The Viaggio (meaning Journey in Italian) is based on the 2013 Dodge Dart (pictured), an attractive car by any standards, which itself is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The car will be assembled in China and distributed through Fiat’s joint venture with Guangzhou Auto.
The Viaggio will be a similar size to the Ford Focus sedan. Volumes out of China will be up to 140,000 initially, but potentially increase to 250,000 units if demand is high.
Unlike the Dodge Dart, which uses a variety of different powerplants, the Fiat Viaggio will use naturally-aspirated and turbocharged versions of Fiat’s 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, produced in China by Guangzhou Auto.
Europe may get a hatchback version of the Viaggio that will be badged as a Fiat Bravo, which will be exported from China in 2013.