Farewell Punto

It has been around for 13 years, but unlucky for the Punto, 13 marks it’s final year in the Fiat sales charts as production has now ceased and the curtain comes down on the small hatchback.

The Punto in it’s current form was the the third version of the model, having originally gone on sale in 2005 as the Grande Punto, following a mild facelift it was renamed the Punto Evo from 2009 before reverting to the original Punto name in 2012  following what turned out to be it’s final incarnation.

FCA recently announced it has no plans to replace the little Punto with the 500 range to fill the niche, a new 500x is due to arrive shortly along with Fiat resurrecting the Giardiniera name, a small estate. Various new members of the 500 family will arrive in the next 2-3 years, along with a revised Panda to fill any gap left by the Punto.

Certainly the little Fiat will be missed by some, in Abarth form it had found quite a following from those wanting the Scorpion badged car without the 500 packaging, and with it’s Italian styling it was a good looking little hatchback giving the more popular small cars from Ford and Vauxhall a run for their money.

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