The All-New 2012 Fiat Punto: the evolution of a best seller







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 15, 2012
Categories: FIAT, FIAT Punto

Fiat launches the 2012 Punto – Elegance and dynamism in a tailored suit

  • Elegance and dynamism are at the heart of the 2012 Punto stylistic features
  • A choice of engines offering innovation, efficiency and reliability
  • High level of safety and comfort is standard
  • The range to suit all tastes
  • Pricing, warranty and service plans

Fiat Punto

The introduction of the all-new 2012 Fiat Punto brings the unmistakable Italian- style that Fiat has become synonymous with and delivers it together with elegance and dynamism in an all-new package.

The 2012 Punto for the first time, in a Fiat vehicle, offers the award-winning MultiAir engine, class-leading emissions mitigation technology, innovative technology and telematics and an unparalleled commitment to its robustness and reliability with a five-year 150 000km warranty.

Although it is an evolution of one of Fiat’s most popular cars in South Africa, the Fiat Punto, the 2012 Punto intensifies the distinguished personality of the vehicle with an important aesthetic update that makes the 2012 Punto even more attractive.  It starts with an elegantly executed design brief from Fiat’s Centro Stile.

The interior (fascia, seats and instrumentation) has been completely renewed to become even more prestigious and elegant, and the outside has been given a thoroughly restyled look too.

New exterior colours and the seat upholsteries and class-leading features and technologies distinguish the 2012 Punto as a leader amongst its peers. It is a car that arouses strong emotions; it combines intrinsic beauty with comfort, practicality and usability of a car from a higher segment. It is a technological and tactile delight appealing to all the right senses that give a car a soul.

Fiat has built a reputation for itself as a technology leader with technologies like its advanced normally-aspirated and turbocharged MultiAir engines – technology that won the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo the coveted Best New Engine of 2010 in the International Engine of the Year Awards.  The 2012 Punto, not only features a host of dramatic and stylish aesthetic updates both inside and outside of the car, but also builds on the features that appeal to the modern buyer. In addition to its design, technology advanced mix of materials and textures the 2012 Punto is spacious, with excellent front visibility, offers easy access and a capacious luggage compartment.

Having produced more than 8.5 million vehicles globally since the Punto was introduced to the world in 1993 (the year of the first launch) the Punto has been one of the company’s best selling vehicles. The same holds true for South Africa where the Punto has been one of the company’s best-selling products since its introduction in 2005 and will be sure to continue with this Italian-built trendsetter.

Fiat Punto 2012

Renewed style in the spirit of “elegance and dynamism”

The 2012 Punto is more stunning than ever thanks to the work of Fiat’s Centro Stile. In particular, the interiors of the new model have been completely redesigned to represent the most evolved expression of Italian style, with top quality materials and superb attention to detail. The result is a bright and elegant cabin with completely renewed fascia, seats, storage compartments and instrumentation.

On the outside, both the front and the rear have been thoroughly restyled, as shown by the attractive lines of the new bumpers and the incorporation of innovative and original headlights and taillights. The latest design has also “stretched” the car to a total length of 406 centimetres, so that its winning characteristics of driver and passenger comfort remain unchanged. The other external dimensions remain the same, with a width of 169 cm, a height of 149 cm and a wheelbase of 251 cm.

The 2012 Punto presents a new front distinguished by a new bumper painted in the same shade as the body with sleeker and deeper front air dams providing a more dynamic and aggressive look.

The direction indicators are positioned alongside the air intake in the front bumper and complement the fresh new facade. The rear bumper is incorporated and of the same body colour.

The number plate holder is recessed while integrated into the C-pillars are the entirely new taillights. Inside, brand-new seat fabrics upholstering and original dashboard inserts emphasise stylistic elegance. The new style innovations of the 2012 Punto are completed with a new design for the 15” alloy wheels and three new metallic bodywork colours: Rock’n’Roll Blue, Ruby Red and Intellectual Grey.

