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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

I'm thinking of buying the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel for 14.5k, just not sure about the 85 BHP offered. I'm looking at economy rather than speed and performance but 85 BHP does sound a little slow to me.
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I'm thinking of buying the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel for 14.5k, just not sure about the 85 BHP offered. I'm looking at economy rather than speed and performance but 85 BHP does sound a little slow to me.
I ordered mine just over a week ago, apparently its the torque which is good, should have a bit of pull but its not going to set the world alight in terms of performance. I'm going for economy too, fuel is far too expensive so That where I am looking to save.
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Good luck. Hopefully you can save few bucks on petrol.
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Good luck. Hopefully you can save few bucks on petrol.
I hope so, if I get anywhere near the apparent 97 mpg on the motorway I'll be well happy.
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

Good luck with that, they only managed 85.5 out of a teeny C1. http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...howtopic=49686
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Good luck with that, they only managed 85.5 out of a teeny C1. http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/foru...howtopic=49686
To be fair, That was in 2006! Diesel technology has moved on a hell of a lot in 6 years, and back then no one had even heard of a 0.9 two cylinder petrol.
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When choosing between diesel and petrol I think you have to look at the big picture. I bought a Panda MJ brand new in March '05 for two reasons:

1. I'd been a driving instructor and was getting out of the business but still had some pupils so mpg was quite important, but

2. At the time the MJ was the most powerful Panda available with not only the most power but also the highest torque output.

Since then we've had the 100HP and on the latest Panda the diesel is (until the arrival of the non-turbo TA) actually the least powerful.

What I've found is that on my current commute which is around 12 miles each way, the MJ doesn't get up to its full potential which is why it gives around 54 to 58 mpg on a regular basis, rather than the much higher figures you often see quoted.

My mileage has also dropped from between 75 and 100 miles per day to 22 most days and zero on others. So, next year I think the MJ might be replaced by a TA
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I really like the styling of this - the Fiat range is really moving forward with some great looking new cars.
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I really like the styling of this - the Fiat range is really moving forward with some great looking new cars.

I must admit people have been VERY complimentatry on my '13 plate TA's looks,
the ONLY thing i'm not sold on is the Clear back light clusters ( I've always DETESTED "LEXUS_LITES"),

TA MPG is o.k. at mid 40's on my commute,
even at 800 miles on clock it really lights up when on the turbo,

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I reckon this 2012 model will only be around for 18 months ish & then be replaced by another model, this time completely new, so you may wanna just hang-on for that rather than launching into another model that may shed it's value as sharply as the Evo.

I think the 2012 will be a test-bed for the TwinAir & evolved MultiJet engines before they put them in an all-new model - better to have teething problems on a current (albeit facelifted) model than tarnish the reputation of an all-new one.

Plus it gives Fiat a chance to see what sortof job Renault & Peugeot do of the new Clio & 208 (due 2012) so they can go one better or get a unique selling point for the new Punto.

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Seems I was wide of the mark with the comments about it only being around for 18 months, since it's still with us now, nearly 18 months later! Not really seen any announcements about a replacement either, with the 500X and 500XL, plus a Panda SUV being mentioned in the press rather than anything about a new Punto. I do hope Fiat won't let it die a slow death whilst they focus purely on the 500 and Panda, but similarly I have seen quite a few of these 2012 models out & about & despite the overall model dating to 2006, it does still look the part.

Having test driven the TwinAir a few months ago I was thoroughly impressed with how much better the 2012 model was over the Grande Punto I drove back in 2006. The interior is really nice & the TwinAir felt miles more refined in the Punto than in my Parents 500, so it would seem there's no imminent need to replace the Punto anyway.
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

When I bought my 500 I was told that production Punto was being thottled back to a few models/trim levels while the new production line was being built (apparently there are two in the factory) for the new Punto. Of course this could just be a smokescreen as they gear up to remove it from production altogether.
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

I was told there had been a "relaunch" in the last 6 weeks - in the UK,
and it's essentially the same car - as Scout has suggested there may be a less confused engine / options structure -but the cars LOKK the same,
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Yep, you're right, I had a look on the configurator and there is no multiair turbo engine available on the lounge spec anymore
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Lounge spec has gone from what I could tell. They've brought back Sporting instead which makes sence as Sporting has always sold more in the UK than the highest luxury specs (Mk1 ELX, Mk2 HLX, Mk2B & Grande Eleganza & now Lounge). Trouble is that the new Sporting does without a sporty engine (biggest is 1.4 16v 105 MultiAir according to configurator)

Seems odd as the facelifted MiTo has lost the MultiAir 105 but kept the MultiAir turbo 135 - thought they might've got rid of 105 totally & just had the 135 now that the TwinAir 105 can be had in the MiTo and 500L. Weird!

Other changes appear to be dropping of the 1.3 75bhp Multijet Pop so only 85bhp diesel is available, but you have to go upto Easy or GBT trim instead.

TwinAir trim has gone - TwinAir (85bhp) engine is now available on Easy & GBT instead (better idea I think).

Unplugged Green and Acid Jazz Blue have gone (a shame, especially the blue) but there's a new colour for 290, Junglist Orange, which looks good.

Seat fabrics are different on some trims too, though as the brochure download is still the old one (with Lounge trim) I dunno if the fabrics have actually changed or if its just the configurator telling porkies
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

This is good news.

I know its really picky but I never liked the name lounge, sporting is such a cooler name. Can you imagine saying 'yes I drive a punto, the lounge version'. I dont why but I always imagined having to wear a smoking jacket if you ever had to say that.

Real shame about the blue as that was a lovely colour! The green, well i've never seen a green mk5 punto on the roads, I would only want it in green purely because no one else seems to have one.

You can see junglist orange here...

http://www.fiat.co.uk/fiat-punto/design-comfort

Doesn't look too different front he old Grande's orange which is a good thing
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