Ford, Fiat Pair Up On Small Cars

Ford Motor Co. and Fiat SpA will collaborate on two new small cars, in an effort to reduce development and material costs. Fiat's model will replace its Seicento minicar when it debuts in late 2007, while Ford says its version will bow in 2008 and replace the aging Ka entry-level car. The new Fiat-Ford vehicles will be differentiated in terms of styling, yet will share major components, including

Ford Motor Co. and Fiat SpA will collaborate on two new small cars, in an effort to reduce development and material costs.

Fiat's model will replace its Seicento minicar when it debuts in late 2007, while Ford says its version will bow in 2008 and replace the aging Ka entry-level car.

The new Fiat-Ford vehicles will be differentiated in terms of styling, yet will share major components, including Fiat gasoline and diesel engines.

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