Monday, April 30, 2012
By CarKhabri Team
Fiat Punto van India bound?
Fiat’s sales in India have been fading continuously and the company is trying hard to come out of this unpleasant situation. Of late Fiat launched Fiat Punto van in the European market. The company is also evaluating options to bring the Punto Van in India in the coming years. The vehicle is a modified version of Fiat Punto, it has received a major cosmetic change. The Punto van is proficient enough to carry 350 liters and 533 kgs of cargo. Under the hood the van will come equipped with 1.3 liter Multijet II handy in various power trains (75,85 and95 BHP). The van will be rolled out in two variants with three colour options.
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The Italian auto cos has been garnering good sales in Europe though in India it is a dud seller. Fiat’s Panda and Punto are one of the popular models of Fiat in Europe. India’s premium segment is ruled by Maruti Swift and Hyundai’s i20 hatchbacks. Fiat somehow failed to attenuate sales of these two best selling premium hatchbacks.
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Fiat as of now offers Fiat Linea and Fiat Punto in India, the auto honcho launched the upgraded versions of both the cars earlier in January this year. Despite giving a mid life facelift to the Linea sedan and Punto hatchback, Fiat could not see any surge in the demand for both the cars. Speculations were also rife of late that Fiat was contemplating to pluck a few models from its global bouquet and bring few Chrysler cars to India. Fiat cars surprisingly failed to woo the Indian customers, however, the company has recently signed a pact with Maruti Suzuki India to source diesel engines to them. Fiat is also looking to tie-up with other auto cos just like it did with Maruti Suzuki India to gain success in India.