Fiat may revive the historical name Topolino. From 1936 to 1955, this was the name of sedans, roadsters, vans, and station wagons. But now the name can be given to an electric car, more precisely, to a repositioned quadricycle Citroen Ami/Opel Rocks-e. The Italian will differ in trim, as well as a fabric roof, but the technical filling is likely to remain unchanged.
Rumors about the resurrection of “little mouse” (in translation from Italian Topolino means little mouse) were already in 2008. Tiny cars were going to be built on the platform of the classic layout and even thought of launching a separate brand. At that time, the desire alone was not enough, so the Topolino was mentioned only briefly, if at all, in recent years. After the transition under the wing of Stellantis (FCA and PSA) things at Fiat got better, and again there was talk about reviving the historic name.
According to Automotive News Europe, the new Fiat Topolino will be nothing more than another version of the Citroen Ami quad. The French electric car already has a twin brother – Opel Rocks-e, as well as a cargo version.
The Italian will differ more premium interior trimming and, probably, a fabric roof. But the technical filling will remain unchanged. It means that the “little mouse” will receive an 8-horsepower electric motor and a battery capacity of 5.5 kilowatt-hours. It will be able to drive up to 75 kilometers (WLPT) without recharging.
Since both Ami and Rocks-e are classified as light passenger ATVs (L6e-BP), they do not require a driver’s license. The French can drive from the age of 14, and residents of other European countries from 16.
In the fall of 2021, Citroen reported on the success of the model and said it had received about nine thousand orders since the launch. Six and a half thousand from France and another 2,500 from Italy.