Building on a sustained success story which recently resulted in Punto sales figures topping the 5,000,000 mark throughout Europe, the new Fiat Punto goes on sale in the UK on 9 August. It features new engines, new transmissions, new styling, revised interiors, enhanced specification and subtle revisions to the chassis.
Widely appreciated for its class-leading interior space, practicality, pricing, performance, comprehensive engine range and low fuel consumption, the Punto has been awarded prizes by some 25 juries to date, including the coveted European Car of the Year title in 1995. In May this year, Punto’s reliability was recognised by UK warranty company Warranty Direct, whose latest reliability index named Punto as the third most reliable small car on Britain’s roads.
Today, Punto continues to be a major success story throughout Europe, where it has regularly sold over 500,000 units annually – including over 50,000 per annum in the UK. In the process, Punto has remained international sales leader of the highly competitive B-segment since launch, and was the best-selling car in Europe in 1998. Last year it was by far the most popular car in Italy, with sales of 208,000 units.
Now, with a new 22 model UK line-up embracing six trim levels – Active, Active Sport, Dynamic, Eleganza, Sporting and HGT – and no less than seven engine options including Fiat's brand new, state-of-the-art, 1.3 litre 16-valve Multijet turbodiesel, as well as a choice of two sophisticated clutchless transmissions – Dualogic and Speedgear, the new Punto, priced from £6995-£11,995 on-the-road, once again redefines perceptions of the B-segment car.