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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.

Fiat Tempra

Fiat Tempra was a successful middle segment family car which really increased the market capitalization of Fiat during the late 90s. From 1990 to 1999, Tempra did an excellent job in maintaining the quality symbol of Fiat and also replacing the Fiat Regata. A major reason for the success of Tempra was the strong platform on which it was built. Tempra proudly shared its platform with the Lancia Dedra and Alfa Romeo 155.

The initial versions came up with a standard 1.4L and 1.6L engines which were backed by carburettor. Slowly as times progressed, the newer models in 1992 had to come up with catalytic converters and electronic injectors. Fiat gradually improved the speed transmission gear-box for Tempra. For the first time in late 1992, a mid size sedan like Fiat Tempra was powered up by an optional 4.0 speed automatic transmission.

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The emphatic march of Tempra was suddenly halted by some serious criticism and defects that were found in its production. Some of the defects that were handled and resolved were water infiltration through windshield gasket during rainy weather and high oil consumption. Unlike other models of the same segment, Tempra offered a very low average per gallon.

Some major electronic malfunctions in the models of 94-95 further degraded its image.

These shortcomings were taken care of very soon and there were some worth mentioning qualities in Fiat Tempra. From a cheap and reliable car whose engine could well handle the driving styles of urban, urban outskirts and rough highways, Tempra was a mark of strength and reliability from Fiat’s kitty. The car made its presence felt in the form of a sedan as well as a station wagon.

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Though newer models from other companies forced Tempra to retreat in the backyard; yet people enjoyed Tempra in the form of a low maintenance, cheap and easily available automobile.

Europe saw the first production shutdown for Tempra in 1996 which was followed by the shutdown of its biggest production plant in Brazil in 1999. By that time, Fiat had already sold more than 4, 00,000 models in a span of 10 years which proved the true character of a successful car.

The new Fiat Marea took its place as the next car of the same segment.

Fiat Linea

Fiat Linea is one of the latest models from Fiat. With an impeccable style that mesmerized the world in 2007, it is pretty sure that Linea is here to stay. From Europe to Latin America, Middle East to various parts of Australia, Linea has created waves all across the globe with its sensational handling, beautiful interiors and amazing power.

Its middle segment look makes it all the more accepted by every single entity. Be it the rich or the middle class persons, Linea adds to the grace undoubtedly. Linea had to mark its presence in the Indian subcontinent in November 2008 but the Mumbai terror attacks forced Fiat to delay the launch. Finally in the beginning of 2009, Linea marked a grand entry in Indian sub-continent and the results have been fascinating.

Born and brought up in Brazil, Linea has been a graceful car ever since its test model. It replaced the old war-horse from Fiat, the Marea. Fiat Linea has been doing wonderfully well everywhere. Its platform of Grande Punto makes it a very stable and reliable car.

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The 1.9L 16V Torque engine with an astounding backup of 132 PS can be one of the most ruthless on the roads when it comes to powerful drive.

Its launch in 2009 clearly means that Linea comes equipped with an amazing range of interiors and technologies which have never been experienced before in a car belonging to the middle segment. Linea brings along with it the experience of Blue & Me hands-free system, a Windows Mobile based system with many languages and speech recognition software. A USB port based connect drive that can support MP3 and WMA formats is an additional asset.

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In some parts of South America, Linea comes equipped with an extraordinary GPS system which enhances the experience of venturing out in a new place. Specifically, in Brazil; Linea has challenged the sales of cars like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla and is one of the highest selling models.

Fiat has now got the ball back in their court with such a wonderful car. Within no time, Linea will surely prove itself as one of the most astounding models ever created by Fiat.

Fiat Bravo

Fiat Bravo 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 Bravo and the production marks of this car were removed from the factories of Fiat forever.

The successful production of Fiat Bravo 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 Bravo 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 Bravo 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 Bravo, both of which had a 1.9L capacity backed by four cylinders.

In the very first year of its launch Bravo 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 Bravo. The production of Bravo 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 Bravo was indeed a fabulous small segment car.

In a survey conducted by the World Auto bodies, Fiat Bravo 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, Bravo 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 Bravo encompassed every single feature in a beautiful manner.

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

Fiat Croma

How many of you believe in re-births and the story of Phoenix rising from the ashes? Well. I know it is a mixed bag of answers for this question. Have you ever heard the same for automobiles? Unbelievably true, but the same did happen for one of the most cherished models of Italian giant, Fiat.

Fiat Croma has lived two lives. The history started way back in 1985 when it was first launched as a five-door notchback liftback. Fiat Croma also marked the end of Fiat Argenta. Unlike other executive cars which were also built on the ‘Type Four’ chassis, Croma was truly a large family segment competitor. There were more than a dozen engine modifications for this car until in 1996 the last model boasted a 2466 cc engine with 100 PS.

1996 closed the curtains on this great family car that served the people for more than a decade. Riding on the success of its predecessor, Croma returned with a bang in 2005. With more than 6 auto-maker giants involved in the overall planning and designing of this vehicle; Croma was expected to rock the roads. But fate had other plans as the car failed miserably.

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Unlike previous models, Fiat designed it like a comfort wagon rather than a large segment family car. In February 2007, Fiat UK had to take a tough decision of discontinuing the production of Fiat Croma in UK. With just 900 vehicles sold in 2005, Croma’s future was in a poor condition.

In the 4th quarter of 2007, the sales saw an upsurge in other parts of the world as the sales of Croma rose. Fiat made minor changes in the overall looks of Croma which helped the cause.

Covering the segment of comfort and overall performance on road, we saw a different statistic sheet. It was rated as one of the most comfortable hatch with a huge boot and good access to the front and rear seats. The handling is awesome and so is the overall grip on the road.

The latest model of Croma is one of the safest in the world right now. It has qualified the test of 5-star crash and hence it is one of the best in its segment. Croma has always flaunted its style in a different manner. It features a host of sophisticated devices such as 7 crash airbags; ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution); ESP (Electronic Stability Program) including ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) and HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance); Hill-holder and many more.

Croma surely has a mediocre past but there is no doubt in the fact that it is one of the best ever cars from Fiat.