Fiat’s re-entry in the Indian market was at a crucial point, people only knew the brand for their Padmini, Palio’s and terrible after sales but this time over Fiat shook hands with a very established name in the Indian Auto Industry, Tata Motors. With their JV, Tata Motors offered to sell Fiat cars under the same shelter where Tata cars are sold. Fiat still has only two offerings which were doing fairly well when they were introduced but the sales are slacking mainly due to Tata salesmen misguiding the buyer and suggesting them to settle for Tata cars and secondly the competition has risen. Finally Fiat has decided to sell their cars in a separate dealership with Tata’s support.
Fiat’s Punto Evo which has been in the market for a while now was expected to undergo the makeover phase and here it is. At Frankfurt Fiat showcased the new 2012 avatar of the hatchback. With a new reworked face and rear the car look ready to take on the competition with its up to date looks. There are new 15″ alloys and three new metallic colours Turquoise, Ruby Red and Graphite Grey.
The 2012 Punto now comes with a 900cc gasoline engine producing 85 HP of power, the whole concept is designed by Fiat Powertrain (MultiAir) with the “downsizing” concept and manifests in a small, low-weight engine that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption. The special engine tuning and its combination with a 6-speed gearbox confers to the car a perfect balance between eco-friendliness and driving pleasure. The other engine option is the world famous 1.3-liter diesel engine which also churns out 85 Hp of power and 200 Nm of torque. The diesel is more refined and does better justice to fuel consumption. Fiat is contemplating to get the Punto Evo to India which is a generation earlier to the 2012 Punto. What do you think should Fiat get the EVO or the 2012 version of the Punto?
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