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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.

 

FIAT 500/500C

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.




  • Al

    CA, any word/rumours about a return of the Punto and Ritmo models?

    • Richard

      “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.”

      • Al

        Awkward for Ateco, i own a Punto automatic (dualogic), sure, it doesnt work as well as a real auto but it works fine for everyday driving. The Punto came as a dualogic in both petrol and diesel, and the Ritmo was available with the dualogic auto in both petrol and diesel models overseas. The dualogic auto is also the auto they’re currently selling in the 500. The ‘lack of an auto’ excuse is a major cop out on Ateco and Fiat’s part.

    • Al

      *just realised i skipped past the opening of the article straight through to the 500/500c info, my bad :)

  • Gmh-bogan

    Things are looking good for Fiat going forward.There is a sales drop predicted in the near future.
    Fiat make cool cars and Chrysler are going great guns in the USA.

  • Justjamie72

    Will we ever get the awesome Panda?