ITALIAN carmaker Fiat has returned to the Zimbabwe motoring market with the unveiling of the Alfa Romeo and Fiat cars last week. Zimoco holds the franchise for the Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars.
Report by Ngoni Muzofa
On show at the unveiling was the four-door saloon Alfa Romeo 159 which boasts of a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of just 7,7 seconds. The Fiat Group has owned the Alfa Romeo marque since 2007.
The 159 has a bold, sporty exterior and equally formidable interior stance. The interior features an auto climate control air conditioning and a USB port among other features. It also boasts alloy wheels.
The Fiat 500 also made its debut in Zimbabwe and the carmaker hopes that with its retro look, the 500 will steal Zimbabwean hearts. It is a mere 355cm long, 163cm wide, 149cm high, and has a wheelbase of 230 cm. with its with funky detailing, bold chrome trimmings it’s no wonder it has become a fashion accessory in Europe.
The Fiat Punto whose main claim to fame lies in its excellent fuel economy was also unveiled. The Punto’s start-stop technology cuts power –– and thus fuel use –– when the car is at a standstill.
Under the Fiat Professional range is the Doblo Cargo which is equipped with sliding side-access doors and generously-sized rear doors to make light work of loading and unloading. The ride quality, according to Fiat, is akin to that of a passenger vehicle. It can thus be converted into a taxi.
The Fiat Fiorino, the smallest under the van range, is also available. The Fioriono is a run-about van with the option of the front and rear doors being separate, allowing for the use of the load compartment even when the driver’s cab is closed.