A choice of engines offering innovation, efficiency and reliability

The 2012 Punto continues to be a constant point of reference when it comes to engine innovation. They are increasingly lively and thrifty, combining innovation and reliability with eco-friendliness each time. The 2012 Punto is available with three engine derivatives:  a 1.4l 8V Fully Integrated Robotic Engine (FIRE) producing 57kW at 6000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 3250rpm; a 1.4l MultiAir producing 77kW at 6500rpm and 130Nm of torque at 4000rpm; and finally the award-winning 1.4l MultiAir Turbo engine producing 99kW at 5000rpm and 206Nm of torque at 1750rpm.

For the first time on a Fiat product, the 2012 Punto features Stop&Start technology with a Gear Shift Indicator across the model range, which assists in reducing the vehicle’s emissions and offers better fuel consumption figures. Stop&Start technology automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop and the gearbox is placed in neutral. In addition, while driving, the Gear Shift indicator suggests the best gear according to a number of programmed parameters in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% for an urban route. Fuel consumption figures are an extremely low 5.7l/100km and 5.6l/100kms for the 1.4 8v and 1.4 MultiAir, and 1.4 MultiAir Turbo respectively in the combined cycle.

A model to suit all tastes

The 2012 Punto range comprises of four models in three trim lines - Pop, Easy and Lounge - each featuring a different content offer with the aim of satisfying different needs and budgets. The Pop, Easy and Lounge trim levels address the traditional customer in a crescendo of comfort and style features.

The Pop trim level is available on the 2012 Punto entry model and offers a high level of comfort without compromising on convenience. Standard features include, Dualdrive electric power steering with a ‘city’ function, air conditioning, electrically operated front windows, a smoker’s kit with cigar lighter and ash-tray, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, driver’s seat with height adjustment, remote door locking and unlocking, and Start&Stop emissions mitigation technology.

In addition to the 2012 Punto Pop’s specification the Easy trim level – available on the 1.4 8V FIRE and 1.4 MultiAir models – adds 15” alloy wheels, exterior trim accents in body-colour and burnished headlight clusters to give the vehicle a more sporting look. Inside, Easy trim level features Denim Extra cloth upholstery with an electro-welded patterned insert available in red, blue and light grey colour combinations, CD MP3 compatible radio with steering wheel controls featuring six speakers and a roof-mounted aerial and comfort panel with trip computer and radio display between the speedometer and tachometer.

The Lounge trim level is available exclusively on the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo model has a very high level of specification. In addition to the Pop and Easy trim level’s standard features, Lounge enhances its offering through exterior aesthetics complemented by door mirrors that include a demisting function and external temperature sensor and 15” burnished alloy wheels. The 2012 Punt  Lounge invites you in with black Castiglio Cloth upholstery, leather-covered steering wheel and gear knob, rear electric windows, centre armrest with storage compartment, dual-zone automatic climate control and 40/60 split rear seat bench.

Safety is a priority not an option

The 2012 Punto is designed and built to achieve the highest levels of safety. The model range boasts a large number of safety systems (standard or optional depending on the model) starting from those dedicated to passive safety: two front airbags are standard across the range, two window bags and a driver knee airbag are standard on the Easy and the Lounge models (making the 2012 Punto one of the few cars in its class with a knee airbag) and two front side airbags which are standard on the Lounge and available as an option on the Easy models.

The 2012 Punto is also one of the few cars in its class that can be equipped with adaptive 'cornering' front fog lights that switch on automatically with dipped headlights according to the angle of steering – this feature is not available on the Pop, optional on Easy trim lines, and standard on the Lounge model. And don’t forget that the 2012 Punto also guarantees constant and reliable road holding thanks to electronic dynamic control systems for braking and steering. ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) are standard across the complete model range while the Lounge benefits from ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and Hill-holder to help with hill-starts.

Pricing, Warranty and Service Plans

  • Fiat Punto 1.4 Pop:  R129 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 Easy: R149 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 MultiAir Easy R169 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge R209 900*

*Prices are inclusive of VAT and CO2 emissions tax.

Peace of Mind

Enhancing the ownership prospect, 2012 Fiat Punto has 30 000 km service intervals and enjoys full after-sales support in South Africa thanks to a comprehensive parts inventory and the back-up of trained technicians at Fiat dealerships countrywide.

In order to provide truly carefree motoring peace-of-mind Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa offers Fiat owners a five-year or 150 000km warranty including paintwork and rust anti-perforation. Fiat also offers a four-year or 60 000km service plan on MultiAir models – 1.4 MultiAir Easy and 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge.

