TURIN - Fiat Auto may base a future full-size model on a General Motors platform.
Fiat is considering using GM's Epsilon platform for its 2003 'New Large' project, according to supplier sources in Italy.
The car would effectively be the successor to the Croma flagship sedan Fiat killed in 1996.
Epsilon will be the basis of the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Vectra and Omega, plus future big Saabs.
If Fiat decides to use the Epsilon platform, it would be the first example of platform sharing under the Fiat-GM joint venture signed in March. Both Fiat and GM declined to comment.
Fiat's original plan was to base the New Large project on its new Medium Modular Platform. But that platform was designed for lower-medium models. Fiat would have to stretch the platform to the limit to use it for a full-size model.
GM's Epsilon platform was designed for upper-medium and full-size segments.
Platform sharing between GM and Fiat in other segments will have to wait. Last year, Fiat launched the second-generation Punto, based on an updated version of the original Punto platform. GM is now launching the third-generation Corsa, based on its new Gamma platform. Combining platforms in the supermini segment would not occur until 2005 or 2006, when the Punto and Corsa are due to be replaced.
In the lower-medium segment, platform sharing will likely have to wait for two generations. Fiat will launch the Bravo and Brava replacements next year, based on its Medium Modular Platform. GM will use its new
Delta platform for the third-generation Astra, expected in 2004.