Fiat Commits to CNG Power Now! Offers 6 New Models - IMPORTANT VIDEO STORY


PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)
Fiat Grande Punto CNG-powered version

EDITOR'S NOTE*: In this video story Fiat correctly states the case for compressed natural gas versus gasoline. The great significance to this story is that Fiat may very soon be directing the fortunes of Chrysler. The Auto Channel has ardently campaigned for the immediate change to CNG and propane as America's primary engine fuel. Chrysler, along with Ford and GM know how to make CNG vehicles (and in fact have done so in the past in the U.S.). Maybe Fiat's inspiration will push the Detroit Three back in the right direction.

TURIN, Italy - April 29, 2009: Methane is the most ecological fuel currently available, which is why methane (CNG) powered cars can be driven in city centres, in areas of restricted traffic and even in situations where most cars are completely prohibited. Methane also costs up to 50% less than gasoline/petrol. Fiat has gradually been introducing methane technology throughout its range with methane versions of the Grande Punto, Panda, Punto, as well as the Multipla and DoblÚ.


Click PLAY to watch the video

FIAT'S POSITION ON CNG
Methane (CNG - compressed natural gas) is the most ecological fuel currently available, which is why methane fuelled car can be driven in city centres, in areas of restricted traffic and even in situations where most cars are completely prohibited. Methane also costs up to 50% less than petrol. Fiat has gradually been introducing methane technology throughout its range with methane versions of the Grande Punto, Panda, Punto, as well as the Multipla and DoblÚ.

Fiat is one of the international automotive brands responding most effectively to the need to limit the impact of transport on the environment. Fiat is proposing specific solutions that are within the reach of everyone and are available today to achieve this significant goal. This is borne out by the products present on the market; research and development plans; sustainable mobility initiatives promoted in conjunction with governments - and investments in new product development.


• SEE ALSO: The Auto Channel has the most comprehensive coverage of alternative fuels and vehicles. CLICK HERE for dozens of events and hundreds of videos

Fiat believes that methane propulsion systems are currently the most appropriate and readily-available technology for resolving pollution problems in urban areas. This is because the use of methane has positive implications in terms of environmental benefits (reduction of approximately 23% in CO2 emissions and reduction of PM emissions to practically zero). Furthermore, methane proves itself to be a valid financial alternative to traditional fuels (diesel and petrol), which are increasingly subject to rising prices. An example? For a Panda Panda a full tank of methane (12 kg) costs around 10 euro and allows for a range of 270 km over a combined cycle.

In addition, Natural Power cars can be relied upon to register minimal emissions: this means the customer can drive around town centres with traffic restrictions (due to excessive pollution) and also park the car in garages. Moreover, Italy's methane distribution network is becoming more and more widespread: there are currently more than 600 plants with plans for the opening of around 100 new distributors before long.

A world leader in OEM methane-driven cars (in Italy almost 80,000 cars were sold from January 2007 to May 2008), Fiat Group Automobiles is the first manufacturer to offer a wide range of dual fuel methane-petrol vehicles in its eco-friendly “Natural Power” range, responding to the mobility needs of an extensive number of people, including the trade, crafts, and goods transportation sectors: Multipla Natural Power, Punto Natural Power, Panda Panda Natural Power, Panda Panda Climbing Natural Power and DoblÚ Natural Power. Climbing Natural Power, DoblÚ Natural Power The cars and commercial vehicles that make up the Natural Power fleet made available to Legambiente’s "Green Schooner" campaign are described below.

*Marc Rauch, The Auto Channel's Exec. VP/Co-Publisher, now owns and drives a factory-built CNG Dodge van.

Home | Buyers Guides By Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | New Car and Truck Reviews
Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2014 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Editor-in-Chief@theautochannel.com.

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to submit@theautochannel.com.
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: http://www.theautochannel.com/