Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by Ravi, Dec 6, 2012.
Wish it also comes with a 4X4 option.........
The impressively likeable and trust-able Kevin Flynn, speaking with some detail and elaboration, with no slight passion, frankness and intelligent commitment, or so it comes across. Not to miss.
Lots of enigmatic promises of further good 'action' beyond the Abarth brand introduction, including on marketing. More power to him? Hope FCA apac and hq are supportive as well: exciting it'll be for us as observers, well-wishers and 'fellow travellers' of Fiat (and Jeep) aka fca!
Kevin Flynn, seems to be just the right person for FCA India, very active, dynamic and emotional
Great interview this, full 20 min video. and SVP is one of the few reporters who does know the auto industry at the global level. and does know the heritage of FCA.
Fiat is Back !!! Good luck Kevin !!!
Thanks for sharing this, very soothing to hear that Fiat is here to stay, amidst all the negativity that Fiat may close up, after the closure of a dealer in Pune. May be a turnaround is somewhere in the vicinity. I like the fact that he drove most of the cars from competition to understand Fiat from a product perspective. Hopefully he can package and position Fiat right to catch the pulse of the Indian buyer, which i believe is hugely responsible for the current state, add to it the ASS. All the best to the new management !
But did he mentioned any name of the upcoming model which can be presented as an upgrade for existing 'Linea owners`?
Some digging through Brazilian auto websites and supplemented by my internet contact who (?) seems to work either for Fiat or FCA or MM in Italy-cum-America, yields the following not-entirely-thoroughly speculative conclusions:
(a) there will NOT be an all-new Palio and an all-new Punto for Brazil. They will be replaced by one single model. There will be no Punto-replacement for europe, instead that car will be a 500-styled 5-door.
ergo, the Indian 'New Punto' for 2017 = the 'New Palio' for Brazil.
How they relate to the Aegea hatch is THE question, since the Brazilian website claims, based on inside sources, that this hatch will share its platform (i.e., dimensions and hardpoints, rather than architecture: chassis components etc) with the jeep renegade, i.e., SUSW, just like the Aegea hatch (and sedan) will?
Perhaps the Aegea hatch and sedan will, like the current Indian and Brazilian Linea and Punto use the (modified, lightened, modularized) Palio platform rather than the European susw/scss used on the Turkish Aegea sedan/Linea and Aegea hatch/Punto. With different, less expensive suspension architecture etc?
In which case, for India: the 'new Grand Sienna' in the Indian 5-year planfor2017/18 will be a close sibling of the Aegea sedan afterall!
(b) Project X3U was the project name for the b-suv for India, the 'New Avventura' of the 5-year plan for end-2016, so Hormadz of Autocar was told many months ago, to go up against the Ford Ecosport, sub-4m cuv space, with the 1.5, Indian version of the 1.6 mjd.
Except that the Brazilian websites as well as my internet insider friend claim that the X3U is the C-Suv version of the upcoming Toro pickup truck, only a little smaller than the Toyota Hilux/Fortuner,and NOT anywhere near sub-4m, off the same platform etc as both the Jeep C-suv and the Renegade, both of which are 4.25m-plus.
ERGO: the Indian 'New Avventura' is either a cross/adventure version of the approx.4m(?) new Brazilian Palio-cum-Punto, or....going by the moniker X3U it will be either a Duster-or-bigger suv (same as the Brazilian Toro-pickup-based-suv), an inexpensive twin ofthe Jeep c-suv (slated for Indian localized manufacturein 2017), just like the 500X is of the Renegade,
or it will be a cross version of the Aegea hatch (much seen undergoing testing in Europe), probably off a modified-Palio platform rather than the European SUSW, since the new Palio-cum-Punto sound very much like close siblings of the European Aegea hatch?
There have been confirmations, and test mule sightings, of everything BUT a sub-4m CUV, due for India in end-2016, if they're sticking tothe plan.
And so, as a best guesstimate: the big Aegea hatchback IMO will be the Indian 'new Avventura' (cross version), a smaller version of it will be the new Palio/Punto hatch,and the new Grand Sienna scheduled toreplace the Linea in India will indeed be the Aegea sedan, albeit PERHAPS all of these, for cost reasons, off a new, lighter, modular version of the Palio platform+architecture rather than literally that/those of the Aegea/Renegade/500x/JeepC-Suv?
This last bit about use of the Palio platform for the X3U 'New Avventura' was twice confirmed to Hormardz of Autocar. Its use, rather than use of the Jeep c-suv+Renegade one, would mimic what they did with the Indian Linea and Punto relative to the European ones?
Also,of related interest:
Kevin Flynn interview.
The FIAT DNA. He is not willing to compromise that for market say.
We are building European cars in Asia when everybody else is building Asian cars in India and we need to work out what is the best. What we cannot do is obviously betray the DNA of what we are.
we are in awe of the build quality of fiat but will it win them customers in numbers?
because the build is almost directly related to fuel efficiency in india?
If the built quality is put off , there is no need of teamfiat itself !
Baring the resale value (a huge minus for any common man), this European brand with cheaper maintenance bills deserve much more appreciation and I believe it will happen through Kelvin !
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