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Fiat 500 ABARTH 595 Competizione - First Drive Report

Discussion in 'Abarth' started by nkrishnap, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. prabhjot

    prabhjot Esperto

    delhi ncr
    Does a ckd version of this car, the Abarth 595, with the locally-made t-jet engine that's going into the Linea/Punto/Avventura, priced say 5-6 lakhs cheaper than the current 30 lakhs ex-showroom delhi, make sense, in terms of sales-numbers? Would it be worth their while? The Mini range sells 500 odd a year with just 4-5 dealers too,albeit with the much bigger/roomier and dieselised Countryman too?

    Or is the 500 and its variants such as the Abarth 595 best deployed, if at all, ONLY as a sort of brand-building, 'halo' car? Bought by only a few "connoiseurs'?

    It would be brilliant for the brand indeed if the Abarth 595 Competezione opens up the VIABLE prospect of offering other retro-chic-authentic nameplates and variants as well from Fiat, too: whether CKD or even CBU! The 500 Vintage...the Abarth 500 Biposto even, of course the 500X+its upcoming Abarth avatar, and also this upcoming very-hot, t-jet-ed, roadster too: the Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider.


    Is there a market, with appropriate marketing, for other such cars (BEYOND this 595 launch), ckd or cbu, from say 13/14 lakhs to say 30+/- odd lakhs? Enough, that is,to make such an exercise (no doubt focussed only on the 6-10 biggest cities) worthwhile for FCA India? If nothing else, for the sake of brand and dealer-image-boosting, without losing money?! Perhaps, to be sold out of the new Jeep dealerships, rather than only or at all through the normal Fiat ones? Perhaps, also, to be especially sold via e-commerce- or even direct-sales-type channels?
  2. adisrini1103

    adisrini1103 Amatore

    Linea 1.3
    @nkrishnap was the Punto abarth prototype(as they call it) sounding like this.....??

  3. Vidhyashankar Kannan

    Vidhyashankar Kannan Regolare

    Avventura 1.3 90 HP
    That is one sweet sounding machine! I really wish they bring that noise to the Indian one too. That crackle is quite something. And its not even something that's too expensive to do. Atleast posers will buy the car just to keep revving at all signals. Anything to make it sell.
  4. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    It should just like the Linea Tjet. Or should I say "muted" which suits it better. Even I wish Fiat does something about the exhaust note.
  5. Tony

    Tony Esperto

    Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai
    Grande Punto 1.2
    Hope to c the sales chart climbing

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