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New Neon to get hatchback and wagon?

by Bill Cawthon on

Fiat Chrysler showed off the new Fiat Tipo / Aegea hatchback and station wagon at the Geneva Auto Show last week; they joined the original four-door sedan.


The hatchback is about six inches shorter than the sedan, while the wagon is 1.5 inches longer and about a half-inch taller, thanks to the standard roof rails. Width remains the some on all three versions.

The Tipo earned European journalists group Autobest’s “Best Buy Car of 2016” award, and dealers have already ordered around 20,000 of the new cars.


Fiat Chrysler recently announced that the Tipo would be crossing the Atlantic as the new Dodge Neon for Mexico. They will be built in the Tofas joint venture plant in Turkey which also builds Tipos and Aegeas for Europe, so a successful Mexican launch of the Dodge Neon sedan could be followed up by the wagon and hatch.

The car is thought to be the basis of the Chrysler 100, expected roughly one year from now.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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