Fiat to Unveil 500 Wagon at Geneva Auto Show

In an interview with Bloomberg, Olivier François, the head of the Fiat brand, said that the Italian automaker would show a wagon variant of the 500 supermini at the Geneva auto show in March, which would go on sale in the United States next year.

Fiat has not released renderings or specifications for the stretched 500. The Italian automotive magazine Quattroruote published unofficial images of the vehicle this week, but when reached for comment, a Fiat spokesman who wished to remain unidentified citing company protocol, would not confirm their veracity, although he corroborated the information in the Bloomberg report.

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The Third Way Edition

In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web:

• BMW and Mercedes-Benz may have tussled throughout 2011 for the luxury sales crown in the United States — which BMW ultimately won, for the first time in the company’s history — but Rupert Stadler, chief executive of Audi, told Bloomberg that Audi intended to strengthen its American market share with two compact vehicles coming to its lineup. A conceptual version of the Q3 crossover will be displayed at the Detroit auto show next week, and a sedan based on the well-received A3 sedan concept displayed at the Geneva auto show last March would combat the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes’ coming A-Class hatchback. (Bloomberg)

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Toyota Introduces Compact Hybrid to Japanese Market

On Monday, the Toyota Motor Corporation introduced a compact gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle for its home market. The car, which will be sold as the Toyota Aqua in Japan, was introduced at a Tokyo news conference and will eventually be available in other markets, including the United States, as the Prius C.
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Toyota Launches Aqua – Smallest Fuel-Efficient Hybrid Car

Toyota launched its hybrid fuel-efficient small car model “Aqua” in Japan in the Tokyo Motor Show. The same model will be termed as “Prius C” in the United States where it will be launched in early 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show. This car has a higher fuel efficiency of 35.4 kilometer per liter as compared to Prius that has an average of 32 kilometer per liter, the highest offered efficiency by a car of this kind till now.
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