AUSTRALIA: New Punto could herald return of Fiat cars

By just-auto.com editorial team | 28 July 2005

Fiat's new Punto Grande is likely to herald the return of the Italian marque's cars to Australia.

Australian importer, Ateco Automotive, sells Fiat commercial vehicles, with the Ducato van proving highly popular in Australia, but the Sydney-based importer has been waiting for the right car bring the brand back and for the Australian dollar to be well valued against the euro.

The dollar is heading in the right direction and the new Punto Grande is the right car, Ateco said.

The new model will be launched at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September, with right hand drive production slated for the middle of 2006. An Australian launch is possible any time after that. Ateco is already planning to launch it in New Zealand, where it has distributed Fiat cars for some years.

Old Punto to run alongside new