Fiat India has taken the local market under heavy consideration and continues to expand it portfolio by launching new models and variants every few months. Recently it was the Abarth Punto and Abarth Avventura which had enthusiasts in the country salivating at the 145 bhp engine!
Continuing with that, Fiat India has started testing automatic dual clutch gearbox in India for a possible launch of its entire range with it. The C635 DDCT transmission will possible be used in the Fiat range while the 9-speed 948TE will be used in the Jeep range which will be launched at the 2016 Auto Expo.
Apart from these, Fiat is also testing the C635 6-speed manual gearbox. Fiat cars are known as enthusiast cars in Indian and adding a automatic gearbox will only increase its appeal to people who want to buy Fiat cars. Enthusiasts might frown on the option but if it generates more sales for Fiat, its a win-win situation!
The testing facilities are being built from ground-up at the company`s Ranjangaon factory. This takes the total investment in the plant to $280 million. The plant, a JV along with Tata, will be ready to new assembly lines and shops to accommodate the new Jeep models and to meet increasing demand.
Fiat has confirmed the Jeep brand will be manufactured locally and will be the first brand from the Fiat Chrysler stable in India to be exported.
Keep your eyes opened for a detailed review on the Abarth Punto on AutoColumn soon!