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Fiat has spent the last few years developing a hybrid powertrain for use in some of its smaller vehicles, such as the 500, Panda and Punto. The hybrid setup is designed to work in concert with the company's dual-clutch transmission and its all-new 900cc TwinAir two-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. By incorporating a small electric motor into the gearbox, Fiat believes that the combined setup can reduce CO2 emissions of its smaller cars to just 80 grams per kilometer.

The complex setup is a rarity in an entry-level vehicle, but leave it to Fiat to prove that cheap cars can be every bit as technologically amazing as more expensive ones. The electric motor can turn the internal gears of the transmission which allows it to power the vehicle from rest and add additional low-end grunt before the turbo reaches full boil. Fiat has not announced an official release date for this hybrid wonder, nor has it discussed the possibility of export, but we certainly hope that it makes its U.S. appearance sooner rather than later.



[Source: Autocar]