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First Ever Zero Star Rating on the Euro NCAP? Don't Put Your Kids in a Fiat Punto

First Ever Zero Star Rating on the Euro NCAP? Don’t Put Your Kids in a Fiat Punto

Getting "0" on safety assists isn’t a good sign

It’s rare for a car to be so bad at the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) that it scores zero stars in the crash tests. It has actually never happened in the 20 years NCAP has been crashing cars. History has arrived, though, in the form of the Fiat Punto. The aging hatchback doesn’t have many distinguishing traits about it, but from this day forth, it will now live in infamy as the first and only car to ever get a goose egg in the European crash tests.

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2017 Fiat Punto

2017 Fiat Punto

Fiat may finally redesign the Punto

Spring is pretty much knocking on our door, but we’re not quite out of the cold season yet. So, some manufacturers are still taking advantage of the cold and performing cold weather testing on their future models. It’s the same story we get every year about this time, but today I’m here to talk about the next Fiat Punto. That’s right, after more than ten years, our spy photographers have caught what we believe to be the next Fiat Punto playing in the Swedish snow.

This new Punto is expected to hit the market in 2017, so it’s still a bit early in the testing phase. Early enough, in fact, that the new Punto is wearing so much camo and padding that we can’t really make out any of the underlying design cues. As far as we know, this prototype is code named X6H, and it’s being developed mainly for the South American market.

Even though we can’t make out much under that camo, and information is rather scant at the moment, we can still speculate on what the new Punto brings to the table. It should certainly be interesting, given the long tour of duty the current Punto has endured. Something fresh is certainly overdue, so let’s take a look at these new spy shots and talk a little bit about X6H.

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2012 Abarth Punto Scorpione Limited Edition

2012 Abarth Punto Scorpione Limited Edition

Fiat and Abarth are coming fully loaded to the Bologna Motor Show armed with barrel full of special edition 500s and Puntos. We’ve already touched on the 500 Competizione, the 500 Turismo, and the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse so now we’re pointing the proverbial spotlight on the fourth model headed to Bologna: the Abarth Punto Scorpione Limited Edition.

This particular model is being described as a tribute model to "everyone who loves to pit themselves against any kind of challenge in a never-ending search for speed and performance both on the track and facing a downhill road."

Dressing the part of a sinister-looking, all-black limited edition Abarth, the Punto Scorpione is poised to steal the show, not only because it has such an awesome name, but more so because it will be presented with the “Abarth Nitro” winter kit that will come with plenty of winter-themed accessories, including, but not limited to, the “Nitro Powered by Abarth” snowboard.

Adding more touches to the 99-piece model is a two-tone Nero Scorpione livery that’s enhanced by a special matte black paintwork on the bonnet and roof with special glossy black graphics for the roof and the bonnet. Inside, the special enhancements continue in the form of "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" black leather seats with red and yellow stitching, a matte black backrest, a leather steering wheel with its own red and yellow stitching, Jaeger driving instruments, and a laser-treated aluminium kick plate with special graphics.

Under its hood, the Scorpione Limited Edition is powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir engine that develops 180 horsepower and 199 lb/ft of torque with a 0-62 mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 134 mph.

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2012 Abarth Punto SuperSport

2012 Abarth Punto SuperSport

The third world premiere to come out of Abarth is the special edition Punto SuperSport. This Frankfurt-bound model is based off of the Punto Evo Esseesse showcased at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and features Grigio Campovolo two-tone livery along with other bells and whistles to warrant the special edition title.

The Abarth Punto SuperSport’s Grigio Campovolo paint job comes with a special matte black finish for the hood and roof, adding a little sport to small hatchback. The model is further customized with "supersport" graphics on the side panel, matte black mirror covers, and 18" alloy rims combined with red calipers and hub caps. The exhaust used in this special edition comes straight from the Esseesse model.

For the interior, Abarth has added comfort and style with "Abarth Corsa by Sabelt" black leather seats with a gloss back backrest and a black leather steering wheel. These elements are then highlighted with double red and yellow stitching. Stainless steel pedals with Abarth branding and an Abarth Blue&MeTM MAP satellite navigation unit with a telemetric function developed in conjunction with Magneti Marelli add more spunk to the SuperSport model.

Safety is also not an issue in this special edition as Abarth has added a modified suspension, floating, perforated and self-ventilated front disc brakes with over-sized four-piston red brake calipers, perforated rear disc brakes, high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD (Frequency Selective Dumping) valve, and specially lowered springs.

Under the hood, Abarth has placed the same 1.4 Multiair engine found in the Esseesse to power the hatchback. This engine develops 180 HP at 5,750rpm and a peak torque of 199 lbs-ft at 2,500 rpm, allowing the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 134 mph.

