There's little doubt that commercial vehicles are almost as vital to an automaker's sales figures as passenger vehicles are, and to that end many have dedicated commercial vehicle operations. The Fiat group's is called Fiat Professional, and it's just rolled out its latest offering.

Called the Punto Van, it is, as you might have guessed, a Punto hatchback, stripped down and fitted with body panels where the windows usually go. Capable of carrying 35 cubic feet and 1,150 pounds of cargo, the Punto Van is powered by a 1.3-liter MultiJet II diesel in three states of tune (75, 85 or 95 horsepower), two trim levels and three colors.

Taking the place in its line-up where the previous versions of the Grande Punto and Punto Evo sat, Fiat Professional just took the wraps off the new Punto Van at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, England, with order books opening later this month. Scroll down for the official press release.
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NEW PUNTO VAN MAKES ITS UK DEBUT AT CV SHOW 2012

Fiat Professional's New Punto Van 2012 will make its UK debut at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham's NEC (24 -26 April, 2012).

The New Punto Van replaces the Grande Punto Van in the Fiat Professional line-up and brings a wealth of improvements over its predecessor, providing customers with a strong proposition in the car-derived van market, with a load capacity of 1.0 m3 and a payload of 520 kg.

New Punto Van 2012 features external styling changes with fully colour-coded front and rear bumpers for a more sophisticated look. The new model combines the successful style of both the Grande Punto and Punto Evo passenger cars, so the interior features new sportier seat fabrics and on the SX version there is a new dashboard with soft touch materials and an elegant design.

Standard equipment on all versions includes ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), BAS (Brake Assistance System), remote central locking, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated body coloured mirrors, trip computer, driver and passenger airbags, radio/CD/MP3 player, electric power steering, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver's seat.

New Punto Van will be available with one diesel engine, the award-winning and best-selling 1.3 MultiJet II diesel, in three levels of power:

75hp (55 kW) / 190 Nm max torque (at 1500 rpm)
67.2 MPG (4.2 l/100km) combined fuel consumption and 112 g/km CO2 emissions
85hp (62 kW) / 200 Nm max torque (at 1500 rpm) with Start&Stop
80.7 MPG (3.5 l/100km) combined fuel consumption and 90 g/km CO2 emissions
95hp (70 kW) / 200 Nm max torque (at 1500 rpm) with Start&Stop
67.2 MPG (4.2 l/100km) combined fuel consumption and 110 g/km CO2 emissions
Start&Stop is standard equipment on the 1.3 MultiJet II 85hp and 95hp versions.

The new range starts with the entry level 1.3 MultiJet II 75hp version at £10,990.00 (exc. VAT and OTR), providing great value for those customers searching for an affordable price but with all the safety and comfort features included (ESP, airbags, electric windows and mirrors, radio/CD/MP3 player).

For an additional £500, the 1.3 MultiJet II 85hp version is available, with 10hp more and Start&Stop, having a combined fuel consumption of 80.7 MPG and CO2 emissions of 90 g/km.

The SX trim level is available in combination with the 1.3 MultiJet II 95hp, adding a further £500 to the 85hp version but providing 10hp more, manual air conditioning and a driver's knee airbag.

It will be available in three pastel colours White, Dark Blue and Red.

The New Punto Van balances head-turning style, fuel economy, and elegance with load-bearing practicality, and will become available to order from the end of April.


