|Fiat’s Grande Punto|
The Fiat Grande Punto has won Germany’s 2005 Golden Steering Wheel award in the Compact Car class in the 30th annual running of the competition organized by the weekly magazine Bild am Sonntag.
The Grande Punto beat the Volkswagen Fox, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris and Peugeot 1007 in this class, one of seven in this year’s award program.
|2005 Golden Steering Wheel Winners|
|Compact||Fiat Grande Punto|
|Super Sports Car||Porsche Carrera GT|
|Small RV||Hobby T600 GFS|
The Mitsubishi Colt took the honors in the small car class last year.
With a 1.4-liter, 77-hp (57-kW) gasoline engine, the Grande Punto consumes 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers (38.6 mpg US) combined cycle and emits 145 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
With its diesel 1.3-liter, 75-hp (55-kW) engine, the Grande Punto consumes 4.7 l/100km (50 mpg US) and emits 123 g/km CO2.
All models of the Grande Punto meet Euro 4 specifications.
Fiat and Ford recently agreed to co-operate on the joint development and production of vehicles in the European small car (sub-B) segment. The cars resulting from that partnership will use Fiat powertrains. (Earlier post.)