Super-economy diesel injection in a small city car with a spaceframe chassis are features of the Fiat Ecobasic, slated for 2004 volume production. The Ecobasic replaces the Italian company's best-selling Panda and Ceicento, with a fuel-sipping thirst that matches the “3-liter” version of the Volkswagen Lupo (see WEVTU — Oct. 15, '98, p.7), referring to the metric consumption figure of 78 mpg (3L/100 km). Ecobasic's low curb weight of 1,650 lbs. (750 kg) and a class-leading drag ...

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