• Jun 18, 2007
It looks like Chrysler isn't the only car company trying to partner with China's Chery Auto. The latest reports suggest Fiat is also considering a new deal with Chery that would involve a joint-venture to start building Fiat badged cars in China.

Back in May, Fiat confirmed that it would start building its midsized Alfa Romeo 159 sedan at a plant in Wuhu, just outside of Shanghai, but there was no mention if any other brands were China bound. If this new deal gets the go ahead, Chery will most likely build Fiat's Linea sedan (shown above) in China and supply up to 100,000 engines annually to Fiat's China operations.

Some of the major hurdles Fiat is facing are a lack of suitable suppliers. It's more lucrative for a supplier, both in and outside of China to sell parts to European countries that already manufacture the specific Alfa Romeo and Fiat models. Then there are the issues with reliability and quality levels of Chinese built cars, and until these are addressed we won't be seeing any Fiat models built in China.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well the Volvo S40 should be flattered!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hope it's better than Chinese toothpaste
      • 7 Years Ago
      So for everybody who leaves in the stone age years, should know that FIAT stands for FIRST IN AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY.All brands are heading that way, that is chinese of coarse and thats right, if you cant beat them join them.With good quality control, they will have a winner with the linea,great looking car GOOD LUCK FIAT.(NUMERO UNO)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with jgp. Fiat doesn't need any Chinese partner, not with all the new cars coming out. I can't wait for the 500.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I have to say is when did Fiat start caring about the quality of their cars?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm..How do you say FIAT ( Fix It Again Tony ) in chinese?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo called, they want their design back.

      Is this what being Chinese is all about......copying other?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm...Audi grille, Chevy Cobalt headlights, Suzuki Forenza character line, Mercedes CL-or-Chrysler Sebring rims...looks as if this was "designed" by Chery as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Merda!
      King Volcano
      • 7 Years Ago
      This goes under the catagory of WHY.

      Why would they want to associate themselves with a brand that is bound to flounder and drag the Nissan name down?

      Why does Robin Williams keep making crappy movies?

      Datsun/Goodmorning Vietnam
      • 7 Years Ago
      Today fiat quality is better than most BRANDS and i guess that hurts, for people who cannot accept this,so move on boys.FIAT MOVING FORWARD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in China, see Chery cars everyday and read the blogs with customer complaints about their Customer Service, design and quality control. Chery has the second largest number of complaints of all the auto companies doing business in China. But who knows that still might be an improvement for Fiat
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