1. I beleive the weight reduction was the removal of the link rod or soemthing and nothing to do the body shell, 2009 and 2012 puntos have the same body shell except that 2012 will not have that rod at the rear, as per my knowledge/ 2. If you say it's because of european design then the same philosophy is not followed by other european manufacturers or even japenese manufacturers. I see VW, SKODA , AUDI, even HONDA, HYUNDAI', Toyota's have the RPM at the left side. I strongly beleive it s a deliberate decision to keep it at the right hand side.. Talk about LHD fiat freemont's they ll have the RPM as the left dial and not right hand side. Maybe Automakers (FIAT/BMW/PORSCHE) who feel their customers to focus more on the engine rpm as a reference to drive the car and not the speed may be. We cannot forget the BIG RPM dials in the Porsche's at the center and speed at the side most and tiny. Nowadays i see even Radiotor water temperature digi-analog guage is omitted. I strongly wish to bring back oil pressure guage as standard in the dashboard, is it possible ?