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Fiat spending $784 million for Poland site to prepare for 500 Plus/Punto successor

Fiat is spending PLN2.36 billion ($784 million) to upgrade its Tychy site in Poland to build the for its Punto replacement that will arrive in 2016, according to a report by Puls Biznesu. The new car – which could be named as 500 Plus -- will be a longer and wider version of the Fiat 500 three-door minicar that is also built in Tychy, sources told Automotive News Europe.

The Punto replacement will slot between the 3545mm three-door 500 hatchback and the 4150mm 500L small minivan. Fiat is planning to produce 180,000 units annually of the new car, which should be the answer to Fiat’s quest for a successor to its aging Punto.

Fiat posted a 22-percent drop in sales of the Puntos in Europe in 2013 to 103,822, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers. Fiat’s investment in Tychy will entail an upgrade of production lines and installation of new technology, according to Puls Biznesu and will result to the hiring of 420 new employees to boost its 3,000-strong workforce in Poland.

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

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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Fiat introduces Sporting trim level for its Punto supermini

Interested buyers of the Fiat Punto supermini could now avail of a new Sporting trim level as well as specification upgrades across the line-up. This means that the Fiat Punto could now be availed in four main trim levels: Pop, Easy, GBT and the new Sporting. Fiat has deleted the Lounge and TwinAir trim levels from the Punto supermini range.

The Fiat Punto is available in either three or five doors and is powered by any of the five low emission Euro 5 engine options: a 1.2 8-valve petrol that provides 69hp; a 1.4 8-valve petrol that returns 77hp; a 1.4 8-valve petrol that churns out 77hp; a Dualogic 1.4 16-valve MultiAir petrol the delivers 105hp; and 1.3 16-valve MultiJet diesel that offers 85hp. Fiat’s TwinAir 0.9-litre petrol engine that provides 85hp is now available as an engine option on both Easy and GBT trim levels.

The entry-level Pop model features as standard these equipment: remote central locking, electric front windows, driver and passenger airbags, window airbags and radio/CD/MP3 player. The Pop model also features Dualdrive electric power steering and a height-adjustable driver’s seat as well as a new dashboard with diamond embossing, color-coded door handles and door mirrors and knee airbag on the driver side.

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2012 Fiat Punto receives a facelift

Fiat has unveiled the replacement for the Fiat Punto Evo – its facelifited Punto model that’s offered in three and five door guises. It also comes in five trim levels such as Pop, Easy, GBT, TwinAir and Lounge. The model range offers daytime running lights and air-conditioning as standard. The top-of-the-line Lounge version features sports seats, a front arm rest, climate control, cruise control and front fog lights.

It also gets Fiat’s Skydome electric sun roof and electric rear windows. The GBT models are new to the Punto lineup. They are designed to play up the company’s connection to the British Cycling team like the 15-inch Sportline alloys, lowered sports suspension, tinted glass and a boot spoiler as well as side skirts.

The Punto line-up has five petrol engines: the 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo, 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre, 1.4-litre MultiAir and 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo. It also has the two 1.3-litre MultiJet diesels in either 74bhp or 84bhp versions. The two are partnered with a five-speed manual gearbox. Fiat said that the more powerful diesel could return 80.7 mpg and have CO2 emissions of only 90g/km.

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Fiat Group Automobiles UK has revealed the pricing details for the 2012 Fiat Punto. It is set to go on sale this month in the UK. It has a starting price of only £9,990 OTR for the Pop 1.2 8-valve while it could cost as high as £15,600 OTR for the highly specified Lounge 1.3 MultiJet version, which features automatic dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, front fog lamps, seven airbags, cruise control, ambient interior lighting and electric sunroof as standard equipment. The new Punto is initially available with a choice of six low emissions Euro 5 engines and a TwinAir version coming in April.

These all come with Start&Stop as standard. The new Punto is available in a more simplified line-up of three main levels, similar to the Fiat 500 and the upcoming new Panda – Pop (base), Easy (mid) and Lounge (high).

In addition, Fiat will offer a sports version based on the Easy level grade dubbed GBT, which will be at the forefront of the advertising campaign that’s brewing within the sports association between Fiat UK and British Cycling. The highlights for the new Punto include the inclusion of two new engines: the 85hp version of the MultiJet diesel engine and the highly praised Engine of the Year 85hp TwinAir.

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Those who are on a budget but still want Italian chic would love the Fiat Punto. Its steering isn’t as responsive as a Volkswagen Golf and its gear shifting doesn’t have a high level of precision but its value for money makes it very appealing. Fiat tweaked the model that was first launched in 2005, giving it improvements to its front end, interior and trim.

The 2012 model will feature some of the modifications that were also featured on the Punto Evo.

It will be seen at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Sales will start early next year in all European major markets. The exterior of the Punto comes with a new front recognizable by a bumper that has the same shade as the body, rather than plastic). Fiat Punto will serve as a point of reference with regards to engine innovation.

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The Punto Evo model from Abarth has just been enhanced with the tuning brand’s esseesse conversion, which increases the power of the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine to 180bhp as well as adds other technical and cosmetic features. Customers who order their vehicle can specify to have the performance kit.

