Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fiat Punto Evo Multiair GP 1.4

fiat punto evo

Fiat Punto Evo: redefining the limits of style… Really? Photograph: Simon Stuart-Miller

Fiat Punto Evo Multiair GP 1.4

Price £14,085

Top speed 115mph

Acceleration 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds

Average consumption 49.6mpg

CO2 emissions 134g/km

Eco rating 7/10

Bound for sixth gear

In a word Spirited

Have you ever asked yourself what "spirito di punto" actually means? Not its literal meaning, of course, which is obvious to even the most English of linguists, but its "brand" meaning, if you like. The Fiat Punto ads that first featured the phrase toyed with preconceptions about the different driving habits and interests of males and females, but surely no one outside a media studies course would argue that the marketing line was intended as a postmodern critique of consumer sexism.

It might be said that the words evoke a sense of liberation, but then it's hard to think of a more constricting idea than the "spirit of point". The point is it's pointless, although very effectively pointless. They sound good, the words, yet they are best left unexamined.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fiat Punto Evo bows, looks good

Fiat Punto

We never really considered ourselves the Fiat Punto kind, but the 2010 Evo variant strikes a chord, and for a little guy it comes with a lot of kit. The Blue&Me interface will be available on all trim levels, providing control of all the car's major functions, along with a mobile phone, MP3 player and touch-screen navigation. On top of that will be rain sensors, ESP with Hill Holder, engine start-stop and adaptive cornering fog lights.

There will be two chassis options: Grande Punto and Sporting, which both come with a "sport chassis" and "more assertive looks;" and Comfort. There are five engines to choose from: four of the firm's new MultiAir, and MultiJet II diesel models, from a 1.3-liter, 75-horsepower MultiJet to 1.4-liter, 135-hp MultiAir turbo, and a vanilla 1.4-liter, 77-hp gas variant. A sixth engine choice, the 1.6-liter MultiJet with 120 hp,

Chrysler builds cars the Fiat way

There's a new look, commitment and enthusiasm at a refurbished Jeep plant in Detroit and it is a model being replicated across Chrysler Group LLC's 28 North American plants.

Chrysler has spent $700 million on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jefferson North assembly plant where it is being built. But the investment represents more than the traditional tooling and promises that accompany the launch of a next-generation vehicle.

Cars are now being built the Fiat SpA way. After Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy June 10 and formed a partnership with Fiat, CEO Sergio Marchionne ordered all Chrysler plants to adopt Fiat's World Class Manufacturing system, designed to improve quality and productivity by eliminating waste and bottlenecks.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fiat will bring convertible, 4-door versions of 500 to U.S.

2010 FIAT 500C

Fiat plans to bring a four-door version of the small 500 car to the U.S. sometime after introducing it in Europe later next year.

Automotive New s reported Monday that the four-door version of the car is code-named LO. It will be classified as a small minivan in Europe because it has a hatchback and a high roof:

Fiat plans to bring the 500 to the U.S., but has not decided how many Chrysler dealerships will sell the car. A convertible version is expected to reach the U.S. in 2011.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fiat’s Compact architecture to underpin 700,000 Chrysler vehicles in the U.S.

Fiat SpA’s new Compact vehicle architecture, which will debut on the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback, is scheduled to underpin 700,000 Chrysler group vehicles a year in the United States and 300,000 in Europe by 2014. Fiat and Chrysler are currently working on a widened version of the architecture, known as Compact Wide, which will underpin at least seven new models for the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands.

According to Automotive News, the first Chrysler Group vehicles to get the Compact Wide architecture will replace the PT Cruiser and the Dodge Caliber in 2012.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fiat Linea Price

Fiat India Launched much awaited Fiat Linea for Indian Car Lovers. Fiat Linea will be available in both Multi Jet diesel and Fire petrol engine versions.

Fiat Linea

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fiat Qubo 1.3 16v Multijet Dynamic

Fiat Qubo 1.3 16v Fiat Qubo 1.3 16v Multijet Dynamic

DRIVING around in something that looks like Postman Pat's van might not be everyone's idea of fun.

When its colour is a luminescent metallic green rather than the anticipated Royal Mail red, then one might rightly imagine it would be even less appealing!

Despite my initial prejudices, I have to confess that I actually enjoyed my time at the wheel of the Fiat Qubo.

Yes, it might look rather odd, but it has just the right combination of practicality, and 'quirky' appeal to ensure it's a winner.

The first thing that impressed me was the magnificent visibility offered from the driver's seat, to the point where I felt a little like a coach driver with nothing but glass in front of, and around, me.

Vehicle cabins frequently get described as 'open and airy,' and the Qubo takes this to extremes with a feeling that is positively bus-like.

In essence it is one of the latest crop of budget MPVs that are more van-like than car-like - though it is based on the Fiat Grande Punto platform. Cheap and cheerful, they are designed to appeal to families who might love to have a big swanky SUV, but simply don't have the budget. Either that, or it serves as a second car that is functional first and foremost.