Fiat Grande Punto Car Shipping Estimates
Since 1993, Italian manufacturer Fiat has been producing the Fiat Punto – a supermini currently in its third generation. The Grande Punto is the marketed name of the third generation Punto, however its codename is Project 199. It was unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show and went on sale later that year. Again styled by Giugiaro, the car is based on the Fiat/GM "Small" platform which is a new version of the General Motors Gamma platform. There are a few options available in terms of engines and those being: the 1.2 Fire 8v (65 hp), a new 1.4 Fire 8v (77 hp) and the 1.4 16v (95 hp). Drivers looking for diesel are also in business with four options, all of which are MultiJet engines: two 1.3 16v units and two 1.9 with 120 and 130 hp. All of the engines are Euro IV compliant although American compliant is another story. The Grande Punto is also a safe bet given that it was awarded 5 stars in the EuroNCAP crash test for passenger protection and Euro NCAP 3 star certification for pedestrian safety. The most powerful engines have electronic stability program and anti slip regulation fitted as standard, and it is an optional extra on some of the lower powered engines. Fiat made a big move in 2006 by opening themselves up to the Australian market. Fiat introduced the Punto there in mid 2006; it is the first Fiat to be sold in Australia since 1989. Shortly after its launch, the car was broadly accepted and praised for being the most economical car on the market. The Italian-made Grande Punto has already also been launched in Chile and Mexico, in both gasoline and diesel versions. As for the rest of South America, the Brazilian-built Grande Punto will be launched in early 2007.