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Discussion in 'Fiat Global News' started by srida, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Italian media have carried reports this past month about Fiat’s production plant in Melfi, Italy, a key manufacturing hub for the Fiat Punto, undergoing through modernization.
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    The efforts are undertaken to welcome the next generation Punto by 2015 that is getting a bit long in the tooth.
    The factory complex gets a new technical development center, and the assembly lines will be completely overhauled for the production of the new Punto. A blog post on Italian auto website Autoedizione claims there could be a second vehicle rolling out of the same facility for a strategic partner, while other Italian media channels have gone a step further, reporting on the possibility of it being the next generation Mazda 2 compact car.
    Volvo is also seeking out a partnership to develop small cars, and Fiat has been linked to Volvo in the past. At this point, it cannot be determined if Fiat will share its factory or its platforms with Volvo for the Swedish auto major to fill up segments below the current entry level car V40 that competes with the Audi A3 and Mercedes A Class.
    Another section of the Italian media quoting reliable sources claim production of the new Punto will be moved out from Melfi to Pomigliano d’Arco where the Panda is made. The lines at this plant is reported to be very flexible and can manufacture bigger cars with other underpinnings efficiently in their present state.
    A third motive discussed as the actual reason for the project’s postponement is technical complications. The proposals that were brought for approval were insufficiently innovative and the engineers have been asked to return with a new platform that could also be the starting point of the next generation Alfa Mito mini car.
    New Punto or no Punto, the Melfi plant has secured a contract of 3.2 million euros for the erection of a technical center, from which the production will be monitored and fine tuned.
    It is popularly believed that Fiat has postponed the launch of the new Punto as the financial situation in Europe is troubled. The current model debuted way back in 2005, and interest is dwindling with so many new launches unfolding around it as the company has only managed to come up with mild cosmetic makeovers and new features.
    Fiat India has vowed to work on facelifts for the Linea and Punto, but all energy is currently focused on building up a strong dealership network post their retail breakup with Tata Motors.
    [Source - Autoedizione.com]


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  2. BoseSuman

    BoseSuman Superiore

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    Srida, This looks like a Project car for Punto, Really aggressive aerodynamic model. But this will not see production like other project car. Yes, 50% looks they will must provide in Production Car.
  3. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

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    A Maserati touch to Punto, wow the car looks amazing, I hope we will get this atlast.
  4. Number plate shud not be on the grill.
  5. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    The news agency Radiocor (Italian business and financial news agency) reported that the next generation of the Fiat Punto could suffer a further delay and to be launched in 2015. The news coming from “sources in the automotive sector”, as stated by Thomson Financial, has not been confirmed by Fiat , but it would be motivated by the ongoing crisis that is affecting the markets of Western Europe and the Italian one in particular.

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    According to some new information, not only Pininfarina is busy creating proposals for the new Fiat Punto, but also Bertone and I.DE.A Institue are competing to be the final designer of the next generation Fiat Punto. It first seemed that Pininfarina would be responsible for the design of the next generation Punto, but now it looks like Pininfarina will get some serious competition from their own ‘regione’. In the end the design of the new B-segment Fiat (B-Evo platform) will come from Turin. This shows that Fiat wants to create something special in this very important market segment. It has also been a while since Marchionne gave instructions to design team Centro Stille to seek for design suggestions outside their own company.

    The fact that the design is in the sketching phase means that the new Punto will be ready somewhere in 2014, so in the coming years the factory in Melfi, in the ‘comune’ Potenza, will produce substantially less. After all the current Punto is an evolution of the original model (Grande Punto) which was introduced in 2006.

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  6. thomman85

    thomman85 Esperto

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  7. amit

    amit Superiore

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    Some more information coming from autoedizione.com:

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    Now the scary part:

    Suzuki?!

    Full article: Autoedizione.com
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012
  8. mightymaveryk

    mightymaveryk Regolare

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    Currently the economy is not so good in Europe and US. So all auto majors are looking for alliance to cut down the cost. If there is a design center already available handy then why should that not be used?
  9. amit

    amit Superiore

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    There is no problem with Fiat aligning with Suzuki for the car. The problem will start when Suzuki brings the car to India badged as Maruti Suzuki. Fiat is bigger then Suzuki then Europe but what about India? Sure the SX4 failed but it will be foolish to under estimate a small car badged Maruti-Suzuki in India.

    As if Maruti using Fiat's MJD and outselling Fiat's cars wasn't enough now we will have to see a Fiat car badged as Maruti outselling Fiat itself!
  10. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    That would not a very bad thing IMHO. Better spares availability, more service options, etc. We will also benefit from that, provided it is only badging with no other structural changes :D

    Rajan

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