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2011 Fiat Punto 150°

2011 Fiat Punto 150°

First of all, happy-150th-anniversary-of-your-unification Italy!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s now time to see just how Italy’s automakers decided to celebrate the country’s 150th year anniversary of its unification starting with Fiat’s release of the special edition Punto 150°.

It’s not the most fashionable car in the company’s portfolio, but you have to give credit for the thought that went behind dressing up the Punto to commemorate Italy’s very special anniversary. There are a number of aesthetic additions to the Punto’s exterior to go with a choice of three Euro 5 engines.

Unfortunately, this limited run Punto will only be sold exclusively to the Italian market beginning sometime in April 2011. That means that people who may have had interest in the car will have a hard time getting one unless they either import one of these - too much trouble - or they move to Italy.

But if you can’t do either, there’s no harm in appreciating the car from these pages, even if you won’t get to see it up close and personal.

Details on the Fiat Punto 150° after the jump.

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2011 Fiat Punto My Life

2011 Fiat Punto My Life

Fiat is offering its European customers a new Punto special edition. It is called "MyLife" and adds distinctive style combined with the most advanced technology. It will be offered in both three- and five-door versions.

The new Punto MyLife exterior is distinguished by the stylish glossy “pianoblack” inserts for the bumpers and posts, the body-colored rear view mirror handles and fairings, and the dark front and rear headlight surrounds. Some distinctive “sports” elements on the dashboard in black soft touch perforated fabric also make the interior exclusive.

The list of technologies includes: radio with MP3-CD player and new Blue&Me–TomTom multimedia system with navigator, ABS + EBD, ESP system with Hill Holder to provide assistance during hill starts and rear headrests.

The engine line-up includes: two petrol engines (69 HP 1.2 8v and 77 HP 1.4 8v, the latter also with Dualogic gearbox) and a turbodiesel (75 HP 1.3 16v MultiJet). All come with start-stop system.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Fiat Punto Evo by Novitec

2010 Fiat Punto Evo by Novitec

The Fiat Punto isn’t exactly a car that tuners rush to get their hands on. But with the right updates, even the Punto can be transformed into something that might get a second look, or maybe even three. Novitec ended up being the tuner up for such a challenge and the result of their hard work is a new upgrade package that improves both the look and performance of the Italian hatchback.

The exterior package includes Novitec headlamp moldings, a new Novitec spoiler, an X-one-look hood with power domes and integrated hood scoops, side sills, a rear spoiler, and a rear molding attachment. The package is finished by 17 or 18 inch wheels.

The 1.4-liter 16V MultiAir turbocharged gasoline engine has been tuned to deliver 160 HP and 246 NM of torque. This new upgrade helps the Fiat Punto sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph. As for the diesel version, the 1.6-liter 16V MultiJet now delivers 144 HP and 356 NM of torque.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Abarth Punto Evo Esseesse

2011 Abarth Punto Evo Esseesse

Not only will Abarth be showcasing the500C Esseesse at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but they will also be sporting the Punto Evo Esseesse. Based on the Abarth Punto Evo, the Esseesse kit will go on sale in December.

The kit includes perforated, ventilated front disc brakes (diameter 305 mm x 28 mm), perforated rear disc brakes (diameter 264 mm x 11 mm), high performance front brake pads, front and rear Koni shock absorbers with FSD valve, specific red springs set lower than those on the original car, Abarth esseesse 7" x 18" ET39 alloy wheels painted white or titanium, combined with 215/40 ZR18 tires.

Under the hood Abarth placed a 1.4 16v Turbo MultiAir engine that delivers a total of 180 HP at 5750 rpm and in Sport mode, a maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 7.5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 134 mph.

UPDATE 07/07/11: Abarth has finally released the pricing for the Punto Evo Essesse where it’s being sold in the UK for around £20,000, which is about $31,000 based on current exchange rates.

Press release after the jump.

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Abarth prepares new Essesses models

Abarth prepares new Essesses models

After the 500 Essesses models were tuned up with Abarth’s "essesse" treatment, Abarth has announced that the same treatment will be applied to both the 500C and the Punto Evo. The official debut for both models is expected to be made in November.

In the standard version, the Abarth Punto Evo develops a total of 165 Hp, but now the Essesses version’s output will be raised to over 180 HP. It will also get stiffer suspension and uprated brakes.

For the 500C, Abarth will apply the same treatment as for the 500 Essesses, meaning a 157 HP 1.4 turbocharged engine, a faster-shifting version of the five-speed MTA automatic gearbox, electric power steering with "sport mode", a specifically lowered ride height, and high performance brakes.

