Tue, Aug 7, 2018 8:30 PM
The Fiat Punto, once one of Britain’s most popular super-minis, has been retired after it was announced that the Italian car would be no longer produced.
First produced in 1993 the hatchback has sold five million units through three different generations of vehicle, but is unlikely to see the factory floor or showroom floors again after Fiat Chrysler decided to focus on their luxury brands, including the Maserati SUV at the company’s Melfi plant in Italy.
Despite being one of the most popular Italian cars of of the past twenty years, it gained infamy more recently after becoming the first car to receive a zer-star rating from crash safety body Euro NCAP.
The Punto’s demise was brought further into focus following the success of Fiat’s 500 series, which despite a recent slowdown in sales has been a huge success for the Italian brand. Fiat are likely to concentrate on the 500 and the forthcoming 500e electric car also marked for arrival soon. Fiat are also working on a small estate, the 500 Giardinera, which might fill the hole left by the Punto. Fiat’s other iconic marque, the Panda is also in line for a replacement.
Fiat’s decision to retire the Punto has been on the cards for the past few years, and was thought to be the decision of former Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who passed away last week.
FCA will likely focus on their luxury brands, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Jeep.
There are many Fiat options available, including the ever popular 500 at MotorDepot (but no Puntos!)