In a cracker of a deal, Fiat delivered 455 Punto Evo to a Surat based Diamond merchant, Palki Savjibhai Dholkia, owner of Hrishikesh Exporters. Regarded as the biggest ever single deliver order in a day, the cars are purchased to give Diwali Bonus to the company's employees. The deal was facilitated by Sukrit Autolink, Fiat's Surat based dealership, undertaking an order of 265 Evo Diesel and 190 Evo Petrol units.
In all, 1200 employees were chosen for various gift schemes under performance bonus incentives. The employees had to choose between Diamond Jewellery, Brand new Fiat Punto and a Flat. About 455 employees opted for the Fiat Punto while 570 opted for Jewellery and 207 took away the flats.
With the operations starting in 1992, the company reached an annual turnover of nearly Rs 6000 crores within no time. “The order of 190 Punto Evo 1.2 Petrol and 265 Punto Evo 1.3 Diesel in New Pearl White and Minimal Grey colours was taken by Sukrit Autolink, FIAT exclusive dealer in Surat,” Fiat said in the press release.
The press release further added, “Fiat Group Automobiles India Private Limited (FGAIPL) today delivered its biggest bulk order for FIAT Punto with 455 cars to a prominent business house in Surat, Gujarat. The cars were gifted to employees as Diwali bonus. This is the largest single delivery made by any car company in India, according to industry sources. This is also the biggest number of cars given as Diwali bonus by any company.”
Fiat launched the Evo in August this year and will be happy with such a big order in a single day within 3 months of its launch. Punto EVO is competing against the giants of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Elite i20 in this segment.