The exterior will be distinguished by a red and white checkered flag, yellow, and red shield with the black scorpion and a beautiful polished white floor.

When the Punto Evo Essesse goes on sale, it will be priced at $28,000 with the 500C Essesse priced at $29,000.

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2010 Abarth Punto Evo

2010 Abarth Punto Evo

The second model in Abarth’s line-up at the Geneva Motor Show is Punto Evo, a model powered by a 165 HP Multiair 1.4 turbo petrol engine with a maximum torque of 250 NM. And if you want more than that Abarth is also offering a "SS" kit that will raise the maximum power to 180 hp.

The new Abarth Punto Evo features a new performance mode selection system that modulates engine, braking and steering action to offer a choice of two different driving styles - Sport and Normal. The SS kit gets modifications to chassis components, including perforated, ventilated discs, high performance brake pads, lower springs, and 18" Abarth "SS" alloy wheels painted in white or titanium, and fitted with performance tires.

Updated 06/15/2010: Abarth unveiled today new images and video of the Punto Evo. Check the gallery!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Fiat Grande Punto

2010 Fiat Grande Punto

The fiat Grande Punto debuted in 2005 and received a first facelift in 2008. It comes with a number of significant changes, Fiat’s Blue&Me hands-free entertainment and communications system as standard equipment across the range, the introduction of a new ‘GP’ version, and the addition of Fiat’s acclaimed 1.4 8v engine to Active and Dynamic specification cars.

The new Grande Punto features a unique sporty interior trim, sports instruments, new ‘dark’ headlights, foglights, rear spoiler and new, larger 16-inch alloy wheels. The car also gets three new exterior color: Rap Yellow, HillBilly Azure and Ska Red and all-new sporty interior trim.

Under the hood there is a choice of 1.4 16v, 1.3 and 1.9 MultiJet turbo diesel engines, but also a new 1.4 8v engine that develops 77bhp.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Fiat Punto Evo

2010 Fiat Punto Evo

Fiat Grande Punto has just changed its name into Punto Evo, a name that symbolize a new level of technology, design, driving pleasure and environment respect. The new Punto Evo will make its official debut in two weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Fiat Punto Evo comes with a wide choice of Euro 5 engines, including a 1.3 second generation Multijet diesel and a 1.4 petrol engine with the revolutionary MultiAir technology. Compared to a conventional petrol engine of the same size, a MultiAir engine develops more power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), while consuming significantly less (up to 10%) and emitting less CO2 (up to 10%), less particulates (up to 40%) and less NOx (up to 60%).

In the area of safety, the Punto Evo sets new standards thanks to 7 airbags, including a driver knee airbag. The Punto Evo is one of very few cars in its segment with a driver knee airbag fitted as standard on all versions. Other innovative safety systems are also available, including Hill-Holder to help with hill starts, adaptive ’cornering’ front fog lights that switch on automatically with dipped headlights according to the angle of steering, and Fiat’s tried and tested ABS, EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) systems.

Press release after the jump.

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Fiat Grande Punto facelift on fire while testing

Fiat Grande Punto facelift on fire while testing

We always comment about how hot Italian cars are, but this is not what we had in mind. Looks like this Grande Punto didn’t like the facelift Fiat was giving it (this 2010 update was out testing). No one was hurt, so we get to make fun.

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2009 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SuperSport

2009 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SuperSport

Fiat likes to add extra spice to their cars, even after their in-house tuner Abarth gets its hands on them. A good example is the 500 "essesse" shown in Paris last year. Now for the Geneva Motor Show, Fiat will come with another hotter Abarth: the Grande Punto Abarth "SuperSport".

The 16-valve 1.4-liter turbocharged engine now delivers 180 hp (up 25 hp from the standard Grande Punto Abarth). With this amount of power the Grande Punto Abarth SuperSport’s top speed is raised 4 mph to 133 mph and makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 7.5 seconds (shaving about half a second off Grande Punto Abarth’s time).

Performance also benefits from a number of changes that the “esseesse” kit makes in ride height and trim attitude, giving the car a more solid stance with firmer, shorter springs, 215/40 R18 tires and specially designed 7.5 J X 18 alloy wheels. The kit puts the car into a real sprinter’s crouch, dropping its roll center by 20 mm. Just as important, the brake system features cross-drilled discs all round, together with high-performance front brake pads.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Fiat Grande Punto Natural Power

2008 Fiat Grande Punto Natural Power

Fiat launched today the Grande Punto Natural Power, a model powered by new dual fuel (gas/methane). Same methane-petrol dual fuel system will be offered for the following models: Multipla Natural Power, Punto Natural Power, Panda Panda Natural Power, Panda Panda Climbing Natural Power and Doblò Natural Power.

