2002 Fiat Palio GTX 1.6
The Fiat Palio was Fiat's first attempt at building a 'world car', sold primarily in developing countries. In India, production began in 1999, in a joint venture with Tata Motors.
Because of the Premier Padmini (based on the Fiat 1100) and Fiat Uno that was previously sold in the country, the Fiat brand was known for its 'sturdy build quality', so a lot of Palios were sold.
This GTX version came with a 100 HP 1.6L engine, and was a true hot hatch for Indian standards at the time. However while the engine was strong and the overall design was good, the car wasn't the best handling one, it was pretty heavy, the brakes were average, and the fuel economy was rubbish.
Not to mention, Fiat's JV with Tata Motors was a disaster. Service centres were poorly equipped, technicians couldn't really solve some issues, and parts were hard to find, even at authorised service centres! In addition, it turns out that small parts like plastic caps or rubber components were manufactured in Brazil, thus bringing up the costs for customers in India even more.
It comes as no surprise then that there are fewer Palios of this generation on the roads every year, as they're all scrapped or abandoned because of their high maintenance costs. - 11 hours ago