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Ford need a replacement for the abysmal yet good selling Ka (probably not so bad with the Zetec engine), and Fiat wouldn't mind some help with the Trepuino (sp?), or other small car to fit in under the Grand Punto, alongside the Panda.

I guess Ford have been buying and collaborating with larger car firms, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Volvo, Land Rover, but are lacking the ability to produce a good looking, functional, economical city car. Team up with Fiat who are struggling, who have the know how and it could help them. Ford probably see the MJTD as well, and like it. Fiat have some great technology. For Fiat, the partnership should get them more resources and capacity to build good little cars out for little money, and see them sell.
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No wonder the new punto looks so much like a fiesta!
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OMFG!!!! *shocked*

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Ford said the plans were for two new vehicles - a new Fiat Cinquecento and a replacement for the Ford Ka.
Do you think this will be the trepi?

Nice one fiat!

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The new cinquecento must be the trepiuno.

They'd be silly not to massproduce that concept.
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Is it such a bad thing? Fiat have no choice but to save money and if it means that in 25 years we can still buy an Italian Fiat then that's got to be good. Even if the cars share platforms Fiat can tweak it so it actually handles like a Fiat. As long as they don't use bloody Ford engines...
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Just reread that. The car will use the Pandas platform.
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Yup steve, its all good

I am really hoping this means the trepi goes ahead....

EDIT- forgot to add, the trepiuno was going to share the panda platform aswell
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That's right, it was. If it does go into production I'll buy one. No doubt about that whatsoever.
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anybody seen this..

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4533621.stm

fiat are making GM pay to get out of the joint venture
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Steve is going to drive a ford!

Ford's bunch of diesels aren't too bad are they, still, i bet they nick the MJTDs.
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I can't see Fiat using Ford engines Paul.
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I didn't say that did i? If they are working together, the cars will be ford/fiat, just like the ulysse is a french car mainly.

If it helps Fiat's survival, it can't be a bad thing, as serin's link shows us, Fiat showed profit this year but only because of the $1billion payment from GM.

What I meant about the MJTDs is that Ford will come away from this venture using "mjdt" and have adverts about how great their deisels are
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Yes, and that irritates me no end, but if it means Fiats survival...
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