Fiat passed a significant milestone today when the millionth Grande Punto came off the production lines at its factory in Melfi.

This model was launched in 2005 and was the heir of two best-sellers: the first Punto (from 1993 to 1999) of which 3.5m were manufactured, while the second series (launched in 1999 and currently on sale under the name Punto Classic) exceeded 3m.

Intended for the UK market, the millionth Grande Punto is a Passionate Red Sport version equipped with a 1.4 turbo petrol 120 bhp engine. The car's distinguishing characteristics are its "Skydome" electric roof, 17" diamond-cut alloy wheels and chrome rear view mirrors.

For the last few weeks a dual fuel (petrol/methane) Grande Punto has been on sale, expanding the Natural Power range currently comprising the Panda, Multipla, Doblò and Punto Classic models.