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New Punto offers eco-drive tips

  • Punto Evo joins Fiat's industry-leading low-CO2 car range
  • Fiat's eco:Drive system monitors driving style to help improve economy
  • New MultiAir and MultiJet engines reduce CO2 over outgoing model

Fiat has introduced fuel-saving technology in the latest version of the Punto which also reduces CO2 and can offer eco-driving tips.

The Punto Evo replaces the Grande Punto and comes with new petrol engines and revised diesel engines, as well as an automatic stop-start system.

New petrol engines, called MultiAir, result in a 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the outgoing model, as well as improvements in power and torque.

The second-generation MultiJet diesels are now capable of CO2 emissions at 110g/km for the standard manual and 107g/km for the Dualogic automated manual gearbox version.

Fiat claims it offers the largest range of cars with CO2 emissions below 130g/km in the UK.

Although the Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda have been available with eco:Drive before, the Punto Evo is the first model using the system that will offer real-time advice on improving fuel consumption.

However, there have been improvements to this sytem in conjunction with in integrated TomTom navigation and information system offered on many model.

Eco:Drive can be downloaded from the Fiat website and enables driver to use the in-car USB port to transfer information about their driving to a PC.

They can then request an assessment of their skills at the wheel, compare themselves with others and progress through a series of tutorials to make their driving style more environmentally sound.

However, thanks to Blue&Me TomTom, suggestions about reducing the environmental impact of driving now appear in real-time on the in-car screen. Should the fuel reserve warning light come on, directions to the nearest filling station can be immediately requested.