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Old 03-09-2011   #1
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FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

The New Punto Model Year 2012 is making its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It will go on sale at the beginning of next year across Europe. The model confirms the aspects that destined the previous editions for success in all the European markets and intensifies the distinguished personality with an important aesthetic change, together with the new exterior colours and the seat upholsteries, not to mention significant technological progress with the introduction of the 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir turbo and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 Multijet.

In detail, on the outside the Punto 2012 model presents a new front distinguished by a bumper entirely painted in the same shade as the body, with the direction indicators positioned alongside the air intake in a single perimeter that surrounds them. On the rear section a shape in relief describes a zone that divides the area dedicated to the number plate from that in which the auxiliary functions of the lights are positioned. Inside, brand-new fabrics upholstering the seats and original inserts of the dashboard that emphasize its stylistic elegance are distinguishable. The new style innovations of the Punto 2012 are completed with a new design of the 15" alloy rims and new three metallic bodywork colours: Turquoise, Ruby Red and Graphite Grey. In addition, as for the 500 model, the TwinAir name on the Fiat Punto 2012 will indicate not only the revolutionary two-cylinder engine, but also a new trim level with a unique and recognisable look.

Therefore, with this new 2012 edition Fiat Punto reaffirms the values that have always distinguished the model: the dynamism and elegance of its lines, a perfect synthesis of Italian style and the technological innovation that since its launch has been a winning feature of the car. The model counts among its records that of being the first car of its class equipped with an advanced infotainment system (Blue&Me) or useful instruments for the customer so he can analyse his driving style in real time (ecorive info) and receive tips on how he can reduce environmental impact and optimising fuel consumption. The Fiat Punto also continues to be a constant point of reference when it comes to engine innovation. They are increasingly livelier and thrifty both with diesel (MultiJet) and petrol (MultiAir) supply, combining innovation with eco-friendliness every single time. Evidence of this lies in the methane or LPG engine, in addition to extending the Stop&Start with Gear Shift Indicator technology to all the Euro 5 engines. This system automatically cuts out the engine and prompts the best gear in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15% for an urban route. This long tradition of records today is reinforced with the Punto MY 2012 following introduction of new two engineering gems to the range: the 85 HP TwinAir turbo and the evolution of the 85 HP 1.3 MultiJet.


85 HP 0.9 TwinAir turbo

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The unprecedented TwinAir, which has won numerous awards in the industry - including "International Engine of the year 2011", "Best New Engine 2011" and "Best Green Engine 2011" - has now been placed on the Segment B top-of-the-range model of Fiat Group Automobiles.
The TwinAir project combines all the most modern technology designed by Fiat Powertrain (MulitAir) with the "downsizing" concept and is manifest in a small, low-weight engine that ensures excellent performance with low fuel consumption. The special engine tuning and its combination with a 6-speed gearbox confers to the car a perfect balance between eco-friendliness (98 g/km CO2) and driving pleasure (85 HP at 5500 rpm of power and 145 Nm at 2000 rpm of torque). The ECO button is also available. With a specific engine control calibration, it reduces fuel consumption to guarantee truly eco-friendly driving.

The Punto Twin Air customer therefore can choose between two driving modes: "normal", with full engine performance to enhance driving liveliness and vivacity, and "eco" for driving more attentive to economy.


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The 85 HP 1.3 16V Multijet (with a torque of 200 Nm at 1500 rpm) - already today on the cutting-edge thanks to the IRS (Injection rate shaping) technology of the MultiJet II and to the special eco turbo-matching of the turbocharger assembly - takes a further step forward with the introduction of two new technologies (Intelligent Alternator and Intelligent Flow) that let it reach the level of 90 g/km of CO2 emissions. The first technology optimizes the recharging battery strategy during the "engine cut-off" phases, while the second is obtained through an oil pump with variable displacement and optimisation of the cooling circuit. These technologies, together with the use of low-viscosity gearbox oil, make the Punto one of the diesel cars in its segment boasting the best CO2 emissions.


