Fiat Punto will be replaced by a five-door version of the 500

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 10, 2013

Earlier today, we revealed you the fact that Fiat will invest 9 billion euros in order to end Europe dip and revive Italy plants but it appears that the Italian manufacturer has some more to announce. Fiat will build the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan in Italy by 2016. Still, this vehicle will be designed mainly for export outside Europe.

What is more interesting is that the Fiat Punto will actually be replaced by a five-door version of the 500. The new vehicle will take on vehicles such as the Volkswagen Polo and will be built in Poland in order to save costs and boost profit margins. Moreover, Fiat will unveil the convertible version of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car next year as well as new Jeep SUVs.

"We will utilize what we have in defense of what we have," Marchionne said on an Oct. 30 conference call with analysts when asked about cutting capacity. "We will not be shutting down plants. We will shift our production capacity in accordance with our premium brand strategy. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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