Fiat’s Turkish JV eyes $1B investment to build Bravo successor

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 13, 2015

Fiat's joint venture in Turkey, Tofas, is planning a $1-billion investment to build a family of compact cars replacing the Bravo in Europe. Three new cars will be built starting next year, primarily for export. According to sources of Automotive News Europe, the family will include a hatchback, sedan and station wagon.

The hatchback and the sedan will replace the Bravo and the Linea, respectively. According to Tofas last year, it would invest $520 million to build 580,000 units of a new sedan model. It recently announced that it would produce 700,000 units of a new hatchback and station wagon in Turkey, for a total investment of $1 billion starting this year while the production will run from 2016 to 2023.

Tofas said in a filing with the bourse that a significant portion of the vehicles are for exports, adding that discussion with Fiat on the details for the conditions of investment, sales and procurement are already in the final stage. Tofas saw sales of the Bravo drop 59 percent to 3,078 units in the first nine months of 2014, according to JATO Dynamics.

Fiat stopped building the Bravo at its Cassino site in Italy in July 2014. The hatchback, sedan and the station wagon will sit on Fiat Chrysler's small US wide architecture that underpins the Fiat 500L small minivan, the Renegade and 500X small SUV.

Tofas's Bursa site in Turkey produces builds the Linea and car-derived vans -- the Doblo and Fiorino for Fiat – and the Citroen Nemo, Peugeot Bipper and Opel/Vauxhall Combo.

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