TURIN, Italy — Fiat SpA is investigating the application of a construction technique from the early era of automotive production to facilitate the manufacture of small-volume, niche-type vehicles. Acknowledging that load-bearing body-work, first designed and built in 1922 by Lancia for its Lambda introduction, became essential after World War II for high volume production, Fiat now examines its own history to find evidence that unibody construction is considerably less efficient for ...

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