fiat open source carAnyone who has spent much time in Brazil will tell you that Fiat is the car of choice for many people. In fact, Brazil is Fiat’s largest market.

Now, Fiat is taking a cue from the trend in Brazilian society towards open knowledge and free software by announcing the debut of an open source vehicle, released with a Creative Commons license.

The Fiat FC III Mio is being designed with input from anyone and everyone, coordinated at the Fiat Mio website. The car will debut soon at the 2010 São Paulo International Auto Show.

Time is running out if you want to help design the car! We take this as further evidence of the far-reaching influence of free software ideas on Brazilian culture. For more information, see this article in Wired.