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Fiat Barchetta

Barchetta, or the ‘little boat’ is one of the most desired roadsters of all times. It enjoyed a good reign of 10 years from 1995-2005. Produced and manufactured solely in plant of Italy, this car was a tough speedster on the road.

The 1700+ CC of engine was a unique configuration at that time. This dohc petrol engine came with a variable camshaft timing which was the first time for a Fiat car. Its weight of more than 1000 Kg never came in the way of its massive speed. It could accelerate from 0-100 Km/h in a matter of 8 seconds. With a top speed of around 190 Km/h, it was a tough nut to crack way back in 1995. The year 2003 saw a major change in the front and the rear looks of the vehicle which made it more attractive.

Barchetta was a luxury car during those days and came up with left hand drive versions only. Its launch in countries like Britain and Japan proved the brand strength of this vehicle as well as Fiat. Since these countries have only right hand drive rules, Barchetta still managed to capture a lot of road presence.

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Since Barchetta was only the second Roadster after 124 Spider, people waited eagerly for its launch. The transmissions of 5-speed manual and a straight-4 1700 CC engine made a perfect combination for a successful European car. From style to interiors, accessories to road comfort, Barchetta scored heavily in all departments.

A strange thing happened in 2002 end when its production was paused. For two years till mid 2004, the production of Barchetta was at a standstill. The reason for this strange move was never disclosed officially but rumors exist that Fiat was planning the negative market tactics.

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Fiat had experimented the third brake light in 2002 when the external cosmetics were drastically changed. In 2004, Barchetta came back with a bang. It experienced good comeback sales due to which 2004 was one of the best years for this car. In 2005, Fiat finally decided to stop the production of Barchetta. It was truly a dream ride for this car during all years of its production.

Fiat Marea

Fiat Marea is a successful family car which was available as a saloon and an estate car as well. Fiat enjoyed a powerful phase during the phase of 6-9 years after it was launched in 1996. Marea was manufactured to replace the older version, Fiat Tempra. Marea has been a wonderful success story in Brazil as well as Italy. Since the major chunk of production was carried out in Italy, the car was readily available on roads there. Slowly, the Betim plant in Brazil also took over the production and hence the car became in instant hit in Brazil as well.

Its unique body design crafted out of the platform for hatchback offerings made it a unique car altogether. Though the saloon versions never enjoyed much popularity in Europe, yet Fiat Marea managed to steal out some show for itself. The saloon version was slowly replaced by the Marea weekend on roads. Stilo Multiwagon came as the next big change which replaced the Marea weekend from the European roads. Marea came in a variety of engines which varied from 1.2L to 2.0L. Fiat also came up with a 2.4L turbo diesel version which had to be dropped due to on-road safety constraints. Marea added wings to its profile when the BiPower 1.6L was launched. This engine could run both on petrol and compressed natural gas.

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Since the production for Marea started late in Brazilian plants, the car was subjected to a lot of changes that matched the tastes of South Americans. The architecture was more stylish and so was the physical appearance. Brazil always boasted a good history for petrol engines and hence Fiat never launched a diesel version for Marea on South American roads.

Finally in 2007, Linea was all set to replace Marea from all parts of the world and the production of Marea was stopped forever.

Fiat Brava

Fiat Brava is one of the most beautiful small segment cars produced by Fiat. From 1995 to 2001, it mesmerized everyone across the globe with its interiors and stunning performance. In 2007, Stilo took the place of Brava and the production marks of this car were removed from the factories of Fiat forever.

The successful production of Fiat Brava marked the end of an era of another legendary Fiat model, the Tipo. The new engines were much more advanced and powerful.

As the name suggests, it was a really tough and brave decision by Fiat to nullify the manufacture of a really successful model and introduce a new pawn. The new Fiat Brava had all the ingredients of a wonderful car.

Backed by a powerful 1.8L 16-valve engine, this car is meant to do wonders on road. Also known as the 113 PS engine by many, it helps Brava achieve an astounding speed of 200 Km/h. The Fiat persons were brave enough to try out these models with both versions of fuel. After the successful launch of petrol engines, diesel engines came into picture.

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Fiat has produced two high performance diesel engines for Brava, both of which had a 1.9L capacity backed by four cylinders.

In the very first year of its launch Brava also won the award of ‘European car of the year.’ A major setback came in the year 2001 when the new Stilo was to be launched as the next successor of Brava. The production of Brava came to a standstill. Stilo was one of the biggest flops which further added to the miseries of Fiat Planning Department.

If we shift our focus towards the various performance segments of this car, we can see that Brava was indeed a fabulous small segment car.

