Official VFACTS figures released today reveal that Fiat ? only recently returned to the Aussie market ? has had a stellar 2008, with Australian sales up 26.1 percent over the previous year. The figures show that there has been growth across the board, helping the brand record 2156 sales for 2008.
Out in front was the Fiat Ducato, maintaining its position as the best selling Fiat in Australia thanks to demand from the Australian Motorhome Industry.
The Fiat 500 ? which we reckon could probably slot into the back of the biggest Fiat Ducato ? sold itself dry, with sales far outstripping supply. Some 600 of the bambinos saw their way into Aussie homes in 2008.
"The Ducato and the Fiat 500 may be at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to size, but they share everything that makes them a Fiat," says Andrei Zaitzev, General Manager for Fiat in Australia.
"They share a commitment to safety, value for money, economy, performance and low emissions that makes them an eminently sensible purchasing decision. But they are also stylish, great to drive and designed with intelligence and flair.
It is this combination intelligent common sense and the pleasure of ownership that has made the reborn Fiat such a success and which will continue to drive Fiat forward in 2009!"
If you?re thinking it might be time for a cute little Euro, or looking to do some heavy hauling, perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at Fiat's offerings. It's just a start, but 2156 people can?t be wrong.