- Uno Mk3
As one of our
intrepid Uno Turbo owners (hi Pete!) globe trots in search of interesting
Fiats Ferraris etc. he happened to be in Brazil passing a local Fiat
dealership.... and went inside for a closer look at this one! You already
should know that Brazil make Unos - well now you do anyway. From June
04 they have been marketing this Mille Fire - which is an upmarket version
of their own Uno.
Yes it will
look very modern, because designer Giorgetto Giugiaro launched what
he called the 'vertical' car concept with the original Uno - making
it taller for easier access etc. So the Uno was already half way to
the latest 'tall & small' town car fashions in Europe. (That's also
why the old Uno can be lowered more than most). From other angles the
Mile Fire is much more Uno-like.
As yet we don't
know enough about the mechanical layout of the Uno mk3 but there's every
possibility of it being identical to the Italian Mk2. And that offers
some very interesting chassis swapping possibilities for we of the Uno
history for the Uno is here.
We don't know
enough about the Brazilian side of things - perhaps its time we did!
The Brazilian Fiat engine plant has been producing versions of the 1litre
SOHC and FIRE engines since the mid seventies - and we've imported them
via the Italian made Pandas and Unos since then. A quick summary of
all the FIRE engines is here.
The Brazilian engines are adjusted to run on either petrol or the locally
grown ethanol. Brazil has also been developing 'green' fuel versions
of these engines based on their use of home grown refined sugar cane.
More recently the Japanese have been very interested in using this fuel
as a way of cutting carbon emissions.
engine in this Uno is therefore a duel fuel one - the carb is adjusted
to run either petrol or ethanol. But we'll have to find out more about
coordinated bumpers are a feature of the Mk3. Note the angled detailing
of the tailgate around the rear lense clusters.
and five door versions are available.
the ride height looks identical to the original Unos.
points also look identical to the Mk 2 - if so that would mean all your
Uno kit would fit.
don't know if they are galvanised (like the later Mk2) though.
& Robust" is the brochure verdict. We agree.
of Mk3 Uno
Pete was quoted
$6150 US or about £3850 Sterling for a three door - that would
be off the forecourt in Brazil. They come in three and five door versions.
need more contacts - so lets here from anyone in or from Brazil.
site is www.fiat.com.br
- with some interesting variations on other European models too.