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    Exciting Fiat

    Fiat is headed back to Australia and the new Punto will be part of the line-up

    27 May 2003


    FIAT has revealed the first details of the new Punto mini car, which will be part of the proposed Australian Fiat line-up to be launched in early 2004.

    This is a vital model for Fiat internationally, as it replaces one of its best selling models of all time with more than five million Puntos sold since it went on sale in 1999.

    Ateco Automotive Australia, the Australian Fiat importer that is already selling the Fiat Ducato Van, plans to offer a three car Fiat range in 2004 including the new Fiat Punto in high performance Abarth form only.

    Other models scheduled to form the launch range are the Stilo small car in GT and Abarth variants.

    The new Punto's styling includes a new nose and bumpers, which feature new, more powerful headlights and poly-elliptical foglights.

    Under the skin there's a range of new engines and gearboxes, including diesel and petrol choices.

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    The Abarth has a 1.8 litre 96 kW engine, with a top speed of 205 km/h via a 0-100km/h time of 8.6 seconds, and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

    Other new Punto technology includes ESP, the latest eighth generation Bosch ABS system which offers Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and EBA.

    In addition there is MSR and ASR to stop the wheels spinning or locking in down shifts.

    New comfort and convenience features include cruise control, parking sensors, rain detector for automatic wiper operation and a new dual-zone ventilation system.

    Other changes to the Punto include revised rear suspension, revised dashboard and new colours and trims.
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    Daniel,

    Looks like you asked the right man last night at the Citroen Car Club meeting wink

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    dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance yes there a going 2 be back
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    I hope that fiat do really well in australia actually. Hope ehoever sells them sticks with them...

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    lets see if the bodies withstand the invasion of cancer a little better than the fiats of old
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    I don't car if they give the new Fiats a 50 year anti rust warranty. They are BORING. mallet

    Unless they make cars like the 124 Sport/125/Dino (not Ferrari) again, I am not going to be interested.

    cheers!

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    B E R E T:
    Unless they make cars like the 124 Sport/125/Dino (not Ferrari) again, I am not going to be interested.

    cheers!
    As long as they are cars that drive like 124 Sport/125/Dino and don't rust like them.

    I am keen to see them return here, being brought up with Fiats, but I'll believe it when I see them in the local showrooms. It seems like they are been on the verge of returning for yonks, due to arrive early 2002, then early 2003 and now early 2004.

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    I think you might find this could be the last FIAT ever made. A bad time to re-introduce the range.


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    Stuey:
    I think you might find this could be the last FIAT ever made. A bad time to re-introduce the range.
    Yes, Fiat are in the financial deep poop at the moment. Apparently their only huge seller in Europe recently has been the Punto. The Stilo has not sold nearly as well as they hoped, and the Multipla while a good car looks too odd to sell well. They are plowing ahead with new models, hoping that they can generate enough new sales to claw their way out of this bad patch. Only time will tell I guess.

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    Yeah -without the rust or course goes without saying. mallet

    Still - they made their own bed. They were amongst the leaded in the late 1960's and they stuffed up BIG TIME. If they were too stupid to buy crappy Soviet steel in exchange for being alloed to make 124's under licence as Lads then that is their own fault.

    i read in an artricle that even the Italians have woken up to themselves and realise that they are better off buying a cheap Korean car instead of a cheap and pathetic new generation Fiat.

    mallet mallet head_ban

    <small>[ 29 May 2003, 09:22 AM: Message edited by: B E R E T ]</small>

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    bring back the 2300S coupe
    now that was a car to have
    my old man had a couple of these and i can still remember them
    bloody nice car and no slouch either in their day
    and they were ahead of their time with 4 wheel discs, inertia seat belts in the 60's
    and a nice little engine in them which actually had a little bell ring if you went over a certain amount of revs while the engine was still cold as a warning
    only trouble was the rust
    the last one we had was rust free and rust proofed and sat in the garage with covers over it and never went out in the rain
    but like the 604 my mother had as well
    but both cars while ever she had her hands on them were the best that anyone would ever find anywhere
    i like the older fiats like the 2300S coupes or the 124CC but it's the rust that is scary and parts prices aren't the cheapest either

    <img src="http://www.ritzsite.net/Fiat_Dino/196x_Fiat_2300S_coupe_Ghia.JPG" alt=" - " />

    <small>[ 29 May 2003, 10:18 AM: Message edited by: pugrambo ]</small>
    3 x '78 604 SL

    1 x 2018 3008

    1 x 2000 Citroen XM,

    1 x '98 306 GTi6 sadly sold

    1 x secret project

    1 x '98 406 STDT troop carrier and i don't care if it stinks, i don't sniff it's arse Death by wank tank

    1 x '99 406SV 5spd wagon, time to burn more fuel

    1 x 1994 605 SV3.0

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    pugrambo:
    bring back the 2300S coupe
    now that was a car to have
    my old man had a couple of these and i can still remember them
    bloody nice car and no slouch either in their day
    and they were ahead of their time with 4 wheel discs, inertia seat belts in the 60's
    and a nice little engine in them which actually had a little bell ring if you went over a certain amount of revs while the engine was still cold as a warning
    only trouble was the rust
    the last one we had was rust free and rust proofed and sat in the garage with covers over it and never went out in the rain
    but like the 604 my mother had as well
    but both cars while ever she had her hands on them were the best that anyone would ever find anywhere
    i like the older fiats like the 2300S coupes or the 124CC but it's the rust that is scary and parts prices aren't the cheapest either

    <img src="http://www.ritzsite.net/Fiat_Dino/196x_Fiat_2300S_coupe_Ghia.JPG" alt=" - " />
    Ah yes, I saw a 2300 Coupe for the first time at the Fiat/Lancia Car day last year. They are a lovely looking car. Apparently only a coupe were sold in Perth, and it took ages for them reach here. I am more partial to the 130 Coupe however, they are real nice highway cruiser.

    <img src="http://www.ritzsite.net/Fiat_Dino/1973_Fiat_130_coupe.JPG" alt=" - " />

    The price of parts for Fiats was always a mixed bag. The littlest part would be expensive, but anything I would expect to be expensive would turn out to be cheap. And perhaps it would good luck, but I could always get parts for my Superbrava locally. I never had to order anything from Italy, or the eastern states for that matter.

    Troy.

    <small>[ 29 May 2003, 02:46 PM: Message edited by: TroyO ]</small>

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