New Fiat Punto Heir To Success, Star Of The Future - Outstandling Handling | Part Two

Fiat Punto Sporting 2003


The New Fiat Punto also offers the peace of mind of outstanding roadholding that is due, above all, to a suspension system specially designed to absorb and reduce vibration due to road surface roughness. A new, extra-rigid torsion beam increases vehicle stability. Not to mention the fact that the New Fiat Punto boasts two very persuasive attributes. The five-door version offers an outstanding passenger room coefficient (86.4%) and one of the most spacious luggage compartments (297 litres) plus very effective space management options. These winning features complement the higher total volume: at nearly three cubic metres, the model is at the peak of its market band and can comfortably accommodate five people. This, in brief, is the New Fiat Punto's calling card. The mark of a winning model that has proved a real best-seller in recent years. The figures speak for themselves: more than five million Europeans bought it, twenty-five international juries voted for it and it confirmed Fiat's acknowledged position as leader of segment B since its launch. And Fiat plans to hold on to this position in the future with the New Fiat Punto as it honours its promise to make competitive, top-quality products that are also good-looking and packed with innovative features. The latest addition to the House of Fiat marks the start of a new chapter: the next generation on from the previous model. As did the Punto launched in 1999 compared to the 1993 model - and as did the Uno when it succeeded the 127. In other words a car with different layout, style and technical content.

The name remains the same, as a fitting tribute to a car that was appreciated by so many customers of different tastes, ages, nationalities and professions. But the New Fiat Punto has changed its style. This was done specifically to ensure it stands head and shoulders above its competitors because it will always be one step ahead. The model's personality has now been reinterpreted: the range is no longer dependent on a distinction between 3- or 5-door versions but is now distinguished by the character of its versions: elegant on one side and sporty on the other. One example is the brand new front end that is the same for both bodies, though certain details differ between the elegant and the more sporty specifications. Cloths and trim shades also differ, as do the facia and instrument panel. The exterior dimensions have been slightly changed compared to the previous Punto to ensure the car can nip through town traffic and park with ease. The dimensions are 1.66 m in width, 1.48 m in height, and 3.84 m in length (the 3-door) or 3.86 m (the 5-door).

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Published 20 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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