The Fiat Duna, also known as the Fiat Penny in some markets, is a small car produced by the Italian automaker Fiat between 1987 and 2000. Primarily designed and manufactured for the South American markets, the Duna was an integral part of Fiat's range during the late 80s and throughout the 90s.
The Fiat Duna was offered with a range of petrol engines over its production years. A 1.1L Inline-4 with 56 horsepower and a 1.3L Inline-4 with 65 horsepower were among the entry-level options. A more powerful 1.5L Inline-4 with 75 horsepower was also available. In the diesel lineup, Fiat provided a 1.7L Inline-4 with 57 horsepower.
Depending on the version and market, these engines were paired with either a 4 or 5-speed manual transmission.
With a boxy design and compact dimensions, the Fiat Duna was a typical 80s and 90s economy car, focusing on practicality and affordability. Despite being relatively basic, the Duna was known for its reliability and durability, attributes that made it popular in South America.
Performance-wise, the Duna wasn't a top performer but provided adequate power for city driving and light highway use. Read more
The Duna's feature set was relatively minimal, reflecting its budget-friendly nature. Standard features typically included a heater, manually adjustable exterior mirrors, and front disc brakes. On higher-end models, options like power steering, air conditioning, and an AM/FM radio were available.
The Duna saw strong sales figures in South America, particularly in Argentina and Brazil, where its reliability, affordability, and simple maintenance made it a preferred choice among small sedans. The Duna was eventually replaced by the Fiat Siena in the late 90s.