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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Fiat Viaggio Begins Production
The Fiat Viaggio began production today at its new factory in Changsha, China. The Fiat Viaggio (voyage in English, Fei Xiang or flying in Chinese) is the Fiat version of the American designed new Dodge Dart. Fiat has been late entering the Chinese market in a meaningful way and is banking on the new Viaggio to make a big splash. The high style Fiat Viaggio features high content, sophisticated turbo engines and the cutting edge CUSW (Compact US Wide) architecture first seen on the award winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
The four-dour, five-seater Fiat Viaggio measures 184.21 inches (4,679 mm) in length, 72.83 inches (1,850 mm) in overall width and has a 106.61 inch (2,708 mm) wheelbase. It is approximately .28 inches longer and .79 inches wider than the Dodge Dart. Engines will be the 1.4 L T-Jet used in the European Fiat 500 Abarth and will have versions rated at 120 HP and 150 HP. The 6 speed C635 dual dry clutch transmission and conventional 5-gear manual transmission will be offered.
The Fiat Viaggio is being produced at Fiat's newest factory using World Class Manufacturing standards, a system devised by Fiat and used in all Fiat and Chrysler plants world-wide to achieve zero accidents, zero defects, zero stocks and zero breakdowns. The factory, located in central China, is a joint venture set up with the Chinese company Guangzhou Automobile Group Co (GAC). Guangzhou Automobile Group Co also has joint manufacturing agreements with Honda and Toyota. The Fiat Viaggio is scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of this year.
Source: Fiat Group Press