Discussion in 'Abarth' started by nkrishnap, Oct 25, 2015.
Linea is being abarthified? How far this is true guys?
@KPR Saw the news and pics in the friendly horse forum. This proves the point that it does not take much of an engineering or time to bring in new models if Fiat wishes to do so. However it is too little too late - I would be interested more in an automatic and the new gear box (that may have a greater impact on sales).
Quoting from other thread
Ha ha funny
TFIan Bose Sumans Linea Pic with Abarth Badges Posted as Scoop
Tin can from fiat will be a big mistake, will lost current enthusiasts also
@adisrini1103 and pray what is that number sir? 600 a month. They can take the risk as they really have nothing to lose. The potential for success is huge like the Renault Kwid. They are laughing all the way to the bank now after having been booked out for the next 6 months.
Had a quick look at FIAT Mobi images, looks impressive.
The Renault KWID project will make NO money for Renault-Nissan for several years: they will NOT be laughing all the way to the bank. The chief engineer of the KWID project, a frenchman, himself recently admitted in an interview that it was something being done for the 'longterm' entrenchment of Renault in the marketplace, not for shorter-term profits.
THAT it will indeed achieve, no doubt, if the vehicle can be well-enough serviced etc. BUT it is a very expensive way of proceeding. But then Renault-Nissan are used to blowing up thousands of crores on such 'basic' cars-with-touchscreen-and-chrome in India. They've tried it with so many models that one or two were bound to 'succeed'!
The FIAT x1h/MOBI could make sense, however, for FCA in India. (a) for the dealers' and fass' volumes and (b) a potential export-back-to-europe model. Sadly for you and me, the 500X seems impossible to expect: is the model exportable, India-made, and can it be priced south of 16 lakhs? Perhaps, the Renegade instead, say in 2018...?
However, I agree that the MOBI seems a little awkward, a tad forced, if quite distinctive. Personally, melikes the nuvo uno sporting, with its styling-riff on the euro Panda 4x4, better.
what you think out the jeep sales numbers that Fiat might have been targeting initially on monthly basis and atleast first 2-3 years. The response they get in this time frame will allow them to revise their plan further
Who knows? That depends on the price point of the local c-suv in 2017? And whether they will dovetail FIAT dealerships with the new JEEP ones, at least in some cities? They should not be too optimistic, imo, since India is a market that looks for all sorts of supposedly 'paisa-vasool' ostensible assurances long before things like brand purity/authenticity/legacy/identity or off-road chops and ruggedness or the excellence of the diesel engine, etc. EVEN the 20 to 75 lakhs buyers!
One advantage JEEP has over the German and LRover too is that it has a more accessible, folksy, 'democratic' image: they can in the future go-lower price-wise than those brands with the c-suv and/or the Renegade. Even as cbu wranglers and the fully-loaded GCherokee are also offered. They have to find a costing/pricing/margins way out for the c-suv and/or the Renegade of the trouble the excellent Skoda Yeti for eg had trying to sell a good euro-spec 4x4 monocoque cuv in india, despite being the first-mover.
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