Fiat To Return
To Australia In Late 2006


The new Fiat Punto Grande
The new Punto Grande
will herald the return of Fiat cars to Australia.

29th July, 2005

Fiat has released the first pictures of the Punto Grande, the car that is set to herald the return of the Italian marque back to Australia.

Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, is firing on all guns with Fiat Commercial Vehicles, with the Ducato proving highly popular in Australia, but the Sydney-based importer has been waiting for the right car to bring the brand back to Australian car buyers and for the Australian dollar to be in the right place against the Euro.

The dollar is heading in the right direction and the Punto Grande is the right car.

The Punto Grande will be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, with right hand drive production slated for the middle of next year and, therefore, an Australian launch is on the cards anytime after then.

But why is the Punto Grande the right car for Fiat's much anticipated Australian return?

It follows in the wheeltracks of the original hugely successful Punto hatchback, which has accounted for over six million sales since its launch in 1993, and the new Punto Grande's global objective is to regain leadership of the highly competitive and crucially important European compact hatchback market.

In order to accomplish this aim, Punto Grande has been designed from the outset to be a larger vehicle than is typical for the class, so as to offer the highest possible safety standards, class leading quality credentials, and the best range of diesel engines available in this category today, all at a very competitive price.

That bigger than class average size makes it ideally suited for the Australian market.

Boasting a persuasive combination of stylish, unmistakably Italian good looks, and backed up by in-built quality and durability, the new Punto Grande will be available in three and five door body styles and four distinct versions at launch.

The distinctive looks will provide the Punto Grande with another advantage for the Australian market.

The new Fiat Punto Grande

Designed by Italdesign-Giugiaro, in partnership with Centro Stile Fiat, the style of the Punto Grande is distinguished by the beauty of its exterior line.

As with the exterior, the interior represents the epitome of Italian style, thanks both to the quality of materials used, and the care with which detailing has been considered. The result is a cabin environment notable for its bright, friendly feel, as well as its obvious functionality.

Punto Grande is thus designed to quicken the pulses, while offering a level of security, solidity and construction quality of a vehicle from a higher segment. Underpinned by attention to detail unusual in this market segment, Punto Grande is also an exceptionally comfortable vehicle - a factor indicated by its generous external dimensions that put it at the top of the class. Punto Grande measures 403cms in length, 168cms in width and 149cms in height; and with a wheelbase of 251cms, an extraordinary amount of internal space is guaranteed.

Punto Grande has also been meticulously engineered to be both agile and responsive to drive. This lively new car is powered by a potent range of environmentally-friendly petrol and diesel engines, all of which conform to Euro4 emissions standards, and all of which blend top performance with low fuel consumption.

At launch, in Europe, there will be two petrol engine options: 1.2 8v (49 kW) and a new 1.4 8v with 58 kW; and four turbodiesels: 1.3 16v MultiJet (56 kW), or 1.3 MultiJet with a variable geometry turbine (68 kW); and 1.9 MultiJet with either 90 kW or 97 kW.

Australian pricing and specifications will be announced when Fiat cars return to Australia.

The new Fiat Punto Grande

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