Fiat has turned the US market Dodge Dart into a new Fiat-badged saloon for China
23 April 2012

Fiat has turned the US market Dodge Dart into a new Fiat-badged saloon for China. The Fiat Viaggio is at the Beijing motor show and will go on sale there in the third quarter.

The four-door, five-seat Viaggio will be the first model to built in a new plant in China as part of a joint venture between GAC and Fiat.

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Changes over the Dart are minimal, and focus on giving the new Italian-designed Fiat its own distinct front and rear end designs. Both cars are based on Fiat’s Compact US Wide architecture.

The Viaggio will be offered with a turbocharged 1.4-litre Tjet engine with either 118bhp or 148bhp. Buyers can choose from either a conventional five-speed auto’ gearbox, or Fiat’s new six-speed dual-clutch auto.

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23 April 2012

I think it's a good car even for Europe. In the Chevrolet Cruze segment this Fiat Viaggio looks much more better.

24 April 2012

Stunning - modern 124? If it had 2 doors it could make a beautiful coupe!

24 April 2012

At least it will keep the warranty people busy as with all Fiats it is bound to have poor build quality and lousy reliabilty. Why do people buy Fiat?

 

 
 
 

24 April 2012

I think it looks great. Will be interested to see if this previews the next Bravo.

24 April 2012

[quote Carmad3]At least it will keep the warranty people busy as with all Fiats it is bound to have poor build quality and lousy reliabilty. Why do people buy Fiat?[/quote] I fear that Fiat's lack of reliability is one of those motoring myths. My late Father was a Service Manager for a Fiat and Vauxhall dealership in the 1980s. He used to say that Fiat's were far more reliable than Vauxhall, especially their engine and gearboxes. Indeed, this is borne out by our personal experiences: I ran a Fiat 131 Supermirafiiori for 5 years and after delivery faults were ironed out, not uncommon for all car make at the time, it was incredibly reliable. Moreover, My father had numerous 131s, 132s, Stradas and Regattas. The only one that gave him any trouble was a 131 Supermiraifiori Automatic that suffered a cracked gearbox housing caused by hitting a rock in the road one night while on holiday in Wester Ross. If Fiat made a car now, which met my needs, I would certainly buy one.

24 April 2012

[quote disco.stu]Will be interested to see if this previews the next Bravo[/quote]

I hope it does. While I do like the current Bravo, it has dated alot in my opinion. A hatchback version of this would be a stunner. And also, as it has been mentioned, a 2 door coupe would be great to see.

I don't hold much hope though, as Sergio has already stated that the next Bravo will be a crossover and the Viaggio/Dart are not for Europe.

Myk

24 April 2012

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I prefer the look of the American Dodge Dart. Still, this is quite pretty too. Shame it doesn't look like we'll get either.

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