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In a survey conducted by the World Auto bodies, Fiat Brava secured an average rating of 14.2 on a scale of 20. The area of running costs and handling were the flag-bearers of this awesome score sheet. Though the advanced version failed badly, Brava was a gemstone from Fiat’s kitty.

From true practicality of the vehicle to an impeccable quality, great performance to sturdy and manly looks, extreme comfort to wonderful handling; the Fiat Brava encompassed every single feature in a beautiful manner.

A car that passed the toughest of the road tests, Fiat Brava was truly a masterpiece worth reading. Times have drastically changed the cars on the roads today, but the memories of the legendary Brava are still fresh in everyone’s mind.

Fiat Coupe

Coupe is one of the most distinguished and cherished cars from Fiat’s kitty. Its unique angular design and scalloped side panels made it one of the most remarkable icons of that time. Between 1993 and 2000, it created waves in European market. Its first ever appearance in the Brussels Motor Show created a huge market for it.

Finally in 1994, when it hit the roads, it came up with an astonishing 2.0L 1.6V engine. Normal as well as turbo versions of the same were also available. Fiat kept changing the configurations in Coupe with respect to market demands. From new cylinders to introduction of valves, Coupe enjoyed a luxury treatment from Fiat.

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Coupe also came up with turbo-charged 16 and 20 valve versions which were backed by powerful Viscodrive limited-slip differential. In 1998, Fiat injected fresh blood in market by introducing the Special Limited-Edition which was quite different from normal configuration and was a masterpiece in itself. This edition came in black, red, Vinci grey, Crono grey and metallic steel grey shades. The popularity of the Limited Edition forced Fiat to produce additional 1100 cars after the promised count of 300 in total.

The year, 1998 saw a new change in the car with the introduction of 2.0-litre 5-cylinder 20V engine which was powered by a Variable Inlet System. This increased the horse-power to an awesome figure of 154 bhp (115 kW). The interesting point to note is that the complete production of Coupe was carried out in the Turin plant of Italy.

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The final model in 2000 was the ‘Plus Edition’ which was equipped with a whole range of astounding accessories like 6-speed gearbox and a large satin glosh push-starter button. This 2.0L 20V model had an impeccable statistic of accelerating from 0-100 Km/h in just 6.5 seconds. The top speed of around 250 Km/h gave it the real wings for its on-road performance. Fiat had never thought that an enriched car like Coupe would be so popular in the entire Europe.

In 2000 end, when the production of Coupe was finally stopped, it had made a huge place in the hearts of people and close to 73,000 cars had already hit the roads.

Fiat Multipla

Multipla is one of the few MPV’s manufactured by the Italian giant, Fiat. It made its first public appearance in 1998 when it was shown at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. The public was fantasized to see the interiors and new shape of the car. The car was shorter and wider than other cars in the same competitive segment.

Since the brand Fiat was at its peak, the car became an instant hit in the market. Unlike other vehicles of Fiat, the major chunk of its production was carried out in Italy itself. The Fiat plant at Turin was proactively involved in the production of Multipla. Though it received some criticism as well, but nothing could stop it from bagging the most prestigious award in 2000, “Top Gear’s Car of the Year.” It also bagged many prizes for its on-road performance such as the ‘Best MPV’.

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Criticism brought a lot of changes in the basic model of this car and finally in 2004 Fiat decided to rejuvenate the entire architectural view of Multipla. Year after year Fiat launched many versions of Multipla; sometimes in the form of engine upgradations and sometimes body changes.

The engine was quite powerful and varied between the ranges of 95 bhp to 115 bhp. It was commendable for a car of such a segment to have a power of this intensity. The ELX model underwent major changes in 2004 when accessories like new Air Conditioning system, twin electric sunroofs, alloy wheels, electric rear windows and special wipers were added in its kitty.

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Multipla has been a wonderful success story till date due to its flexibility and the tag, ‘FIAT’. It is one of the few cars which has seen the automobile slump era, faced criticism and yet managed to emerge as a winner. Fiat is planning to change the 5-speed manual gearbox and test an automated version of the same in the coming years.

Multipla surely is one of the legendary cars of Fiat.

Fiat Nuova 500

Fiat Nuova 500, or simply Fiat 500 is yet another mini car from Fiat which was successful in capturing the desired market segment with its looks and on-road performance. It made its first public appearance in 2007 in Italy. Because of its immense popularity and brand image, Fiat organized a grand party on its launch. The party was termed as the largest party of the decade.

Poland is the central production and manufacturing unit where Nuova is produced along with its sister model, the Ford Ka.Way back in 2004, engineers had presented a concept car called the Trepiùno. Due to its looks and physical formation, the car can very well compete with small segment city cars as well as fashion cars. It is typical four-seater vehicle with a three door hatchback formation. From colours to trim levels, wheel options to decals, customers can now exercise various options to customize their vehicles as per their choice.

