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Fiat reports a successful 2009

Fri, 08 Jan 2010
Those who decided to buy a new car last year may have considered a Fiat, if the manufacturer's data is anything to go by.

Along with the Alfa Romeo and Abarth vehicles, the brand enjoyed its best annual market share since 2002 - 3.02 per cent, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Managing director Andrew Humberstone noted that in addition to selling some 71,000 new autos, the second-car market has seen surprising success as well.

"This has also been an exceptional year for Fiat used cars with many residual values far exceeding the market - Grande Punto for instance saw a 25 per cent increase in values, while Panda experienced over 22 per cent," he explained.

Fiat reportedly finished the month of December as the country's ninth best-selling car.

The manufacturer's 2010 sales may be boosted by the Fiat Punto Evo that was recently announced.

At £15,295, this low-emissions vehicle was called "beautifully equipped at value-for-money prices" by the carmaker.

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