Fiat Tempra
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Fiat
Model: Tempra
Fiat Tempra

Drivers looking for a family car in the '90s should have taken a second glance at the Fiat Tempra. This model is a medium family car produced by Italian automaker Fiat from February 1990 to 1998. It was intended as a replacement for the Fiat Regata and so was developed alongside the Alfa Romeo 155 and the Lancia Dedra. It was based upon the Fiat Tipo platform, a small family car foundation. The car was primarily available as a four-door sedan and as a five-door wagon. Two more versions were available although they were much less prevalent – those versions being a two-door sedan and a 2.0 DOHC turbocharged sedan available only in Brazil. In Europe, the Fiat Tempra was aimed at the competitive large family car market, which was at that time dominated by the Opel Vectra, the Peugeot 405 and the Ford Sierra. The car was competitively priced which was probably the only reason it was able to compete with these other well-established models. It was generally considered a budget alternative, although some luxury features, such as a digital instrument cluster, were available. Thankfully in 1991 a four-speed automatic transmission was added to the 2.0ie model, while the 2.0ie station wagon was also available with a full-time four-wheel drive system in 1992. It also featured ventilated discs at the front, solid discs at the rear and ABS. Again in 1993, changes were in store. The Tempra was extensively revised and a new grille was adopted as improvements were made to the safety of the vehicle, which included adding side-impact bars and a strengthened floor pan. Yet again, more changes came a year later when the model naming system was altered, and a multi-point fuel-injected 1.6 L SOHC engine was introduced. Interior trim and equipment was improved and a driver's side airbag and ABS appeared on some models. In 1995, the Tempra was discontinued in Europe and in 1998 it was discontinued in Brasil.

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