Fiat readying new small engine plant in Poland

Fiat's Tichy plant.

Small cars need small engines, and Fiat is preparing both.

To provide propulsion for its new Topolino microcar, coming in late 2009, Fiat has announced it will expand its plant in Bielsko Biala, Poland to make its new 900cc two-cylinder engine. The 900cc engine was shown in the Aria concept at the last Frankfurt Motor Show and will be the only two-cylinder car in all of Europe. Automotive News says that the powerplant will provide anywhere from 65hp (with <100 g/km of CO2) to 110hp in turbocharged form. After the Topolino is all set, the new engine will find its way into the 500, the Panda and maybe more vehicles. As we wrote last month, the Topolino may get more than 67 mpg (U.S.) and that's without a potential full hybrid system.

[Source: Automotive News]

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