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Fiat boasts of 5,00,000 different personalized combinations that can be applied to it. Backed with the latest Blue&Me System, the car suffices enough facilities as per its tagged price.

The Fiat Nuova competes well with Volkswagen’s Beetle and BMW’s Mini since it is cheaper than these successful cars and comes loaded with almost every single facility that those cars provide.

Fiat also launched the performance model of Fiat 500 in the form of ‘500 Abarth’. A powerful 1.4L engine with IHI RHF3-P turbocharger is a well rated configuration. A rating of 135 PS (133 hp/99 kW) at 5500 rpm and 180 N·m (133 lb·ft) (206 N·m (152 lb·ft) torque at 3000 rpm is way too hot to handle. But the Fiat Nuova 500 does it wonderfully well. The engine is backed by 5-speed C510 transmission, low ride suspension, dual drive electric power steering with SPORT setting, 6.5 x 16” aluminium alloy rim with 195/45 R16 tyres and 4-wheel disc brakes (front ventilated). Its cost of £13,600 is a well deserved price tag.

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Fiat has also launched numerous versions of Nuova 500 which vary in engine type and some configurations. All engines produced by Fiat meet the ‘Euro 5’ standards.

Fiat is proud of its mini car which has done wonders in building the image and brand reputation of its parent company.

Fiat Palio

Palio is one of the few cars manufactured by Fiat which was aimed at all the developing markets of the world. The same car is produced in many parts of the world but has a lot of different names as per the country. In Brazil, China, Argentina, India, Turkey and South Africa, it is known as the Palio.

The journey began exactly 13 years ago when Fiat aimed to produce the first ever World car which would make its presence felt in almost every part of the world. To maintain the uniformity in some of the design specifications, the basic chassis was a mere enhancement of Fiat Uno and the previous architecture was restructured to give the car more strength and flexibility on rough roads.

The production did not start a once but Fiat preferred a step by step progression. In 1996 the first plant in Brazil took care of the production for South America. The very next year Argentina too got its own plant. Poland, Morocco and Venezuela were the next places where Fiat started producing Palio. Turkey began the same process in 1998 while the very next year saw the launch of Palio in India and South Africa. Egypt and China were the last ones to receive a production plant for Palio.

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Fiat realized the need for change in the model and hence in 2001 it received its first major uplift. From new front and rear fascias to some delightful interiors, Palio received some good configuration upgrades. The new engine, FIRE breathed new life into Palio.

In 2004, Palio again underwent some major changes and the engine power was increased to around 120 bhp. From alloys to seat-covers, parking assistant sensor to rain sensors, lowered suspensions to brand new interiors, Palio transformed into a whole new car in 2004. This model broke the Brazilian record of highest selling car that time due to its impeccable sales statistics.

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Parts of South America got an opportunity to experience the 4th revised version of Palio in 2007. Some great instrument panels and powerful engine were some of the major changes in this model.

Undoubtedly, Palio has projected the brand ‘FIAT’ in a whole new way. With over 112,000 cars sold after 2007, Fiat is all set to launch the final version of Palio in late 2010. As claimed by Fiat, this car will break the backbone of other competitors. Fiat has surely redefined its image with Palio.

Fiat Panda

Some cars are designed to perfection in a way that they rule the city roads. Not only do these cars become an ultimate seduction for every city person but sometimes their glimpses can be seen in the suburbs as well. Fiat Panda is one such wonderful city car which has long been Fiat’s flag bearer in this segment. From 1980 to 2003, it bedazzled everyone with its reliability and extreme comfort.

The previous version is sometimes called the old Panda while the latest model in 2003 is called the new panda. The new version was so impressive that it immediately won the ‘European car of the year’ award within 1 year of its launch.

Scratching back into the history, we find that Fiat Panda was actually designed to become a peasant car. It was cheap, reliable and was manufactured with the most basic configuration. A 650-700CC engine was more than enough for any city car. It maintained an aura around itself from the very first year of its launch. The box like structure became a basic design for almost every fiat design that was launched between the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Though it was considered to be a basic vehicle, still it had some astounding qualities. It had a 7 position adjustable rear seat which was a rare comfort in those times. A full length roll back canvas roof was yet another asset. The first version which was launched in 1980 came equipped with a four cylinder hydro-cooled engine. It could produce an astounding power of about 21 bhp. The awesome cooler helped to keep the temperatures low. Such a design was extremely robust and reliable as well.

The next generation of Fiat Panda was kicked off in 1986 when the older version went under a series of mechanical upgrades and the engine configurations were enhanced upto 990 CC. The interiors as well as the physical structure remained almost the same. In the same year, Fiat launched the panda in the diesel version too. A solid 1300 CC engine backed by 4-cylinder water cooled internal system was a perfect combination.