All new Fiat models are covered by the AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for 12 months. The service is active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available by calling the dedicated toll-free number 0800 223 727.

Renewed style in the spirit of “elegance and dynamism”

  • New front
  • New rear
  • New interiors
  • New bodywork colours

The characteristic value of a distinctly unique architecture for a vehicle, which is still the forerunner of its type once again, emerges in the design of the 2012 Punto. This saloon has a feisty attitude and offers space inside with an unambiguous image of speed and modernity.

Having established itself as an instant classic in a vehicle class that had never existed before, the 2012 Punto confirms Fiat's tradition of always creating cars in perfect tune with Italian design that are able to give voice to the attitudes and expectations of demanding car owners.

New front

The 2012 Punto has an updated exterior with front and rear bumpers that are a blend of the strong points of the Grande Punto, launched in 2005, and the Punto Evo, introduced to the European market in 2009.

In detail, the front bumper sports new creases that today enhance the technical and functional zones, such as the two air intakes, now enclosed in a single trapezium-shaped perimeter, and two side appendixes, which contain the direction indicators.

Now the bumper band that was first showcased on the Europe-only Punto Evo is integrated with the rest of the bumper in the same colour, while the round fog lights with cornering function (standard on the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge, optional on Punto Easy versions) are located in the lower air intake.

The grille is black and has a hexagonal mesh pattern on all the trim levels. It creates a sharper contrast with the body colour on the rest of the bumper. Higher up, the Fiat logo stands out in the centre of the bumper, while the other exterior details have remained the same as those of the previous Punto generation. The result? A highly refined design that doesn’t sacrifice clean lines.

New rear

As for the front, the rear bumper has also been redesigned and is painted the same shade as the bodywork. The rear fog light and reversing light are still arranged beneath it but now have an elongated shape and are integrated with the surrounding surface.

The Fiat logo is on the hatchback and now serves to unlock the doors, and the "Punto" logo is beneath it in the centre, stylised with the ruby-red dot, the same colour as the Fiat logo.

New interiors

The 2012 Punto sports fresher and more youthful materials and colours on the inside as well. In particular, different types of fabrics according to the trim levels have been developed for the seats: grey denim with ruby red embroidery for the Pop; Denim Extra with electro-welding in three different shades (grey, blue and red) for the Easy; and lastly a refined black Castiglio fabric with inserts and surfaces in a hexagonal pattern similar to the design of the front grille cover the anatomical configuration seats of the Lounge. The black leather upholstery is available as an optional on all the trim levels (except Pop)

The dashboard fascia has a soft touch feel to it and starting from the Easy trim level, is covered with a black 3D finish, Diamond, on the Easy versions, while the covering is made using a distinctive embossing, Stone, that emphasises the perfect blend of elegance and sportiness on the Lounge version.

New bodywork colours

Three new metallic bodywork colours complete the list of the 2012 Punto style innovations: Rock’n’Roll Blue, Ruby Red and Intellectual Grey.

A choice of engines offering innovation, efficiency and reliability

  • Robust and reliable 1.4 8V FIRE engine
  • MultiAir technology
  • Technologies for sustainable mobility

The technological excellence of the 2012 Fiat Punto is found in its diverse, robust and advanced range of engines. The optimal balance between performance, driving pleasure and fuel consumption is a common feature of all the engines.

The engines are matched with five- or six-speed mechanical gearboxes that have been optimised for excellent manoeuvrability and very low noise levels.

The following engines are available at launch all of which are petrol engines:

  • 57kW 1.4 FIRE 8v E5 Start&Stop
  • 77kW 1.4 MultiAir 16v E5 Start&Stop
  • 99kW 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 16v E5 Start&Stop

The 57 kW 1.4 FIRE 8v

Fiat’s Fully Integrated Robotic Engine (FIRE) has a capacity of 1368 cc and four cylinders in-line, with a bore of 72 mm and a stroke of 84 mm. There are two valves per cylinder, activated directly by the overhead camshaft.

