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Fiat Idea

The year 2003 saw the manufacture of some great Fiat cars which have lived to the expectations till date. One of them was the lively, Fiat Idea. It is a mini MPV whose major chunk of production and manufacture is carried out in Brazil. Enthusiasts all across the globe appreciate Idea for its versatile interiors. The rear seats slide and fold wonderfully to provide different comfort levels to passengers.

Fiat engines are known for their compliance and environment friendly internals. All petrol engines manufactured by Fiat are Euro-4 compliant which suggest the core competitiveness of the company. The petrol engines can produce an astounding power up to 198 bhp which is an eye-catcher for a mini MPV. Backed by the robotized manual gearbox, these cars fare quite well on road.

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Though the manufacture is carried out in South America, yet Brazil has come out with a unique idea for their version. In 2005, engine modifications gave Idea a whole new recognition. Idea now boasted of a new 1.4L 8-valve 80 bhp engine. Some versions also had the latest GM-supplied Powertrain 1.8L 8-valve 112 bhp engine. Such powerful configurations attracted thousands which lead to the real success of Fiat Idea on South American roads.

From front base to chassis, wheel base to interiors, the modified version in Brazil takes the inspiration from Fiat Grande Punto. A new glass roof version, called the SkyDome, became quite popular.

The Idea is manufactured in mainly 2 different trim levels. The safety provision in the car is very good. Idea comes equipped with four air-bags, anti locking Brakes system, parking, rain and light sensors, Bluetooth phone systems for connection during emergency and customized leather cushioned seats.

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In 2006, Brazil produced yet another modified version of Idea which was named as Idea Adventure. Power-packed with good suspensions, brakes, seats and other interiors; this car created a sensation in South America.

The future of this car surely depends on the performance of its modified versions which keep hitting the roads from time to time. In a nutshell, Idea has performed wonderfully well in the past and Fiat has been putting a lot of efforts in making it a dream car for them.

Fiat Fiorino Qubo

The brand ‘Fiat’ is one of the most renowned brands on this planet. Fiorino is one of the oldest product lines of Fiat which has seen quite a number of versions since 1977. From the original van models of 1977 to the wonderful Mk4 in 2008, Fiorino has come a long way covering every single aspect of a successful car.

Fiat Fiorino Qubo is the latest one from the kitty and the same product line. The name which is originally derived from a cube seems to be quite catchy as it is one of the hottest topics of discussion these days. Unlike other car models which are way too flashy to show signs of solid performance, Fiorino Qubo is a car of substance.

The vehicle offers more than a level of comfort expected and an excellent functionality. Sliding doors and flexible interiors which can be moved in 16 different combinations make Qubo an ultimate eye catcher. The Qubo gets the real punch when we compare its cost with any other MPV. It is simply more than a multi utility vehicle which comes loaded with all the comforts of a MPV. Apart from all the luxury and comforts, Qubo is very economical as compared to other MPVs.

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Backed by an astounding1.3 Multijet 75 hp engine, the 6-speed transmission system accompanied by a powerful filter can make a huge difference in the overall performance of the car.

Fiat Fiorino Qubo comes loaded with advanced technologies like integrated Blue&Me communication system, hands free, vocal and steering wheel commands, on board text messaging and a data transfer USB 2.0 port.

From the very first day of its launch in France, Qubo has created waves everywhere. Since 2008, the sales have reached an astounding figure in less than a year. More than half the Europe loves the on road performance of Fiorino Qubo.

From slim rough streets to great highways, Qubo has adapted wonderfully well on every surface. The delicate colours launched in the first year have increased the reputation of Fiat to a whole new level. The tinge of chromium and crystal finish gives a stylish look to the front as well as rear lights.

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The sensational design of Fiat Fiorino Qubo provides ample options to customers to customize and tune it up in their own way.

Fiat is proud to have manufactured such a wonderful vehicle in recent times. Time would tell the impact of future Fiat cars but for now Fiat is surely relishing the success of Qubo.

