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Cough, Cough… Older Italian Diesel Hatchbacks Engage In Drag War 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo 147, Alfa Romeo Videos, alfa-romeo, Drag-Racing, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Film, video on 01 12th, 2018

The popularity of diesel cars is taking a hit even Europe, but it will be a long time until the good old oil burners are gone from the market.

Believe it or not, throwing together a few old hatchbacks, powered by diesel engines, is a good way of killing time, and the Italian Drag Racing Championship is one of the places to do so.

The latest edition brought together a bunch of modified Fiat Puntos and Alfa Romeo 147s, which engaged in a very fogy racing war.

Various stages of the competition allowed participants to go head-to-head, solving old disputes the proper way, and they also had to race against the clock, often completing the 1/4-mile run in less than 15 seconds.

It appears that the best time was scored by one of the Alfas shown in the video that follows, powered by a 1.9-liter JDT mill that was likely tuned. The old Italian hatchback ran the quarter-mile in 13.185 seconds, reaching a top speed of 174.33km/h (108.32mph), at the expense of killing fresh air.

You can almost smell those fossil fuels being burned, can’t you?


Fiat Punto Slapped With Zero Stars In Euro-NCAP’s Latest Safety Ratings 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 6-Series GT, Dacia Duster, DS3, EuroNCAP, Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Videos, Ford C-Max, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stinger, Kia Stonic, Opel Karl, Toyota Aygo, Toyota Yaris, video on 12 13th, 2017

The Fiat Punto became the first model to receive a disappointing zero-star safety rating by Euro-NCAP.

The ageing Italian supermini has been on sale since 2005 and the new results reveal that it’s outclassed by every car tested in recent history, making it Euro NCAP’s first car ever to be awarded with zero stars.

The Fiat Punto managed to score two stars in adult and child occupant safety and pedestrian protection but the lack of driver assistance and crash avoidance systems brought its total score to zero.

“This is perhaps the strongest example of a manufacturer continuing to sell a product that is well past its best-before date, at the expense of the unsuspecting car buyer. We would urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most up-to-date five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017”, Euro NCAP Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen said.

The European New Car Assessment Programme updated the ratings of several recently facelifted models to allow consumers making a fair comparison to new cars. These included the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Aygo, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the Opel Karl, the DS3 and the Fiat Punto.

With the exception of the Toyota Yaris which kept its five-star rating, most of the other models dropped to three stars in this year’s safety tests. The Toyota Aygo scored four stars with the optional safety equipment.

The safety organization also tested new models, awarding five stars to the Hyundai Kona, the Kia Stinger, the new BMW 6-Series and the Jaguar F-Pace. Three stars were awarded to the MG ZS SUV, the second-gen Dacia Duster and the Kia Stonic, which scores five stars when fitted with the optional safety equipment.


Fiat Caught Testing Long-Overdue Punto Replacement 23
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Fiat, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat Scoops, Scoops on 02 23rd, 2016

It was about time Fiat started working on the successor of the Punto, as the current model has been with us since 2005.
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Jeep to Introduce Fiat-based Supermini 7
Posted by Alex Ion in Autocar, Automotive News, B-segment supermini, Fiat Grande Punto, Fiat-based supermini, Jeep, Mike Manley, Wrangler on 03 7th, 2011

Jeep is all set to introduce a B-segment supermini. The realization that there indeed space in the market for a Jeep-brand B-segment SUV has led to the automaker to already starting to build the car. Expectations are that the car will be on the road by 2013.

We have only scarce details to tell you. The forthcoming vehicle is likely to be based on the Fiat Grande Punto platform. It would probably feature the styling that draws inspiration from the Wrangler.

We have also come to know that the vehicle will come with engine options such as a 1.3- and 1.6-liter JDTm diesel (for Europe) as well as a 1.4-liter MultiAir petrol. Well, these are more likely to be rumors.

The supermini will be available as a front-wheel drive which would be standard, but four-wheel drive will be optional on higher trim levels.

(via Autocar)