International Wrap - Fiat's Cruze challenger tests, Volvo's S-Class rival, Fiat 500 facelift

08/02/2012 - 13:16 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

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Fiat Dodge Dart C-MediumFiat has started testing the rebadged Dodge Dart in China. Many in India falsely believe the rebadged Dart is the new or successor to the Linea. This is incorrect as with a facelift in the pipeline, the current Linea has some more time before hanging up its boots. Fiat's version of the Dart may use the Linea badge. It's bigger than the Linea, uses a 1.4-liter turbo petrol engine (like the Linea's 1.4 T-Jet) and is a C-Segment car.

Fiat 500 facelift thumbnailFiat's 500 may be the most stylish small car ever made in Italy, but the wave of new competition could sideline the little champion. Introduced back in 2007, Fiat should be mulling a facelift operation, and the launch the 500L gave plenty of clues on the makeover, if one is to happen soon.

The headlights may be pulled back into the bonnet and the the bumpers could be heavily designed.

volvo concept universe thumbnailVolvo is said to have to change its mind on developing a competitor for the S-Class and 7 Series. Its new owner Geely could have influenced the decision to build a range-topping S100, based around the Concept Universe shown at last year's Beijing Auto Show. A revised concept car moving closer towards production is expected to be on view at this year Beijing Show that's opens its doors in April.

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