Fiat Australia will give its bambino a boost early in 2012 with the introduction of the super-efficient 875cc TwinAir engine. Sales of the coupe and convertible variants of the Fiat 500 declined by approximately 10 per cent in 2011, with many sales stolen by first-year sister company Abarth. Fiat’s Australian distributor Ateco Automotive says it will not consider reintroducing the Punto and Ritmo small cars until they are available with automatic transmissions, and at this stage there is no word from Italy if or when this may happen.
Vehicle type: Light car. Timing: February
Fiat Australia takes downsizing to new lows in 2012 with the introduction of the 0.9-litre (875cc) two-cylinder ‘TwinAir’ turbocharged petrol engine. The 63kW/145Nm powerplant will replace the 74kW/131Nm 1.4-litre in both the Fiat 500 and Fiat 500C. With an estimated combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 3.6 litres per 100km, the engine should help make the 500 the most fuel efficient petrol-powered car in Australia. Despite its diminutive size, the engine still propels the baby Fiat from 0-100km/h in 11.0 seconds (just five-tenths slower than before). Prices are unconfirmed at this stage but should be unchanged, with the 500 starting at $24,990 and the 500C at $28,990.