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Fiat Tipo (160)
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Fiat Tipo (Progetto 160). 1988–98 (prod. 1,905,276). 3- and 5-door saloon. F/F, 1108, 1372, 1581, 1756 cm³ petrol, 1697, 1929 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1585, 1756, 1995 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Hatchback on Fiat’s versatile Tipo 2 platform, related to Fiat Tempra, Lancia Delta (836) and Lancia Dedra. Boxy looks a break from the curvy styling of the 1980s; with the very wide body, helped with accommodation. Still aerodynamic: base model claimed a Cd of 0,31. Controversial initially because critics said the rear end did not match the front, based on early publicity photographs. Heavier than predecessor, in part due to galvanized shell, meant to overcome quality criticisms. Poor performance from lower-specification models, better with larger engines. Neutral handling, some brake fade, but competent entry in the Golf class. Italian production to 1995, Brazilian to 1997, Turkish (at Tofaş) to 1998.

Manufacturing locations: Cassino, Frosinone, Italy; Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy; Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Bursa, Turkey

Marque: Fiat | Model: Fiat Tipo | Predecessor: Fiat Ritmo | Successors: Fiat Bravo (182), Fiat Brava (182)

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