TURIN — The Freelander, easily Land Rover's best-selling model and Europe's most-popular sport/utility vehicle (SUV), could face its toughest challenge from a two-pronged Fiat SpA-Mitsubishi Motors Corp. attack. Sales of the Italian-produced Mitsubishi Pinin compact SUV began this month, while the U.K. plans a Jan. 1 launch. Fiat's version is expected to hit pan-European showrooms in June 2001. The Pinin is named in honor of Pinin Farina, Pinin being the nickname of Battista, the founder ...

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