Launched in 1996 Brazil as the 4-door sedan of the '178 Project' Fiat Palio, the Siena was made due to the important sales benchmark of notchback models in developing countries. The range was made from Fiasa and Fire petrol engines between 1.0 L and 1.6 L.
The 2001 Mk. II Series
In 2001 the model has the first facelift. The new design was made by the Italian design-guru Giorgetto Giugiaro. The facelift includes a new front and rear design, and a brand new interior. Also, new engines came as the 16 valve FIRE engines 1.0 L 70cv and the 1.2 L 82cv. In Turkey and China, the Mk. II series gain a 'SpeedGear' Gearbox. With this new design, the small car was finally able to fight for its place in the market, becoming a success in sales. FIAT had considered changing the name to Palio Sedan, due to the lack of interest on the previous Siena, and the solid sales of its biggest competitor, the Chevrolet Corsa Sedan. This idea was later discarded. Up to this point, the FIAT Siena was the only model belonging to the Palio... Read More