Sourcing is now complete for the North American version of the Fiat 500, and now Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both Chrysler and Fiat, has announced that Chrysler has begun making pre-production versions of the Fiat 500 at its factory in Toluca, Mexico. Pre-production cars are vehicles used to validate production procedures and to shake out any issues before a car goes into series production.
The North American version of the Fiat 500 will be upgraded compared to its European cousin and has 66 percent of its contracts with new suppliers, including 35 North American companies.
Here is an example of how Chrysler has adopted Fiat testing procedures
Spotted all over the country, the Fiat 500 have been undergoing tests here for at least a year. All manufacturers test drive their vehicles, but Fiat, in particular, tests them to the extreme. How extreme? Try 2.5 million customer driven miles in just 14 weeks!
In the above video, it shows how this incredible mileage was racked up with some test drivers averaging 3,000 miles per week(!). If you want to be a test driver, this video may have you questioning that idea...
With thanks to Fiat Group Press and Chrysler Media