I was taking an leisurely afternoon stroll yesterday in my layout after being back from office early... I noticed some strange noises coming from the garage of a fellow resident; given my curious nature, I went on to check out. To my horror I realized that Proff. X was adjusting something in a weird looking Fiat Linea. I said "hello" and inquired what the machine was. I always knew that he was some kind of geek, but his answer really took me by surprise. He said it was a time machine... not perfected, but it could take us back or forth in time about a 2 years or so, and that he was getting ready to take a ride in it. Little did I know that this guy also happened to be a BIG Fiat fan, and he wanted to take a peek at what Fiat had to offer in the near future, and how Fiat does overall in the next 2 years. I promptly asked if he could take me along, and he obliged. Forget what happened in the next few moments (too much details to go into!)... we were in November 30th, 2013 (yes we did survive 2012! Nothing really happened... no dooms day!) Now... the first thing we did was, grabbed the days newspaper and what caught our eye was the news article in Bangalore Times- "Fiat is the highest selling sedan in India for the year 2013" What?!? How the hell?... So not wasting much time we drove down to the nearest Fiat dealer to check out the latest specs. Well, let me tell you fellow Bangaloreans - traffic condition was much...much improved, given that all the fly overs and underpasses were complete. Anyways... we were already at Fiat exclusive motors at Koramangala and the specs blew my head... let me give you the highlights. Fiat Linea Diesel: 1. 120hp 1.6 Multijet 16v Stop & Start DPF (with VGT) 2. 16" Alloys 3. Fit and Finish significantly improved (Fiat changed their suppliers) 4. Turbo lag was hardly noticeable 5. Body colored Rear parking sensors with camera 6. Gentex like auto dimming mirrors with rear view display 7. Electrically fold-able side mirrors 8. Same old timeless look with very minor changes 9. Upgraded Blue & Me with RCA out HU and iPod docks/USB slot/Aux-in - open to extensive aftermarket mods. All ICE specifications published. 10. ABS/EBD standard across all models. 11. Most importantly - on road price at Bangalore... a little below 12 lakhs. Fiat Linea Petrol (all T-Jets now... ) Ditto in the specs and price apart from... 1.4 MultiAir Turbo 135 HP 16v Stop & Start and 17" alloy wheels Also, GC across all models are 170mm+ now... And... at the end: Fiat has beaten the crap out of their fellow competitors! Sales are soaring and yes! we have Fiat showrooms and specialized showrooms all across the country. The Volks and the Suzukis and Hyundais are wayyyyyy behind! Wow... those are some machine - just add an EISA award winner Audison Voce setup or DLS setup and they would be true Italian blondes on the road. Ok... it was time to get back to our timeline - or the carriage turns into a pumpkin... Now... back to 30-Nov-2011... start on savings! Got to have the new beast(s) in 2 years... tough road ahead! Well, folks... don't start shooting other questions about the future... like petrol prices... diesel pricing rising... who's the new Fiat CEO of India... political scenario... etc. I really cannot reveal much about the future timeline... Proff. X warned me about the grandfather paradox and such... so I am really sorry! I already have said enough... just for you fellow Fiatians. Well... jokes apart... isn't it a shame that everyone other than Fiat knows how to market and make their stuff better other than the Fiat guys themselves? Is anyone listening?