Fiat do make beautiful and powerful cars but their ASS is one of the reason people don't want to buy their car but it may be exaggerated because one of my friend who bought Linea six months back,
This is very generic interpretation. the fact is bit Odd, as far as I have observed.
other than couple of isolated incidents regarding ASS
of Fiat they are par with rest of manufacturer/brands. Every manufacturer errs sometimes or other.
even brand new Volkswagon Polo rattled (of my friends distant relative in calicut)but they are not serious issues as far as entry level car is concerned so such things can be overlooked , but concerning Fiat we are all keeping a hawks eye, just because Fiat has lot of potentials and we all expect incredible product from them.
I have been using My fiat since an year ,all my worries were just superficial.
As it had passed 15000km without any hassle , now this car has been worth money spend for the amount of comfort ,drive quality,nvh looks and everything else..it has absorbed all kind of abuse(considering bad roads of kerala)....cheers to fiat.
Regarding the Fiat ,strangely i havent seen much of fiat in rural areas.
people look at my Punto as an alien or imported one in village areas,at same province or district one can find as many Fiat and Lineas in City area , competetively to other brands (Maruthi excluded).
One has to agree Fiat do not have much of showrrooms or outlets in remote areas of India where as Tata ,mahindra and maruthi does have it at every milestones...... (maybe tata do not wish to for fiat) even Hyundai is seriously expanding .
One more serious factor is upgrade. since 4 years it has been same 2 car with same old ergonomics people are being entertained with.(even though it still has the contemprory appeal ) but people want to see something fresh and new .where as in the market every next month there is a new facelift and launch like Volkswagon,Nissan,
Fiat being a JointVenture with Tata, which is also a competent auto maker is no easy drill, as one may have to share every technology and innovative idea for the sake of it.
I feel Fiat might be feeling in a kind of trap. so other than continueing and rocking India with famous MJD engines, in car business they have fewer options only .
I remember an article where Fiat India CEO said that bringing other technologies like 1.6 mjd ,twin air etc means they should be able to fit in Tata cars too as per tata's 50 percent share justice , which would be too much taken for granted as far as company like Fiat is concerned they might have invested a lot to produce such legendary engines.
so let us all live with what Fiat has provided us with Incredible car like Punto and linea.
especially both punto and linea ,linea t-jet has been exceptionally great car as well as perfomer.