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      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amusing reading the American comments - but just so you know, this sort of activity is common in Europe, whereby light commercial vans are produced from three door hatchbacks and wagons. Ford, Opel, Renault, Fiat, et al have been doing this for decades. For example, the Fiesta van in sixth generation is shown below: http://imganuncios.mitula.net/ford_fiesta_van_base_tdci_94074007590732541.jpg The Punto is the same class segment as the Fiesta. The reason this is done is for tax purposes. In panelling the rear side window and removing the rear seats, the vehicle is then eligible by businesses to reclaim the input tax on the cost on their quarterly VAT Returns. For cars, the input tax is blocked from reclamation, unless you're a registered taxi and public transport service.
        lpattis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        As an American, the word "van" conjures up images of a rather *large* vehicle...even many of today's minivans are pretty cavernous. This small hatch is more of an urban delivery vehicle...isn't Mini doing something like this, as well? I do like the idea of a small two-seater w/cargo space which could be used for many purposes. It just isn't really a van...for the USA.
          lpattis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lpattis
          @aatbloke1967 It seems a shame that you are so easily amused and/or angered by the American perspective...not necessarily self-centered (your interpretation), but self-aware. vvvvvvvvv
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lpattis
          "It seems a shame that you are so easily amused and/or angered by the American perspective...not necessarily self-centered (your interpretation), but self-aware." Hardly a shame ... because of all the western industrialised countries on Earth, the US is, by some considerable margin, the least aware.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lpattis
          "It just isn't really a van...for the USA." This car isn't intended for the USA, is it? In many English-speaking countries using British English, a van is an enclosed commercial vehicle. They're occasionally called panel vans by insurers to differentiate them from caravans. The term "van" used in US parlance is an MPV or people carrier elsewhere. This is a van, plain and simple, and many manufacturers offer them. Mini is resurrecting the old Mini van from the 1960s into the new model - as I said before, this also was a stripped out, panelled version of the three door wagon. Why Americans believe their country is somehow the epicentre of the world is beyond me.
        lorenzo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        In the US, a business owner can have any type of vehicle as a company car. Heck, it could be their primary family hauler, and you dont even have to have a magnetic business sticker on it! ....actually, I am not sure if it could be a Lambo though.....hmmm. Although real estate agents always drive around in big fat MBs.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lorenzo
          Lorenzo, by the way, in the US, there is no equivalent of UK capital allowances when an owner's vehicle is used for business purposes and income tax is assessed. Instead, the accounting depreciation is tax relievable and of that, the percentage used only for business purposes.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lorenzo
          "In the US, a business owner can have any type of vehicle as a company car." A business owner can also use any type of vehicle in the UK and claim capital allowances for income tax purposes. An employee provided with a company car is assessed on a base amount of 35% of list prices, which is then geared towards the amount of CO2 the vehicle emits, and then taxed at their marginal rate on that final calculated figure. Commercial vehicles are taxed on employees who use them for private use based on a flat rate, but again taxed at their marginal rate. The point I was making has nothing to do with income tax, but VAT. A business - regardless of legal entity - cannot reclaim the input tax paid on a car unless it provides a public transport or hire service. Commercial vehicles however can have input tax for VAT Returns reclaimed in full.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This needs to come over here in the form of a Dodge, opps, I mean RAM, commercial vehicle. Put it up against Ford's Transit.
        mrbrian2334
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I think that's what the Doblo(?) is for. This car is smaller than a Focus, I think.
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        @ Hazdaz, Great minds think alike (didn't see your post before commenting above on the Dodge vs. Ram issue).
        mrbrian2334
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        That said, I wouldn't mind seeing Dodge (or RAM) get it anyway.
      Wetstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me have that little, diesel bugger! Cool little surf car/truck. Jim
      hevace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice clean design.
      Lars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Panel wagon. So that's the term. How about panel hatch. Would love to see this Fiat offered as a Dodge Dart variation.
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        But if it's a "commercial" vehicle and it came over stateside, wouldn't it have to be a Ram panel wagon to align with the current Dodge car/truck paradigm?
        sprkl2t
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lars
        The fiat is coming out with the dart only being called the viaggio. It is being build over in china and focused for that market.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have made the rear window panel flush and flat with no ribs. Because that is where your company logo sticker goes....
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah...ought to be a real rocket carrying 1200 lbs of cargo. That's including the driver(s).
        RJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        It's a cargo vehicle for a small business, not a race car. What's your point again?
        Carlos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        It's a small, urban, delivery vehicle. It's not meant to carry 1200 lbs of cargo. That's what the Doblo, Scudo and Ducato are for.
      Jay
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's got that 1998 Geo Metro vibe.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      THIS(!) is Fiat's 'panel wagon'? Geez...it's the best-looking vehicle yet that I've seen from Fiat. It's got sort of a VW Golf-ish look to it. Hell, it's the ONLY vehicle Fiat makes that I'd even consider buying (were it kitted-out like a VW Golf). Wake-up Fiat(!)...THIS is the car you ought to be selling in America, kitted-out as a performance vehicle to compete with VW.
        Roman Turna
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        You mean something like this? :) http://www.abarthcars.co.uk/uk/CMSUK/CarsElaborations/Pages/AbarthPuntoEvo.aspx
      Dipstick!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish they called it the "Punta" so I can go around nicking the "n".
      KelperFoxWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, competition against the Fiesta Van and the Corsa van, huh? Looks valid, but honestly, who the f**k was allowed to ruin the Punto's front end like that? It looks horrendous.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like that little car, but if they sold them in the Southwest or Latin America, people would be stealing the N from Punto for the lulz.
        Tuga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        The Punto IS sold in Latin America.
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