Fiat’s reputation as a maker of trusted, reliable and fun cars had taken a major hit back in the 1970s and early 80s. It managed to salvage what was left of its reputation, and save it entirely with the Uno, which stayed in production for 11 years and sold millions of units. What Fiat was needed when the Uno was retired was another such hit, and with the 1993 Fiat Punto, it got it. The new car was developed by famed designer Giugiaro, and took advantage of a new style of design, calling for a taller, roomier car without sacrificing the fact that this was still a sub-compact! Giugiaro was over-ridden on the placement of the tail-lights, which Fiat chairman Paolo Canterella insisted should be placed higher on the body. This was done – who pays, plays, of course – and the move turned out great, becoming the car’s signature look.
The Punto was fitted with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 75 horsepower. Coupled with a five-speed manual transmission, the little car could reach a top speed of 93 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 in about 12 seconds.
It was equipped with front disc / read drum brakes and an all-around independent suspension, giving the little monocoque car plenty of grip. The 1993 Fiat Punto was a hit for both the company, and the puplic.