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by Brett Davis

The Australian lineup of Fiat vehicles has been reduced recently, leaving the Fiat 500 the only car currently available. The 2009 Fiat Ritmo and Punto have since ceased production and Australia is yet to take on the updated model.

CarAdvice spoke to ATECO, Australian national importer of Fiat vehicles, public affairs manager, Edward Rowe, about the changes. He said the new generation Ritmo and Punto has been withheld from the current lineup until further confirmation can be made on an automatic transmission.

Fiat’s new dual-clutch TCT gearbox is available overseas. Mr Rowe said, “We have not taken the facelifted Punto and Ritmo until they are available with the new TCT dual clutch gearbox.” Which he says should arrive early next year.

Also waiting to boost the current lineup is the arrival of the Fiat 500 Abarth. Mr Rowe said the demand for this car is so great in Europe that Fiat S.p.A. hasn’t been able to confirm production for Australia yet.

So it looks like we might have to wait until the end of the year to see some more Fiat models added into the Australian mix.




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