Fiat Uno First Generation
|1983 to 1989|
|Also called||Fiat Mille Fiat Mille Way Innocenti Mille Innocenti Mille Clip|
|Production||1983–1995 (Italy) 1995–2002 (Poland) 1995–2003 (Morocco) 1983–present (South America)|
|Assembly||Turin, Italy Cape Town, South Africa Betim, Brazil Bursa, Turkey Manta, EcuadorCasablanca, Morocco (SOMACA)Kragujevac, Serbia|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback 3-door panel van|
|Platform||Type One platform (Tipo Uno)|
|Related||Fiat Duna Fiat Elba Fiat Fiorino 2nd series|
|Transmission||4 and 5-speed manual Selecta CVT|
|Wheelbase||2,362 mm (93.0 in)|
|Length||3,645–3,689 mm (143.5–145.2 in)|
|Width||1,549–1,562 mm (61.0–61.5 in)|
|Height||1,405–1,422 mm (55.3–56.0 in)|
|Curb weight||711–910 kg (1,567–2,006 lb)|
Initially, the Uno was offered with the 0.9 litre (903 cc) OHV, 1.1 litre (1116 cc), and 1.3 litre (1301 cc) 138-series SOHC petrol engines and transmissions carried over from the 127. The 1.3 (1300 cc) diesel (not for the UK market) engine was launched a couple of months later. The Uno's badging was not by the commonly used measurement of engine size but by metric horsepower: 45, 55, 60, 70, 75 or 90. The Uno was available as either a 3 or 5-door hatchback. It also featured ergonomic "pod" switchgear clusters each side of the main instrument binnacle, (that could be operated without removing the driver's hands from the steering wheel), although indicators remained on a stalk; an unusual arrangement similar to that used by Citroën.
The Uno had MacPherson strut independent front suspension and twist-beam rear suspension with telescopic dampers and coil springs.
From 1985, the 1.0 litre (999 cc) SOHC Fully Integrated Robotised Engine (FIRE) powerplant was offered. This was a lighter engine, built with fewer parts, and gave improved performance and economy. Also in 1985, the hot hatch version - Uno Turbo - was launched, with an IHI turbocharged Ritmo/Strada-derived 1.3 146-series engine, initially offering 105 PS (77 kW). It was priced to compete with the Peugeot 205 GTI. The Turbo variant offered phenomenal performance for a supermini-sized car and was capable of reaching 210 km/h (130 mph).
In 1987, a 1.7 litre diesel engined version - the 60DS -was launched.
Also in 1987, the Uno Selecta continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic was launched. The CVT transmission was a co-development with Dutch Van Doorne and Ford, (Fiat owned 24% stake of Van Doorne at that time). The Selecta transmission should be avoided according to honestjohn.co.uk, which claims it can cause expensive repairs.