TURIN -- Fiat is giving the Punto subcompact, the company's best-selling car in Europe, new front-end styling and fuel-efficient engines in a bid to slow falling sales.
The revised Punto will debut at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday.
At its launch in 2005, the Grande Punto model had a clean design by Italdesign-Giugiaro, but this was controversially altered in 2009 when the car received and face-lift. The car's name was also changed to the Punto Evo.
The Punto Evo added dark plastic inserts in the front and rear bumpers and moved the Fiat logo onto the engine hood under a chrome bar, reminiscent of the 500 minicar.
With the latest face-lift Fiat has changed the car's name again -- it's now called simply the Punto -- and returned to a clean front end that is basically the same as the original 2005 model.
To broaden the appeal of a model that is already six-years old – the average age when competitors replace their offerings – Fiat is adding its two-cylinder TwinAir engine.
Equipped with the 85hp turbo TwinAir, the Punto cuts carbon dioxide emissions to 98 grams per km from the 123g/km currently offered by the cleanest gasoline engine, the 69hp 1.2-liter four-cylinder unit.