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The Fiat Punto Grande has made a great start to 2006, topping sales expectations and beating figures from last year. That translates to 10,699 units shifted in March, providing it with a 2.45 per cent market share. Giulio Salomone, managing director of Fiat Auto UK, commented: "Grande Punto is a great product and this is a good start and we are on-track to achieve our annual objective.
The cheap new Fiat Idea range has just gone on sale in the UK featuring a number of interior styling improvements and some spec upgrades. What stays is the cheap mini-MPV's raised driving position, variety of seating options and diverse storage ideas. The Active, Dynamic and Eleganza options offer three different trim levels and three different engine choices. The 1.
The new Fiat Croma has been launched, promising to blend the stylish features of an executive saloon, with the practicality of an MPV. Giugiaro has desgined a car in a niche of its own with the Croma. Being both taller than a saloon and longer than an MPV the new Fiat Croma, it has a luggage capacity of 500 litres, with the seats up and 1610 with them down.
Fiat is to launch the new Croma model a car that has the style of a saloon mixed with the practicality of an MPV. Standard features include electric windows, air conditioning, a three litre refrigerated box and 16 inch alloy wheels.
A cheap new Fiat 4x4 is about to hit the market, the vehicle will be available in both three and five-door versions from late 2006. The name Sedici comes from the Italian for 16 and the vehicle is the result of a co-project from Fiat, Suzuki and Lancia, Ask A Price reports.
The cheap new Fiat Punto Grande has received top ratings in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) crash tests. Under the NCAP programme cars are put through a vigorous series of tests, which assess safety in the event of various types of collision. Across this range the new Fiat Punto Grande was awarded 33 points out of a possible 37, putting it in the five star bracket.
It will be launched early in 2006, and will be fit into the new Fiat range alongside the existing Punto. In spite of the Grande Punto's extra space, the Italian manufacturer intends to differentiate between the two Puntos by making the new one a cheap version of the existing model.
The new Fiat Panda has won the best city car award in this year. The Panda beat off competition from a range of other hatchbacks and city cars such as Nissan's new Micra, the not so new Vauxhall Corsa and the cheap new Ford Fiesta, which continues to make impressive sales. This is the second year in a row that the Fiat Panda has taken the best city car award.
The cheap new Fiat Panda is set to join an illustrious list of names including Aston Martin, Lotus and BMW by featuring in a James Bond movie. Filming for Casino Royale is set to start early next year and before die-hard fans protest over the slick secret agent driving a cheap hatchback it should pointed out that Bond's main drive will actually be the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.