The engine was developed paying particular attention to performance and consumption. This is achieved as a result of the volumetric efficiency, which has been optimised throughout the operating range, thanks to careful fluid dynamic development of the entire inlet system and the timing. The result is a power output of 57 kW at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 115 Nm at 3000 rpm. With this engine, the Fiat Punto has a top speed of 165 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.2 seconds. Consumption figures are among the best in this segment: 7.4 l/100 km in the urban cycle, 4.7 l/100 km out of town, and 5.7 l/100 km in the mixed cycle.

An engine that is both brilliant and sparing on fuel. Another feature of the new 57 kW 1.4 is the higher compression ratio (11:1) and the high torque delivery at low speeds, features that have made it possible to lower fuel consumption.

MultiAir technology

The award-winning and technologically advanced MultiAir turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines in the 2012 Punto engines have a capacity of 1368 cc and four cylinders in-line, with a bore of 72 mm and a stroke of 84 mm. This is the first time that the lauded MultiAir technology is available in a Fiat vehicle in South Africa.

The 1.4 MultiAir is available with two different power levels, 77 kW and 99kW. The engine represents a real point of departure from the current petrol engine scene. Compared with a traditional petrol engine with the same cubic capacity, the MultiAir engines provide a significant increase in power and torque, as well as much lower fuel consumption and emissions.

At the heart of the MultiAir is a new electro-hydraulic valve management system that enables reduced fuel consumption (by controlling air directly via the engine intake valves, without using the throttle) and harmful emissions (via combustion control), as well as improved performance. As befits a flag-bearer for the downsizing concept, MultiAir is a versatile technology that is easily applied to all petrol engines and may potentially be developed for diesel engines in the future.

The 99kW 1.4 MultiAir Turbo guarantees the 2012 Fiat Punto all the performance and temperament of a sporty, well-balanced car designed for customers who want good driveability and fuel economy. Thanks to the turbocharger, the torque delivery of the 99kW engine is optimum under all conditions and ensures outstanding acceleration and great response across the rev-range, setting a new benchmark for petrol engines. The new 99kW engine's top speed and time to accelerate from 0-100 km/h puts it at the top of the mini category: 200 km/h and just 8.5 seconds respectively. Excellent performance is combined with respect for the environment (Euro 5 type-approval) and good fuel economy. This excellence is reflected in particularly low CO2 emissions, equal to 129 g/km, with a combined fuel consumption of just 5.6 litres every 100 km. Fuel economy in the urban cycle is 7.3l for every 100km and 4.6l for every 100km on the open road.

Balance and temperament are also attributes of the 77kW 1.4 MultiAir power unit. The 77kW MultiAir also complies with Euro 5 standards and records 133 g/km of CO2, combined fuel consumption is just 5.7 litres every 100 km while it sips fuel at a rate of 7.3l and 4.7l in traffic and on the open road respectively. The 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in 10.8 seconds and top speed of 185 km/h.

All this tells you that MultiAir has all the necessary attributes to be as revolutionary in the field of petrol engines as JTD and MultiJet were in their day for diesel engines. Fiat's long tradition in engines continues.

Technologies for sustainable mobility

In addition to being a constant point of reference in terms of engineering innovation, resulting in increasingly lively and thriftier engines, the 2012 Punto reaffirms those values that have always distinguished the model: the dynamism and elegance of its lines, a perfect synthesis of Italian style and the technological innovation that since its launch has been a winning feature of the car. The model counts among its records that of being the first car of its segment equipped with an advanced (optional) infotainment system, Blue&Me which provides hands-free use of a mobile phone an integrated SMS reader, steering wheel-activated voice commands, MP3 player integration through USB port that is iPod ready and a 3.5mm AUX-IN socket.

All the innovations in the 2012 Fiat Punto form an integral part of “Air Technologies”, the new brand that contains all the low impact technologies able to combine respect for the environment with driving pleasure, and expresses the attitude with which Fiat calls people to experience their cars: with optimism, fun, economy and respect. From alternative fuel systems, gearbox and traction management systems, Start&Stop, Gear Shift Indicator and technical solutions designed to improve vehicle dynamic efficiency.  These are the thematic areas of “Air Technologies” that translates the Fiat philosophy of converting the needs of the people into concrete solutions immediately available today for all.

