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Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

Published on July 27, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

A surprising find in a residential area in east Beijing. This is the Fiat Uno, a small hatchback made from 1983 until 1995. The fine red Uno on pics is a second-series example, made from 1989 until 1995, it was available in three-door or five-door. I remember the Uno (meaning ‘one’) very well, it was quite popular in Holland back in its days but in China the Uno is a rare thing. A few thousand were exported to China in the late 1990’s but today 99% has been scrapped or died somewhere on the roadside.

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

This Uno was in a rather sad state as well. Plastic parts of the body were rotting away, tires deflated, covered with mud and dust. Clearly not in use anymore, insurance sticker from 2010, but it still got its license plates, which are likely more valuable than the whole car.

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

The Fiat Uno was powered by a long range of small 4-cylinder engines, ranging from 1.0 to 1.4 liter. The hottest power plant was the 1.4 Turbo i.e., with an output of 120hp and 161nm, good for a simply crazy 210km/h top speed. What powers, or powered, this red Uno in Beijing I sadly couldn’t find out.

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

Interior not too bad for such an old and cheap car! Seats seem ok and nothing loox broken.

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

Rear bumper in bad shape. Will be hard to replace in China. Too bad, poor Uno…

Spotted in China: Fiat Uno

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  1. RR- July 27, 2012 Reply

    Dear Tycho, facelifted Uno was produced by Fiat until 2002, at the end in factories in Poland and Brasil.
    regards
    RR

  2. Marco- April 12, 2013 Reply

    i saw another one in shanghai, parked in people square, full of stickers, same color as this one. i might have the pic somewhere if u’d like it.

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