Upcoming Models from Fiat

Published: 02nd April 2009
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Fiat entered the car industry in 1900 and in the initial years produced 24 cars. The Fiat logo is striking with- oval on a blue background was designed by Biscaretti (a senator involved in the establishment of Fiat).

Fiat with the history of 100 years is a highly reputated car brands with the international fame. It is the only car manufacturer who was honoured with the title "European Car of the Year" number of times.

The entered the Indian car industry with Fiat Padmini. Earlier Fiat cars were regarded as a symbol of status. The car manufacturer did not experience a good growth and it's started fading away with the launch of new cars other car manufacturers entering the Indian car industry. The company also experienced problems in terms of dealership, customer care, and spare parts which prompted the car manufacturer to leave the Indian car industry.

The withdrawal was for a very short period and the brand re-entered India with a very strong base. They launched Uno which was a great performer but turned unsuccessful. The failure further boosted up the company's confidence to introduce more models to India. Afterwards the brand introduced another car from the small car segment improved with better performance and drivability called Fiat Palio and gained success in the Indian car market. The car was later replaced by Palio Adventure. But this did not gain any attention and finally turned out to be a disappointment too. Then the company introduced Palio Stile which received saw a good demand resulting in good sales.

All this while the car manufacturer was centring on cars which carried the price tag lower than the Rs 10 Lakh. Fiat then decided to turn away a little towards the premium segment and launched one of the most outstanding hatchback on the Indian roads called Fiat 500. It is a two-door life style coupe which carries an expensive price tag of Rs 15 Lakh. The car which is powered by a 1.3L turbo-charged engine delivering 75bhp, offers a great sporty styling and classic interiors loaded with rich features. This launch was then followed by another premium model called Linea which truly impressed the Indians.

Realising its success in the premium segment, the company decided to lay it focus on this segment. Fiat carries more upcoming models to be launched in India.

Fiat Grande Punto

Grande Punto a great achievement on the European roads is expected to carry the same fame in Indian car market too. Hailing from the small car segment, Grande Punto is said be made in India and sold through Fiat-Tata dealer network. The small car is enhanced with spacious interior, trendy exterior, affordability and unmatched performance. It is expected to come with a1.2 and 1.4 petrol and the 1.3 Multijet diesel with the price range of 5 to 6 lakh.

Fiat Bravo

This hot looking hatchback is said to venture the small car segment in India. In India it is said to be powered by a 1.9-litre Multi-jet turbo diesel and 1.4-litre petrol engine. Bravo would be brought to India as completely built unit and will challenge Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz and Volkswagen Polo (to be launched), Fiat Bravo is powered by a 150 bhp 1.9 Multijet diesel unit. Sadly just like the Fiat 500, Bravo too will be heavy on pockets with the price tag of around 20 lakh).

Fiat Alfa Romeo

The Fiat Alfa Romeo will be also brought to India as a completely built unit. The car which was displayed at the 9th Auto Expo in Delhi in Jan 2008 is said to be the one of the fastest car from Fiat product line. The Alfa Romeo comes with a 2.5-litre V6 diesel engine with an output of 188 bhp. It will be also seen in 150 bhp 1.9-litre multi-jet petrol engine. The imported model is expected to have an estimated starting price of Rs 25 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

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