit/Tourneo Connect (replaced the Fiesta-based Ford Courier Van in 2002)
      - Nissan NV200 (replaced the Kubistar)
      - PSA twins (Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo)
      - Renault Kangoo (its Nissan Kubistar twin was not renewed for the 2nd generation)
      - VW Caddy

      The category below includes the small PSA/Fiat triplets (Fiat Fiorino, Peugeot Bipper, Citroën Nemo), the Kangoo Compact and the current Opel Combo.

      The Combo is the last surviving example of the original small european commercial van based on a B-segment city car with a different, box-shaped, rear part (though the german and brits used to love their panel vans based on 2 door C-segment wagons).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let us not forget that Fiat provides its excellent turbodiesels GM uses across the board in Europe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to see Opel develop a commercial version of their Zafira MPV to compete with the Transit connect, But I suppose cost cutting is the way forward for now. Even more so for GM.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im not sure but does Renault have something like this? I think they dont have any
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a very functional platform and very popular in other countries... I just dont know why is not so popular here in US soil. imagine its versatility as delivery and medium cargo vans in crowded cities...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Doblo is coming to the states as a RAM at around 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat have many fingers in many pies, the Ford KA is based on the Fiat 500 for example.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks a bit like a Nissan Cube.
        • 4 Years Ago
        3/8 Soul + 1/4 xB2 + 1/4 Mini Beachcomber + 1/8 Cube = 1 Fiat Doblo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiat, the whores of the industry?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Doblo is an awesome
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting, given the present long-term agreement GM Europe has with Renault and their larger commercial vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meriva and Doblo ar using same base...but seems its easier/cheaper to Opel use ready made Doblo as base for new Combo
      CheckTheseOut
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if they'll use those phly rapping hampsters in their commercials too??
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