Launched in Europe as the Tipo (Egea in Turkey) last year, the new Fiat compact vehicle will cross the Atlantic to reach Mexico, where it will receive a new set of badges.
According to WardsAuto, the car will be sold as the Dodge Neon just south of the U.S. border, as Cengiz Eroldu, CEO of Turkish vehicle manufacturer Tofas, confirmed during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show: “We will start exporting the Egea sedan to Mexico this year.”
The new Dodge Neon will be imported from Turkey, where it is assembled by Tofas, a joint venture between Fiat and Turkish conglomerate, Koc Holding. Out of the 580,000 sedans that will be produced between 2015 and 2013, one-third will be exported.
Details on its powertrain lineup have not been released yet, but in the Old Continent, the Tipo can be ordered with two naturally aspirated gasoline units, and two MultiJet II turbodiesels, with outputs ranging between 95 PS (95 HP) and 120 PS (118 HP), mated to five- and six-speed manual gearboxes or a six-speed automatic.
The Fiat Tipo / Egea / Dodge Neon won’t be the only Tofas-made vehicle to be exported to North America, as the joint venture is already in charge of manufacturing the Ram ProMaster City, which is basically a rebadged Fiat Doblo.