On the 24th November, the millionth Grande Punto came off the production lines at the Fiat factory in Melfi. This model was launched in 2005 and was the heir of two best-sellers: the first Punto (from 1993 to 1999) of which 3.5 million were manufactured, while the second series (launched in 1999 and currently on sale in Europe under the name Punto Classic) exceeded 3 million.
Intended for the British market, the millionth Grande Punto is a Passionate Red Sport version equipped with the spirited 1.4 turbo petrol engine. The car’s distinguishing characteristics are its large “Skydome” electric roof, 17″ diamond-cut alloy wheels and chrome rear view mirrors. These last two features confirm the great attention given to accessories and aesthetic details introduced with the 2008 range.
Aware of the comfort and safety features of the upper segment, 40% of customers choose the Dynamic version. (In South Africa the Dynamic version is also the most popular.) Of interest is the fact that for a few weeks now, the dual fuel (petrol/methane) Grande Punto has been on sale in Europe, expanding the Natural Power range currently comprising the Panda, Multipla, Doblò and Punto Classic models.
It is an important point that 24% of total sales of the Grande Punto are actually of the new methane version. The Grande Punto Natural Power is the ideal answer for those who want an environmentally-friendly car which is also economical with low fuel consumption. All this combined with excellent performance, extraordinary versatility and maximum safety levels. Until such time as methane becomes freely available in this country, Fiat Group Automobiles SA won’t be introducing this variant locally.
IN 2008 FIAT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF BUSINESS IN SOUTH AFRICA. FROM A SINGLE MODEL LINE-UP AND NOT ONE STAND-ALONE DEALERSHIP, THE COMPANY NOW BOASTS A VERY COMPREHENSIVE RANGE AND A DEDICATED DEALER NETWORK. FIAT GROUP AUTOMOBILES SOUTH AFRICA – 10 YEARS YOUNG AND HERE TO STAY!