Fiat Grande Punto

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The tiny Punto is the engine that drives Fiat (accounting for a quarter of the firm's production), and lately that engine has been sputtering. The new Grande Punto is critical in the carmaker's quest to regain its financial footing. The compact hatchback, available as a two-door and a four-door, is larger than the regular Punto but still tiny by U.S. standards. It will be sold alongside the current Punto, and Fiat hopes its size--half a class up from its competitors--will bring new buyers into the Fiat fold. The car is based on the Opel Corsa platform (a reminder of GM and Fiat's now-severed ties) and was designed by Italdesign-Guigiaro, which also did the first-generation Punto.

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