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Punto van to help Fiat target businesses

Fiat Professional’s New Punto Van 2012 has made its UK debut at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham’s NEC.

The New Punto Van replaces the Grande Punto Van in the Fiat Professional line-up and brings a wealth of improvements over its predecessor, providing customers with a strong proposition in the car-derived van market, with a load capacity of 1.0 m3 and a payload of 520 kg.

New Punto Van 2012 features external styling changes with fully colour-coded front and rear bumpers, and an interior with new sportier seat fabrics and on the SX version there is a new dashboard with soft touch materials and an elegant design.

Standard equipment on all versions includes ESP, brake assistance, remote central locking, electric front windows, electrically adjustable and heated body coloured mirrors, trip computer, driver and passenger airbags, radio/CD/MP3 player, electric power steering, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

New Punto Van will be available with one diesel engine, the award-winning and best-selling 1.3 MultiJet II diesel, in three levels of power: 75bhp, 85bhp and 95bhp. Start-stop is fitted to the mid- and higher-powered versions.

The new range starts with the entry level 1.3 MultiJet II 75hp version at £10,990+VAT. 

The New Punto Van will become available to order from the end of April.

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