Fiat Marengo

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Fiat Marengo
Fiat Marengo (Regata) in Padova.jpg
Second generation (Regata)
Overview
Production 1979–2001
Body and chassis
Class Van
Chronology
Successor Fiat Stilo Multiwagon (as a passenger vehicle)
Fiat Doblo (as a commercial vehicle)

Marengo is a model name that Italian car maker Fiat has given to the van derivatives of its mid size cars, beginning with the "Fiat 131 Marengo" in 1979 and continuing with the Regata, Tempra, and Marea. The Marengo light commercial vehicle derivatives only have two seats, and have only been equipped with diesel engines.

The nameplate was retired in 2001, and succeeded by the van version of the Fiat Stilo Multiwagon. Fiat has a tradition of naming their commercial vehicle derivatives differently from the cars upon which they are based, compare with the Fiorino and the Penny.

First generation

First generation 131 Marengo

The first version was introduced in 1979, and was a three door panel van version of the Fiat 131. Unlike the succeeding models it had unique bodywork, as no other three door estate version of the 131 was marketed. It was actually sold as the "131 Marengo".

Second generation

The second generation was presented alongside the new Fiat Regata Weekend upon which it was based. As with its successors, the side windows in the rear were blacked out. Unlike the Regata, with its four engine options, the Marengo was only available with a 65 PS (48 kW), 1,929 cc diesel engine. A strict two seater it has a cargo capacity of 430 kg (948 lb).[1]

Third generation

Third generation (Tempra)

When the Regata Weekend was replaced by the Tempra SW in 1990, the Marengo followed suit for 1991. The engine remained the same, although a turbodiesel was also added to the lineup. The Marengo received a number of safety upgrades in April 1993, including an energy absorbing steering wheel, adjustable seat belts, and an optional driver's side airbag.[2]

Fourth generation

The Tempra based Marengo was replaced by a version built on the new Marea in 1997. The nameplate was then retired, but the van version of the Fiat Stilo Multiwagon (2003) occupies the same slot in the marketplace and is the closest thing to a successor. As with its predecessors, the fourth Marengo has a more robust interior, and the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside.

References

  1. ^ "Visitez le stand Transporama dans le Patio" [Visit the Transporama booth at the Patio]. Transporama (in French). Edegem, Belgium. 4 (31): 20. December–January 1984/1985. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "novita' Fiat fra i veicoli commerciali" [News in Fiat's commercial vehicles]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Milan: 11. 1993-04-24. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
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