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On February 4th, the four millionth 1.3-liter MultiJet diesel engine left Fiat's powertrain plant in Bielsko Biala, Poland. The Italian automaker referred to the event as a "prestigious achievement" that signifies the level of widespread acceptance that Fiat's low-displacement oil-burning mill has received since its debut back in 2003.

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Fiat offers a few powertrain choices for the 500 that improve the small car's fuel efficiency, like a two-cylinder small displacement engine and the all-electric plug-in option (well, in concept form, at least). A better diesel option will be coming soon with the addition of a new 1.3-liter 16-valve MultiJet diesel engine that improves fuel economy to 60 miles per gallon (U.S.).

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Lancia once seemed like a brand on the edge of extinction. With a tradition that in the '80s gave us names like the Delta Integrale that won many rallies, the Lancia was just kept alive by the Ypsilon, and a couple of very unsuccessful models. Now Fiat is insisting on revamping it, and has not only introduced a compact minivan with all the luxury features, the Musa, it has also resurrected the Delta model. So what's the new Delta about? A compact size - about 20 cm less than the Fiat Bravo - tha

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Fiat has just announced pricing in the UK for the Fiat Bravo fitting the new 1.6 Multijet diesel engines. Feel like spending the least amount of money for a Bravo? You can get a Active 1.6 Multijet starting at £13,595. There are two versions of the 1.6 Multijet engine available, one good for 118 HP. Then there are two 104 HP versions. Consumption and CO2 figures are impressive for a car that's a tad bigger than a VW Golf: 47, 47 and 52 MPG, and and 129, 129 and 119 g/km of CO2, respectivel

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Wait. Hadn't Alfa Romeo chosen Furiosa as the name for it's new Junior? Nope. It seems that they changed their mind. Alfa Romeo has launched a new microsite to promote its smallest model which is now named Mi.To. Besides mito being the Italian word for myth, the site says that they chose the name because Alfa Romeo is a brand which has a lot to do with the cities of Milano, where Alfa Romeo was born, and Torino, Fiat's city. Molto intelligente, isn't it?

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More recently Orbassano has worked on a new generation of smaller turbocharged engines (T-Jet) that offer the same performance than a regular engine, while using 25 percent less fuel and spewing fewer emissions. Fiat announced that they want to take this technology to the limit and has announced a 0.9-liter two-cylinder engine for 2009-10 which could replace its 1.4-liter units.

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Until now, Fiat had only two diesel engine sizes for diesel cars: 1.3 and 1.9-liter. In order to "fill the gap" between the two, the automaker has released a new 1.6-liter engine that can be ordered in 105 and 120 HP versions. Fiat's Lorenzo Sistino states, "This new generation of diesel engines is suitable for the newest CO2-based tax schemes which are being implemented around Europe".

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