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Fiat Palio (178)

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Fiat Palio (Progetto 178). 1996–2017 (prod. 2,500,000 sold Brazil only). 3- and 5-door sedan, 5-door wagon. F/F, 999, 1108, 1242, 1372, 1581 cm³ petrol, 1698, 1910 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1242, 1248, 1581, 1596, 1598, 1747 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Fiat’s “world car” created for developing countries, originally styled by I.DE.A., and based around the Punto platform. Four-door sedan badged Siena, pick-up had Strada badge. Facelifts in 2001, 2004 and 2007. Very successful in South America; less so in India due to indifferent quality. Good ride given the price, especially later models as Fiat constantly improved the Palio, though some engines’ performance, especially the smaller OHC units, left something to be desired. Fuel economy not that remarkable from the smaller units; a lot more acceptable from the 1·6 petrol OHC and some DOHC ones. Wagon, called Weekend, also had a faux off-road variant with extra cladding and higher ride height, called Adventure. After it left production in China in 2008, it was revived by Zotye in 2010. New five-door Palio for South America from the end of 2011, initially complementing 178, with the hatchbacks renamed Palio Economy, later Palio Fire. Palio Weekend continued as a more upscale model; Adventure lost the Palio tag for the 2013 model year, while Weekend lost it in 2014. Palio Fire received a new interior for 2014. Replaced in Argentina and Brazil in 2017 by Argo.

Manufacturing locations: Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Córdoba, Argentina; Bursa, Turkey; La Victoria, Aragua, Venezuela; Nanjing, China; Casablanca, Morocco; Rosslyn, South Africa; Pune, India

Marque: Fiat | Model: Fiat Palio | Predecessor: Fiat Elba | Successors: Fiat Palio (326), Fiat Adventure, Fiat Ottimo, Fiat Weekend, Fiat Mobi, Fiat Argo

q.v. Fiat Siena (178), Fiat Albea, Fiat Perla, Zotye Z200

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