Fiat Linea

The Fiat Linea is a small family car released in March 26, 2007 by the Italian automaker Fiat in Eastern Europe, India, Latin America, and the Middle East. It replaced the aging Marea as the largest in the Fiat range. It is based on the current Fiat Grande Punto platform.

The Linea was designed by Fiat Style Centre and co-developed by Fiat do Brasil and Tofas from Turkey. Its wheelbase is 2,603 mm (102.5 in), i.e. 100 mm (3.9 in) longer than its sister models, and its total length is 4,560 mm (179.5 in) or 500 mm (19.7 in) longer. Launched in September 2008 in Brazil, the Linea is available with a 1.9 L 16v “Torque” engine with 132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp), flexible for the Brazilian market. In Brazil the Linea is available with a 1.4 L 16v T-Jet engine with 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp), the same engine used in Fiat Grande Punto Abarth in Europe, capable of using only petrol, as this engine is imported.
Launched in January 2009 in India, the Linea is available with a 86 PS (63 kW; 85 hp), 1.3 L Multijet Diesel Engine and 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) 1.4 L “FIRE” Petrol Engine. In Brazil, Fiat is aiming the Linea towards the Japanese cars. The Fiat Linea and the Fiat company launched the L’Unico Club, that offers VIP services for Linea owners, such as special exclusive lines and exclusive attendants for Linea owners, invitations for special events, and deliver service for maintenance and 3 years warranty, the biggest warranty for Fiat cars in Brazil.

Linea is equipped with Blue&Me hands-free system, a Microsoft Windows Mobile based system with multi-language voice recognition and speech functions. This allows the driver to browse mobile phone’s book, reads aloud SMS and controls the audio system – using built-in USB port, one can connect PenDrive with music in MP3 and WMA formats.

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