Dan Butroid says
June 5, 2015 at 11:32
Thanks for the sales information. I have been a Fiat / Lancia enthusiast since the mid-1970’s. I have been increasingly baffled by Fiat’s decision not to introduce an all-new Punto replacement. They used to be a driving force in the supermini class with the 127, Uno and Punto but it seems that this 40+ year long era is coming to an end. I am also concerned by the increasing presence of American Chrysler cars in Fiat Auto’s line-up. Chrysler have been bankrupt and I don’t think the cars they offer will do Fiat any good in the long run. Finally, I’m very saddened to see the apparent imminent demise of Lancia. This marque has been such an inspiration for me over the years with the cars I’ve owned – and continue to – and their unrivalled rallying success with the Fulvia, Stratos (what a car that was!), 037, Delta S4 (see Stratos comment) and Integrale. There’s nothing in Chrysler’s heritage which remotely comes close to these fantastic cars.
Bart Demandt says
June 7, 2015 at 07:58
Indeed it is hard to contemplate how they can so simply forgo their highest volume segment and a model that sold as many times in 1997 as the entire Fiat line-up sold in 2014.
Even as recent as 2006, the Punto sold more than 400.000 units in Europe. The Fiat 500, their current best selling model, peaked at 180.000 sales last year, less than half of that.
Like I wrote, Marchionne believes it’s a waste of money to develop cars that will be introduced during a market crisis, but a drought of new products has obviously led them to lose half of their volume, and I can’t imagine that’s not even more costly.
Brenda Kilgour says
June 11, 2015 at 21:29
Comments from Marchionne such as these plus his eagerness to marry Fiat Chrysler to a much larger competitor make me wonder if he is really less a capitalist than a corporatist. Seems his objective is more to create a Fiat-Chrysler-You-Name-It that is more like a state unto itself. The problem is that the heart of his imaginary corporate state, the Duchy of Agnelli-Fiat, is decadent and decaying.
November 12, 2017 at 13:24
It would be nice to add table with YEAR,MODEL,VOLUME, PERCENT so we can see how 500 or Punto contribute to whole Fiat sales through years!
Rhys C says
January 31, 2018 at 21:35
The Fiat Punto is now down to 49,000 annual sales in Europe, quite embarrassing. They need to introduce the Fiat Argo in Europe as the new Punto in my opinion to boost sales, it looks like a decent car.
January 31, 2018 at 21:40
I also believe that due to the SUV market heating up in Europe, Fiat should use their relationship with Jeep and use the Compass as a base for a new Fiat SUV. Here is a computer generated image someone has created which I think looks really good:
Mirko Z. says
April 4, 2019 at 08:43
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning ending the brand
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