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Linea / Punto to get improvements and upgrades

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Fix(ing) It Again Tony

(Disclaimer: Info typed is accurate till now, but may be subject to change and will be updated regularly. Please DO NOT ask any further questions.)

Fiat to considerably improve its versions of Punto and Linea by the time the euro 4 kicks in.

Highlights of changes:

New team to monitor quality control at Fiat at even stricter levels.

Additional sound insulation under the firewall and sand witch type roof lining in both punto and linea diesels for further noise reduction.

Alteration of 3rd and 4th gear ratios in punto MJD for better pickup.

Newly designed, more durable seat adjust leaver and bonnet opening mechanism with improved plastic quality

Tighter tolerances in interior panel gaps, especially at ignition area (punto) and door armrest (linea)

New front seat frame in the linea, more durable which will not fall down.

Improved AC blower, told to be less noisy.

Modified "my car 2" settings in emotion models (punto and linea) and dynamic (linea) models, more user friendly and easy to configure.

Of course, improved interior plastics.

Elimination of "chrome bits falling off" from Linea emotion models.

Additional layers of clear coat paint for better paint gloss and long lasting finish.

More durable engine mounts for even lesser vibrations.

1.4 petrol to be more fuel efficient by minor ECU tweak and a taller 5th gear ratio, peak power to be at 5500 rpm* from current 6000 rpm*.

Mechanically otherwise specs unchanged.

Linea T-Jet to be displayed at expo 2010, but no info available on its launch to me as yet.

*will be confirmed prior to launch.

Fiat will not really officially announce the launch, but will silently incorporate the aforementioned changes based on customer feedback.


Also, new dealerships, wider A.S.S. network and frequency of parts availability to be increased.

 

Team-Bhp - sidIndica
creativebala2009-12-06 19:17:39

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Thank God FIAT has started thinking something for its customers. The market and reputation built by it by launching the magnificent LINEA is all going down and down due to the long term experiences that are coming up and moreover more and more defects are showing up. I'm really feeling bad for our ACI member "

sachinrthakkar " who has a nightmare going on,thanks to Fiat.

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The revamped version of the Linea is believed to emit lesser vibrations because of the new engine mounts (across all engine variants) installed in it. With a minor tweak in the ECU the new Linea will churn out a better mileage, while the gearbox has been retuned to deliver the torque in a better manner than the current model. It has a freshly designed and more front seat frame while durability issues in the dashboard plastics, seat lever and the boot release lever are also believed to be addressed. As per the observations of our spy photographer, the interiors looked radically improved in terms of the visual quality of plastics. Our other sources claim that the sound insulation has been improved too, since a lot of complaints regarding the same were received from customers of the diesel variants of the flagship sedan. 

Speaking of the engine, we have already told you that the 1.4 T-jet mill will make its public appearance at the 2010 Auto Expo. The bonnet for the new variant as well as the current model will now feature a new opening mechanism. An improvised AC unit which gives out very less noise is also said to be packed in the upcoming Linea(s). The common grievance about the current Linea of chrome bits (especially the monograms) falling off has also been eliminated in the

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Very good step by Fiat. But what about the owners who are already facing these problems, i think most of them which can be fixed will be done by Fiat at free of cost to satisfy their existing customers and increase faith in them.

All these changes will almost make it a perfect vehicle to compete Linea with City and Punto with i20/Jazz and upcoming Polo and others and will remove most of the cons of vehicle like niggling problems, plastic quality, driveability of diesel Punto, etc.

I hope these changes are really incorporated by April 2010 max. These changes will change the way people think of Fiat and its service. Fiat should take care of its loyal customers.

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Fix(ing) It Again Tony

(Disclaimer: Info typed is accurate till now' date=' but may be subject to change and will be updated regularly. Please DO NOT ask any further questions.)

Fiat to considerably improve its versions of Punto and Linea by the time the euro 4 kicks in.

Highlights of changes:

New team to monitor quality control at Fiat at even stricter levels.

Additional sound insulation under the firewall and sand witch type roof lining in both punto and linea diesels for further noise reduction.

Alteration of 3rd and 4th gear ratios in punto MJD for better pickup.

Newly designed, more durable seat adjust leaver and bonnet opening mechanism with improved plastic quality

Tighter tolerances in interior panel gaps, especially at ignition area (punto) and door armrest (linea)

New front seat frame in the linea, more durable which will not fall down.

Improved AC blower, told to be less noisy.

Modified "my car 2" settings in emotion models (punto and linea) and dynamic (linea) models, more user friendly and easy to configure.

Of course, improved interior plastics.

Elimination of "chrome bits falling off" from Linea emotion models.

Additional layers of clear coat paint for better paint gloss and long lasting finish.

More durable engine mounts for even lesser vibrations.

1.4 petrol to be more fuel efficient by minor ECU tweak and a taller 5th gear ratio, peak power to be at 5500 rpm* from current 6000 rpm*.

Mechanically otherwise specs unchanged.

Linea T-Jet to be displayed at expo 2010, but no info available on its launch to me as yet.

*will be confirmed prior to launch.

Fiat will not really officially announce the launch, but will silently incorporate the aforementioned changes based on customer feedback.


Also, new dealerships, wider A.S.S. network and frequency of parts availability to be increased.

 

Team-Bhp - sidIndica
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I am sorry to but most of this is figment of someone's imagination and the rest of it like Fiat's stricter quality control checks is well known and written about in magazines. Spoke to Fiat engineers who said there are no changes to the gear ratios or tweaks to the ECU to increase rpm. The Linea / Grande Punto's C510 Fiat gearbox has been localised and changing gear ratios is not on the agenda.

 

Now let me tell you the truth about what is happening;

Fiat is launching a new version of the Grande Punto at the Auto Expo called the TREND. This version is targetted at the youth and will come with some special features like a heavy-duty stereo system and some fancy fabrics. The price will be very attractive too. The T-Jet petrol will be shown at the Expo but there is no 1.6 diesel. ACI had reported all these FACTS earlier.

Speculative reporting on the forum should be taken with a pinch of salt and in this case it should be a truckful!

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So Trend is like the spark music edition kind of version right or does it have different looking alloys and spoilers and side skirts ? I think this model will only lead to people thinking that Fiat is trying to sell the Punto badly .

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Still something new, nip & tuck is always welcome to do away the boredom!

 

Ideally Fiat should address some of the serious issues quick & fast & send across a pro-active image. 

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That's right. It was reported in Autocar. No idea on the pricing of the T-Jet but it won't be cheap as Fiat is planning to add features and even differentiate it from the standard Linea - maybe different colours and extra badging. T-Jet motor is also fully imported and hence has high duties.

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That's right. It was reported in Autocar. No idea on the pricing of the T-Jet but it won't be cheap as Fiat is planning to add features and even differentiate it from the standard Linea - maybe different colours and extra badging. T-Jet motor is also fully imported and hence has high duties.

Looks like we are looking at a 10-11 lakh Fiat Linea, after all. smiley5.gif

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Looks like we are looking at a 10-11 lakh Fiat Linea' date=' after all. smiley5.gif[/quote']

Dont think FIAT can afford to price T JET Linea more than 1 Lac over the top end 1.4 Fire Linea. It would be a disaster if its priced way high at 10-11 L, Fiat at present doesnt have that much brand reputation to fight with say a Altis or a Civic even if the T JET is faster than all.

Pricing will be competitive as they did for Linea and Punto.

10-11 L is too much.

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