A high level of safety and comfort is standard

  • Combined protection features provide class leading safety features
  • Active safety
  • Suspension and handling

To verify the effectiveness of the combined protection system developed for the new model, the technicians of the Fiat Safety Centre subjected the new model to all possible high-speed collision situations. They then compared the results with the structural and biomechanical parameters envisaged by some of the world’s strictest legislation building upon the outgoing Punto’s 5-star Euro NCAP accident protection rating.  All models feature ABS and driver and passenger airbags as standard. The 2012 Punto Easy and Lounge models get the enviable distinction of being the only cars in their class with a standard knee airbag for the driver and curtain airbags for added head protection in side impacts.  2012 Punto Easy models can be further enhanced with optional side airbags for front occupants while the 2012 Punto Lounge features a full seven airbags including side airbags as standard for added side-impact protection and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with Hill Holder – HBA, and ASR (Anti Slip Regulation).

Head-on impact

The 2012 Punto scored extremely well in two different types of test. The first is carried out at a speed of 64 km/h against a deforming barrier to simulate a head-on impact between two cars; the second envisages a crash at 56 km/h against a fixed, rigid barrier. Thanks to the strong structural architecture and the use of high-energy absorption materials, on the Punto the intrusion levels of these tests are extremely limited and allow all the doors to open, without generating significant inertia stress on the occupants because it is efficiently absorbed by the Smart Airbag system. And finally, in the event of head-on impact, the items in the Punto luggage compartment do not hit the passengers.

Side-on impact

Two internationally recognised tests underline the new model’s ability to guarantee the safety of the front and rear passengers even in the event of a high-speed side-on impact. The first is that of ‘impact against a deforming barrier’, which simulates a collision at 50 km/h between two cars at a 90° angle. The Punto scores extremely well, thanks to the protection given to the pelvis by the sturdy bodyshell structure, to the abdomen and chest by the combined action of the sidebags (except in the Pop, optional on Easy models, standard on Lounge) and door panels, and to the head by the curtain bags (except in the Pop). The second test is that of ‘side-on impact against a post’, one of the most dangerous for any motorist.

Rear impact

From a structural viewpoint, during rear impact tests attention is focused on containing the deformation of the passenger compartment and preventing damage to the fuel tank, which could provoke a fire. From a biomechanical viewpoint, efforts are concentrated on protecting the occupant, preventing the seat from collapsing and minimising any injury, particularly to the neck and head, which are usually the parts under the greatest stress.

Pedestrian protection

The front of the Punto was designed with the pedestrian’s protection in mind. The lines are smooth and rounded and there are no protruding elements that could be dangerous to a pedestrian. The large surface of the bonnet minimises the risk of a pedestrian’s head coming into contact with the rigid front pillars. The most unyielding components inside the engine bay are positioned at a sufficient distance from the bonnet to allow the ‘skin’ of the bonnet to absorb at low levels the energy generated by impact with the pedestrian’s head.

Protection of children

The new model features all the devices that ensure that children travel in complete safety. The main devices that make this effective are the ISOFIX attachments on the rear seat and the possibility of deactivating the passenger airbag from the onboard computer.

Protection against fire

From the bodyshell to the various components, the 2012 Punto was designed and built to meet the latest and strictest internal Fiat standards in the field of fire safety. For example, the adoption of the Fire Prevention System that, in the event of impact above certain intensity, immediately blocks the electric fuel pump. The switch is positioned under the cover of the front right-hand door pillar, while the plastic fuel tank, which already meets future legislation, is located where it is protected in the event of a collision, and is able to resist any deformation without the risk of fuel leaks.

Active safety

The 2012 Punto adopts the most sophisticated electronic systems to control the car’s dynamic behaviour, implemented to take dynamic limits even higher so that they are not intrusive for the driver, while enhancing safety. The intervention of these devices has been studied with simulation and careful circuit tests in order to achieve an extremely enjoyable drive. A description of the generous equipment follows.

