Sunday, June 21, 2009

You have to wait for Fiat Bravo

Fiat India has postponed the launch of its upcoming model, Fiat Bravo, in India. Fiat intends to rebuild its brand in the country and the launch of Bravo was a part of the marketing strategy. However, looking at the present car scenario, it had postponed its decision to launch any high priced car. It states that there is clearly a lack of interest for car priced above Rs. 20 lakh. They have taken this decision due to poor market conditions.

Fiat Bravo will be imported as a completely built unit in India and would have attracted hundred percent duty on the same. The market is not viable for such highly priced cars. Fiat already marks its presence in the Indian auto market with its models like Fiat 500 Cinqcento and Fiat Linea. Fiat 500 which is a three door hatchback model is already priced at Rs. 13 lakh and above due to the import duty it attracts in India. It intends to launch Fiat Grand Punto on 17th of this month. Moreover, Fiat does not intend to launch models in the same segment that would compete with each other or with the Tata Motors portfolio.

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