Italian automaker Fiat is making a splash at the Frankfurt
Motor Show next week with its Punto Evo coupe. The Fiat Punto Evo is expected
to hit Italian streets by the end of October with wider circulation by early
2010. Fiat is offering the Punto Evo in multiple engine types including a
1.3-liter Multijet diesel engine and a 1.4-liter gasoline option with
MultiAir valve control system. In addition to its fuel-efficient engine
options, the Punto Evo features new gadgets and features to be rolled out in
future Fiat models.
The MultiAir engine in particular shows promise as an eco-friendly
alternative to traditional gas-guzzling engines. The Punto Evo 1.4-liter uses a dynamic
combustion control system to manage each piston’s motion from stroke to stroke,
thereby maximizing efficiency at the most basic level. Fiat found that the Punto
Evo reduced fuel consumption by 10%, cut carbon dioxide emissions by 10% and
slashed particulate emissions by 40%. The Punto Evo does not wilt during highway driving with a 10% power increase over Fiat’s Grande Punto model.
Fiat is packaging both Punto Evo models with the
Start & Stop feature and the Blue & Me-TomTom. The Start & Stop
feature shuts down the engine at full stops and restarts the engine
electrically to save fuel. Fiat is incorporating the Start & Stop feature
in all of its new models to meet Euro 5 emissions standards. The Blue &
Me-TomTom is a touch-screen control unit used to manage GPS maps, telephone
functions and performance statistics. The Fiat Punto Evo stands as an example
of how the automaker will approach future models, mixing its customary
performance levels with intelligent features to give drivers greater control of the road.
The Punto Evo pictured above looks sleek enough for
consumers in Fiat’s typical demographics. The gasoline/diesel options make the
Punto Evo marketable outside of Europe if the brand feels inclined to spread
its wings. The best selling point for this new model goes beyond its low
emissions and smooth operation. Fiat appreciates the desire of consumers to
feel they are getting value from their automotive purchases and leases. While
the MultiAir and Multijet engines keep fuel consumption and emissions low, Fiat
may move Punto Evos thanks to the multipurpose tools offered from the driver’s
seat with the Blue & Me-TomTom.