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Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne hinted during a recent Fiat shareholders meeting that the automaker is considering selling hybrid vehicles in Europe.
Marchionne refused to comment further on the products during the meeting on March 29, noting the company will announce its future product plans on April 21.

Piedmont region governor Mercedes Bresso said Marchionne told her that Fiat will build hybrid variants of the five- and seven-seat minivans that will replace the Idea and Multipla models.

Bresso said the hybrid minivans would be built at the Mirafiori plant in Turin where Fiat has already said it will produce the new minivans with conventional engines starting in late 2011.

At this stage, it’s unclear if Fiat’s aiming to combine the hybrid driveline with a gasoline or a diesel engine, but it’s clear that the company’s interest in a hybrid vehicle is spurred by both EU emission standards and new competition.

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