Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recently announced the resurrection of the Dodge Neon nameplate in Mexico, where the model will be based off the Fiat Tipo Sedan.
The Italian automaker has released the Tipo (Egea in other markets) since the second part of last year across Europe and is now ready to use its underpinnings across the ocean in Mexico. There the model will be imported from Turkey and the marketing has renamed it as the Dodge Neon. In Turkey the model is being produced by Tofas, a joint venture between Fiat and Turkish conglomerate Koc Holding. The Tipo has been recently declined as an entire lineup, with the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show showcasing the hatchback and wagon versions. There’s still no word if these particular body styles would also be offered in Mexico.
According to Tofas chief executive officer Cengiz Eroldu, the Tipo Sedan will reach Mexico later this year – this is not the first Tofas-built model to reach North America. That’s because the RAM ProMaster City, a renamed version of the Fiat Doblo, has also been introduced since the 2015 model year in the United States. There are no specification details for the Tipo going to Mexico as the Dodge Neon but the European powertrain lineup includes naturally-aspirated 1.4- and 1.6-liter gasoline engines and 1.3- and 1.6-liter MultiJet II turbodiesels. The engines can be mated to five- and six-speed manual transmissions or to a six-speed automatic gearbox.