Fiat Punto Is 'Best Environmental Car 2005' In Sweden

According to the Swedish Association of Green Motorists, Fiat Punto Natural Power is the best car for the environment. In fact, the Swedish association has voted it number one both in the overall rankings, and in the ‘Small Car’ category.

Launched in Sweden in May 2004, the Punto Natural Power was immediately well received thanks to its compact yet roomy design, outstanding safety features and excellent fuel consumption. This was confirmed when the municipality of Gothenburg became the first public authority in Sweden to choose it: as of today the municipality’s Technical Service departments have purchased 130 units.

To date, about 300 Punto Natural Power versions have been delivered to the Swedish market, the majority sold as demo-cars for applications in the professional field. Over the coming months, municipalities in Sweden will be deciding the breakdown of their ‘green’ car fleets, and so sales could well grow significantly.

Punto Natural Power uses two independent fuel systems: one for natural gas and the other for petrol. The vehicle automatically switches to gas after the engine has been started, although the driver can change fuel manually at any time with the touch of a button on the facia. And when the natural gas level drops to near zero, the engine is switched automatically to petrol.

Maximum range with natural gas totals 260 km, whereas the combination of natural gas and petrol give the car a range of 960 km.


Published : 08/06/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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