Fiat today unveiled the first model in its new compact car family - the Aegea sedan. The car will go on sale in Turkey starting in November followed by a rollout in 40 countries in the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Fiat said in a statement.
Fiat will add hatchback and station wagon variants of the Aegea, giving the brand a fresh lineup in the key compact segment, Europe's second-largest by sales after subcompacts.
The Aegea sedan debuted today at the Istanbul auto show. All three Aegea variants will be built at Fiat's joint venture Tofas plant in Bursa, northwest Turkey.
The new compact family, which replaces the Linea sedan and Bravo hatchback, will not be called the Aegea. A Fiat spokesman said Aegea is a project name. It pays tribute to Turkey and "represents a symbolic bridge between East and West," Fiat said. The Aegean Sea lies between Turkey and Greece.
The model names will be announced in the autumn, along with further commercial details, Fiat said.
The cars will be based on Fiat's small wide platform that also underpins the Fiat 500L minivan and 500X crossover, as well as the Jeep Renegade.
The sedan variant will replace the Linea and will compete against cars such as the Peugeot 301 and Skoda Rapid in eastern Europe and Turkey where sedans are popular. The hatchback will replace the Bravo and mainly sell in western Europe in the segment led by the Volkswagen Golf.