Italian car company Fiat, which is part of the world’s largest carmaker, is preparing to bid goodbye to India soon. Earlier, General Motors had announced his Chevrolet brand farewell to India.
From December 2017 until November 2018, Fiat has sold only 101 cars. While Fiat Lenia and Punto have been in the country for a long time, Fiat has not made any updates in both vehicles.
Actually, new safety norms will be implemented in the country from October 2019. After which it will be mandatory to give ABS in vehicles. Fiat’s 1.3-litre Multijet engine is known as ‘the engine of the country’. However, it does not meet the BS-6 standards. While there is no sale in India, Fiat does not want to take the long-term expense of upgradation on its vehicles.
Fiat-Chrysler launched its Jeep brand Grand Cherokee and Wrangler in the Indian market in 2016. At the same time, the new Jeep Compass was launched in 2017, which soon entered the car market. At the same time, Fiat’s decision seems to be that the company wants to maintain its focus only on the Jeep brand in India.
Significantly, this year the India New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program is going to be implemented, but none of the Fiat vehicles are meeting the minimum safety standards. On the same day, BS-6 pollution emission standards are going to be implemented. Prior to January 1, 2018, General Motors had decided not to sell the Chevrolet brand in the country. Fiat asked all its dealers to end the inventory of non-ABS vehicles from the market at the earliest.