Fiat India played host at its Kurla plant in suburban
Mumbai for the industrial launch of the Palio Diesel and
the Adventure Diesel, the companys latest offerings.
company also announced its business plans for the year
2003. One of Fiats plans is to focus on penetrating
the countrys diesel car segment by offering the
companys range of diesel cars, based on its famous
Fiat India director (commercial) Ananda Gupta: We
will vividly focus on stability and growth in 2003
direct our energies towards enhanced after-sales services,
exciting financial tie-ups and schemes, the launch of
the diesel range on the 178 platform, and the expansion
of our dealer network.
is committed to succeeding in India, with a clear roadmap
in place to aggressively achieve its target. Says Fiat
India chairman and managing director Alberto Montanari:
We are very fortunate at Fiat to produce vehicles
to touch peoples emotions. We understand that our
customers have a sentimental attachment to their vehicles
and we strive to make that emotional connection tangible,
with products that surprise delight and excite.
believe that with the introduction of the Palio Diesel
and Adventure Diesel we will capture all of these practical
and emotional elements. Stability and a renewed emphasis
on after-sales service are the other elements that will
drive Fiat India through this year.
The Palio Diesel and the Adventure Diesel will be a four-cylinder
one in line with 1.9-litre D-tech engines. The 1910cc
engine in the Palio Diesel generates a massive 63 bhp
at 4500 rpm with a peak torque of 12.2 kgm; it claims
to deliver 13-to-15 kmpl in city traffic with the AC on
and a highway fuel consumption of more than 16 kmpl.
engine provides adequate reserve power even when in high
gears, for instant response to accelerator units. Fiat
also uses this engine in a number of their international
models like the Punto, Multipla and the Doblo, which have
proved to be very successful.
fuel injection system consists of an electronically managed
mechanical pump from Delphi. The system employs a 16-bit
electronic control unit (ECU) to achieve the best possible
engine performance in terms of power, fuel consumption,
emissions and drivability.
boasts of using the drive by wire technology
with the Palio Diesel, fitted with an accelerator pedal
potentiometer. Driver inputs at the accelerator pedal
position are converted into an electrical voltage signal
and sent to the ECU, thus eliminating the accelerator
cable used commonly by the companys competitors.
allay fears of diesel engines being high on pollution,
two emission-control devices have been used to reduce
emissions. The high turbulence combustion chamber ensures
the optimum mixing of the fuel with air with the additional
benefit of lower vibrations and thus the silent operation
of the engine.
fitted is the exhaust gas re-circulation system. This
system allows for some of the exhaust gases to be sent
to the intake in certain engine operating conditions,
thus diluting the fuel mixture with inert gases and limiting
the formation of nitrogen oxides (NOX), thereby reducing
features include the water in fuel indicator
that safeguards the fuel injection equipment, and the
On-board diagnostic sensor that warns the
driver in case of any electronic malfunction, both of
which are situated on the dashboard.
variants feature a tachometer, the only car in the B segment
to offer this feature on all its variants. A variable
capacity AC compressor has a capacity of 126 cc, providing
steady cooling without over-loading the engine even on
gradients and while overtaking.
great attention to the safety features, for which Fiat
is world renowned, the Palio Diesel will be the only car
in the B segment to offer the option of driver airbag,
antilock braking system and pre-tensed seat belts.
car will also feature an energy-absorbing steering wheel,
steering column, a fire protection switch, a reinforced
body with programmed crumple zones, anti-submarine
seats and side beams in all the doors.