TURIN - Fiat Auto is developing a rival to the Citroen Berlingo/ Peugeot Partner and Renault Kangoo small commercial vans. Fiat's is code-named the Scudino.
The vehicle is still at the styling-model stage, and Fiat has not yet decided whether to produce the van.
There are two proposals: one from Fiat Styling Center, led by Peter Davis, the other by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign.
If it goes ahead, the Scudino will be a Fiat-only project, unlike the larger Scudo and Ducato commercial vans, which are manufactured jointly by Fiat and PSA.
The Scudino would not go on sale before 2001. It would be based on a new, unique platform with a flat floorpan, probably structurally similar to the steel space-frame of Fiat's forthcoming Multipla minivan.
Fiat will introduce another small commercial vehicle, code-named the Cubo, in late 2000. It will replace the Fiorino van that is built in Brazil and exported to western Europe.
The Cubo is the sixth variant of the 178 world car program, and will also be built in Brazil.
A passenger version of the Cubo will have longitudinal benches to seat more people.