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Punto tops six million.

FIAT have just produced their six millionth Punto. The Punto remains the most popular car in Italy, topping the sales charts for more than 10 years.

It first rolled off the assembly line at Turin's Mirafiori plant in July 1993. Production began at SATA Melfi, near Potenza, in September of that year and Termini Imerese, in Palermo, three months later. In 1999, all three began building the new version of the Punto.

The Melfi plant currently produces the Punto and the Lancia Ypsilon, andemploys around 5000 people. In addition, the SATA facility has been tipped to build the imminent successor to the Punto.The current car will be produced at Mirafiori until the end of next year.

Theowner of the six millionth Punto is Francesco D' Ariano, a resident in Canosa di Puglia, near Bari, andanemployee at the Melfi facility. The keys to the car were handedover by Massimo Risi, head of the SATA plant
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2005
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