ABS standard across the range

The 2012 Punto’s excellent braking system is supplemented by one of the most advanced ABS anti-lock braking systems around. It has four active sensors and a hydraulic control unit with 12 solenoids. The ABS system incorporates the electronic brake effort distribution (EBD) system. This distributes the braking effort to the four wheels to prevent them from locking, guaranteeing full control of the car in all conditions. The system also adapts to the grip conditions of the wheels and the efficiency of the brake pads, preventing them from overheating.

ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Hill Holder – HBA, ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) and MSR (Motor Schleppmoment Regelung) is reserved exclusively for the flagship 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge model.

Enjoyable to drive and to ride in

The 2012 Punto is an extremely enjoyable car to drive, thanks to the suspension that provides superior handling ability, isolating it from the road; a braking system that is powerful and effective in all situations, to tyres that were studied specifically for the best comfort and maximum safety. Lastly  “Dualdrive” electric power steering is available on all versions.

The suspension on the Punto

One of the goals set by the engineers who worked on the 2012 Punto was to create a suspension system capable of offering performance comparable to that of upmarket cars.

In the front, the 2012 Punto features independent MacPherson suspension on which the damper and the spring act as both damping, elastic elements and as structural, cinematic elements. The main components of this structural system are the twin-shell pressed metal wishbones (with the patented ‘butterfly’ layout) made of pressed sheet metal rather than cast iron as on the previous model, with a significant weight saving; and the adoption of bushes with a larger amount of rubber than on the Punto, to enhance comfort (absorbing small bumps) without detracting from the excellent road holding and stability on corners.

The rear suspension is of the semi-independent type, with wheels connected by a rear torsion axle, a layout that has been optimised. As with the previous Punto the bodyshell attachments which have been widened and optimised in terms of the torsion element, making it possible to increase structural rigidity in spite of the lower weight.

What is more, the particular shape of the torsion element (the thickness of which varies with the version) has made it possible to achieve optimal anti-roll values, even without an anti-roll bar.

That is not all. The vertical layout of the dampers, which are attached to the bodyshell inside the wheel arch, has enhanced the filtering of surface roughness, which improves acoustic comfort in the passenger compartment. The rear axle structure is made up of lateral links pressed in two half-shells welded to a lateral torsion element which has a cylindrical butt join on the links.

And finally, the larger rear axle anchorage bushes support a higher longitudinal flexibility of the suspension under load, while the particular shape of the buffer pads ensures a prompt dynamic response when cornering.

Braking system

In line with its high active safety targets, the 2012 Punto is equipped with highly efficient, extremely sensitive braking systems. First of all the braking system is backed up by the most sophisticated electronic and mechanical aids – ABS with EBD, (ESP complete with ASR/MSR, Hill-holder, HBA – on 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge) – and it is of the servo-assisted hydraulic type, with two independent, cross-over circuits (each circuit governs a front wheel and the diagonally opposite rear wheel) to guarantee braking and stability even if one circuit should fail.

Throughout the range, the car is equipped with ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels, with drums or discs at the rear to match the weight and power of each engine. The 1.4 8v and 77kW MultiAir are available with ventilated 257mm disc brakes and 228 mm rear drums while the 1.4 MultiAir Turbo gets ventilated 284mm and 264mm disc brakes front and rear respectively.

‘Dualdrive’ electric power steering

The servo-assisted steering has two functioning logics, and exploits the power generated by an electric motor rather than that of a hydraulic pump driven directly by the engine. With electrical power steering, the steering response is linked to the car’s own speed: the higher the speed the lower the effect of the servo, and the greater the effort on the steering wheel, the more precise the steering.

This electrical servo-assist is innovative because it offers the driver an extra choice, between two different setting programs. The first guarantees the best understanding between the driver and the car, so it is ideal on mixed out-of-town routes. The second makes the steering lighter, requiring less effort and is perfect in town and when parking. The latter is engaged by pressing the ‘city’ button on the centre of the facia. To guarantee maximum safety at all times, the two programs have the same level of servo assist above 30 km/h, so that the response of the steering wheel is suitable for high speeds – ‘city-mode’ deactivates automatically when entering the highway.

The range to suit all tastes

  • Comfort without compromising convenience
  • "Blue&Me TomTom": the latest generation portable navigation system

The 2012 Punto is more stunning than ever thanks to the work of Fiat’s Centro Stile. In particular, the interiors of the new model have been completely redesigned to represent the most evolved expression of Italian style, with top quality materials and superb attention to detail. The result is a bright and elegant cabin with completely renewed fascia, seats, storage compartments and instrumentation.

