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Fiat Ecobasic

Fiat Ecobasic

Fiat Ecobasic

Fiat Ecobasic

Fiat Ecobasic
Make Fiat
Model Ecobasic
Concept year 2005
Production year -
Engine 1.2 litre 4 cylinder

The Fiat Ecobasic concept which was introduced at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show was a fantastically ugly vehicle which was also very basic in just about every way.

The Ecobasic was designed to be cheap to make and cheap to own. The frugal manufacturing method used several unique ideas to make production as easy and fast as possible.

First off the bodypanels were dyed plastic, meaning no painting was necessary. Secondly if it had gone into production there would only have been one version, no frills an no added extras. And thirdly, because of its modular design, elements of the car could be produced in different factories. The final assembly would be just a simple case of slotting together the structure and bolting in the drivetrain.

Despite the fact Fiat were only planning on offering the Ecobasic in one flavor, the car would have been very adaptable to different needs thanks to removable seats and reconfigurable door arrangements.

Amazingly, despite Fiat's far from perfect reliability record, the designers decided it would be a good idea to seal the Ecobasic's engine away in its own capsule so that only the Dealership could access the engine for maintenance. They claimed the engine was so reliable that access was not important!

Power for the Fiat Ecobasic came from a 1.2 litre JTP direct-injection turbo-diesel engine which produced 61 horsepower @ 3,500 rpm. Top speed was an electronically limited 99.5 mph. It's fuel economy was very impressive, returning over 94mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

Despite early promises and the threat of production, Fiat decided not to put the Ecobasic into production. Instead they decided to take the brand more upmarket and upgrade their entire lineup with higher quality vehicles.

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