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Old 7th January 2014, 01:09   #916
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No points for actual performance tunes? Only sticker jobs and wacky spoilers and tow hooks? :(
I don't think points for performance mods will be awarded by any manufacturer. It basically brings some kind of legitimacy to the mods, a kind of manufacturer approval to changes done outside A.S.S network. Warranty claims for modded cars may then follow.
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Old 7th January 2014, 07:51   #917
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Fiat India have launched a contest on facebook.
This is as lame as it gets. The level of effort some folks have made to customize their Fiat's, without any support of Fiat India, the minimum they deserve is an all expenses paid trip to Fiat's home turf and not to some auto expo.
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This is as lame as it gets. The level of effort some folks have made to customize their Fiat's, without any support of Fiat India, the minimum they deserve is an all expenses paid trip to Fiat's home turf and not to some auto expo.
I don't feel its that bad. Afterall - there are tons of modified Swifts and Polo's etc out there too, but are they getting auto expo tickets? Dont think so. And its not just a local expo - its the biggest automotive event in the country for the next 2 years.

Atleast they are focussing a bit towards enthusiasts! A small but welcome step.

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there are tons of modified Swifts and Polo's etc out there too, but are they getting auto expo tickets?
Atleast they are focussing a bit towards enthusiasts!
You are correct. VW, Suzuki and who ever else are not offering any free auto expo ticket or something similar. I am not comparing Fiat to other manufacturers. If you want to make your customer feel more special about owning the car they do, Fiat as a company can do much more.

To me, getting an Auto Expo ticket on the house isn't a big deal. Like I said, every Fiat owner out there who customised his/her ride, some have gone to great extents to make their cars look stunning and show their true love for the brand. Some have cloned their cars so close to models that do not sell here. I feel they deserve much more.

On the subject of focussing a bit towards the enthusiast, the T Jet launch did show some light at the end of the tunnel. That light seems to have fused a long long time ago. A **ssy 90hp Sports, once again, to me, is not really enthusiast grade in any sense of it.
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To me, getting an Auto Expo ticket on the house isn't a big deal. Like I said, every Fiat owner out there who customised his/her ride, some have gone to great extents to make their cars look stunning and show their true love for the brand. Some have cloned their cars so close to models that do not sell here. I feel they deserve much more.
It is not just an Auto Expo ticket. The winner gets to showcase her/his car at the Auto Expo, and the car will stand between facelifted Linea, Abarth Punto and those Jeep models! In all likelyhood, the winner will also get to stand next to her/his car and explain the modifications. Imagine what kind of business the winner can do, if she/he is into professioonoal modifications!


Although it is not mentioned, I guess it is evident that Fiat will bear the complete cost of the trip for the winner: flight tickets and 5 star hotel accomodation as well as transport charges of taking the car to the Expo and back.
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Old 7th January 2014, 11:01   #921
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Although it is not mentioned, I guess it is evident that Fiat will bear the complete cost of the trip for the winner:
It is mentioned..."all expense paid trip"

Also upon close observation of the poster I found that they have used the Twitter symbol but the participation steps asks participants to upload pictures on Facebook
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every Fiat owner out there who customised his/her ride, some have gone to great extents to make their cars look stunning and show their true love for the brand. Some have cloned their cars so close to models that do not sell here. I feel they deserve much more.
Going by these words, one car that comes to my mind immediately is Karthikk's Abarthed Punto. That car deserves a spot at the expo along with other cars to provide an inspiration to all Fiat car buyers that the what a Fiat lover can do for his car. Even Fiat can learn a thing or two when launching newer cars. He wouldnt mind going all way long to the Expo if its all expenses paid trip. What say Karthik?
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Probably Fiat is keeping an eye on Karthik's car and want to showcase it in the Auto Expo as the Abarth version
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Very disappointed to know of the contest. The merchandise/decals that Fiat offer is hardly to be found in either the showroom or the service centers. I tried to get the roof rails for a friends Punto and gave up. Now, they have a contest? What exactly are they looking for? After market mods or mods made using Fiat stuff?

On another note, have the run out of ideas for a face lift ? :d
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Another of the crossovers after the VW Polo's and Fabia Scout and Etios Cross.

Fiat Punto Adventure crossover spied , India launch by mid-2014.

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The vehicle not just have cladding, but it gets an entirely new rear bumper and a rear wheel mounted on the boot. However, the bumper gets the same tail lamp cluster. Looking closely at the spare wheel, you will get to know that it features the "Adventure" badge and a handle for better grip
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Slated to be launched sometime by mid-2014, the Punto Adventure will be powered by the same 1.3-litre multijet engine that churns out a maximum power output of 90bhp and 200Nm of top torque. It will also get the 1.4-litre FIRE petrol engine.
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What in the name of god is that??

Why do we have to get such ugly contraptions? Instead getting the T-Jet into the Punto, they do this! Get the multi-air, get the Abarth, maybe even the Panda. And for god's sake, keep this out of India.

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This Italian source says, the crossover with the rear mounted spare is for the Indian market. Fiat seems to have done some serious market research in the compact SUV arena in India, off late.
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What in the name of god is that??

Why do we have to get such ugly contraptions? Instead getting the T-Jet into the Punto, they do this! Get the multi-air, get the Abarth, maybe even the Panda. And for god's sake, keep this out of India.
Echoing the same thoughts. Why on earth does Fiat want to do this. This even cant be called as half hearted attempt. How will Punto be considered as even as urban SUV like ecosport with just putting the spare wheel at the back.

I guess this one will have monopoly because no such segments exists atleast in India
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I would rather buy Adventure (Palio based) in used market quite cheap. When it becomes unserviceable, will just throw off the cliff or convert it into buggy and use it in farm.
Fiat seems to ran out of ideas, or just don't want to invest in new product presently.
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As a small boy my favourite fairy tale was the "Ugly Duckling" where an ugly duckling matures into a beautiful Swan.
This is exactly the opposite, A beautiful car is turned ugly

If they want to borrow ideas from other OEMs, it should be successful ideas. Why do they borrow such unsuccessful(atleast in India) cross variant ideas!?
Rather than doing this, an Ertiga like UV based on linea would have been much much better IMO.

As an individual part, I liked the bumper design though. Initially I thought that atleast I could buy this bumper and get it painted in body colour and fix it to my car...just the bumper.
But on careful observation I saw that there is a hinge attached to the spare wheel and that hinge passes through the bumper.
Later I saw that there is also a handle provided on the spare wheel cover.
So effectively, to open the Boot, we have to first swing open the spare wheel and then open to boot door!!! It can get so irritating!

So its ugly and its impractical...I wonder who does market surveys in Fiat. I just hope they drop this idea right now and work on other ideas (as mentioned by asr245) like multi-air engine, Tjet Punto, Panda etc...
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