TURIN - Fiat Auto and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plan a major restyling of their slow-selling, jointly developed minivans.
The partners launched the Fiat Ulysse, Lancia Z, Peugeot 806 and Citroen Evasion in 1994, all of them built in Valenciennes, France.
Sources say Fiat SpA Chairman Paolo Cantarella was unhappy with the conservative styling of the first generation. They say he favors a radical facelift. Former PSA Chairman Jacques Calvet opposed an expensive redesign because volumes are low. The four minivans combined sell fewer units than the Renault Espace.
Sources say that by the end of the decade, all four vans will get new body panels and a new interior.
Fiat stylist Enrico Fumia was recently named chief designer of the project. A first styling review has already taken place.