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The 2017 Uno hits the streets among Niemeyer’s architectural works

The 2017 Uno hits the streets among Niemeyer’s architectural works

Monday, 21 de November de 2016

The 2017 Uno first appeared on the streets, to be tested by journalists, starting at the Mineirao stadium. The trajectory included the architectural complex of Pampulha, a cultural heritage of humanity

Taciana Gois, a Pernambuco journalist, pregnant with her third son, divides her routine in two offices, the Diário de Pernambuco and the CBN radiostation. On the morning of September 16 she started the 2017Uno and traveled 18 kilometers skirting around the Pampulha Lake, just like several other journalists in the automotive market. Between one speed bump and another, past the little church of Pampulha, The casa do Baile or Ball House, the Art Museum, among other architectural landmarks of Belo Horizonte, she was able to confer, in practice, the honing done on 2017 version of the vehicle.

The architectural complex of Pampulha, created in the 1940s by Oscar Niemeyer at the request of the then Mayor JuscelinoKubitschek, was recently recognized as a world heritage by Unesco. It was the perfect setting for the circuit for the 1.0 liter 3-cylinder vehicle.

Relaxed, Taciana pointed out the improved drivability of the car while going around the most famous lake of Minas Gerais. “The steering wheel has become much lighter, as well as the pedals,” she said. In addition, the reporter praised the vehicle’s performance. “Even with a quieter engine and lighter steering, the car in much stronger.”

The circuit had the Mineirao stadium as a starting point. The test drive was scheduled for the morning of Friday, September 16, after a heavy rain earlier in the morning – which helped make the day cooler after a strong unseasonable heat,creating  a great atmosphere to test the FCA’s innovations – The Uno 2017 and its new family of global engines, the Firefly.

On another circuit, Caio Bednarski from Carro Magazine chose the 2017 Uno 1.3 liter to go to the Administrative City of Minas Gerais, another masterpiece of Oscar Niemeyer, home to the Government of Minas Gerais. Caio’s round trip was a total of 26 kilometers. “I felt like driving more.”

The journalist also pointed out the car’s calibration. “The 1.3 engine, for example, is better calibrated, responding very well uphill.” However, what most caught the attention of the journalist was another point: “The electric steering was very great indeed, something to talk about,” he said.

The Uno reaches the line in 2017 with a profound technological renovation. The car was chosen by FCA to debut the new global family of Firefly engines, with the versions 1.0 three-cylinder and 1.3 four-cylinder. In addition to low fuel consumption, both engines offer greater torque in their respective segments. The 1.0 liter engine has 10.9 mkgf at 3,250 rpm and the 1.3 liter, 14.2 mkgf at 3,500 rpm.

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Another highlight is that the new engines come equipped with HCSS system (Heated Cold Start System), which eliminates the need for an auxiliary tank of gasoline for cold start. In addition to being more convenient, the HCSS ensures a start with pure ethanol, even at temperatures below zero degrees Celsius. Other technological additions tothe 2017 Uno are:

ESC (Electronic Stability Control): It controls the stability of the vehicle by applying an individual brake in each wheel, and a controlled dosage of engine torque to limit the loss of control when skidding in an emergency situation, as in a sharp deviation. In other words, it identifies a risk beforehand and stabilizes the car by brakingthe wheels individually.

TC (Traction Control): Limits the slipping of a single tensioned wheel by transferring the equivalent torque, through the differential, to the other wheel, allowing the vehicle to accelerate adequately.

Hill Holder: Helps the driver start uphill with the implementation, maintenance and release of the brake during the maneuver, preventing the car from rolling backwards accidentally. This device had only been fitted in the past onto the Fiat Toro, 500 and Bravo T-Jet.

ASR (Anti-Spin Regulation): Allows the vehicle to start or accelerate on slippery or wet surfaces, preventing wheelspin, thus reducing the loss of grip and preventing premature or irregular tire wear.

HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist): Helps the driver achieve and maintain intervention of the ABS during an emergency braking maneuver, reducing braking distance.

ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation): Prevents or reduces the loss of contact of one of the wheels with the ground in quick maneuvers such as changing lanes or bypassing obstacles.

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