Autocar India reports that Fiat India is mulling a replacement for slow selling Linea sedan in 2016. The potential candidates include the new Aegea concept which was unveiled at Instanbul Auto Show earlier this year or the Grand Sienna which is currently on sale in Brazil.
Aegea will replace Fiat Linea in the European markets and will have Turkey as its manufacturing base. The sedan is larger than Linea is clearly more upmarket with fresh styling, better interior and higher equipment level.
However, the car was developed only in LHD configuration and Fiat will have to incur significant costs for engineering a RHD version and designing required tools and dies for its production. Such a huge undertaking would make no economic sense if India is the only RHD market for the car. Linea currently sells less then 200 units a month here and the volumes don’t justify re-engineering Aegea for India.
Grand Sienna too is developed only for LHD markets but since it is essentially a heavily refurbished Linea, investment in creating a RHD version would be less than in the case of Aegea.
Fiat is working on revamping its product portfolio with new products based on all-new platforms by 2018. So, the Linea replacement may be an ad hoc arrangement.
Via – AutocarIndia.com