They can also decide to have the kit later as long as it is within a year or 12,500 miles, and the vehicle is carried out by an Abarth-appointed dealership. With the performance kit, the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) of the engine is enhanced for the 1.4-litre turbo unit to produce 180bhp at 5750rpm, along with its Garrett GT1446 fixed-geometry turbo.

The modifications will bring the Abarth Punto Evoesseesse to a 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and will enable it to reach a maximum speed of 134 mph. The vehicle’s stopping power is provided by the disc brakes all round, which are fully floating self-ventilated at the front and cross drilled at the rear.

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Fiat is launching the 2011 Punto 150°, a new special-edition version of the Punto Evo to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification. This model, which is slated to start selling in April, boasts a bespoke honeycomb grille, the two-tone unique lightweight alloy wheels, and “Azzurro Italia” special metallic paintwork.

Commemorative badges are featured on the B-pillars, which are round and display Italy’s flat above a “150” logo. There will also be interior changes as the model will now feature standard air conditioning and radio-CD audio system with MP3 compatibility. At the front of the car, there is a set of stylish fog lamps. The commemorative model is available with three Euro 5-compliant engines.

Two are petrol burners (1.2-liter 69 hp and 1.4-liter 77 hp) while one is a diesel – the 75 hp 1.3-liter Multijet II. These engines come with a standard start/stop system. It is also offered with a 70 hp 1.4-liter engine, which uses either petrol or LPG. Like the standard Punto Evo, the car comes with seven airbags, ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) systems.

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Fiat S.p.A. has a new collection of well-equipped, high-value models in the passenger car range. Launched on Feb. 18, 2011, MyLife trim level was presented along with Fiat Punto MyLife. Fast on its heels is the Fiat Panda.

Fiat will introduce the Bravo, Qubo and Doblo MyLife later in 2011. The MyLife cars focus on technology and style, with a special emphasis on choice and value for money, in a car carrying an impressive equipment list.

The distinctive and original MyLife cars combine technology, design and eco-friendliness in a single product. Elena Bernardelli, marketing director of Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland, said that MyLife focuses on style and technology while at the same time offering a proposition that represents sheer value for money.

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Abarth announced today that it will reveal Esseesse kits for the Abarth Punto Evo and Abarth 500C at this year’s Paris Motor Show. These were especially designed in order to improve performance, handling and safety without sacrificing the car's low emissions and fuel consumption.

The Punto Evo esseesse delivers an impressive 180 hp and a maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm. It can hit 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 216 km/h.

The smaller 500C essesse caries 160 hp and delivers a maximum torque of 230 Nm. It can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 209 km/h.

Read the entire article 2010 Paris Motor Show Preview: Abarth Punto Evo & 500C Esseesse kits

One of the most exciting cars to be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the Fiat Punto Evo, the revised version of the Grande Punto. The model, which is expected to go on sale in the UK in the spring, gets upgrades in its styling as well as with its engine range, which now includes the innovative 1.4-liter petrol Multiair unit.

The Alfa Romeo Mito would be the first car in the Fiat family to receive the engine while the Punto Evo would be the second. The innovative Multiair system is claimed by Fiat to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10%, improve power by 10% and torque output by up to 15%.

The system works by allowing direct control of air and combustion in engines, cylinder by cylinder and stroke by stroke, without the use of a conventional throttle.

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This is the third recall related to the Fiat Grande Punto's steering column that had been announced since Fiat Group Automobiles discovered the defect. The recall of 500,000 units is the largest of the three and it affects Fiat's top-selling car in Europe and worldwide the Grande Punto and Grande Punto Abarth built in 2008 and 2009.

Half of the cars were sold in Italy and the other half were from rest of Europe. Fiat, which had voluntarily begun to fix the problem last month, claims that no accidents have been reported due to the problem.

The previous two recalls were significantly lower than the third one. In November 2006, Fiat cited a faulty steering column fastening when it recalled about 21,000 right-hand-drive versions of the Grande Punto sold in the UK.

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An upgraded variant of the Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SS will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this coming week. Like its predecessors, the 500 Abarth SS and Grande Punto SS package, the new variant comes equipped with a 16-valve 1.4-liter gasoline turbocharged 4-cylinder generating 180 hp (134 kW) to provide it a sprint rate of 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 133 mph (215k m/h).

The spirited small engine comes with a maximum of torque 199lb-ft (270Nm) attained at 3,000rpm. At an rpm higher than 4,000 a special exhaust valve opens to lower backpressure and provide a more sporty audio.

The little hatchback comes with cross-drilled brake disks and high performance pads for additional performance improvement. The alloy wheels, measuring 18x7.5 inch alloy are clothes with 215/40 tires for better grip, and a lowering kit that can lower the car by 20mm for a lower roll center and a more belligerent appearance.

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While we want to see pictures of the 177bhp Abarth Grande Punto SuperSport, we´ll just have to make do with Fiat's release of the details. The 'SS' upgrade kit means the car is powered by a 177bhp 1.4-litre 16v engine with 199lb ft of torque. It hits 62mph in 7.5sec and has a top speed of 134mph.

The Abarth Grande Punto SuperSport boasts to sit on harder springs, performance 215/40 R18 tires and a special design of 18-inch alloy wheels. The car features also include performance brakes, with perforated discs front and rear and uprated pads up front.

For its interiors, the car gets leather racing seats and a Magneti Marelli designed sat-nav system. 

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