In 1987 Fiat has offered its fans a new car named the Fiat Duna. Taking as the basis for the Duna's design the technical concept of Fiat Uno and using its extension platform, chrome exterior decoration the creators gave their creation a new, not large-sized sedan type. Size of the vehicle (length 4040 mm, width 1550 mm, height 1460 mm) gives possibility of comfortable driving in an urban environment. The car was available in a wagon version as well, but it was known as Fiat Duna Weekend. That was body design, involving larger luggage compartment (505 liters) that has allocated Duna among cars of this class and was responsible for the successful sales of Fiat cars. The car was available with one of two types of engine: gasoline (1116 cm3 (58 hp.) and 1300 cm3 (67 hp.)) or diesel (1698 cm3 (60 hp.)). All versions were quite economical and they had excellent figures of torque. They were equipped with 5-speed manual (and later automatic) transmission; front disc and rear drum brakes.
The afollowing characteristics of cars were the most popular among car owners of South America. In order to reduce the cost of delivery to final consumer the company Fiat decided to set up a production in Argentina and Brazil. In late 1987, the first car rolled off the the factory conveyor, of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Betim (Brazil). But winning hearts of South Americas began with the renaming to Fiat Premio.
But in order to get to become the leader in sales of cars Fiat was forced to take a number of measures. Presented rounders with three doors and a 1.5 liter engine did not meet all the wishes of the customers. So in 1988, the engineers of Fiat in Brazil have developed a new version of the car, which was a sedan with four doors.
Argentines have tested Fiat Premio in 1987, but the peak of popularity with best sales the car has reached in 1990, During 6 years it continued to have a high demand.
Production of Fiat Premio (Duna) in Brazil continued until 1995, in Argentina - until 2002