If Fiat Auto SpA and Ford Motor Co. finalize their agreement to co-develop a pair of sub-B segment cars for the European market, Fiat will take the engineering lead. “If the project goes ahead, it's on our platform,” Sergio Marchionne, Fiat CEO, tells Ward's. The auto makers last month signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a joint venture that would see the return of the Fiat Seicento minicar in late 2007. For Ford, the project would yield the replacement for the Ka in 2008. ...

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