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Old 15th February 2014, 13:01   #1066
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Actually, I'm struggling to think WHICH car did Fiat ever launch in India without an Italian name?
Petra...

Named after the famous archaeological site in Jordan:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra

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Old 16th February 2014, 11:26   #1067
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Linea facelift to be launched in the first week of March.
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Facelift Punto Mules spotted near Sanaswadi, Pune

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This looks different than the Punto facelift we've seen globally. This is something new!
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After being disappointed with fiat at the auto expo for not giving us a taste of punto evolution, I really hope n wish fiat improves the interiors of punto just like they did with new linea.
Also exterior changes, on the lines of punto evolution will be an icing on the cake.
Fingers crossed, desperately waiting to see the new punto :-D
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Old 17th February 2014, 18:53   #1071
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At last! The facelift is here. Really want FIAT to improve their volumes.


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Will have to wait and watch , design , atleast external , was never an issue to begin with so for me a facelift does not help , sure there are some additional elements as part of the package now - will need to see what cost they make it to the showrooms with but fiat has bigger problems than design.

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At last! The facelift is here. Really want FIAT to improve their volumes.


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Old 18th February 2014, 09:37   #1073
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Default Re: Fiat's India strategy revealed. Abarth, Jeep, new Linea & Punto coming. More insi

Could this be testing of AMT in Punto (along with other changes both external and internal)? I remember FIAT using AMT in Punto earlier (not in Indian market though), now since the MSIL has created interest in this technology and Tata’s are also looking forward to the same application, it may well be possible that FIAT India might give an additional AMT option to revive sales in India
Keeping fingers crossed !
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Not sure if posted earlier

"Nagesh Basavanhalli, president and managing director, Fiat Chrysler India Operations, had made it quite clear that the 500 Abarth will not be localized but for some odd reason no one paid attention to that statement. Fiat will still import the 500 as a CBU and the Abarth kit too that goes into the car will be imported. The company said that they will be localizing something but those plans were not disclosed."

"In fact what Mr. Basavanhalli wanted to make clear is that the Abarth kit, which will be imported, will make its way into a car that is manufactured at the company's Ranjangaon plant. We put two and two together and figured out that the Abarth kit will make its way into the Punto, thus giving birth to the Grande Punto Abarth."

http://auto.ndtv.com/news/fiat-500-a...e-otherstories
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This time the Punto facelift is spied up-close;

New front bumper & fog lamps clearly visible;

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At the rear the changes include new tail lamps & re-positioning of reflectors;

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More pics of Punto facelift doing rounds in Pune courtesy IAB:

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Mods, apparently @karan561 had already posted the pics, before I could. You may kindly delete/ edit my post.

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The pictures here make me think that the new Punto can be an Avventura without the rare mounted spare wheel.
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@Cardeep.. Is it just my imagination or for real that the punto facelift's rear bumper is slanted?
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More pics of Punto facelift doing rounds in Pune courtesy IAB:
After looking at the placement of the blinkers and the fog lamps, it seems a bit different from the Punto Evo look that was expected. The tail-light cluster looks the same as earlier, except for the smoked look. I think now the blinkers are integrated in the ORVMs. The main improvement is expected in the interiors department and if FIAT can improve the quality in that department, it will be good news.
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@Cardeep.. Is it just my imagination or for real that the punto facelift's rear bumper is slanted?
@JayKis, it's not your imagination, but bad photography courtesy takings snaps while on wheels that has caused the image (s) to be of average quality.
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