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Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by naveen2cool, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

    Linea 1.3
    Yes, like you said along with the later product line-up and more engine options. We never know, they might also bring in the 2.0 or even a 2.4 for commercial applications if they find the buyers/partners.

    Actually doesn't seem soo much of an investment problem as much as the viability of demand/sales and more like a strategic decision to hold back not only on engines but the newer powertrains too in general.

    What is very clear is that a manufacturer like Maruti would have gone looking elsewhere too if Fiat would have refused to provide 1.6s and more. It means this decision is depending a lot on partner players.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015
  2. Sagz

    Sagz Amatore

    Retro / Classic FIAT
    The Fiat releases the first teaser image of the sedan which is reported to be the international Linea replacement.
  3. Sumit

    Sumit Superiore

    Fiat plans to build a station wagon of this new linea 2017 version. This is really exciting. Fiat shud tap the ever growing MPV market. Products like ertiga and upcoming Chevy Spin are good examples of that. Its hard to understand why Fiat is such a sluggish company in India.
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  4. prabhjot

    prabhjot Esperto

    delhi ncr

    Why are they so sluggish?

    Many, many reasons.

    But the two main ones are: the best products they have internationally cannot be offered here cost-competitively (relative to the pecking order of brand-pull/trust/prestige here) at the sort of conventional segment price-bands prevalent here, especially since they cannot and will not for ethical reasons dumb-down the engineering, component and build-quality standards the way the Japanese, the Korean and even VW have done/do/will do.

    They could only pull-off the task IF they had the HUGE export volumes to justify the aggressive localization of parts, which is the only way to meet the Indian market's severe price restrictions, given the brand's un-changeable engineering-specification DNA. That is what enables VW to survive in India, or Renault to do well with the Duster, or Nissan to experiment with low-cost cars, and Ford to try and compete head-on with Maruti, Toyota, Hyundai and Honda. Unfortunately, Fiat doesn't have export demand for Indian-made Fiats, given the geography of their markets and of their production capacities around the world.

    They appear to be centred on cracking this second problem with, initially, small Jeep exports and the 'New Avventura'/b-suv that is in their plan (late 2016, apparently), and then perhaps/presumably also the all-new Punto-replacement for 2017.

    They're pretty profitable from India already, so really given how good the current cars and engines are....sluggishness is no big deal, other than for some dealerships. I guess, though, that the pace will really pickup early 2016 onwards, through 2017?

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