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In 1996, Fiat decided to expand and venture out in various parts of Europe. This time Panda was slowly phased out of Europe. Since the designs were old, Panda could not conform to the various Euro pollution norms. Its glorious span of 23 years on the roads makes panda one of the most cherished cars in the history of automobiles.

The second generation Panda which was introduced in 2003 came with all latest technical in-builds. Its production was carried out from Poland and it once again became one of the hottest selling models on road.

With prototypes such as Alessi, Jolly, Terramare 4, Luxury, Hydrogen, MultiEco etc; Panda is truly a wonderful vehicle which has increased the Fiat’s brand equity to a whole new level.

Fiat Punto

Fiat Punto is one of the most elegant models manufactured by Fiat. The Punto has proved itself in the supermini segment of cars and has a proud history of more than 15 years. Since 1993, it has managed to turn every single head towards its beauty and admire it for its looks.

Punto is comfortably enjoying its third successive generation on road. The journey started way back in 1993 when it made its first public appearance in September. The main aim of this launch was to slowly bring down the sales of their old war-horse, the Fiat Uno and inject fresh blood in the market in the form of Fiat Punto.

In 1995, Punto grabbed the ‘European Car of the Year’ award. The clean-cut style in its look was an instant eye-catcher. Its competitive prices helped Fiat gain an upper hand in the market by breaking the monopoly of Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo. European markets were famished for designs like Fiat Punto. From 1993 to 1999, Fiat worked aggressively towards the promotion of Punto; the reason why Fiat Punto was launched with 5 engine variations and 3 different gear transmissions.

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The cars were successful to produce 85 bhp at 6000 rpm which was a wonderful statistic for a mini. Fiat did not miss a chance to launch a convertible version as well so as to hold the market stature it had gained.

The year 1999 marked the second generation of Fiat Punto. The style and interiors were largely modified and so were the physical outfits. This version boasted of the round Fiat badge to celebrate Fiat’s centenary. At first Fiat decided to launch various versions in diesel and petrol but later 3 Sporty versions of Fiat Punto also hit the roads. The models were astounding as far as the road performance is concerned. The sporty versions accelerated from 0-60 in just 8 seconds which was a record in itself. The first power steering version hit the roads in the year 2000.

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Fiat decided to improvise more on the second generation Punto and hence the facelift version came into being in 2003. The engines were largely improved to attain speeds upto 210 Km/h which is an amazing reading for a super-mini. The Fiat plant in Chile still manufactures the classic Punto of 1999 to keep the loyalty among old customers alive.

The brand new Punto has a maximum configuration of 1910 CC engine backed by a mega acceleration which is impressive.

Punto has been featured quite many times in the motorsport section. Fiat Punto has been a wonderful car till now and we hope it serves the enthusiasts just the way it has been doing in the past.

Fiat Sedici

Fiat Sedici is one of the few sports utility vehicles from Fiat who have proved their worth as a city car as well as a real sports wagon as well. It is not a Fiat venture alone but a combined effort of Fiat and Suzuki. Launched in 2006 in Geneva, the joint collaboration has the capacity of injecting 60,000 cars in the market per year. While Fiat markets it with the brand name of Sedici, Suzuki has coined the name SX4 for the same.

Sedici achieved a great stride when it was announced as the official car of the Winter Olympics held in 2006. There is an interesting history behind its name. The name, ‘Sedici’ has been coined in Italian language which actually means 16. Since the car is a standard 4X4 vehicle, the result 4X4=16 was kept in mind when the name was being coined.

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The Sedici has done wonders in European countries and has even become the second bestselling car in some countries like Italy. It slowly overtook more market share from its nearest rivals until in 2007; it became the largest selling SUV. Fiat did not stop innovating with this vehicle; the reason why the 4X2 version was also launched last year.

The two versions of engines which are available in Petrol and Multijet Diesel have enough capacity to throttle up the speeds up to 180 Km/h which is an astounding statistic for a city sports car.

Be it the hard terrains or the smoother city roads, Sedici has very well adapted to the contrasting variations. From a beautiful elegant 4X4 car to a real boss on solid terrains, Sedici is an asset everywhere.

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Moreover, Fiat has designed the engine using the latest Eco-technology which means that you could save up to 15% annually on your fuel bills. Though it looks sturdy and bulky; yet it fits in easily in any parking space. The interiors have been applauded many a times.

Fiat takes great pride in designing all its cars beautifully. Sedici is simply one of the best designed cars whose interiors can cause a normal hiccup to nearest rivals.

Fiat has marketed this car wonderfully and hopes to make Sedici one of the front runners in the competitive segment just like what Suzuki did with SX4.