On the outside, both the front and the rear have been thoroughly restyled, as shown by the attractive lines of the new bumpers and the incorporation of innovative and original headlights and taillights. The latest design has also “stretched” the car to a total length of 406 centimetres, so that its winning characteristics of driver and passenger comfort remain unchanged. The other external dimensions remain the same, with a width of 169 cm, a height of 149 cm and a wheelbase of 251 cm.

Comfort

The 2012 Punto range comprises of four models in three trim lines - Pop, Easy and Lounge - each featuring a different content offer with the aim of satisfying different needs and budgets. The Pop, Easy and Lounge trim levels address the traditional customer in a crescendo of comfort and style features.

The Pop trim level represents the entry level, offered as an accessible, essential, simple and functional version it does not forego any convenience and retains a high-level of standard features for a vehicle in its price bracket. The second trim level (Easy) is the mid-point of the range owing to its wealth of standard equipment. Offering the customer an exceptional price to equipment ratio, it comes standard with front airbags with side airbags available as an option, manual climate control, radio with CD and MP3 player, remote control, 15" alloy wheels and burnished headlights. Available in three different combinations of interior fabrics (red, blue and grey), this version is the expression of a colourful, youthful, casual, modern, contemporary and technological spirit.

The top end of the range represented by the Lounge trim level. It offers truly complete and high-tech equipment added to that of the Easy: 15" burnished alloy wheels, fog lights with a cornering function, chrome-plated exhaust pipe, anatomical configuration seats with side airbags, automatic dual zone climate control, leather covered steering wheel and gear lever knob, front armrest, 40/60 split rear seat, rear electric windows and ambient lighting are developed to offer a perfect combination between an elegant personality and the best comfort. A Skydome electric sunroof is optional on the Lounge.

"Blue&Me TomTom"

The 2012 Fiat Punto offers the optional My Port system providing integrated Tom Tom Navigation.  It affords the Punto driver the ability to drive in and out of the city with total peace of mind.  The “Blue&Me TomTom” device combines the advantages of an integrated infotainment system connected to the car's network with those of a latest generation portable navigation systems and is available on as an option on all models excluding the Pop. “Blue&Me TomTom” not only allows customers to use their mobile phone and media player in total safety without ever taking their hands off the steering wheel, but also offers an absolutely unique navigation experience as it is built into the dashboard and can be removed from the My Port system when not in use.

The setup for the “Blue&Me TomTom" is in the middle of the dashboard and allows the totally safe installation of the specific mounting that supplies power to the navigation device without external wiring. In addition, Bluetooth connectivity of mobile devices is made possible, thanks to Blue&Me. Phone, media player and car information can be displayed and managed on the navigation device's touchscreen.

The "Blue&Me TomTom" is at the forefront compared with the latest portable navigation systems available on the market: 4.3" HD capacitive touchscreen with iPhone-like HMI and detailed maps for Southern Africa.

Pricing, Warranty and Service Plans

  • Fiat Punto 1.4 Pop: R129 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 Easy: R149 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 MultiAir Easy R169 900*
  • Fiat Punto 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge R209 900*

*Prices are inclusive of VAT and CO2 emissions tax.

Peace of Mind

Enhancing the ownership prospect, 2012 Fiat Punto has 30 000 km service intervals and enjoys full after-sales support in South Africa thanks to a comprehensive parts inventory and the back-up of trained technicians at Fiat dealerships countrywide.

In order to provide truly carefree motoring peace-of-mind Fiat Group Automobiles South Africa offers Fiat owners a five-year or 150 000km warranty including paintwork and rust anti-perforation. Fiat also offers a four-year or 60 000km service plan on MultiAir models – 1.4 MultiAir Easy and 1.4 MultiAir Turbo Lounge.

All new Fiat models are covered by the AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for 12 months. The service is active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available by calling the dedicated toll-free number 0800 223 727.

The new model is covered by the AA Fleetcare roadside assistance for 12 months. The service is active 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available by calling the dedicated toll-free number 0800 223 727.