@acechip @Raj_pol Where in this or any other post of mine did I claim the gearbox is slick or light or with pitch-perfect gear ratios etc? My point is: the gearbox is 'fine', as is, imo and in any case is NOT 'shitty' or horrid or intolerable or difficult. This is just nit-piking. Team-Bhp style, with the difference that you guys are in good, sincere faith, while over there most commentators aren't always. It has nothing to do with whether Fiat sells or does not sell better. Which is my only concern. I cannot believe you guys keep missing the obvious point: Fiat is a struggling-for-sales business in India. Manufacturing a new gearbox (which of course will come on the all-new cars) COSTS money, money, money, honey, a strange thing for Fiat to do/invest in when it WILL have not the slightest effect on sales. Just to please nit-pikers? I think not. Besides, I can say in very good faith, fan or no fan, the clutch is malai-makhan on my new Linea (as it is equally so on the Evo/Avventura diesels), smoother than on the older Lineas (which my Dad still has) something that I am skeptically surprised though delighted to hear is matched by the Duster, a great pioneering car now heading fast into the sales dungheap, just like the Fiats. I know for a fact that the clutch is not, by, let's see: VW, Suzuki and Hyundai and not Honda or Toyota either (talking diesels). But no doubt these perceptions are biased since I am a fanboy. No doubt the gear+clutch is this awful deal-breaker, and a terrible ruination of the ownership experience. For some/most? BUT: the clutch travel IS long. So? The gear shift is a un-slick, not difficult, not clunky, not vague, not easy-to-get-wrong, not slow, just un-slick? So? The ONLY so? that matters is whether the changes made to the product/engine/etc specs have a chance in hell of making a dent in PROFITABLE rather than severely discounted sales, immediately, or gradually through an improved word-of-mouth/brand image. This gearbox and steering-position-is-uncomfortable kind of critique is worth little or nothing, since it's very doubtful changing them (at great expense) will yield either better sales or better brand image, in a market that clearly does not care for such stuff much (WAY down the priority list, just like build, safety, tyres, braking-steering-handling-suspensions). It might please the Autocar aunty-hack...but she'll just find some other way to depreciate/denigrate the brand and the car. The thing just is, let's call it 'the tragic condition of Fiats in India': Fiats are expected to have the looks of a Maserati (which they do!), the handling of a BMW (which they do!), the ride and nvh of a mercedes (which they do!), the build of a volvo (which they do!), the efficiency of a Prius (which they sort of do!), the brand charisma of a Ferrari (which they don't other than on TFi, for some members), the gizmo- and feature-ladenness of a Hyundai (which they do!), and the ASS of Toyota (which they don't but are there say 70%).........all for cost of purchase and ownership of a Tata small car. AND: they still will not buy a Fiat! Slickness of gearshift + clutch and other such grave, killing lacunae you see.... The ONLY meaningful, non-trivial-nit-piking, lacuna in the 2014/15 Indian Fiats is that....their sales figures are poor, which is the real reason for so much of the nit-piking. Everyone above all likes and buys a 'winner', joh jeeta in the baazar voh sikandar=maruti/honda/hyundai....etc Even the sheer thrilling power and pickup effect on hatches, matched to all that great handling/roadholding/braking etc is coming...via the t-jets on the FiatAbarths. It still has not on the 10 lakh rupee VW "gt" cars. They even fixed the misaligned glovebox on the Linea, would you believe? etc They won't sell much, because Fiats.......just don't sell much, not because they, like all vehicles at these price points, have this or that, these or those missing feature(s) or attribute(s). Me, for example, I'd have loved to buy my Linea t-jet in the famous "Palio yellow",or "Rosso Red", what a grievous oversight by fiat not not give me that option! That must be why sales are poor. That they don't sell is no doubt entirely their own fault (in the now distant past) but...is it too late? New "slick" 6-speed gearboxes and the 1.6 mjd etc are just red herrings? I sincerely hope Fiat ignores all such demands till their all-new cars are ready-for launch in end 2016-2017: they'll only lose money. Anyone, wanting a fast fast tight handling big-wheeled, wide-tyred hot hatch, who decides against buying the Fiat Punto Evo Abarth for much less than 10 lakhs (?) because the gearbox has a mere 5-speeds or because it has some 'mechanical feel' rather than digital-age 'slickness'.....would be lying about his/her real reasons for not buying a FiatAbarth! I expect to hear a few such pretend-earnest testimonials of "why I didn't buy the Fiat Evo Abarth t-jet, despite loving it greatly, bought an i20 elite instead" on that forum. I look forward to it, in fact, just to see how true my/our pessimism on Fiat's behalf is: 90% or 98% true?