Posted in Car Review by Manu E Nampoothiri on August 16, 2009


Fiat LINEA a satisfactory work of FIAL(Fiat India Automobiles Ltd) is a semi-luxury sedan car. It has packed in with many utilities of space and features.

Let us get into to some of its technical details:
Technical Specs


Appealing, Fluid and stylish exterior body design. Dual parabolic head lambs add more to the  look of the car. Grille is looking more metallic and give a feel of raising forward. Tail lambs seen more blended to the body design. Any way it is a new type of sedan to look less aerodynamic.
Interior of the car is equipped with well featured instrument cluster. The dash and the interior as a whole is furnished in black and beige colours.

Seats are tailored on welvet and more space is made to avail for the users. More storage space in boot (about 500 Liters), Driver can recognize and control all the actions on door and window. A two din CD/MP3 player blended with the borad seems more cute.

My Car

Almost all models include “My Car” system, which enables the driver to communicate with the car easily. Warnings, information of the engine, speed etc are displayed on the front  display.The top end models such as “EMOTION Pack” are equipped with integrated bluetooth system “Blue&Me” to communicate easily with your mobile and to control the music player through the buttons on the steering drum. It also enables to read SMS on the front display.



The petrol engine in linea is FIRE(Fully Integrated Robotised Engine) a powerful and silent one and delivering a fair speed and acceleration. But it is a bit thirsty one. Whereas the diesel engine is an economical and at many of the times it shows 20km/ltr or above with A/C.Multijet Diesel engine with VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger)is used in the linea. Diesel engine is a roaring one but the vibrations or the sound of the engine will never irritate the passengers. Nice insulation of sound and heat, which improves comfort inside the car.

Multijet Diesel Engine

Multijet Diesel Engine


The driving and handling of the car is more satisfactory .But acceleration of diesel car is a bit sluggish but after reaching speed above 40 km/hr it accelerates some more energetically. Clutch is very smooth and so driving is effort less. Gear shift is somewhat not smooth, Steering is a bit outstanding so the handling. Brakes are free to apply and is more reactive. About 134 km/hr the vehicle is smooth and vibration less, no experience futher the speed. Good control on road.

Colours available : Flamenco red, Perla champegne, Minimal Grey, Hip hop black.

Final word. it is a good looking semi-luxury sedan with value for the money spent. No one will feel sad after buying a Fiat Linea. I will gave an overall rating of 7.75 /10

Information: fiatlinea


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Posted in Car Review by Manu E Nampoothiri on August 16, 2008

“500 smiles welcome the Fiat 500 to India” says Fiat india.

fiat is doing the finishing touches to establish it’s stability in Indian market.They are targeting fiat 500 model to do all these success for them. The Fiat 500 small car will be imported to India as a completely built unit, as an image building exercise for the car maker in the country. The Fiat 500 as a mass market product in India, considering that it will cost more than much larger cars in India, like the Skoda Octavia or Honda Civic. The Fiat 500 will be a flagship model for the company – Fiat’s image has not really recovered in India after their initial hiccups in the late 1990s. Their alliance with Tata Motors in India has taken care of the negativity somewhat, but customers are still nervous about going in for a Fiat. A high end, iconic model (for India) like the Fiat 500 should go some way in restroing Fiat’s credibility in India.

Unlike other companies like Honda, Hyundai, Skoda, etc giving medium level luxury sedan for the price. The fiat 500 will cost about 13 lacs(or above) rupees. Where the car is having the technical specifications as listed
Engine : 1400cc-petrol | 1200cc-petrol | 1248cc-diesel(multijet),
Power : 100 bhp | 69 bhp | 75 bhp,
Torque : about 14.8kgm@1500 rpm for diesel.
Lenght : 3.55 metres | – | – | ,
It is having seven airbags for advanced security. And has many added facilities such as engine meets Euro-5 norms, 185-litre boot space.

Fiat 500 in India

Fiat 500 in India


Two door(first in this class),

Three variant engines,

Fiats label.


Unacceptable price,

High cost on spares,

Existing luxury sedans starting from Swift Dzire, Honda City, Civic, Suzuki SX4, Skoda Octavia, etc with pricing less than Fiat-500.

My Expectation

In my opinion the fiat-500 will not be able to succeed in india. Lowering the cost may promote sales. Which is not possible, since above 75 percent of components are imported. Two or three may get sold in an year ;).

My opinion is not what that is going to happen., you can also give your opinion. Comments please.

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