Advanced vehicle planners worldwide are certain to look closely at Fiat SpA's “Ecobasic” concept car — shown at last week's Geneva motor show — for clues to future design of low-cost vehicles. The Ecobasic combines steel space frame construction with attached plastic panels that do not require painting. Ecobasic's overall length is 137 ins. (348 cm) and weighs just 1,650 lbs. (748 kg). It is propelled by a 1.2L turbocharged common-rail direct-injection (DI) diesel, combined with an ...

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