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by Matt Brogan

Fiat will debut the next generation of diesel engines at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 15 when it launches the new Fiat Punto Evo.

The second generation of the Multijet diesel engine not only meets the tough new Euro5 emissions standards, it slashes NOx emissions, traditionally a diesel bugbear, by 30 per cent, as well as cutting fuel consumption by a further two per cent.

Not to be outdone, the petrol engine variants of the new Punto Evo feature the new Multiair technology, however these engines are unlikely to make it to Australia due to cost, that cuts fuel consumption by 10 per cent while, at the same time, lifting power and torque by 10 per cent.

The new Punto Evo will also offer (in selected markets) LPG and Methane versions as well as Start and Stop technology, which ensures that the engine is only running when it is actually needed.

With the second generation of eco:Drive, the Fiat Punto Evo also offers its drivers advice and suggestions on cutting fuel consumption and emissions in real time.

Australian deliveries of the new Fiat Punto Evo are expected in the third quarter of 2010, when local prices and specifications will be announced.




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