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Why does Fiat stop producing the Fire engine?


The Fire engine is the oldest Otto cycle engine in operation in Brazil, but will soon no longer be produced. The reason? Come and Canaltech explains everything to you

A Fiat recently announced that it will end production of the Firean engine introduced in the brand’s cars in 1985, but only arrived in Brazil at the beginning of the 2000s, with the family consisting of the Palio sedan, the Siena sedan and the Weekend station wagon.



Successor of the Fiasa, which equipped the Fiat 147 and, after undergoing some modifications, the One thousand, the Fire engine is the oldest in-line Otto cycle engine in Brazil. Why then does the Italian car manufacturer belonging to the Stellantis group cease production? This is what Canaltech I will explain.

But first let’s tell a little about the story of this “war veteran” who will soon retire. The acronym Fuoco, contrary to what some might think, does not refer to “Fire” (which is Fire in English), and yes, the Fully integrated robotic motorwhich stands for Engine completely made by robot.

The arrival of the Fire engine, therefore, marked a fundamental turning point for the automaker, which began using a robotic assembly line and, as a result, managed to increase the scale of production while simultaneously reducing costs.




The Fiat Uno Mille used the Fire engine and was successful in Brazil (Image: Disclosure/Fiat)

The Fiat Mobi is the last to use a Fire engine

Although it does not definitively leave the Fiat production line, the Fire continues to “give an air of grace” as one of the cheapest and best-selling models in Brazil in the sedan segment.

Under the hood of the Fiat Mobi Like is the engine, which offers the driver a power of between 71 and 74 HP (petrol and ethanol), as well as a torque that varies between 9.3 and 9.7 kgf/m, depending of the fuel used in the tank. With the end of the Fire, Mobi will adopt the 1.0 Firefly 3-cylinder.



Mobi will swap the Fire for the 3-cylinder Firefly (Image: Disclosure/Stellantis)

Fire’s executioner has a name

The main person responsible for the end of production of Fiat’s Fire engine is called Proconve L8 (Air Pollution Control Program by Motor Vehicles). For those who don’t know, this is the program to regulate polluting emissions which should come into force from 2025.

Just like it happened in the days of arrival of the Proconve L7in 2022, many automakers have had to adapt their lines and declare the end of some cars this would not fit the new requirements unless a very large investment is made.



New polluting regulations for the Proconve L8 put an end to the legendary Fire engine (Image: Donut3771/Envato)

In the case of the Fire engine, Fiat would have to make a series of adjustments to adapt to the new rules and, in the end, the account would not be closed. In this way, Brazil’s oldest engine is ever closer to saying goodbye.

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