Fiat Bravo
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Make: Fiat
Model: Bravo
Fiat Bravo

The Fiat Bravo and Fiat Brava are two small family cars produced by the Italian automaker Fiat from 1995 to 2001. In reality, these models are the same car just with two slightly different names and slightly different versions. The Bravo is a three-door hatchback and the Brava is a five-door hatchback. It is said that the names will be changed in 2007. The Bravo and Brava were replacements for Fiat's successful but aging Tipo model. They both came with all new engines, with the base model using a 1.4 L 12-valve engine producing 80 bhp. Three other gasoline engines were available – those being the 103 bhp 1.6 L 16-valve; the 113 bhp 1.8 L 16-valve engine and the top of the range 2.0 L 20-valve R5 unit used in the HGT model. A model equipped with the top of the line engine could reach a maximum speed of 135 mph. The engine choices go even further with two turbo diesel engines being available – both were 1.9 L four cylinder units, one producing 75 bhp and the other making 100 bhp. Fiat seemed to have done something right with this particular model as it was voted European Car of the Year upon its launch in 1995. Later, in 1998, another car based on the Bravo/Brava underpinnings was launched. It was a curious looking six-seater mini Multi Purpose Vehicle named the Fiat Multipla. By 1999, the Bravo/Brava was in need of a makeover and a 1.2 16-valve engine from the smaller Fiat Punto was added. Additionally, not that noteworthy, but the dashboard was restyled. By the 21st century the Bravo/Brava range was looking increasingly dated in the face of new competition like the Ford Focus and the Peugeot 307. The Bravo/Brava was consequently discontinued in Europe in late 2001. At which time it was replaced by the all-new Fiat Stilo, which would ultimately be a sales flop.

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