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Fiat India - Linea 1.6 MJD

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Arun1100, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Bummer: Fiat India says no to Linea 1.6 Multijet Diesel/Linea Automatic!
    Courtesy :IndianAutosBlog

    Fiat India has come out in the open and scotched all the rumors floating about talking about a 1.6 Liter Multijet diesel engine for the Linea and an Automatic Dualogic gearbox for the existing Linea 1.3 Diesel.

    This announcement was made to IndianAutosBlog by Fiat India when the former contacted Fiat to enquire about the supposed launches that were touted to happen later this year. Here’s what Fiat India’s Spokesperson had to say.

    It (1.6-liter diesel variant) is not in the business plan for this year. There is no truth to it. It is just a person’ or a site’s report. We displayed it(the Automatic Dualogic variant) at the Auto Expo but there are no plans to introduce it in the near future. When we are ready, we will do an announcement.

    So, from the word emerging from Ranjangaon, it seems that Fiat India will not launch both the 1.6 Liter MJD Diesel Engine in the Linea or the Linea Automatic in the near future. But on the other hand, word on Indian forums suggests that even Fiat India dealers reportedly telling customers that the 1.6 Liter Diesel engined Linea will be launched later this year.

    Considering the fact that automakers often keep mum or deny their plans when asked about their launch plans, we’re thinking that this could very well be a case of, No smoke without fire. What say, Fiat? On the other hand, a bigger diesel engined version might not make any sense as it could make the already dismal selling Linea more expensive, a-la-Fiat Linea T-Jet.

    Lack of variants has never been Fiat India’s issue in the Indian market. In fact, the 2011 Fiat Linea comes with three engine options and so does the 2011 Fiat Grande Punto. Rather, Fiat India’s image which has taken a beating in the past is yet to recover fully due to the shoddy treatment of prospective Fiat customers at Tata-Fiat dealers, that we firmly believe has been the major cause of dismal sales for Fiat India.

    All said, the near future will reveal whether Fiat India’s denial really holds good or whether the no-smoke-without-fire theory is the one which actually holds water. We, for one, would prefer the latter to happen.
  2. kedarbendre

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    Lets assume that FIAT will launch Linea 1.6 MJD next year or this year. 1.3 Linea MJD EP cost around 10 lac so as per my opinio 1.6 MJD EP will cost around 11 lac +.
    My personal opinion on this a person who is spending 11-12 lacs will not think about 2-3 lacs more for Toyota Corrola Altis or the Chevy Cruz. Fiat should launch current with lesser price like what FORD did with current Fiesta by launching the same with a different name FIESTA Classic. They redueced the price of the Fiesta Classic. FIAT need do same think like FORD or another option is to launch all new sedan car with 1.6 MJD engine. This help FIAT to increase the number of cars in its INDIAN Portfolio.

    Comments please!!!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011
  3. kedarbendre

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    Now Renault is also planning to launch Fluence in May which is going to cost near about 12 lacs. It has both Petrol and Diesel engine options. Diesel 140BHP & Petrol 105 BHP. This car will be another competitor for Linea 1.6 in future.
  4. Fluence will compete in the Civic/Corolla Altis/Laura category.

    If at all, 1.6 MJD is launched, FIAT needs to price it below 10 lacs for it to sell. Else, customers have excellent choices in New Fiesta, New Verna, Vento in the below 10 lac category and Cruze, Corolla, laura, Fluence in the 10-13 lac category.
  5. pammuluvcars

    pammuluvcars Regolare

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    FIAT should launch a new sedan with a 1.6 or 1.9 (they have it in Europe i believe) lr engine. It should have more head room in the rear and should have more Ground Clearance. Already the current Linea has no resale value and on top of it if they launch linea again with 1.6 lr engine even the latest purchased Linea's will not fetch any price if you want to sell it off and buy the new 1.6
    FIAT should part way with TATA else they are digging their own grave. After sales service and support is what is more important. If you compare Verna with Linea, though verna is powerful than linea, Linea is more stable. Hyundai's world class "after sales support" got them where they are today. FIAT is equally good or may be a step ahead in terms of technology and innovations. But they have to have exclusive professional team for their vehicles else they are not going to survive....especially with more n more new models of leading brands are going to be launched in the next two years. FIAT should introduce more models as well. Mini SUVs like they have in Europe or elsewhere in the world is what we need in India also.
  6. Shivam

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    Ford has removed some features from old fiesta and decreased its price also the fiesta classic is a old product its sales have been stopped in other markets but Linea is a much much new product launched couple of years before so it should not be positioned as the fiesta classic is but yes Linea 1.6 should be launched as soon as possible to compete new gen fiesta and verna to be launched soon and Linea1.6 should be priced below 10 lacs and the 1.6 ltr engine should not be shared with manza,aria,sx4 etc. it should exclusive to Linea.The sooner launch of Linea 1.6 with agressive promotion can make it a blockbuster car in India.....!!!!!!!!
  7. Shivam

    Shivam Amatore

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    Plese Fiat India take this seriuosly............
  8. Tony

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    Fingers Crossed for news from FIAT India, donno what will be the next news be, but for sure it will be in the Fiat India web page for sure, Hahahahaha
  9. opendro

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    I really wonder what happened to the Linea 1.6 MJD!!! Any news from FIAT. I bet they were already testing these... isn't it? Guys, whoever visited their Ranjangaon plant, could you please confirm?

    [Edit] I do see that Fiat India did clarify and denied the news. But I seem to remember that some people who visited their plant claimed to have seen it, but without a permission to photograph or something like that.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011
  10. kedarbendre

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    opendro I attended the FIAT Factory visit event. We didnt get any new for Linea 1.6 MJD.

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