Fiat Doblo

Fiat Doblo is a multi-utility vehicle which has bagged the laurels of one of the most flexible vehicles on road. Since the day when it was launched in 2001, it has shown remarkable results as far as the road performance is concerned. It serves the purpose of both panel van and a comfortable leisure activity vehicle. Though Holland was the first country where Doblo got its launching pad; even the juries from 19 different nations could not refrain from the fact that it was the best van on road till date.

In 2006, it received the prestigious award of “International Van of the Year.” In some South-east Asian countries like Singapore, a similar version of the same car also exists in the form of Fiat Panorama.

The chunk of the production is carried out in Brazil, Turkey, Russia and Vietnam. The cars that are manufactured in Turkey are one of the most powerful. With a 1.4L petrol engine, a 1.9L Multi-jet and a 16-valve 1.3L Multi-jet, they set the road on fire like any other power car.

In many parts of Asia, Doblo underwent a major modeling and designing change during 2005.

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Fiat Brazil has been quite proactive during the past 5-6 years. In 2003, it manufactured a remarkable version of Doblo called as the ‘Fiat Doblo Adventure’. A powerful 1800cc engine and a complete modification in front and rear exteriors helped the car gain immense popularity as a great safari and hiking vehicle.

Recently, in 2009, the Doblo got was placed under a whole new product line of cars known as the ‘Adventure Locker’. The electrical versions of Doblo have been quite successful as well. Fiat produces three different models which vary a little in their internal configuration. The common feature of these vehicles comes in the form of the 30kW motor which is made by Ansaldo Electric Drives. The battery helps the car produce an astounding speed of 125-150 Km/h.

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One of the car sales exhibition in October, 20007 organized by Fiat launched the era of electric cars which were able enough to match the petrol versions in Europe.

Though Doblo typically belongs to a restricted segment of activity vans, it has proved its flexibility as a major flag-bearer of FIAT in recent years.

Fiat Fiorino

Sometimes big companies coin a unique name for their cars. In 1977, Fiat introduced a whole new Product line into the market and named the entire model range as ‘Fiorino’. The new derivative versions of small cars are the actual members of this group.

Fiat has kept the markets alive with ample models of Fiorino since its launch. The very first model was a basic model of a van with an attached carry box. It was a huge car with an astounding height of 1.3 meters. It had enough space for good amount of cargo. The idea was very innovative that time. Many automobile companies followed the footsteps and designed their own versions with almost the same shape and architecture.

In the following years, Fiat upgraded the Fiorino’s engine to 1300 cc from 903 cc. For the next 7 years, Fiorino did a great job on the road. Fiat realized the importance of bringing continuous change to the model line so that it maintains a strong foothold in the market.

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In 1984, the first change cropped up in the form of a new Fiorino, the mk2. The inspirational model was Fiat Uno whose characteristics could be found in the Fiorino mk2. From varied versions of engines like gas, diesel and petrol, this 1984 model added wings to its good profile with this change. Engines as powerful as 1700 cc were introduced at that time which signified its power capacity.

In 1994, Fiat thought of revising the model to a great extent as the complete look and feel of the vehicle was redefined. The base model was Fiat Mille whose attributes clearly reflected in the subsequent Fiorino models. In various South American countries, the models with engines configurations of 1.2 Fire 8 valve and the 1.7 Turbo Diesel indirect injections are still popular.

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In 2008, Fiat unveiled its latest Fiorino in the form of Mk4. It is a beautiful car based on Citroen Nemo and Peugeot Bipper. This car is completely handled by the Fiat plant in Turkey.

Fiorino is the proud owner of a magnificent 30 years history and its innovative designs have enchanted millions across the globe. There is no doubt about the fact that Fiorino has helped Fiat maintain a wonderful reputation even in the cargo carrier segment till date. The latest designs reveal the flexibility of Fiorino to a great extent.

Fiorino continues to be a big gun in the market till date and there is no doubt that Fiat will put in a lot of efforts in maintaining the same brand equity.

Sometimes big companies coin a unique name for their cars. In 1977, Fiat introduced a whole new Product line into the market and named the entire model range as ‘Fiorino’. The new derivative versions of small cars are the actual members of this group.

