The 'Grande' ride...

Here comes a 'Grande' new ride... the all new Fiat Grande Punto 1.3. Buying a car was on the cards for a pretty long time now - a long list of Hatches were perused, and the competition was tough. On the list of considered cars were: Maruti Suzuki Swift, Maruti Suzuki Ritz, Hyundai i20 CRDi and Fiat Grande Punto 1.3. The first one was eliminated owing to waiting period, while the second was eliminated for lack of features. The competition between the last two was tight. The i20 was ruled out due to the high price tag - and finally, it was the Grande Punto.

The "Punto" badge..

Fiat Grande Punto is the world wide successor to the Fiat Uno. Punto was launched in 1993. The current version of the Fiat Punto (called as Grande Punto) was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. The Grande Punto was styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro. This car is based on the SCCS platform developed jointly by Fiat and GM in 2002. Fiat Punto - and its Sedan version, Fiat Linea - were premiered at the Auto Expo at Delhi in January 2008. The Punto was finally launched in June 2009. Both the offerings from Fiat are manufactured at the Tata-Fiat Joint venture at Ranjangaon, near Pune.

The Grande Punto is offered in India in four major variants - Active, Dynamic, Emotion and Emotion Pack. There are two fuel options - Petrol and Diesel. The Petrol versions are powered either by the 1.2 litre FIRE engine or the 1.4 litre FIRE engine. The Diesel version is powered by the now famous 1.3 litre Multijet engine. This diesel engine is currently used by Maruti Suzuki for the Swift, Swift Dzire and Ritz, while TATA uses this engine for their Indica Vista and Indigo Manza. Reputed for high fuel efficiency, this engine is dubbed as the National Engine by auto enthusiasts.

Finalising the Punto was not an easy task - the car was initially out-of-race due to the bad reputation TATA dealers have build up in the country. However, we decided to give the car a chance - honestly, we never planned to even buy it. We first checked the car at Concorde Motors at Dairy Circle, Bangalore. The car swept us off our feet by its looks. We were interested in a test drive - but, Alas! There was no salesman to even attend us! We were completely dejected by the dealer attitude, and the car was once again out of race.

The next time, we tried a dealer in Kerala - RF Motors, Kochi. This experience was pleasant - a test drive was offered immediately (on a Sunday!) and we finalised the car at the showroom itself. The variant was decided on the basis of stock availability - of the colour of our choice. We chose Minimal Grey (Silver) and the Emotion variant of this colour was available. The executive now gave a block - we had to handle the registration ourself. This made us consider Hyson Motors at Kodungallur. This guy too had the car ready in stock, and was ready to deliver the car in 24 hours!

The car being delivered... at Hyson Motors, Thrissur.

The dealer was finalised. Me and my dad made a visit to their stockyard to check if the car was allright. Once we gave a go ahead, complete payment was made and the car was taken to the RTO for temporary registration. Finally, the beauty was delivered on Wednesday.

The car, this morning... all set to seek divine blessings...

This was perhaps the quickest car purchase we ever made. Our earlier purchases took anywhere between one to two months.

The beauty seeking divine blessings...

Hyson Motors - Thrissur (and, their branch at Kodungallur) were cordial to the core. It was really a pleasant experience dealing with them. There were some glitches during delivery, but the process went on as scheduled. The car was delivered to us in clear condition. Hyson is surely recommended to all people interested in getting a Fiat car in Thrissur area... Now, looking forward to have some amazing drives on this head-turner... we did turn a few heads last night ;)
And, Finally... she's all set to drive me around....


Anonymous said…
Congratulations on your new car Binai! Looks great. Have fun and a wonderful new year!

Inian said…
Your new car looks gorgeous.....congrats.....n I wanted to know whether KSRTC rajahamsas(the ones built by veera) are leyland ones or eicher ones...

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