Fiat Strada

The Fiat's "world car", Palio, was such a success that it is only appropriate there be a pickup version to delight consumers around the world. That is more or less what the Fiat Strada is. This supermini pickup truck is produced in Brazil and exported from there to the European Union, where it is sold as the Strada Malibu. The Fiat Strada was officially launched in 1996 in Brazil as a member of the '178 Project' ' that being the 'world project'. The Strada was born to replace the City, a pickup version of the Fiorino, based on the Fiat Uno. It features a maximum loading capacity of 700kg and a cargo-space of 1770 mm x 1314 mm making it perfect for small jobs and errands. By 2001 the model was due for its first facelift. The new design was completed by the Italian design-guru Giorgetto Giugiaro and he included in the redo a new front and a new interior. The Mk.II series marks the debut of an extended cab version. One year later in 2002, Fiat do Brasil launched the first version of the Fiat Strada Adventure which exemplified off road looks. By 2004, another facelift was in order. This time it has a new front and a new interior design taken from the Palio, which was again designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Strada Adventure also made a second appearance after undergoing some changes as well. It now had the same features of the Weekend Adventure. This particular model is offered in Europe with the relatively modern 1.9 JTD Diesel engine. In South Africa, the model is offered in four variants, a 1.2MPI EL, a 1.6MPI EL, a 1.6MPI ELX and the 1.7TD EL. The 1.6MPI ELX is the same as the EL but with color-coded bumpers and mirrors, electric windows, driver airbag and air conditioning.