Fiat celebrates “return of the scorpion”

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Italian car manufacturer Fiat has said that it is relaunching the Grande Punto Abarth at the Geneva Motor Show in March, a model that is characterised by its distinctive scorpion badge.

The range is described as "one of the motor industry’s legendary performance and sporting car brands" and its introduction is the first in a new line of high performance and sport models from Fiat.

Abarth, which has been established as an entire division of Fiat rather than merely a brand, will develop new road models for the manufacturer’s range and develop performance and styling packages for current Fiat owners.

The company was founded in 1949 by Carlo Abarth and produced sporting versions of Fiat models. Its scorpion badge was designed to represent the group’s aim of producing "small cars with a big sting in the tail".

Luca de Meo, CEO of Fiat Automobiles, said: "The link with tradition is not just an idea, but tangible and concrete.

"This is a real rebirth that will start with the triumphant return of Abarth activities to our historic premises in Corso Marche, Turin, where the famous ‘Officine Abarth’ will be recreated."

The Grande Punto Abarth will be equipped with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, delivering 150bhp, or 180bhp with an aftermarket booster kit.

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