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Fiat unveils Punto Pure at 2016 Auto Expo

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Greater Noida: An Indian subsidiary of a world’s seventh-largest auto maker, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India has showcased its Fiat Punto Pure, based on the Grande Punto, at the 2016 Auto Expo today.

The hatchback is a 5-door hatchback which will be available in two variants. One will be powered with a 1.3 litre advanced multi-jet diesel engine producing 76 PS of max power and the other will be a 1.2L petrol engine producing 68 PS of max power.

The maximum torque generated is 197 Nm at 1750 RPM and 96 Nm at 2500 rpm mated through a five-speed manual transmission.

The Italian firm also showcased the all new Linea 125s which holds a 1.4 L four-cylinder T-Jet engine, generating an impressive 125 horsepower.

Additionally, the company also presented the Avventura Urban Cross which has 1.4 L T-Jet petrol engines, generating 140 BHP.

“FCA is extremely thrilled to bring the Punto Pure which sticks to its core values of providing superior driving experience and robust build quality along with offering low cost of ownership,” FCA India President Kevin Flynn said.

“We are also delighted to present the Linea 125s which packs a high-performance engine under its hood and promises to be a fun-to-drive car assuring impeccable ride and handling.”

The Linea 125s and the Avventura Urban Cross will be launched later this year.

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Maruti Suzuki India reports near 33% drop in August sales

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New Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Sunday reported a 32.7% decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August.

The company had sold 1,58,189 units in August last year, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.

Domestic sales declined by 34.3% at 97,061 units last month as against 1,47,700 units in August 2018, it added.

Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 10,123 units as compared to 35,895 units in the same month last year, down 71.8%.

Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, fell 23.9% at 54,274 units as against 71,364 cars in August last year.

Mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 1,596 units as compared to 7,002 units earlier.

However, sales of utility vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, rose 3.1% at 18,522 units as compared to 17,971 in the year-ago month, MSI said.

Exports in August were down by 10.8% at 9,352 units as against 10,489 units in the corresponding month last year, the company said.

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