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.
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.
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.