Fiat is introducing the Grande Punto Natural
Power, a new dual fuel (petrol/methane)
version that confirms the brand’s commitment
to the field of environmental protection.
introducing the Grande Punto Natural Power, a new dual
fuel (petrol/methane) version that confirms the brand’s
commitment to the field of environmental protection.
This substantial commitment is reflected by Fiat's
indisputable leadership in the field of cars with
methane engines as original equipment (OEM): during the
period January-August 2008 some 43,000 methane-driven
Fiat vehicles were sold in Italy compared with 33,000
during the same period in 2007.
We should not
forget that Fiat is the first and only manufacturer to
offer, in its “Natural Power” range, a wide array of
vehicles with methane-petrol dual fuel systems able to meet
the mobility requirement of an extensive category of users:
Multipla Natural Power, Punto Natural Power, Panda Panda
Natural Power, Panda Panda Climbing Natural Power and Doblò
Natural Power. Now comes the turn of the Grande Punto
Natural Power, a new dual fuel car that sets standards of
absolute excellence in several areas.
methane-driven Grande Punto proves itself to be a valid
financial alternative to cars that run on conventional fuels
(diesel and petrol) that are increasingly subject to rising
prices. Suffice it to say that in Italy, for example, EUR 12
buys a full tank of natural gas and it costs just EUR 3.8 to
cover 100 km.
of the new model is its extraordinary range: when running on
methane, it is able to cover 310 km with the tank filled to
its full capacity of 84 litres. This record-breaking figure
is increased by the 45 litre petrol tank capacity: this
means that the Grande Punto Natural Power can be driven for
more than 1000 kilometres without refuelling. So once you
have a full tank you can drive with peace of mind, and in
any case it is increasingly easier to refuel with natural
gas because the network of service stations is extensive and
continuously expanding (the number of service stations in
Italy currently stands at 630).
The new model
also offers a 1.4 8v Fire unit that is already compliant
with the EURO5 directive and offers low CO2
emissions (just 115 g/km) that allow customers access to the
maximum state incentives (EUR 2800 and 3 years of car tax if
scrapped). The promotional launch price will start from EUR
12,300, complemented by 6 years of interest-free finance
(offer valid to 31 December 2009).
Punto Natural Power marks an important step forward in dual
fuel cars technology, we have decided to introduce it at an
original event that reflects Fiat Automobiles all-round
commitment to the environment. The press presentation has
been designed in accordance with the principles of “Impatto
Zero®”, an innovative project by LifeGate (an
eco-cultural platform that is the chosen partner of
companies who are serious about sustainable development)
that is putting the aims of the Kyoto Protocol into action
for the first time in Italy: reducing carbon dioxide
emissions and compensating for them by planting new forests.
Impatto Zero quantifies the environmental impact of
businesses, companies, products and individuals, calculating
emissions of carbon dioxide and greenhouses gases and the
equivalent amounts in Kg of CO2. It then compensates for the
emissions by reforestation and the protection of woodland
areas in Italy and throughout the world. Since 2002, more
than 450 companies have chosen to sign up to the LifeGate
scheme in Italy and they have now been joined by Fiat
Automobiles, which has calculated the environmental impact
of the Grande Punto Natural Power launch event and
compensated for it by planting 6,668 m2 of forest in the
Ticino Natural Park.
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