Fiat do Brasils new 2015MY Bravo

Fiat do Brasil's new 2015MY Bravo

A spokesman for FCA has confirmed to just-auto that the Bravo is no longer being manufactured in Europe. The car died a quiet death in July and will not be replaced until 2016, at which time a new three-model series will enter production in Turkey.

This model, engineered by Magna International, replaced the Stilo at Fiat's Cassino plant in Italy. Production started in November 2006 and since late 2012, build has also been at Betim. In fact, the Brazilian-made Bravo has just been given a facelift and should remain in production there until 2017 or longer.

The end of Bravo (or Ritmo in some markets) build at Cassino means this plant is now making only the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Lancia Delta, production of the RHD Chrysler Delta having now ceased.

While FCA will not say where Progetto 152 will be manufactured, Cassino seems the most likely location. A prototype of this long-waited successor to the 159, which might be called Giulia, is due to be revealed at a media event on 24 June 2015. That date is the 105th anniversary of the founding of Alfa Romeo. Project 152 should introduce Giorgio, a new rear- and all-wheel drive FCA architecture.

Returning to the Bravo successor, this will be built by TOFAS in the Turkish city of Bursa. A five-door hatchback and SW estate are expected (Progetto 317), as well as a sedan to replace the Linea (342). All these cars are due to enter production from 2016. The Linea replacement is expected to be built in China and Brazil as well as in Turkey. In April 2014, reported that the next model would be made at FCA's Goiana plant from the third quarter of 2016. This would likely mean that the current Linea would remain in production there, and possibly elsewhere, until then.

Fiat's Turkish JV partner is said to be planning to manufacture 580,000 units of the sedan and a combined 700,000 of the hatchback and SW. Production will run from 2016 to 2023, a statement by TOFAS to the Istanbul stock exchange noted earlier this month.