The Fiat Punto is classified as a supermini car, produced by Italian carmaker starting in 1993. So far this vehicle is in its third generation and was initially marketed as the Grande Punto, starting in 2005-2009. Between 2009 and 2012, this vehicle was known as the Punto Evo. As of 2012, a total of 8.5 million of these vehicles have been sold. The internal codename for this project is “Project 176” and the vehicle was first announced in September of 1993, replacing the Fiat Uno which had experienced a sharp decline in popularity and sales.
The Punto was initially designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro was sold as a 3 or 5-door hatchback as well as a 2-door cabriolet. The entry-level model engines in these cars were a 1.1 and 1.2 liter petrol as well as a 1.7 liter diesel. The total capacity of the 1.2’s engine is 1242 cc and it is available in three different versions. The first version was fitted in the Punto ELX 76 which was capable of producing up to 75 horsepower at 6000 rpm, and the second engine was fitted into the Punto ELX 85 and could produce up to 86 horsepower at 6000rpm. The third engine was capable of 60 horsepower and eventually replaced the 1.1 54 horsepower model.
There is a sporting model of the Fiat Punto which comes with a 1.6 8v updated 128 SOHC engine which was capable of producing 88 bhp and eventually replaced the 1.2 16v FIRE engine which was used in the 85 ELX with a significant power drop to 86 bhp. The GT version, which was also considered to be the top range model for this vehicle, was a 136 PS, 134 horsepower 1.4 GT which used a turbocharged 128 SOHC engine which was originally used in the Fiat Uno Turbo Mk II, which was capable of traveling at over 200 km/h or 120 mph. This vehicle was also capable of going from 0 to 100km/h in just 7.9 seconds and used a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The second generation of this vehicle, which lasted from 1999-2000, was given the project codename “Project 188” and was introduced in September of 1999 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The styling for this vehicle was completely new and had the distinctive shape and design as the previous Punto, but the chassis as well as the interior underwent a complete overhaul to give it a more modern appeal.
When the second generation Punto was introduced, the Fiat Wish concept car was also unveiled to the public as a hardtop convertible version of the Punto, including very similar styling with a Peugot 206 CC in it. This model was initially conceived by Pinifarina as a way of celebrating the centenary of Fiat. The third and current generation of the Fiat Punto was first introduced at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, going on sale later that year. This car uses the Fiat SCCS platform, which is a variation of the General Motors Gamma Platform.
The Punto Evo received a major facelift in 2009 with a new front end as well as revised rear lights and a whole new interior. The Punto was brought back in 2012 at the same time the Punto Evo received its revolutionary facelift. This vehicle received a front end that greatly resembled that of the 2005 Grande Punto as well as revised rear lights and interior, except on the ‘Pop’ trim level which resembled that of the older Grande Punto. There is also the Punto Van which is a compact van that was designed for the commercial market. This van uses a petrol 1.2 8v engine as well as a petrol/CNG 1.2 8v engine and a diesel 1.3 MultiJet 16v engine.