Fiat disconnects the Point after 13 years and the lowest safety rating in history

Arrivederci Punto: After 13 years of sale as a new car in the United Kingdom, the Fiat Punto has finally been eliminated from the dealers

It has been a staple of young drivers and the common sight on Britain's roads, but Fiat has finally put an end to one of its longest-selling models, the Punto, and may never come back.

The hugely popular (by Fiat standards) Punto had been on sale in its current form since 2005, but this month it has been pulled out of the range with the arrival of new emissions regulations from September 1.

This most recent Point replaced the two previous incarnations dating back to 1993.

Last year, the Point made headlines for all the wrong reasons, becoming the first car to score zero stars in crash test rankings, an unprecedented feat in the last 20 years. Euro NCAP has been marking models with its security credentials.

Arrivederci Punto: After 13 years of sale as a new car in the United Kingdom, the Fiat Punto has finally been eliminated from the dealers

Arrivederci Punto: After 13 years of sale as a new car in the United Kingdom, the Fiat Punto has finally been eliminated from the dealers

According to the AutoCar automobile title, it seems unlikely that a new Punto will be introduced as a replacement, with the smaller 500 and the slightly larger Tipo covering the space left by the former favorite of the United Kingdom.

It marks the culmination of one of the longest races for a car to be on sale, with an average production cycle that generally ranges from five to seven years.

After arriving at the United Kingdom market under the guise of Grande Punto in 2005, in 2009 it was renamed Punto Evo as part of a model facelift and returned to Punto with a slight update in 2012.

Regardless of the updates, they did little to improve the security rating of the cheap and cheerful Punto, which was available until earlier this year at a price of £ 11,895.

When Euro NCAP submitted it to the latest crash test procedure, it failed miserably, scoring zero of five stars.

The security group had tested the Italian supermini the year it was originally launched and awarded it a full five-star rating, the first supermini to receive such an award at that time.

But after replicating a variety of controlled failures to the most recent standards last year, it considered that it has already passed its expiration date as far as security is concerned.

The current generation car appeared for the first time in 2005 as the Grande Punto

The current generation car appeared for the first time in 2005 as the Grande Punto

In 2009 it was facelifted and had a name change - Punto Evo

In 2009 it was facelifted and had a name change - Punto Evo

The current generation car appeared for the first time in 2005 as the Grande Punto (left). In 2009 it was facelifted and had a name change – Punto Evo (right)

The results of the collision test for the Fiat Punto were revealed in December 2017, and they were not pretty

The results of the collision test for the Fiat Punto were revealed in December 2017, and they were not pretty

The results of the collision test for the Fiat Punto were revealed in December 2017, and they were not pretty

The Punto became the first model in 20 years of the Euro NCAP crash tests to obtain a zero star rating

The Punto became the first model in 20 years of the Euro NCAP crash tests to obtain a zero star rating

The Punto became the first model in 20 years of the Euro NCAP crash tests to obtain a zero star rating

The Euro NCAP qualification scheme, which was massively revised in 2009 and updated more recently in 2015, requires that the cars obtain a minimum score in the four areas of the assessment to qualify for a one-star rating.

These areas of evaluation are the safety of the adult occupants, the safety of the child occupants, the protection of pedestrians and, most important for the Point, the safety assistance.

He said that the Point lacked modern assistance features, so he did not have enough range in the final evaluation to receive a measly single star score.

At that time, Michiel van Ratingen, of the security body, said Punto was "perhaps the most solid example of a manufacturer that continues to sell a product that has already passed its expiration date, at the expense of the buyer of an unsuspecting car."

A score of 0% for the characteristics of "Security Assistance" meant that the Point could not even be awarded a star rating.

A score of 0% for the characteristics of "Security Assistance" meant that the Point could not even be awarded a star rating.

A score of 0% for the characteristics of "Security Assistance" meant that the Point could not even be awarded a star rating.

The Fiat Punto was available as a new car until this month, with road prices quoted from less than £ 12,000

The Fiat Punto was available as a new car until this month, with road prices quoted from less than £ 12,000

The Fiat Punto was available as a new car until this month, with road prices quoted from less than £ 12,000

Buyers who want a small but obsolete but economical car can bargain big discounts on the small Fiat. Some 49,688 were registered in Europe in 2017, despite their age

Buyers who want a small but obsolete but economical car can bargain big discounts on the small Fiat. Some 49,688 were registered in Europe in 2017, despite their age

Buyers who want a small but obsolete but economical car can bargain big discounts on the small Fiat. Some 49,688 were registered in Europe in 2017, despite their age

He added: "We urge consumers to check our website for the latest ratings and to choose cars with the most updated five-star ratings, many examples of which we have seen in 2017."

That said, about 50,000 examples were sold throughout Europe last year, which means that Punto was still attracting buyers who could haggle some big discounts.

The WLTP emission standards for vehicles, which manufacturers must meet for all new cars on offer, have finally led to Punto's prolonged race in showrooms to a harsh finish. Will he be missed in the United Kingdom? Probably not.

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