Fiat India gets a new Head, confirms launch of the new Linea on 10th

Fiat Group Automobile India Private Limited and Chrysler India Automotive Private Limited have appointed Nagesh A. Basavanhalli as the President and Managing Director for Chrysler and Fiat India operations. The move is being seen as a part of the ongoing efforts from the company to strengthen its presence in the Indian market. Earlier, Basavanhalli was heading the Chrysler and Fiat’s APAC Technical Center (Asia Pacific) that was located in Chennai, India.

With the newly created position, Basavanhalli will now be managing Fiat and Chrysler’s operations in India and will be reporting directly to Mike Manley, the Chief Operating Officer for APAC region. The appointment has been made effective immediately.

The current managing director of FGAIPL, Enrico Atanasio will be charged with the new responsibility at the APAC region that will be announced little later. Speaking on the Enrico’s changed objectives, Manley said that for the short term period he will be assisting Nagesh through the smooth transition of responsibilities and will be help him to integrate better with the new structure to support the continuous development of the company.

Fiat Linea

In 1994 Basavanhalli joined Chrysler and since then he has held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities in the area of engineering and product planning. He has passed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical engineering from Bangalore University and also holds a Master of Science from the University of Texas and an MBA from the University of Chicago Business School. Chicago Booth Business School awarded him as the “Booth India Business Leader 2009”.

Fiat has confirmed that it will be revealing its 2013 Linea and Grande Punto on 10th of April. The new Linea will come with new alloys, new interior and some change in the 1.4 Litre T-Jet power ratings.

Images of Revamped 2013 Fiat Linea surfaces on the web before launch

If you have been all curious for having a proper glimpse of the revamped 2013 Fiat Linea then the time has come for you to get a 180 degree view of this facelifted model since the official images have already hit the internet. An extremely camouflaged version of the 2013 Fiat Linea had been snapped previous month as the revamped model is being made at the Fiat’s facility in Turkey. As seen from the pictures over the internet, the new Linea is coming with some magnificent updates in design. The car is adorned with front chrome grille, chrome bumpers and huge headlamps while the minute chrome detailing does not finish on the front fascia only, but it has its effect on the rear end as well on the boot lid and the rear bumper.

Images of Revamped 2013 Fiat Linea surfaces on the web before launch
Looking at the pictures it seems that Fiat has taken some sort of cues from the Indian audience as they are great admirer of outlines that is done on chrome. The Multijet 1.3-litre engine, which is beneath the bonnet of the current version of Fiat Linea is also getting a little bit of enhancement to deliver a better fuel efficiency with low level of CO2 emissions.  The portfolio of the latest Linea will be extended with a new powertrain, which is a high class Multijet 1.4-litre engine. This new powertrain unit is there also beneath the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and it can produce 168 HP of total output with ease.

However, the Indian subcontinent has to wait for this new version of Fiat Linea as the firm has already launched the 2012 Fiat Linea in the country on the occasion of 2012 International auto Expo at New Delhi this January. The revamped version of the Fiat Linea will be hitting the dealerships of South America and Russia first, where the brand has an eminence in comparison to the Indian automobile market where it is still exerting itself to find a proper place.