Fiat Chrysler Vehicles reportedly halted manufacturing of the diesel-powered Fiat Panda, because the diesel variations of the 500 have been additionally axed as quickly because the dealerships have been exhausted.
Based on Automotive Information Europe, which heard of this information from two separate sources, the diesel accounted for under 15% of all Panda gross sales till August and solely four% of the 500 gross sales. The FCA has not but launched an official assertion indicating whether or not Panda diesel manufacturing has been halted or not.
Any such resolution was in all probability inspired by the globally harmonized gentle car check process, which got here into drive in Europe early final month. Most pandas are offered in Italy, with a market share of about 70%.
Each the Panda in query and the 500 are powered by 1.Three-liter diesel engines. A brand new 500 electrical battery is anticipated to reach in 2020, however the Panda's engine lineup ought to stay centered on gas consumption, albeit a reasonable one. Hybrid models is also within the combine.
Total, the Panda and the 500 accounted for 47% of all Fiat model automobile gross sales in Europe for the primary eight months of 2018, and in keeping with the marketing strategy introduced by former CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died on July 25, the 500 and the Panda will proceed to be on the heart of the Fiat model in Europe.
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