The facelift Fiat's carrying out on its Grande Punto is subtle. Even so, it's hard to maintain your cover when the test mule self-immolates. A full replacement will be coming in 2012, and to bridge the gap, Fiat is preparing a slight nose job to the current GP. The headlamps and fascia are getting minor tweaks for the 2010 model year, and while out trying to blend into the surrounding snow and carry out tests, something went wrong. Firefighters handled the situation quickly, and only the car sus
We're not sure that a bigger MINI Cooper is exactly what the buying public at large has been waiting for, but it is exactly what they might get. We would certainly hope that the small-size MINI would remain in the line, though that would certainly negate whatever savings BMW is hoping for by collaborating with Fiat on the project in the first place. Fiat will be using the platform for the next Grande Punto, due in 2011. MINI would not use the platform until 2012 at the earliest, followed up by A
The T-Jet engines from Fiat look like a good thing. The basic principle is easy: reduce engine capacity to reduce fuel consumption, but boost the compression ratio and add twin-turbos, one for low rpm, other for higher.
First Audi, now Alfa Romeo - it seems everyone wants a hot hatchback to compete with BMW's popular MINI Cooper S. This one doesn't sound like blue-sky speculation though, with Automotive News Europe reporting that an Alfa Romeo "Junior" three-door hatchback has been green-lighted by parent company Fiat for a 2008 launch. The news marks a revival of the Alfa Junior nameplate, last used in the late '60s and early '70s.