Fiat has kept the markets alive with ample models of Fiorino since its launch. The very first model was a basic model of a van with an attached carry box. It was a huge car with an astounding height of 1.3 meters. It had enough space for good amount of cargo. The idea was very innovative that time. Many automobile companies followed the footsteps and designed their own versions with almost the same shape and architecture.

In the following years, Fiat upgraded the Fiorino’s engine to 1300 cc from 903 cc. For the next 7 years, Fiorino did a great job on the road. Fiat realized the importance of bringing continuous change to the model line so that it maintains a strong foothold in the market.

In 1984, the first change cropped up in the form of a new Fiorino, the mk2. The inspirational model was Fiat Uno whose characteristics could be found in the Fiorino mk2. From varied versions of engines like gas, diesel and petrol, this 1984 model added wings to its good profile with this change. Engines as powerful as 1700 cc were introduced at that time which signified its power capacity.

In 1994, Fiat thought of revising the model to a great extent as the complete look and feel of the vehicle was redefined. The base model was Fiat Mille whose attributes clearly reflected in the subsequent Fiorino models. In various South American countries, the models with engines configurations of 1.2 Fire 8 valve and the 1.7 Turbo Diesel indirect injections are still popular.

In 2008, Fiat unveiled its latest Fiorino in the form of Mk4. It is a beautiful car based on Citroen Nemo and Peugeot Bipper. This car is completely handled by the Fiat plant in Turkey.

Fiorino is the proud owner of a magnificent 30 years history and its innovative designs have enchanted millions across the globe. There is no doubt about the fact that Fiorino has helped Fiat maintain a wonderful reputation even in the cargo carrier segment till date. The latest designs reveal the flexibility of Fiorino to a great extent.

Fiorino continues to be a big gun in the market till date and there is no doubt that Fiat will put in a lot of efforts in maintaining the same brand equity.

Fiat Grande Punto

Fiat Grande Punto is one of the latest surprises from Fiat’s kitty. Built in Brazil and Italy, this car has mesmerized every single car enthusiast with its looks and on road performance. The Grande Punto had been welcomed in a fabulous manner and was unveiled in almost the same way. Back in 2005, the Grande Punto made its first public appearance in the Frankfurt Motor Show. Though the name has been derived from Fiat Punto, but most of the engineering and exterior features are different.

Grande Punto comes loaded with various engine options. The solid 1.2 8V Fire and 1.4 16V StarJet engines are the most popular among the Fiat lovers. The versions with these engine configurations produce an astounding amount of power which not only set the roads on fire but maintain a wonderful grip on the road as well. Many diesel versions in the form of 1.9L with 130 PS and 1.6 JTD are also in great demand. The best feature of all these engines is the certification of Euro IV that makes their reputation worth the brand.

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Other continents like Australia got a chance to experience the drive of Grande Punto in 2006. In November, Punto made its first public appearance and the next year it won the award of ‘The Most Economical Car in the Market.’

Mexico has seen some superb versions of Punto in the recent past. From 1.4V 95 PS to 1.4V 120 PS, Punto has proved its power on the roads of Australia. In parts of South America, Punto got a chance to show its ominous handling in 2007 when it first hit the roads of Brazil. South Africa saw a change in tactics from Fiat when they put Punto on sale to replace previous Sedan versions.

Some parts of the globe also saw the launch of Fiat Linea in 2007. These cars hit the Indian sub-continent in 2008. They have shown steady progress in the sales since then which proves the adaptability of these cars on every road.

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In 2007, a slightly modified version of Grande Punto, known as the Abarth Grande Punto was launched. Though it was designed with some modifications in mind, but the final product was way too different.

When it comes to safety, Punto has done exceedingly well in passing all the tests. It got a 5-star rating for the safety of an adult occupant, while it managed a 3-star for a child occupant. From a pedestrian’s point of view it received 3 stars out of 4.

Grande Punto has been a wonderful car for all enthusiasts across the globe. We feel it will keep on serving the people the same way it has been doing till now.

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.