When running on methane the car is able to cover 310 km with the tank filled to its full capacity of 84 liters. This record-breaking figure is increased by the 45 liter fuel tank capacity: this means that the Grande Punto Natural Power can be driven for more than 1000 kilometres without refueling.

The new model also offers a 1.4 8v Fire unit that is already compliant with the EURO5 emissions directive and offers low CO2 emissions (115 g/km) that allow customers access to the maximum state incentives.

This car will likely stay Euro-only because although the Fiat Group has announced Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S., it has not yet announced any Fiat cars are coming. A low-volume natural gas powered car would probably not be a wise first entry compared to the 500.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Fiat Grande Punto

2008 Fiat Grande Punto

On 14 and 15 June, a Fiat dealer network open door event will be held in Italy devoted to the Grande Punto Model Year 2008. The model has consistently played a leading role in all international markets (sales of over 850,000 since the launch, of which half outside Italy) and has now been revamped to offer customers significant new exterior features, a new range designed to appeal even more to the young, higher value due to the addition of major features as standard such as the sophisticated latest-generation ESP system with built in Hill Holder and, last but not least, new product packages based on the innovative Blue&MeTM entertainment and communications system.

To make it easier for customers to choose their version, the Grande Punto 08 range is made up of two families: the first known as “ConfortLife”, includes the Dynamic and Emotion versions and is designed for customers who are seeking comfort, style and practicality.

Those who seek a car with an out-and-out sporty temperament will be more attracted by the second family “SportLife” – that includes the versions Sport and the brand new Fun. Last but not least, the Active completes the new Grande Punto MY 2008 range. All specifications are available in 3 or 5 door configurations, apart from the Emotion that comes in a 5 door version more consistent with its mission of a car offering top motoring comfort.

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2008 Fiat Punto Turbo

2008 Fiat Punto Turbo

The South American division of Fiat, called Fiat Automoevis unveiled its latest creation: the Fiat Punto Turbo. What you see is in fact the Punto Abarth, but under another name.

Powered by a 155 hp T-jet engine from Abarth, the car comes with a new suspension kit, upgraded brakes, new body kit containing new front lip spoiler, side skirts, re-designed rear bumper and rear roof spoiler, but also a set of 17” alloy wheels. The car is set to enter production by the end of the year and will be available exclusively on the Brazilian automarket.

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Grande Punto Abarth Esseesse Video

The Grande Punto Abarth Esseesse (Super Sport) was announced just a while before the Frankfurt Motor and will go on sale in early 2008. It is powered by a tuned version of the 1.4 liter 16v engine that delivers 180 hp. It makes the 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and hits a top speed of 215 km/h.

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Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000

Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000

A competitive car with a racing destiny, through the Racing Division the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 is taking part in the Italian Rally Championship 2007, driven by Giandomenico Basso, with co-driver Mitia Dotta. It is also taking part in the IRC (Intercontinental Rally Challenge) with Anton Alen, Andrea Navarra and Umberto Scandola behind the wheel.

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2008 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth

2008 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth

The launch of the Grande Punto Abarth is a tribute to the army of little Fiats from days gone by, that were given a tough, dynamic and sporty edge by the “magic hands” at Abarth: scorpions with a real sting in the tail, igniting the passion of thousands of drivers with a taste for challenge, speed, and Italian flair. Today, the Grande Punto Abarth is aiming to evoke the former glory of those high-performance vehicles by offering the public, especially younger drivers, the chance to enter the world of competitive racing in complete safety, at affordable prices.

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Grande Punto Abarth "esseesse" first official info

Grande Punto Abarth "esseesse" first official info

Early in 2008, the Grande Punto Abarth range will be completed with the “esseesse” (Super Sport) kit.
The “esseesse” kit is reserved especially for the Grande Punto Abarth, and can only be installed at the official Abarth service centres. The car can be converted at the time of sale, up to 1 year after purchase, or after 20,000 km on the road. Once the work has been done, the tuner will deal with the administration required to have the vehicle approved: a small service, but one that provides (...)

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2007 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth "essesse"

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth "essesse"

Fiat Automobiles will have an extensive stand packed full of attractions at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show. Essential, smooth shapes combine with the colours of the Italian flag, a unifying visual element that is immediately recognisable.

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2007 Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting

2007 Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting

Fiat added a new version trim to the Grande Punto range: the storming new 1.4 T-Jet 120 Sporting, a model that combines performance and driving enjoyment with Fiat’s advanced engine technology. The new T-Jet petrol engine uses the latest turbocharging expertise to give outstanding power and torque but with notably low emissions and fuel consumption.

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