The 2012 range

The Punto 2012 is also revamped in its range structure, made clearer and slimmer, optimally epitomizing the editions currently on the market - the Grande Punto and Punto Evo - with the goal of giving the Punto model only one identity with a single styling and enhancing the winning combination of "style and technology".

In detail, the range comprises 3 trim levels (Pop, Easy and Lounge) available on the different engines, plus a dedicated trim level combined with the TwinAir engine, each featuring a different offer of contents with the goal of satisfying different needs.

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The Pop trim level represents the entry level, offered as an accessible, essential, simple and functional version. The second trim level (Easy) is the "feature model" of the range thanks to its wealth of equipment, and it offers an outstanding price to accessories ratio. Available in 3 different combinations of interior fabrics (red, blue and grey), this version is the expression of a colourful, youthful, casual, modern, contemporary and technological soul. The top-end is on the other hand represented by the Lounge trim level, which offers both rich and high-tech equipment to provide both ultimate comfort and a strong personality combining elegance and sportiness in an expert aesthetic union.

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Finally, the TwinAir trim level was created to enhance the introduction of the 2-cylinder engine by reflecting its lively and agile soul, as the bright and vivid launch shade of Verde Lime combined with the glossy black roof demonstrates. Added to this exclusive body shade are other distinctive styling features such as the burnished alloy rims with dedicated design and diamond treatment, glossy black pillars and mirrors and burnished headlights. The version is also immediately recognisable thanks to the TwinAir logo on the rear tailgate.

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Internally, the car is personalised with new interiors featuring grey and black "Sportex" fabric and a grey embroidered TwinAir logo on the front headrests. Another TwinAir logo is placed on the dashboard near the climate control system.
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Punto POP! I can see the jokes coming a mile away.
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Looks good...... Shame I just dropped £13k on a new Punto Evo that I won't get until November...... Gutted isn't the word.....

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this is so annoying! ive just splashed out on the Evo, after being told they had no plans to update it, im going to part ex mine when they release the next model
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this is so annoying! ive just splashed out on the Evo, after being told they had no plans to update it, im going to part ex mine when they release the next model
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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85hp from the 0.9 :O with a 6 speed box!

That will be a monster compoared to my 65hp 1.2 GP
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Why only 2 engines? Where are the 1.2 and 1.4 petrol versions, not to mention more powerful options. A model range with two low powered engines is not very attractive.
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I have just got my new punto evo and have only done 200 miles and they go and introduce a new range.

I would not mind but I thought the front of my Grande with the body continuing round the front and back with the number plate on looked better than the black insert style of the evo and now they will introduce it again 6 months after I buy my new one
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In my opinion, minor changes if any. I still remeber the rear lghts of the first Punto. They were so inovative, so very atractive.
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Wow looks amazing. Hopefully this will be sold in Australia.
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Punto POP! I can see the jokes coming a mile away.
Give it a few years of thrashings and it'll be punto *KABOOM*

That darker one looks nice though. I hope they keep on doing them in acid jazz blue though.
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

Mostly OT, but what's the colour of the second one called? I just saw a 2B like it this afternoon.
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

New here, so hi all taking deliver of my 1.4 easy on the 30th to replace my ancient punto

Not seeing much info or reviews of the new one though
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New here, so hi all taking deliver of my 1.4 easy on the 30th to replace my ancient punto

Not seeing much info or reviews of the new one though
welcome to the forum, press reviews mean nothing, you can post up real life user review when you get yours, please
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Re: FIAT Punto 2012 International Debut

Probably an odd question, but does anyone have any idea when this 2012 series be launches in other markets like Asia, and specifically India!

Though India is a slow moving market for FIAT even with it's best selling product Punto, India has already received a 2012 series with major lifts as below:
- upgraded GC to suit better to Indian driving conditions. 185 mm in 1.4 FIRE and 1.3 multijet. And 1.2 FIRE comes with whooping 195 mm
- rain sensing wipers and auto head lamps
- new upholstery (color scheme)
- reduction in NVH levels on MJT on high speeds

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