Motor Show Geneva: Punto 2012: the evolution of a best seller







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 21, 2012
Categories: FIAT, FIAT Punto

  • Elegance and dynamism are at the heart of the new Punto’s stylistic features
  • Eco Fun: 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir for new driving pleasure
  • 10 engines that meet all needs
  • 1700 combinations in the range

Fiat Punto

The Punto 2012 confirms the distinctive aspects that destined the previous editions for success in all the European markets  – not only is it constantly the top-selling car in Italy, but nearly 8.5 million vehicles have been produced from 1993 until today -  and intensifies the distinguished personality with an important aesthetic update, together with the new exterior colours and the seat upholsteries.

Together with the modernised look, also the two-cylinder 85 HP 875 cc TwinAir turbo engine - named "International Engine of the Year 2011"  –is making its debut. This engine makes it the petrol-fuelled car with the best performance to fuel consumption ratio in its category.

Renewed style in the spirit of 'elegance and dynamism'

On the outside, the Punto 2012 model presents a new front distinguished by a bumper entirely painted in the same shade as the body, with the direction indicators positioned alongside the air intake in a single perimeter that surrounds them. The bumper is incorporated and of the same body colour also at the back of the vehicle. In detail, its shape in relief describes a zone that divides the area dedicated to the number plate from that in which the auxiliary functions of the lights are positioned. Inside, brand-new fabrics upholstering the seats and original inserts of the dashboard that emphasise its stylistic elegance are evident.

The new style innovations of the Punto 2012 are completed with a new design for the 15” alloy wheels and three new metallic bodywork colours: Glam Rock Blue, Tip Tap Red and Blues Grey. As for the 500 model, the TwinAir name on the Fiat Punto 2012 will indicate not only the two-cylinder engine, but also a new trim level marked by a unique and recognisable look: the availability of a dedicated colour, Energetico Green, and the exclusive glossy black roof, available as an optional.

Eco   Drive: 0.9 TwinAir 85 HP for new driving pleasure

Together with the updated look the two-cylinder 85 HP 875 cc TwinAir turbo engine -  named "International Engine of the Year 2011"  –is making its debut. This is what confirms the model as a perfect balance between eco-friendliness (98 g/km CO2) and driving pleasure (85 HP at 5,500 rpm of power and 145 Nm at 2,000 rpm of maximum torque).

With the specific engine control calibration, this engine brings together two different operating modes that can be selected by pressing a button on the dashboard. Normal provides full engine performance to enhance driving liveliness and spirit, while Eco, which limits the torque, reduces fuel consumption to ensure a driving style that is truly eco-friendly and more economical.

Another innovation in the field of engines is the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet 2. By adopting two new technologies, Intelligent Alternator and Intelligent Flow, it achieves the record-breaking level of 90 g/km CO2. These technologies, together with the use of low-viscosity transmission fluid, make the Punto 2012 one of the diesel cars in its segment boasting the best CO2 emissions.

10 engines that meet all needs

The Punto 2012 continues to be a constant point of reference when it comes to engine innovation. They are increasingly lively and thrifty both with petrol (MultiAir and TwinAir) and diesel (MultiJet) supply, combining innovation with eco-friendliness every single time.

Evidence of this lies in the methane or LPG engine, in addition to extending the Stop&Start with Gear Shift Indicator technology to all the Euro 5 diesel and petrol engines. This system automatically stops the engine and suggests the best gear in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% for an urban route. This long tradition of records is reinforced today with the Punto MY 2012 following introduction of the new 85 HP TwinAir turbo engine and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet engine.

1700 combinations in the range

The Punto 2012 range consists of several trim levels (from 4 to 6, depending on the market), each distinguished by a different offer of features with the aim of meeting the numerous needs of this segment's customers. The many option packages that provide a very high level of customisation complete the offer.

Pop is the entry trim level of the range as it is essential, functional and accessible. Easy represents the mid-point of the range, with its perfect combination of style and technology. Lounge on the other hand is the top of the range as it is chic and refined, with an offer of contents worthy of a higher category. The Racing and Sport versions have been created for customers looking for a car that looks distinctive, dynamic and aggressive, and they are available in some markets. Then there is the exclusive TwinAir trim level.

Dedicated to the revolutionary two-cylinder turbo engine, it has a strong and immediately recognisable personality. There are many exterior details that make a big impact, such as the special black alloy rims and a special diamond surface treatment, glossy black pillars and mirror covers, the black roof offered as an exclusive option for this trim level, and a new dedicated colour, the lively and spirited Energetico Green-Green Rap, which joins the range of Punto 2012 colours. The Punto TwinAir reveals its character on the interior, too, with the new "Sportex" fabrics, the logos  and the dashboard trim covered with a 3D texture called Diamond.