Discussion in 'Car Purchase Queries' started by dadasaheb, May 31, 2011.
I have not yet meet him... once i will...
then will update the things.....
What i meant was fixing the alloy inside the boot well,like how the steel rim is fixed.
Size will fit but how to make it not to introduce rattle's.
On the weight part, I do believe both the Punto and the Linea were on Diet and have reduced quite a bit of kilos (approx 60 kilos). As somebody has compared the specs of SX4 and Linea, I think the weight of Linea is from the initial release and not the latest one. I guess the latest one is 1230 kilos and not 1290 kilos. Will confirm and revert back with the actual kerb weight.
Today only i have seen on Fiat-india site that Kreb weight of Linea Diesel = 1210 Kg Petrol = 1180 Kg
while i have a e brochure of 23 Feb 2010 shows Kreb weight of Linea Diesel = 1291 Kg Petrol = 1240 Kg
so we can conclude that Linea Diesel lost 81 Kg and Linea Petrol lost 60 Kg
I think this reduce in weight will increase the pickup and fuel efficiency also
May harm the build quality.
what you think ?
Dadasaheb, sadly there are a few idiots on the web that have been spending 25-30% of their life at a TATA-FIAT dealerships, clicking pics of Punto/Linea and taking test drives. Now they say that Punto/Linea are underpowered cars and that there are too many variants and stuff like that that has been generalized and accepted blindly by others on internet.
Maybe thats why FIAT decided to cut some weight to cater to the "Kitna deti hai" crowd of that type. I sincerely wish they hadn't cut any weight.
Our Linea is Jan 2011 make and the owner's manual is saying 1290kgs kerb weight. And FIAT India website says 1210 kg.
And even more strange - FIAT Turkey website states the weight of the Linea 1.3 Multijet as 1185kg.
I think the weight reduction has been a global change, rather than specifically Indian. And rest assured , FIAT is one brand which will not cut corners on safety. So i think the worries on safety after this "weight loss" are too premature.
+1 FIAT will not compromise on the Saftey features. FIAT will be happy to be called as the most safest car rather a most fuel efficient Car !
I don't agree to the thought that weight reduction has been achieved by compromising on safety. It could be achieved by use of better and lighter materials and removing certain accessories. Only thing I can think of off hand is rear seat head rest and tool kit container. Small changes, but these add to overall weight reduction. No reputed manufacturer worth his name will cut down weight by compromising on safety.
Mr Kaps, but those things contribute little. The only possible explanation would be the use of lighter but better material. Or maybe cutting at unseen areas. But from where exactly did they do it?
At least FIAT isn't known for compromising the safety aspect. For decades, they have provided India with the safest cars you can drive below 10 lacs.
Today in Times of India, there is article about the Joint Venture of Fiat & Tata by Ratan Tata...
if anyone has read it, will it raise concerns in mind of prospective Fiat buyers ?
can they call off the JV anytime ?
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