You have to love the global auto industry. Fiat will be introducing a Chinese-built version of the American Dodge Dart, a car that's based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, at the Beijing auto show on April 23. Dubbed "Viaggio," production of the new sedan will launch in July, with sales commencing in China by the end of the year.

While Fiat isn't saying whether the model will be exported from China, the Viaggio will be powered by Fiat's 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. Two versions will be available, one making 120 hp and the other 150, with either a five-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. From the teaser images Fiat released, we can see that the car basically looks like a Dart with different front and rear fascias, which give it a somewhat less sporty look. As is Fiat's way, some tasteful application of chrome makes the Viaggio seem like a more upscale product than the budget-oriented Dodge.

The Italian-American-Chinese mutt will be produced under Fiat's partnership with Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group. GAC also has joint ventures with Mitsubishi, Honda, Isuzu, and Toyota (and formerly with Peugeot), giving us cause to wonder whether GAC employs more factory workers or lawyers.

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FIAT VIAGGIO: WORLD PREVIEW AT THE BEIJING INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
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Fiat has just published the first official snap-shots of the Viaggio, a totally new model which will have its world preview at the Beijing International Auto Show on Monday 23 April this year.

Viaggio (voyage in English and its Chinese name Fei Xiang meaning flying) is the first Fiat-Chrysler twin project which brings to life an all-new world class vehicle with high levels of refinement and craftsmanship that breaks the mould in China's compact sedan segment.

The new Fiat Viaggio sedan delivers a unique blend of power, fuel efficiency, sophistication, technology and vehicle dynamics, beautifully clothed in a distinctive Italian design.

The new four-door, five-seater Fiat Viaggio is based on the CUSW (Compact US Wide) architecture -the most advanced within the Fiat Group – which is also the basis of the new Dodge Dart, presented at the Detroit Motor Show last January. The CUSW architecture is, in turn, derived from the Compact architecture originally developed for the best-selling Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

At 4,679mm in length, 1,850mm in overall width and with a 2,708mm wheelbase, the Viaggio is the new C-segment benchmark. With this car, Fiat is bringing the very best of its technological know-how, design and refinement to the biggest selling segment in China.

The Fiat Viaggio will be the only car in its segment to exclusively offer sophisticated turbocharged engines; the 1.4l T-Jet in both 120 hp and 150 hp outputs matched to either a 5-speed manual transmission or the latest Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDTC) developed by Fiat Powertrain.

Designed by the Fiat Group Style Centre in Torino, the Viaggio has a timeless, clean-surfaced expressive exterior design that blends fluid and curvaceous forms with strong proportions. A contemporary Fiat 'face' ensures unmistakable brand identity. Rear tail lamps with refined LED lights deliver an image of superior quality.

The new Fiat sedan will be the first car to be produced in the new GAC-Fiat World Class Manufacturing plant in Changsha, Hunan province. The first cars will be produced from July and will go on sale in the third quarter of this year.

Also at the forthcoming Beijing International Auto Show, GAC-Fiat, Jeep, Chrysler, Maserati and Ferrari will jointly have a strong presence in Luxury Hall E4. The Luxury Hall E4 of the China International Exhibition Centre aims to offer Chinese customers the synthesis of the present and future view of the Fiat-Chrysler Group and its willingness
to become a key player in the significant Chinese market.


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      carwatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it a LOT better with a fiat badge on it. Hopefully they're not gonna use that silly/tacky red light interior in europe
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just had a quike search in Google it means "travel". Now get your dirty mind off your head...
        mmapying
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        you're wrong. vagina! ehhehehhehehehe
        quuppa70
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        voyage in English and its Chinese name Fei Xiang meaning flying
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the Dodge version got the better styling. I'd rather not see this come over as a Chrysler though. If I recall, chrysler and plymouth both had versions of the Neon that were not differentiated from the Dodge at all.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I suspect this is a Fiat Freemont situation: Rebadge strictly for regions outside of America.
        KelperFoxWolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        The old Cloud-Car strategy is dead, you can't expect FIAT/Chrysler to adopt that stupid idea. It was worse than when Ford tried to adopt a Global Car Strategy with the ill-fated, Mondeo-based Contour, which had a Mercury counterpart that was a shame in every single aspect.
      Mike Gaudiello
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fiat version (so far in at least) looks like it could've beeen a badge swap away from being a Chrysler version of the Dart. Chrysler 100? Gussy up the interior and it could probably work. Hell I'd shop one, I'm already pretty into the Dart, I'd love a less sporty/more luxury version
        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Gaudiello
        hahah luxury? thats like saying you want a soda pop served in a champagne flute
      Suzq044
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the rear is following the VW look; but it's not a bad thing here, I think. Hope it sells well over there. o_O
      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      why is it so ugly!!!! I would take a cruze any day
        Scott Cole
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        even in europe, where the cruze is overpriced and ill-equipped, its a crap car; And if the euros can see thats its crap, then it is
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      can't wait to drive one
      sashagof
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, for once I think we're getting the better looking car with the Dart. See: ampera, insignia..
        KelperFoxWolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sashagof
        You must be joking, the Ampera looks a WHOLE lot better than the VOLT. If there's something you Americans have with your cars, is those horrible bumpers and the amber turning lights that make your cars look like 1990's models. The Insignia, again it looks much better.
      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice name... :-/
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      The US version has a more powerful 1.4 turbo (160hp), 6 speed manual and prob cost a lot less after currency exchange. I'm glad I live in the USA!
        KelperFoxWolf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @canuckcharlie
        Yeah, sure, your horrid market which is full of horrible adaptations of designs and engines that despite being fuel-efficient, they're still well behind Europe's standards. That and your country still can't grasp the downsizing trend quite well. BTW, the performance figures are still against you; a FIAT 500 Abarth EU Spec only has 135hp, yet it accelerates from 0 to 60 faster than the 160hp one you get in the US. This happens with most cars, and the only reason I might think of is the retooling those cars need to meet your country's safety standards and stand the weight of (mostly) chubby people in the driver's seat. With all that said, cars in the US are heavier than their EU Spec standards. And while that all might seem better on the safety side, on the performance side it's a lose-lose situation. BTW, cars in EU are more expensive because owners there don't tend to change their cars like underwear, like your country's consumers do. Especially since depreciation rates in the EU are more crude and drastic for any car than in your country.
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      As good as the Dart looks, I wish they would just bring the Giulietta to the US.
      • 2 Years Ago
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